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“Great for Bike Week - but not exactly perfect overall”

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Half Moon Motel & Cottages
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Weirs Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Port Byron, New York
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great for Bike Week - but not exactly perfect overall”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

A group of us stayed at the Half Moon for the 2014 Laconia Bike Week event and rented 3 cabins and 2 hotel rooms. The cabins are showing their age, and the individual bathrooms are very small. Tall people beware when sitting down! The showers pointed at your head and didn't adjust down. However the cabins were clean, dry, and comfortable.

One of the people in our party rented the hotel room with a kitchen, paying extra for access to the locked kitchen. When they went make breakfast they found the dishes were covered in thick dust and mouse droppings. This was reported to the staff and they stopped over right away to take action.

All in all, the staff was very willing to fix any issues we had right away. I would be willing to come back and stay there again. I know the economy is tough on businesses lately, but if possible they could really give the cabin bathrooms and motel rooms a good make over.

This place is walking distance to everything in town, you really can't get any closer. Down side is trying to get in and out of town during bike week can be interesting for sure. The police seem to block many of the village roads. We did feel safe during the event, lots of police everywhere and not as many trouble makers as I thought there would be.

A tip for the Half Moon staff.. if you could cut down the sumac trees behind the pool it would really improve the view from the cabins.

Room Tip: For the price we were very happy with the cabin. We can park right in front and keep an eye on the...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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tower28, Owner at Half Moon Motel & Cottages, responded to this review, 30 August 2014
The bathrooms in our cottages are small, but quite modern. They have all been recently renovated. However, the shower heads are fixed. We will now replace the shower heads with adjustable ones. We thank the guest for bringing this issue to our attention. We were perplexed by this guest's complaint regarding the motel kitchen, as we had just placed brand new dishes in the unit. We found no droppings, only a dish with coffee grounds on it. The sumac trees were partially impeding the view from only two of our small cottages. The sumacs were removed shortly after this guest's stay.
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Dover, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

Although it was a rough start, it ended up great. The location is fabulous. Close to everything and easy access to affordable cabs. The customer service was accommodating despite the difficulties that were occurring.

Room Tip: Call ahead for a cab if going to Meadowbrook.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Milford, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2014

The location of this hotel is great! Walking distance to everything in Weirs beach, which is a boardwalk-type area. The cottages/hotel are a bit dated, but very clean. Front staff was very nice and accomodating.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Buffalo NY
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2014

As the saying goes, it is all about the location. The location of the Half Moon Motel at Weirs Beach could not be better. I could sit on the second floor motel balcony for hours and watch the lake, mountains, tourist train and boat traffic. Other reviewers have mentioned that the facilities and rooms are dated. They are. If you prefer higher end accommodations you will not like it. if you are willing to overlook little things you will be taken in by the charm of the place. I can only imagine what Weirs Beach was like years ago in its heyday.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms and the second tier bungalows have the best views.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

My husband and I stayed at a screened in porch cottage from July 12 to July 18 and we were very satisfied. Cottage was clean and well equipped. Walking distance to everything in Weir's Beach. If you are going to see Nascar, then this place is only 25 minutes away from the track.

Room Tip: I would recommend the cottages with a screened in porch if you like to sit outside in the evening.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Spent a night recently with my son and toddler. We were in upper motel room 16 - highly recommend this room. Surprisingly modern inside an older motel. Very nice end room with shared balcony overlooking the lake. This room has a fridge, microwave, and coffee maker - one of the highlights of our stay was having a light breakfast we brought with us while looking at the lake. There is a convenience store up the (steep) road - great place for some simple breakfast supplies. The upper motel rooms have their back doors to the parking lot, making it incredibly easy to load and unload the car. Motel is easy walking distance to all the Weirs beach attractions. Finally, the pool was very nice - clean - and with "floaties" for guests to use. We had a great stay and would return.

Room Tip: We asked to see one of the smaller cottages (not one with a screened in porch - one of the smaller o...
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Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Somerset, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

my wife, and I wanted to get away for a few days. after searching other places to stay we choose half moon. all I can say is we made a great choice! cabin was clean, well stocked, and very comfortable! the view was awesome. as we came out of cabin 4 we were looking out over the lake, and the mountains. the grounds, and the staff were top notch. not to forget the boardwalk, and the restaurants near by. we will return!

Room Tip: choose a cabin over the motel.....very private
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Half Moon Motel & Cottages
Address: 28 Tower St, PO Box 5183, Weirs Beach, Laconia, NH 03247
Region: United States > New Hampshire > Laconia > Weirs Beach
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Weirs Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Half Moon Motel & Cottages 2*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Most convenient location in Weirs Beach. At center of boardwalk, across street from cruise pier, train station. Walk to shops, restaurants, amusements. Closest lodging to public beach. King-size pool. Scenic view from every room. Modern motel, comfortable cottages. All units feature CCTV, AC, heat, carpeting. All cottages feature cathedral ceilings, ceiling fans. Available: two-room cottages, cottages with kitchenettes, motel suites with kitchens. Reasonable rates, friendly service. Inquire about our special savings packages. Since 1957. ... more   less 
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