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Gale River Motel and Cottages

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1 Main St, Exit 38 of I-93 to Rte 18 North 1/2 mile, Franconia, NH 03580
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Gale River Motel and Cottages
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Franconia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband, dog and I stayed one night to visit the White Mountains. Kevin mapped a driving route for us which was great. The room has a great view of the mountains. There was a refrigerator in the room and access to a microwave next to the office, which was nice to have. There is a designated dog walking area... More

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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for taking a moment to author your review of the Gale River Motel...the words of our guests who have enjoyed and shared memories with family members and friends, and yes, even canine companions are always appreciated. Hope you, your husband, and pup left with lots of good memories of mountain views and memorable scents. Hope to have the... More

Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The owner Kevin went above and beyond to provide excellent lodging during our stay. He even went as far as booking one night with a competitor down the road since he was full the second night we were in town. Whether you are thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail as we were, our just visiting to ski, I would strongly recommend giving... More

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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to author a review of the Gale River Motel...as a fellow hiker, having hiked many of the trails throughout the White Mountains, I am sensitive to the needs of hikers and the little things that make life easier for them along the trail....complimentary shuttles to and from trailheads, laundry service, and a soothing indoor... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

A friend and I stayed at the Gale River Motel for a 3 day excursion of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. What a great place!!!!!!! Kevin the inn keeper was awesome. He makes sure you have everything you need. He even offers laundry service at a dollar a load. I was going to drive about 20 minutes away to... More

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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. If I am able to free up your valuable time so that you can enjoy your vacation, then that's what I do...I'm committed to making your vacation as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, taking care of your laundry is just one of those little things that can make a difference to folks. Glad you... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Kevin does an excellent job of fostering a warm, inviting atmosphere for all of his guests. The motel is modest, but is a true gem in the sense that you really don't find this kind of hospitality anywhere else in the nation. All of the big chains (Marriott, Hilton, etc) can be understood as "warehouses." Guests are commodities. Heads in... More

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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Dylan, thanks so much for authoring this review of the Gale River Motel...you captured the "magic" of the Gale River pretty well in your narrative. "Connecting" with other guests and bumping into them on the trail or at a local restaurant is just part and parcel of what happens at the motel. We like to think of our guests as... More

Brighton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
25 hotel reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We were welcomed by the innkeeper's daughter, with homemade cookies, and then the innkeeper came over himself upon his return to welcome us personally. The room was excellent value, with every facility (modern tv, refrigerator, coffee machine) except a hairdryer, which the innkeeper brought over for us. This is a place that wants you to have a great stay, and... More

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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

It was our pleasure, my daughter and I, to welcome you to our home and motel. We sincerely appreciate your kind words, especially in the context that my daughter is just beginning to welcome guests at the front desk and is still a bit nervous with this task. Your comments have helped boost her confidence in the performance of this... More

Branford
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Not too hot, not too cold... We liked everything about the place, from the innkeeper, to the location, to the accommodations, to the service. Definitely an "old school" kind of feel, reminiscent of nothing corporate whatsoever. I am pretty sure I stayed at places like this when I was just a kid (and that was a lot of years ago).... More

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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and your recognition that the Gale River Motel offers a little bit of yester-year combined with the best of today. There's nothing wrong with the high tech, computerized, card swiping glitz of today's modern lodging properties. We enjoy being more focused on the down-home feel of the Gale River Motel with good ol' fashioned... More

woburn,ma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My husband and I have been staying at this motel for about 6 or 7 years. We love Franconia and previously had stayed at another place with cottages, but when the quality of that place went down we searched for another place in Franconia.We love everything about this place, starting with the owner Kevin .He is always pleasant and helpful.... More

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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about the Gale River Motel! We love welcoming back old friends who have discovered our little corner of New Hampshire. For us, guests who return year after year become more like family. Each time a well-known name appears on a reservation request or a familiar voice is recognized over the... More

Beccles, United Kingdom
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140 reviews 140 reviews
64 hotel reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Some very complimentary things have been said about this motel in previous reviews. They are all correct! To follow a previous comment; in our experience this is way, way better than any Hilton – and we have stayed at a few. The view from the cabins is stupendous no matter what the weather. The cabins are spotless, comfortable, well equipped... More

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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your time and effort in writing a review. I am always humbled by travelers from abroad, who in many cases, have ventured far and wide from home and having stayed at lodging venues the world around, find the offerings of the Gale River Motel in little ol' Franconia to be worthy of commenting on in these reviews.... More

Weston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Stayed here in Sept 2014. Everything was very clean and worked. Easy access and parking. Owner was very friendly and helpful, and his recommendations on local restaurants was spot on. If you want a good place to stay at very good rates, this is it.

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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback...we love hikers!!! As a hiker myself, love the chance for sharing my knowledge of the local hikes with folks to make sure that the hike fits the person and what they are hoping for...have a pretty good history of steering hikers towards the hikes that match their desires....and hoping to continue. More

Kenora, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This motel is ideally situated at the northwestern tip of the White Mountains and provides easy access to all of its many attractions! We were warmly greeted by its owner (Kevin) who provided us with suggestions as to where to go, how to get there and information about each attraction. He even warned us about certain routes that would be... More

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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your thoughts and comments on your stay at the Gale River Motel. There is benefit in knowing one's region, having hiked many of the trails, dined at the restaurants and shopped the local shops, I try my very best to cater what I know about the area to the interests and abilities of my guests. About the... More

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Address: 1 Main St, Exit 38 of I-93 to Rte 18 North 1/2 mile, Franconia, NH 03580
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Location: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Franconia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
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Gale River Hotel
Gale River Motel And Cottages Franconia, NH - White Mountains

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