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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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
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159 reviews 159 reviews
23 hotel reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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124 reviews 124 reviews
60 hotel reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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
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26 reviews 26 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My family - myself, husband and 3 boys - stayed in the Executive Cabin. Wonderfully comfortable and clean lodging, and the owner knew just how to handle 3 tired and cranky boys after a day in the car! Pool and hot tub were a hit, comfortable seating outside on the deck, convenient BBQ grill. What a wonderful way to escape... More

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to author a review. Raising two children of my own, and having a previous career as a parent-child therapist equipped me well for welcoming tired kiddos who had spent an extended period of time riding in a car and are at the end of their days adventures. Some things you never forget!!!... More

Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This place is great for a family vacation in northern New Hampshire. We rented the smallest of two cottages for 5 nights, and it was perfect for us (2 adults + 2 kids aged 6 and 3). A quiet and beautiful site (with pool and spa) in close proximity of many interesting attractions. Service was perfect, with the owner being... More

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

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with the TripAdvisor.com community. We appreciate your taking the time to share your comments and let the many others that use this site how warmly you were welcomed and how well we served you during your stay...hope to have the pleasure of hosting you again should your travels ever bring you our way. More

Littleton, New Hampshire
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My husband and I stayed in one of the cottages at the Gale River Motel. We chose to spend our wedding night there as it was close to home. It was incredibly easy to make a reservation and Kevin was fantastic, friendly and responsive to any questions or concerns I had. I wished we could have stayed longer! The cottage... More

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

Congratulations again on finding the love or each other's life...and thank you for spending the first night of life together at the Gale River Motel...we like to create memories at the GRM and am humbled to have helped share in making your special day together the much more memorable. Best wishes together and we hope you enjoy many more wonderful... 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
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Number of rooms: 12
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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