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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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  • 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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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Gale River Motel is located very nicely for the western White Mountains and does allow reasonable access to Mt. Washington. The motel was very clean as advertised and the pricepoint does make this a solid value. The proprietor, Kevin, was very helpful with restaurants and hike suggestions. The view of the Franconia Notch is exquisite from the property. Horse... More 

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

John....thank you for taking the time to write a review describing your stay...your two night visit at the Gale certainly afforded you the opportunity to partake of the offerings....noticed your several horseshoe games with your son and the moments you took relaxing on the Adirondack chairs on the porch....all well deserved after your hike to the "ridge". Hope to have... More 

Spofford, New Hampshire
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the opportunity to stay at Gale River Motel for the weekend and can't say enough about the hospitality, cleanliness and comfort of the place. Kevin is one wonderful man and so pleasant to do business with. He's very easy going and accommodating that we left there with wonderful memories. Thanks for a wonderful time. We'll be back and... More 

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

Thank you for the review of the Gale River....it was an honor and a privilege to hose the 50th reunion of the graduates of Franconia College....will cherish the opportunity to have heard some of the wonderful stories, shared a few of the treasured memories and most of all joined in the laughter of old friends around the pool....thank you for... More 

Newton, New Hampshire
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is great. I actually booked our anniversary here on the faith of tripadvisor reviews and we were pleasantly surprised. In an area inundated with expensive B&B's and overpriced chain hotels, the Gale River Motel is a refreshing change. You get a nice room, on a nice property with million dollar views of Franconia notch and Mt Garfield. This... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit at the Gale River...It was our pleasure to share your anniversary with the two of you...and as importantly enjoy the conversation and laughter during your stay....glad you had the chance to sample some of the offerings of the Gale River that make it a memorable experience for all (don't forget... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was solo on a leaf-peeping adventure and stayed at Gale River. It was OK, but, being by myself, I think I would have been better in a location that was nearer to other activities. The hotel is fine - an older motel from days gone by - but knowing now what I didn't know then, I'd prefer to be... More 

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

Thank you for your review....sorry that my offers for assistance were "overzealous" - a simple mention of the fact would have tempered my offers of aide very quickly. Sorry that the Gale River Motel did not earn a higher rating from you - do note that you gave us four stars for service and sleep quality...and do appreciate that recognition.... More 

Union City, California
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Comfortable bed, basket with helpful items, small bathroom with cool turquoise fixtures, hot tub and pool (didn't use), nice grounds, beautiful views. People were sitting outside instead of everyone holed up watching TV. Note: no free breakfast, wifi spotty. Owner was very friendly and helpful.Great to stay at a non-chain motel.

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

Thank you for your review...glad that you enjoyed the Gale River Motel, but very sorry that you missed our complimentary breakfast that we serve during the summer months - we usually mention this to guests at check-in...it isn't anything fancy...homemade blueberry muffins and bagels and cream cheese along with our bottomless tea & cocoa bar that are featured in the... More 

Lower Waterford, Vermont
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Our stay at the gale river motel was a great experience, we've stayed at several hotels in the past and this motel is rated number 1 in our book the service was 110% very very helpful and friendly people, also very clean rooms. not to mention the hot tub and the pool is very clean and its very relaxing. He... More 

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

Eric....Thank you for taking a moment to write a review about the Gale River....It was our pleasure to host you and your daughter for a father-daughter weekend away. One of the things that we like to think that we do that is different from your big chain lodging properties is give families the chance to make memories...hoping that your time... More 

California
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

The motel was totally quaint! When we arrived the room had been arranged and the extra bed made up for our third grandson. The view of the mountains was awesome. There are two chairs in front of each room to relax. We did use the pool, too cold for a California girl, but the boys enjoyed it and the hot... More 

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

Thank you for your comments and it was a pleasure to welcome you and your family to our corner of New Hampshire....Glad you and your grandsons took advantage of the full breadth of the summer offerings (pool, hot tub, porch chairs and mountain view) Next time we will have to get you to try the BBQ and picnic area, the... More 

West Brookfield, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We stayed in one of the cottages for a week with our 4 kids. Kevin was a great host like others have said, but we ran into a few issues. One of the bigger issues was when it to cleanliness. I under everyone has a different level of cleaning ours is high, but we had dirty dishes and spider webs... More 

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

Appreciate your review of the Gale River Motel...sorry that we did not meet your expectations for cleanliness...there are times in unit such as the Executive Cottage that provides glassware, dining ware, silverware and such that a guest will return to the cabinets and draws items that haven't been cleaned to the standard that we like....we do inspect and insure that... More 

Oxford, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is the best motel and cabin we ever rented.we had pool,grills,eco friendly they checked with you often to make sure there wasn't anything we needed.there was games for the kids. The views from our room was so beautiful that a few days we just saat and watched the views. The owner and his help were very polite to us.they... 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....Shared your comments with my staff who were thrilled to know that their efforts each day to provide guests with neat, clean, and comfortable lodging was recognized and appreciated by you and your family. They all gave a collective "hoot" and "high-five" salute at the fact they were commented... More 

Carmel, NY
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43 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

My wife, 4 year old, and our dog stayed in the Pinewood Cottage. It feels like a place our grandparents might have stopped at during their travels in the 1930's, and as well it should as that's exactly what it is- a classic "travel camp" cottage. You'll find two bedrooms, one with a queen bed, and one with a full... More 

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

Thank you for your review and for so eloquently explaining what the Gale River Motel is "all about" - keeping the best of the past and combining it with the best of the present...to make for a wonderful memory for you and your family....overjoyed that you had an "awesome" time at the GRM. More 

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