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Sky Valley Motel & Cottages
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Bartlett
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

Mother nature blessed this place, with the 1300 foot frontage on the Saco River, and 35 acres of beautiful woods and fields.That could be enough to make it the best place around, but the operators have added more like a wide selection of places to stay, a huge pool and tons of amenities. But for many, its the environment that's best. Its a family place. It always has been, and I hope it always is. Check out the web site, its excellent too.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

Grounds here are spacious with lots of places to explore. Weather was not cooperative while we were here, but we managed to get out there some. Explored the river and husband caught quite a few trout, water COLD! Playground more for toddler and preschool with some things for bigger kids. We only got to use the pool once. It's huge and has a sloping floor all the way around, no flat place to stand. There is a roped off area for toddlers and smaller kids to hang out. On really hot days it would be fun to get doused by the big sprayer they have going.

Stayed in a two bedroom cabin, not fancy but nice and more room to spread out that a motel room. Full kitchen (bring your own coffe maker filters). Bathroom small but has everything you need(with tub). AC here but we didn't need to use it. Three box fans also were in this cabin. Really close to Storyland and you can walk to a great ice cream place just down the road that has play structures for kids.

Commenting on other peoples comments about rude and condescending attitudes. What? I didn't get that. I think for the most part you get what you give. If you understand the rules and reasons for them you will be fine and enjoy this place. The one person I dealt with (on several different occasions) was very helpful to me.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

This is my fiancee's and my second time coming here and we absolutely love it! Last year we stayed in one of the larger units with the kitchens and this time one of the rooms in the "twenties." It is so peaceful and quiet. There are a lot of kids toys in the middle of the field and the pool has a lot of kid friendly floaties, so when we have kids, I can see us coming here and feeling very welcomed!

I cannot say enough great things about this place. The pool is chilly, but when the sun is out, who really cares right?! The breakfast in the morning is a nice touch, especially for being included in the rental pricing. It's very simple with choices of cereal, toast, english muffins, milk and juice.

Their prices are decent too for the area. The military discount is a nice added bonus for those serving or veterans.

All n' all, I would and have recommended this place to anyone looking to visit the White Mountains. A quick drive in either direction brings you to great White Mountain treasures.

Room Tip: There is one room with a king bed, number 24. It's big and comfy. The apartments are also very...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded July 3, 2012

We are glad you enjoyed everything and took the time to write a review. Just one correction, the motel unit with the king size bed is #21, it is on the end of the building closest to the Saco river.
Unit's, 22 and 23 each have one queen size bed and #24 has one full size double bed...and it just happens to be our smallest room.

Other great choices for just two people are Apartment "C", or the Poolside Apartment. "C" has a kitchen and a fireplace.

We look forward to seeing you again...

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Reviewed June 26, 2012

My family stayed in the motel last weekend. We purchased the Storyland package. The grounds were georgeous! The pool was wonderful, the whole family enjoyed it. There was plenty of space for the children to play outside at the play area. We also enjoyed a walk to the Saco river beach , located directly behind the motel. The rooms were spacious and clean. The continental breakfast saved us a good deal of extra money for breakfast and also offered something for everyone. We enjoyed delightful conversation each morning with Maureen , the manger. Management was pleasant, efficient and willing to go the extra mile to take care of guests. We will be returning to Sky Valley Motel again!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded June 27, 2012

Thank you for your comments. We appreciate that you took the time to share your experience...and that everything met your expectations. Our $359 Storyland Package has been very popular and the free breakfast is also a big hit with most folks. We also recommend a place called "Yesterdays" in Jackson Village for folks who want the really big breakfast with all the trimmings.

We look forward to seeing you the next time you're in Bartlett.

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Reviewed June 19, 2012

We staye donly two nights but would definatly recommend this place to everyone !! Traveling with two 2 year olds this place was amazing!!! A great pool , Play ground area, even access to the Saco river - which was at a perfect depth for our little one to play in !!! The chalet that we stayed was perfect, no ac needed to sleep since the bedrooms are in the basement!!! A grill was provided so we were able to save $$ by grilling at "home" The owners were great in giving recommendations for restaurants shopping etc. Also what vacation would be complete without some sort of malfunction? well ours was that our car wouldnt start at check out time this morning......The owner was more than helpful in driving over in her personal vehicle and giving us a jump!! How much better can you get? We look forward to going back and spreading the word about this place (which is just miles to storyland !! the whole reason for this visit)

Room Tip: chalet #3 was perfect for us
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded June 27, 2012

Chalet 3 is one of our larger units set off by itself with a great view up the Valley. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed it and the grounds.

