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“"Clean room, caring staff, decent price"”
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Hillwinds Lodge
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Franconia
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Warren, Pennsylvania
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267 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“"Clean room, caring staff, decent price"”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

We stayed at the Hillwinds Lodge simply because we needed a room for several nights while we assisted our son with his chemotherapy treatments. Upon hearing of our need, the owner provided us with a generous discount, added a microwave to the unit, and generally treated us in a first class manner. The room was clean, the beds were very comfortable, and we could see our son's kitchen window from the Lodge. The water had plenty of pressure, the shower was hot with a plentiful supply of water coming from the faucet. The towels were changed frequently and the beds were made daily (even if we made them first). It is not the newest venue in town, but my son says it is the best. I agree with him.

Room Tip: "A good night's sleep at a good price"
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

stayed 2 nights late sept most enjoyable, excellent location, not 5 star but clean and roomy with all mod cons.easy 10 min walk to 2 good eateries.basic breakfast but enough of it and nice owners.what more could you expect at a very good price.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

We stayed for a couple of days at the Hillwinds Lodge in the heart of the White mountains and loved it. The rooms were clean, the beds comfortable, the location very practical -- two minutes from Highway 93, and very close to all the nice hicking sites. Our hosts are incredibly friendly, making you feel like coming back very soon. The lodge is dog-friendly, so we were able to take our Golden retriever with us, which was a real bonus. For people who do not like dogs, they offer a distinct group of rooms by the river, while dog-friendly rooms are located closer to a wooden trail. They offer a free continental breakfast, and wifi, which is very convenient. We plan to come back during ski season, because the hotel is really close to Cannon mountain, where Olympic winner Bodie Miller grew up skiing.

Room Tip: Each room has a little fridge, which is very practicle.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Virginia
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

We arrived early on a rainy day and were given a room quickly. The host was thoughtful and very accommodating. It's not fancy, but you can't beat the value. Each room has a notebook with information about things to do and includes hiking maps (you can get copies for yourself in the office).

  • Stayed October 2011
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Liverpool, UK
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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
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Epping, New Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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
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Chiba
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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
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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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Hillwinds Lodge Franconia, NH - White Mountains

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