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33 Dow Ave, Franconia, NH 03580-4915
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#2 of 5 hotels in Franconia
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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Kids stay free
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Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Rooftop pool
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
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Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
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Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
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jerryg364 wrote a review Feb 2021
Montgomery, Alabama52 contributions11 helpful votes
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 Rooms are a bit outdated but clean and comfortable.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.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Room Tip: Ask for the riverside building for the view.
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Xana R wrote a review Aug 2020
Quebec City, Canada70 contributions43 helpful votes
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!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Room Tip: Pick a room facing the river, 2nd floor
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Nicole F wrote a review Feb 2020
Lynn, Massachusetts6 contributions1 helpful vote
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 :)
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Denise C wrote a review Nov 2019
4 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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agioe wrote a review Oct 2019
Indianapolis, IN198 contributions114 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: October 2019
US$97 - US$152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hillwinds Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Hillwinds Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Franconia Notch State Park (6.8 km), The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park (6.8 km), and Flume Gorge (5.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hillwinds Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Hillwinds Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Hillwinds Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Hillwinds Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hillwinds Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cold Mountain Cafe, Polly's Pancake Parlor, and Sugar Hill Inn.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hillwinds Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Hillwinds Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Franconia.
Are there any historical sites close to Hillwinds Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Frost Place (1.8 km).
Does Hillwinds Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.