Tropical Storm Irene last August changed the course of the Saco River a little bit, but it's always an adventure and with a bit of exploration there are many spots to enjoy. Some folks enjoy a small bon-fire on the beach at night.

Thank you for your comments and we look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed June 17, 2012

We have been going to Sky Valley for 5 summers now. We really enjoy the space of the cabins and having our own kitchen. The chalet has laundry which is nice for longer stays. Some of the cabins have 2 bathrooms which is nice. They have done some renovations this year which were sorely needed, new paint, linens, grills. Plumbing is "country plumbing" which basically means it it lousy, we don't drink wate from the faucet and the toilet is just as likely as not to get plugged. Location is very convenient to Storyland, a bit of a ride to Santa's Village but not unrealistic, we usually visit both. The Saco River is right behind and is a pretty awesome site, whether the water is low or high. Great fishing, you can get a license down the road. Yes, staff IS rude and condescending, but we've gotten used to them. All in all if you want a luxury vacation you are barking up the wrong tree, but if you want a reasonably priced place with room to stretch and do your own cooking (saving money and hassle), I would recommend this place.

Room Tip: We like chalet 3 for the washer, dryer and dishwasher but it only has one bathroom.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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david4821, Owner at Sky Valley Motel & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2012

Thank you for noticing all our updates and improvements...we are constantly on the go to keep our 1950's to 1970's vintage units someplace near current day expectations. Our "country plumbing" primarily refers to the fact that it will have a difficult time with flushed diapers, towels, or childrens toys, otherwise it is right up to code. The water is some of the best you will find anywhere, pumped directly out of the ground and it is tested four times a year for purity. It is probably equal to or better than anything you can buy in a bottle.

We are very curious about the comment that "the staff is rude". We noticed this comment popped up once before yet no one here recalls being rude or condescending to anyone. We wish there was more detail as to the circumstances and specifics...certainly the entire staff cannot be at fault. Sometimes rules must be enforced but even then we try to do it in a pleasant manner. A bit more detail would help us address this problem. Our staff has found this comment demoralizing as their intent is to be pleasant and helpfull whenever possible and the comment completely baffles everyone. We think we achieve that goal 99.9% of the time....but, you are the final judge...we just want to know where we tripped up in that regard.

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Reviewed May 21, 2012

This was our 2nd visit to Sky Valley. Our 1st vsit was back in October of 1980. The 1st visit almost 32 yrs. ago was great but the 2nd time was BETTER! Because of traffic in Boston we arrived after dark but they had the lights in the unit on. On Saturday the weather was perfect. We explored the grounds and just hung out. My wife and I decided to have a cookout instead of going out to dinner. Next thing you know a gas grill was delivered to the picnic table closest to our room and received advice about where to get great steaks. After dinner we had a little campfire. What other motel can you have a cookout and campfire? My wife and I had a great time and we are looking foward to vist this August.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dave E, Manager at Sky Valley Motel & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2013

A cookout and a campfire, how can you beat that?? !!

Many folks return after a long absence and are happy to find we are still here with the same management. Alot of water under the bridge in all those years and everything just keeps getting better.

Thanks for your review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Dave/Maureen

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Additional Information about Sky Valley Motel & Cottages

Address: 1088 Rte 302, 1 Sky Way, Bartlett, NH 03812
Location: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Bartlett
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bartlett
Price Range: $139 - $221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sky Valley Motel & Cottages 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
12 units spaciously situated on 35 acres fields, forest and Saco river frontage. Motel type units, 2 and 3 bedroom cottages and chalets. Perfect family resort with a low-key atmosphere. 5 acre children's playground, huge pool, a/c in all units, all units way off the main highway. ... more   less 
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