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Hillwinds Lodge
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Franconia
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

This is a clean and affordable option in the area. It's a very old feeling motel that could use some cosmetic upgrades but it's fine. The bed was a little saggy, the wallpaper was peeling in spots and you have to ask for a hair dryer but it was cheap and clean and they allow dogs, so it was adequate for our purposes. Skip the breakfast and go to Polly's or Wendles.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

Nice little motel. Everything was very clean, the shower had excellent water pressure, their wifi worked (a little spotty but it was raining.) We had a second floor, pool facing room and we could see over the second building to a nice hillside. The room was plain but we weren't looking for much, and you can't beat the price. The beds were also really comfortable and my friend that I stayed with agreed. Our only complaint was that they did not have operating vending machines, and all the stores in the town closed at 8pm, so we could not find juice or soda anywhere! Take note of this and bring extra drinks, like we didn't. There was a mini fridge and microwave.

We went hiking the next day (the reason for our stay) and you couldn't find a more beautiful area. Will definitely be returning!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 December 2012 via mobile

The rooms are plain but clean and the rates are fair. The continental breakfast is simple but adequate. The owners are very friendly. Great location near a lot of good hiking, skiing and biking. The town of Franconia is also kind of cute.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed 24 November 2012

We stayed here at the beginning of October and the weather wasn't too kind to us, but the area was stunning with the autumn colours.

The Lodge was fairly easy to find although apparently our GPS brought us the scenic route!

We received a warm welcome from the owner and check in was swift. He then gave us a list of local places to eat and a description of each place.

We were accommodated in the building furthest away from the river on the upper floor. The room was fine although it did look a little tired. Everything worked, Bed was quite comfortable and the electric heater came in useful and was very efficient and soon drove away the chill.

Bathroom whilst old was fine with a good hot shower over the tub.

We ate in one of the local restaurants that was recommended by the owner and received a discount by saying we were guests at the lodge.

Next morning we made it down for breakfast which was included and were greeted by the lady owner. Breakfast was fine plenty of choice and taken in a lovely room overlooking the river. We chatted with the owner for a very long time and found out the place was slowly being renovated as and when time and funds were available.

We made use of their free wifi to find out what we could do on a wet day in the area, but after a chat with the owners we decide a scenic drive round the mountains was probably the best option.

All in all a very nice place to stay for a couple of nights. Very reasonably priced with nice breakfast, free wifi and lovely location. Rooms slowly being improved. Would stay again if we were to return to the White Mountains

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Mikealpine
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Reviewed 20 October 2012

We had a second floor, river facing room and I must say that my wife and I were extremely surprised and pleased with the quality of the room. It's not huge and flashy, but we didn't want or expect that. The room was a good size, clean, and freshly painted with a comfortable bed. The water pressure in the shower was excellent. The free continental breakfast was standard fare, bagels, danish, toast etc... The TV in the room was not HD, but I doubt that anyone staying in the area would want to spend the day watching TV anyway.

Overall, we were very happy with the Hillwinds and will be staying there again in the future.

Room Tip: The view from the river facing rooms is MUCH better than the pool facing rooms.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Carl H
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

My room face the river and it was nice and quiet. The owners and staff were friendly and assisted me in getting around the area. They recommended two local places to eat at. The food was nice. The hotel serves a continental breakfast, coffee, tea, orange juice, bagels, muffins, and cereal. Littleton is to the north and I went there for breakfast at the coffee pot.

Room Tip: Rooms on the river are nice.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank Jagm96
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

My husband and I loved staying at Hillwinds. Our room was situated right on the Gale River where we enjoyed the beautiful sound and sites. Tina was especially friendly - full of great stories and suggestions. Our room was very nice, clean, comfortable and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend Hillwinds to anyone traveling near the White Mountains.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hillwinds Lodge

Address: 33 Dow Ave, Franconia, NH 03580-4915
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Region: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Franconia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Franconia
Price Range: £64 - £115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hillwinds Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A traditional New England family-owned and operated motel featuring clean, comfortable, affordable and friendly lodging in the White Mountain region of New Hampshire. Located on the banks of the tranquil Gale River, Hillwinds is located near all major seasonal attractions and is only three miles from Cannon Mountain and the Franconia Notch State Park, home of the Flume Gorge and great hilking opportunities. Rates include complimentary continental breakfast, in-room coffee and fridge, free wi-fi, and guest computer and lending library. ... more   less 
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