Route 16 in North Conway is packed to the gills with basic motels, which are reasonably priced in the off season (you can sometimes find a room for around $40-$50 per night in spring or late fall), but getting surprisingly expensive during peak travel times such as summer, ski-season weekends, and fall foliage season. Fronting the commercial strip, these motels don't offer much in the way of a pastoral environment, but most are comfortable and conveniently located.
Among the many choices, you might try the budget School House Motel (tel. 800/638-6050 or 603/356-6829; www.schoolhousemotel.com), with a heated outdoor pool; the Yankee Clipper Inn (tel. 800/343-5900 or 603/356-5736; www.blueberrymuffin.com), with a pool and an on-site cafe; or the pricier, more upscale Green Granite Inn (tel. 800/468-3666 or 603/356-6901; www.greengranite.com), with about 90 rooms (including 2-room suites with whirlpools and wet bars) and a nice indoor pool building with whirlpool.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.