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Hillwinds Lodge
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Franconia
Certificate of Excellence
Liverpool, UK
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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Past its sell by date”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2011

The bedding was clean and the staff friendly enough. The hotel was a little tired needing a good amount of TLC. Pool shut. Breakfast below average.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Epping, New Hampshire
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2011

What I liked...staff / owners were very pleasant and wi-fi capable What I disliked... 1. The view...I took the river side since the pics looked serene and pet free. The pics don't show that the view beyond the river is rte 3. 2. Dirty lodge &rooms!...I had to clean the bathroom before we could use it. The rugs are filthy, don't go stocking footed. Rooms smelled awful (mildew). 3. Decor...old furnishing from clothes storage, lamps, curtains (ridden with moth holes), tables, etc. 4. Decks are were to filthy to sit in chairs. They have lots of mildew issues on exterior of blg. 5. Two prong outlets in the bedroom area, bring an adapter if you use a laptop. No iron or ironing board 6. Pool...They never took the cover off the pool so you could use it, not that I would trust the cleanliness. 7. Location...If your looking for a classy place to eat you have to travel. Worst place too stay if your celebrating your anniversary. All the eateries are casual dress and not dressy nor romantic. 8. TV, very few channels to view. 9. The beds are very old, but they do put a foam type top to make it more comfortable. To get through the visit, I had to go buy room deororizers, sheets, adapters, flip flops to walk without shoes, iron and iron pad. To be fair, if the place was clean and didn't smell I would have given it a 3 star rating. I was very disappointed at the 4 & 5 star ratings that I based my decision on. They were not accurate. I don't mind the basics, but cleanliness is a must!

Room Tip: Ask for a different room if they offer you the honeymoon room.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Spirited64
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Chiba
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2011

Hillwinds Lodge is a real find, friendly staff, picturesque location, clean and comfortable rooms, nice landscaping, and extremely relaxing. We would stay there again anytime we're in the area.

Regarding the one negative review above, speaking to the Lodge staff about the situation it sounds like an unfortunate but unavoidable situation they took care of quickly, so I hope the reviewer will consider writing a follow-up acknowledging the extenuating circumstances. I would say it definitely falls under the category of "stuff happens", and is no reflection on the general quality of the place overall.

In any case, great place and we highly recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dave742
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MA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2011

We visit the Hillwinds several times a year and are always happy! Its a wonderful place to stay... and yes, we have the picture of Coffin Pond hanging in our hallway :)

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sarah C
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Montreal, Canada
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116 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2011

This is a clean family-run motel near the Franconia Notch. We spent 2 nights here with our teen son. We were in the lower-level Riverside Lodge which had 2 double beds. The room was clean & the bathroom has been renovated. We had nice views of the river & we did not hear much noise from our neighbours even if the motel was full. The breakfast was very limited. We ate at a local resto in Franconia for a fuller breakfast (old dutch). There is a BBQ and picnic tables outside the rooms. Our area activities included the Cannon mountain lift, the Flum, biking and hiking. There are nice walking paths right behind the motel that are well marked. We did those twice. We also ate at the resto 'above the notch' which was quite good despite very young staff. Wi-Fi needs to be fixed – it wasn’t working well at all. Very friendly owners.

Room Tip: River view seems more peaceful. Pool views could be busier.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): €
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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