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If you’re planning a trip to the White Mountains and looking for Lincoln, NH hotels, you’ve come to the right place! We love staying in Lincoln (and nearby North Woodstock) when visiting the White Mountains. It makes a great base for exploring the region.
Lincoln is the gateway to Franconia Notch State Park, home to some of the most beautiful hiking in New Hampshire, and Loon Mountain, one of the state’s most popular ski resorts. Lincoln is also one end of the Kancamagus Highway, easily New Hampshire’s most scenic drive, and is on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest.
There are plenty of epic things to do in Lincoln, from hiking Franconia Ridge and snow tubing at Loon Mountain to ziplining with Alpine Adventures and taking the Cafe Lafayette dinner train.
Additionally, Lincoln is a super family-friendly spot. Here you’ll find great family hotels and lots of kid-friendly attractions like Lost River Gorge, the Flume Gorge, Whale’s Tale Water Park, Hobo Railroad, and easy family-friendly hikes.
If you’re looking for the best place to stay in Lincoln, NH, this guide is chock full of our top recommendations. (Lincoln and North Woodstock are two towns side by side that feel like one big town, so we’re going to include listings from both Lincoln and North Woodstock.)
Behold, the best hotels in Lincoln NH!
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Best Area to Stay in Lincoln, NH
The town of Lincoln doesn’t really have neighborhoods, but you’ll notice that most properties are clustered along bustling Route 112. There are a few other areas along Route 3 in North Woodstock with more options to choose from.
While much of Lincoln is technically walkable, not a lot of people explore on foot. It’s more of a driving destination with plenty of parking lots.
Also: you should know that while Lincoln is convenient, it’s not one of the more attractive towns in the White Mountains. The main street and Lincoln city center is flat, devoid of trees, and covered with shopping centers.
If you’d rather stay in a classic New England small town on the western side of the White Mountains, we’re huge fans of Franconia, Sugar Hill, Bethlehem, and Littleton, which are a short drive up the highway from Lincoln.
Best Luxury Hotel in Lincoln, NH: RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain
The RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain is a destination worth a trip unto itself. You may be here for skiing and snowshoeing, but there’s plenty to keep you inside as well! The resort is located right on the Kancamagus Highway, on the edge of Lincoln.
Rooms are sleek and stylish, offering deep bathtubs and granite countertops. The RiverWalk Resort also offers suites with full kitchens, stainless steel appliances, dining areas, and even workspaces.
Amenities at the RiverWalk are some of the best in the area. The Seven Birches Winery occupies a section of the hotel, where you can try a wine flight or buy a bottle to take back to your room. We were impressed to learn about the on-site ice skating rink, which lies just beyond the outdoor pool, and they have a fitness center as well as a sauna and spa services.
More luxury hotels in Lincoln, NH: Our top picks for the best boutique hotel in Lincoln, Woodstock Inn also brings a high-end experience with comparable pricing.
Best Boutique Hotel in Lincoln, NH: Woodstock Inn, Station and Brewery
One of the most unique stays you can find in the Lincoln area is the Woodstock Inn, Station and Brewery. You’ve got a wonderfully cozy small hotel with fun amenities you can’t find anywhere else — like an on-site brewery!
The Woodstock Inn offers a variety of accommodations from single guest rooms to spacious suites that sleep up to seven adults. Some furnishings are rustic, while others are more modern and sleek. All rooms are well appointed and exactly what we’d want to return to after a full day of hiking Franconia Notch.
One of the main draws of the Woodstock Inn is the brewery and taphouse. Woodstock brews countless styles of beer, and even if you don’t stay overnight, the brews and the food are worth the trip. Don’t miss their nachos — they’re the perfect snack after a long day of exploring the outdoors!
Best Mid-Range Hotel in Lincoln, NH: Woodwards White Mountain Resort
The Woodwards White Mountain Resort (BW Signature Collection) is set back from main thoroughfares, giving guests a more private and immersive lodging experience. Located in the heart of North Woodstock, it’s close to the attractions surrounding Lincoln with easy access to hiking trails and stunning mountain views.
The rooms at the White Mountain Resort are fairly modern and streamlined with helpful touches like mini-fridges and microwaves in the hotel room.
The resort houses amenities like on-site dining, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and a hot tub, and if you find yourself needing anything, just ask the front desk.
More mid-range hotels in Lincoln, NH: We also like the Kancamagus Lodge and the Holiday Inn Express. Both offer an indoor pool and included breakfast; however we prefer the interior hallways of the Holiday Inn Express on a snowy day!
Best Budget Hotel in Lincoln, NH: Riverbank Motel & Cabins
The Riverbank Motel & Cabins are located on the outskirts of Lincoln, nestled against the Pemigewasset River. This simple motel is walking distance from Clark’s Trading Post, but you’ll need to hop in the car for further attractions.
The rooms have needed to be updated for quite some time, but what they lack in modernity they make up for in cleanliness. Smaller rooms are available in the main building, as well as individual cabins that have a small kitchen.
It’s worth mentioning that the staff and family that runs the Riverbank is what makes this location memorable. The service and unexpected details like the children’s playground are what make this motel special.
More budget hotels in Lincoln, NH: A little farther down the highway, you’ll find the Profile Motel & Cottages. This is another modest but cheap hotel featuring both rooms and tiny cottages.
And if you just need a cheap place to crash, Inn 32 is just a bit farther down the road, although for anything more than overnight we’d probably splurge for an upgrade.
Best Hostel in Lincoln, NH: Notch Hostel
The Notch Hostel is a gem among the White Mountains region. If you look forward to hostel life, with community spirit and fun on the cheap, you’ll love the shared spaces and details this place offers.
Guests can grab some shuteye in shared bunkrooms after a long day on the slopes, or grab a bite in the kitchen area. Common areas have communal guitars and a ukulele for guests to play as well.
The grounds have plenty of space for you and four-legged companions to roam, including picnic areas, fire rings, and outdoor porches. Overall, this is a great option for travelers on a budget.
Best Hotel for Families in Lincoln, NH: InnSeason Resorts Pollard Brook
For those traveling to the White Mountains with little ones, families can enjoy 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom suites at the InnSeason Resorts Pollard Brook. The InnSeason is located off Kancamagus Highway at the base of Loon Mountain.
InnSeason is one of a handful of resorts in a timeshare program, which means that you’ll find rooms that are stocked with amenities that you’re more likely to find in an apartment than a hotel. Suites have a full kitchen, which is a huge help for families, especially those traveling with dietary restrictions.
Parents and kids will love the pool, tennis court, arcade and game room, and playground. It also has a basketball and volleyball court! Basically, anything you would want for a kid friendly hotel, InnSeason Resorts offers. Another enormous benefit is the complimentary shuttle to the base of Loon Mountain during winter months.
More family-friendly hotels in Lincoln, NH: The Kancamagus Lodge is a bit more affordable for a large family but also doesn’t have as many onsite activities for families though it is a great option for other group travel.
And if you’re up for a family-friendly campground, Lost River Valley Campground has cabins for rent as well as tent and RV campsites.
Best Place to Stay in Lincoln, NH Overall
So where is the best place to stay in Lincoln, NH? Hotels here have a lot to offer, but our top three are the RiverWalk Resort if you want the resort feel and Woodstock Inn for the coziness and on-site brewery.
Now, it’s time to get out and explore the best of the White Mountains! Get ready for a fantastic vacation.
2023 Update: A previous version of this post recommended Red Sleigh Inn as the best B&B in Lincoln but unfortunately they have since closed.
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