Motel-like B&B. Due to Covid, the breakfast came in a paper bag but was fresh and adequate (yogurt, pastry, juice, fruit) with coffee maker in the room. Rooms are a bit outdated but clean and comfortable. We almost stayed in Franklin NH, or Stowe, VT. Both are tourist traps. Franconia is a small town with everything you need for a base of operations and convenient to the national forest and a two-hour drive from Stowe if you absolutely MUST visit the Von Trapp Lodge and like traffic jams.Try to arrive before dark, as there are no street lights and the one-way bridge across the Gale River is almost impossible to find in the dark. The "bistro" collocated with Chef Joe's Catering offers unbelievable dining compared to the exterior of the place. If you are looking for nightlife, you are in the wrong town. Franconia would roll up the sidewalks at sunset if it had any sidewalks. TIP: Take the scenic drive through the White Mountain National Forest from east to west (Conway to Franklin) since all the turn-offs are on the north side of the highway along the stream.…
I was a bit anxious about this stay. I always stay at hotels I know but this lodge was affordable and available for our overnight stay in Franconia. It was fantastic. Extremely clean, room smelled clean. Besides that what I loved was the fact that you have grills available to you, there are benches near the river, they have a fire pit you can use, they supply the wood, and there is a good size pool too. They have corn holes, and a volley ball net. The grounds are beautiful and nicely maintained. They provided a light breakfast of muffins, cereal bars, orange juice and fruit cups. My only advise is pick a room on the 2nd floor because you can hear your upstairs neighbors. Thankfully by 10pm they quieted down. I highly recommend it!
Stayed two nights over the weekend here with no issues. The room could use some updating but we stayed here for price and convenience. We visited the NH ice castles and went skiing on this particular stay and the location of the hotel was perfect for us. The staff was friendly and they had a small continental breakfast that was included. The heat in the room worked well and the shower was hot which was good since it was -11 degrees outside. I bet staying here in the summer is even better when you can enjoy the south day of the water going by and make use of the outdoor pool. We had a fridge and microwave in the room which was nice but if you use the fridge just make sure to turn it on first. Photo is of our view from the room :)
Plenty of towels, pillows, outlets. Great front desk staff. Continental breakfast was about average. They have great hiking trails right off the property. They also have swings for just hanging out, and yard games set up. Plenty of parking, and we paid extra to be right on the little creek/river. Was worth it. Great way to wake up. One thing that was a con was the heater. It was very loud. Went on every half hour or so, and was very loud. Would get quieter as it continued, but it was hard to get a good night's sleep with it.
We arrived at Hillwinds after a Nor'easter storm that still had their cable/internet knocked out. The hosts/keepers were sooo nice and just like family. The rooms are old school/retro, but immaculate and comfortable. Best price around, quiet and fit our needs perfectly. We were passing through for one night. Everything was up and running by 7pm. Close to the State Park and plenty of places to eat. They gave an extensive list of recommendations that were very helpful.