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Gale River Motel and Cottages

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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Fitchburg
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you're looking to stay in New Hampshire's White Mountains, this is THE place to go. If there were 6 stars, I'd award them to the Gale River Motel! The location is perfect - very close to the center of Franconia and all local attractions but set such that it feels like you are away from it all. The River... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This motel is a great deal for the location. The room was clean and in good shape. The room has a mini fridge which is very convenient for road trippers. The best part is the friendly and helpful host. He was very welcoming and gave us great tips on things to do in the area. This place is pretty close... More

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Bucks County PA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We returned to the Gale River Motel after about 16 years, for nostalgic reasons as well as the many high ratings. The location is spectacular, the price is an incredible value, the rooms are fine, and the reason to go is the owner, Kevin. He greeted us warmly and answered many questions over 4 days, from where to hike to... More

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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent welcome by the owner. Very friendly and helpfull. Had some good tips for in and around the town. Had some excellent breakfast pancakes at Polly's pancake parlour. Motel has a pool and hottub, which is lovely after a long day walking in Franconia . rooms are clean and spacious.

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New York City, New York
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I found the Gale River Motel by sheer luck and ended up staying for three days.The room was spotless and inviting, the property is well kept and the views were striking. Our host, Kevin was gracious, friendly,funny.warm, and very informative about places to see,good places to eat,and which restaurants to avoid.(very helpful).We look foreword to returning for... More

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

Thanks so much for your kind words on your experience at the Gale River Motel. There are many stories of guests who have stumbled upon our humble little spot of New Hampshire and been so pleased with the experience that they have extended their initial stay or returned time after time...glad to hear that your names will be added to... More

Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Everything I saw of this motel was wonderful. The owner was very helpful from my first call to ask question to check out when he offered ideas of stops along the way. We got in late and everything was already set for us, lights and heat. Much better then a company hotel. Everything was clean, neat and worked great. I... More

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

Stephanie, thank you for your kind words - I hope your whirlwind tour through New Hampshire and Vermont went smoothly. It was great fun chatting with you during your stay - thanks for recognizing the extra effort we put in to making sure guests are welcomed from the outset. We really do love welcoming folks to the Gale River Motel... More

Milford, NJ
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I recently returned to the Gale River Motel in Franconia, New Hampshire for a short vacation. The owner, Kevin (always gracious and 'down to earth' friendly) kept us informed on the skiing conditions for the surrounding ski resorts. The mountain views from the motel are extremely breathtaking in the winter. It is always a pleasure staying at the Gale River... More

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Beverly, Massachusetts
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

My wife and I recently stayed at this great hotel for three nights during Presidents Week. Everything was perfect, the view, the location, and accomadation. We spent the weekend Skiing Cannon, and were minutes from the Mtn. Everything we needed was in the beatiful, relaxing, town of Franconia. I've spent a lot of time skiing in New England and staying... More

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Los Angeles
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107 reviews 107 reviews
20 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Clean and simple. Great location and excellent value. We stayed mid-week in winter and pretty much had the place to ourselves. Given the sub-zero temperature, we were grateful the the rooms were nice and warm. The Owner/manage was very helpful.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I've stayed at this hotel in a room and in one of the cottages; these and the management/owner embody classic New England simplicity, genuine service and a stress free vacation. The value of the rates is excellent, the grounds are well kept and offer games, areas for mountain/star gazing and the in-room amenities are all you need to enjoy your... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your experience at the Gale River Motel and most especially your kind words about the quality and value of the information that I try to provide to all my guests in the hopes of insuring that they get the very most out of their visit to the... More

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Additional Information about Gale River Motel and Cottages

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): $
Also Known As:
Gale River Motel And Cottages Hotel Franconia
Gale River Hotel
Gale River Motel And Cottages Franconia, NH - White Mountains

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Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Breathtaking mountain views from every room. #1 Eco-Friendly Motel in New Hampshire. Recognized as an Environmental Champion by NH Sustainable Lodging Program. Spacious rooms with two full-sized beds, refrigerator, coffee-maker, A/C, and Complimentary Wi-Fi access in all rooms. Heated outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, playground, picnic area with grill. Cottages sleep up to six guests with full kitchen facilities. Pet-Friendly. ... more   less 
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