Ok, because I feel bad ever writing a negative review, let me begin with the positive. First, the price was right. I had a cottage for about $90/night. My family was going to staying nearby at Indian Head resort but because I would be in a room by myself, staying there would have cost me almost twice as much. Since I knew I would mostly just be using the room for sleep, I didn't feel the need to splurge. Also, the hotel staff were helpful and I did not experience them as unfriendly at all, especially the woman who took my reservation over the phone.
Unfortunately, there's a lot more negative to report on. When I first walked in, I was extremely underwhelmed. The windows were open (no ac running) and the place just smelled musty. It's a cabin so fine. The little outside porch had a hole in the floor and lots of cobwebs. The door to outside didn't lock using just the door lock; you had to count on the chain to keep you secure. Especially being a solo female traveler, I didn't feel so good about this. Add to this that the little section where the cabins are lined up is like a tiny road where you see all your sketchy neighbors and I definitely did not sleep easy that night. Also, when I went to turn on a light, one of the light bulbs was missing. There was no phone to call the front desk (also played into my safety fears since cell reception in the area was almost non existant) so I had to drive up on my way out to ask for a light bulb. The receptionist told me people frequently steal light bulbs and batteries. I guess that speaks to who usually stays there because I have never even considered such a thing!
I tried not to be in my cabin too much and there are plenty of activities in the area so that wasn't a hard task but it definitely wasn't a place I wanted to go unwind at the end of the day. It was a means to an end; a bed that was marginally better than sleeping in my car. I didn't use any of the other hotel amenities. I was tempted to go check them out but, truthfully, was creeped out to even walk to them, given that there are a number of abandoned buildings flanking the property.
My hotel stay became a bit of a joke among my family, that's how bad it was. I would seriously advise the management to make some improvements and until that happens, I would guide other travelers toward other properties, of which there are plenty. Even if you have to spend $20 more a night, it will be worth it to feel safe and rested on your vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Uncover the magic of New England, and the White Mountains at Beacon Resort located in Lincoln, New Hampshire. We welcome you to bring your families, and groups, to our year round family owned resort. Nestled next to the famous Franconia Notch State Park you will enjoy excellent food served at Dad's Restaurant, followed by a relaxing time at our Night Club featuring entertainment almost nightly. Perhaps enjoy the saunas, jacuzzis, or our indoor heated pool and seasonal outdoor pool located on the property. We offer 72 rooms including our quaint year round cabins that are being renovated right now! Please stop in at Dad's Gift Shop...items for every age at reasonable prices located now in Dad's Restaurant. Perfect ski & stay packages allow you to pick from the surrounding mountains with two mountains only 15 min. away. Along with New Hampshire's famous attractions...All are located within minutes of the resort. Summer children's program, game room, boccie, shuffleboard court, large checker board, and a play ground are some of the special things we offer here at the Beacon Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Beacon Hotel Lincoln
- Beacon Resort Lincoln
- Beacon Hotel Lincoln
- Beacon New Hampshire
- The Beacon Resort Lincoln, NH - White Mountains