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Boulders Motel & Cottages

981 Route 3, Squam Lake, Holderness, NH 03245
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Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Holderness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Mesquite, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Boulders Motel & Cottage was exactly what we expected - a small, cozy, rustic motel along Squam Lake. We stayed in one of the smaller rooms, and even though the decor is minimalistic and slightly outdated, the place is great. We had no issue with hearing noise from other guests, the shower had strong hot water, the heater (for this... More

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BouldersMotel2012, Owner at Boulders Motel & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, it means a lot for someone to enjoy our property to the fullest, and take the time to share their experience with others. It is a special spot for families, wedding parties, as well as a couples get away. We truly appreciate the thought and time put into your review. If/when you return... More

Boscawen, New Hampshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I have been coming to the Boulders since I was two. My parents still come and stay in the same cottage we stayed at when we were children. I've made many friend there over the years and now, us "children" are coming and bringing our own children. There are three full generations of "Boulderites" that come every year for the... More

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BouldersMotel2012, Owner at Boulders Motel & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for the time and effort put into this review. We are so grateful for our guests that "get us" and what we have to offer. I personally love the feel of the beach in the evening, the stories and singing around the fire pit. I just sit in a lounger away from the group and listen to the... More

Newbury, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

People need to start thinking before they type! These reviews should be well-though out and honest before they are 'clicked' into cyberspace and could possibly ruin the reputation of something great! This is a MOTEL and COTTAGE-based facility, folks- It is not the Four Seasons in NYC! If you wanted Trump Towers, you should have booked it. There are not... More

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BouldersMotel2012, Owner at Boulders Motel & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. The conviction in your review is appreciated. We have been around a long time, preserving such a rare public area on a well sought after lake (there are investors sworming above to convert our property to yet ANOTHER Condo complex - where owners get to enjoy the beauty and the public has no... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The Boulders is definitely an old place, but it has lots of charm. We stayed in room 7 of the motel section. I'll start with the bad...1. After 10-15 minutes of running the shower we had lukewarm water. Hot water would have been nice. 2. Bathroom is very tiny and fitting between the shower stall and the sink to get... More

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BouldersMotel2012, Owner at Boulders Motel & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Yes, we are a mature property, well cared for but built in a day when simplicity and charm were valued differently. We are fortunate to be located on the shores of Golden Pond, where your time should be spent enjoying our lovely beach & fires at night. The area has much to offer so we... More

Bristol, Vermont
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This Motel is very nice, its like a campground. Nice homey rooms. Nice coffee in the morning with homemade muffins and fruit. Robin and Lisa were very nice and even helped with directions. We could even take a canoe or a kayak out. Had a great view of the lake in which ever room you chose to stay in. I... More

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BouldersMotel2012, Owner at Boulders Motel & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of our property. We truly appreciate the time put into it. We hope to see you during your future PSU trips! Take care, The Boulders' Staff More

Boston
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is a difficult review to write since the Boulders Motel will not be everyone's cup of tea, but for us, it is a gem. It is a vintage 1950s motel that fronts on Route 3/25, an old, scenic highway in the Squam Lake area. From the road, it is not much to look at. There are several different types... More

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BouldersMotel2012, Owner at Boulders Motel & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. A "gem" is how I describe the property as well. We take great pride in working the balance of preserving the nostalgia of the property while trying to upgrade without going too "modern". We live in a very franchise, "out with the old in with the new" time and convincing people that there... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We stayed here 2 nights in July and it was hot, but the fan and the open windows made it bearable. We were in Room 19 which has a great view. Love the screened porch. Yes, the property is old, but it is super clean and the sheets and towels were as soft as top hotels. Love the family atmosphere... More

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BouldersMotel2012, Owner at Boulders Motel & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review . You took away from the property, the exact experience we try to share with each and every guest. Thank you for enjoying all of the little details put forth on guests' behalf. Your review solidifies why we continue to operate as Squam Lakes only direct lakefront motel,... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Tiny room..stayed in #13. Furnishings were old metal tables and metal bureau. Holes in screens letting mosquitos in the room. Every time the room next to us shut their bathroom door or even their bureau drawers we heard it loud and clear. Screaming kids walking past our room at 7am waking us up and to top it off there is... More

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BouldersMotel2012, Owner at Boulders Motel & Cottages, responded to this review

I am sorry our property wasn't a good fit for you. You were here during a very family friendly week. When you asked to only spend the one night, I was contacted and management was authorized to refund your money for the remaining night as we had a waiting list for rooms, you left the property before she could deliver... More

Danvers
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

I have been to this motel many times in the distant past and have felt the magic there. However, this time around I must say I was sadly disappointed. The room we stayed in "The Squam Sweet" has gone sour. The actual space was sufficient, but overall it was unclean. On our first night there we couldn't talk lest we... More

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BouldersMotel2012, Owner at Boulders Motel & Cottages, responded to this review

I am truly saddened by this review. The outside deck being screened in was definitely explained and per our phone conversation, acceptable, as it was an improvement project. The guests that left the unit that morning loved dining on it during their stay. As do the folks staying this week love being out there. Unfortunately for last minute reservations, unit... More

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

I stayed here for two nights with my mom & sister in one of their motel rooms (2 queen beds). Nice experience. If you are hoping for a big hotel 5 star experience, this place isn't for you. If you are like me and want to be lakefront on Squam (this is actually on Little Squam but connects to big... More

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BouldersMotel2012, Owner at Boulders Motel & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to help folks understand the charm of our property.. I believe you can't please everyone, all of the time, but we continue we try! I truly value your honest review. Thank you! See you next year. More

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Address: 981 Route 3, Squam Lake, Holderness, NH 03245
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Location: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Holderness
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Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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The Boulders Motel & Cottages is Squam Lakes' only direct lakefront motel. Being centrally located, we are the perfect destination for your NH get away, there are many NH attractions nearby. We offer motel rooms, suites and Cottages, all of which offer their own private screened porch over looking the lake. The Boulders was named after the unique terrain on which our units are perched, our units are situated on granite ledge therefore, they all have a wonderful lake view. The Boulders is proudly the largest & oldest resort on New Hampshire’s beautiful Squam Lakes, we take great pride in preserving its charm. Situated on 600 feet of “Golden Pond" it is the quintessential lake get away. Our 100 ft of sandy beach can be the highlight of your trip, just lounging in one of our many beach chairs watching the family build sand castles and memories. Sunning on the beach, lakeside barbeques, (picnic tables and charcoal grills are scattered throughout the property), traveling via complimentary canoe, kayak, or row boat to see the loons, eagles, or to cast a line for that elusive "Walter". In the evening, gather around our beach side fire pit - toast marshmallows, make s’mores, share stories, and maybe break out into a good old fashioned sing-a-long. Located in the town of Holderness, Nestled in the lakes region, there are many entertainment options ... hike Rattlesnake Mountain for miles of spectacular views!(10 mins away) Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, walk the quaint village, pop into the library, sandwiches at the country store, great meal at Walter's Basin, cruise the lake on the pontoon tour or charter Experience Squam crew. Stay at The Boulders and you will surely ~"Make memories that will last a lifetime ... more   less 
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