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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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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great one night stay. Kevin is prepared to help with any questions you may have and his restaurant recommendation was great. The view from the room and hot tub\pool are beautiful and the whole experience was relaxing. Hope to be back again next year and stay for a couple days this time Thanks kevin!

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Ft. Lauderdale
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I loved our stay at the Gale River. The motel is quaint, the views from the front porch were amazing and Kevin (who runs the joint) was by far the best host I've had the pleasure of meeting. The room was perfectly clean, the beds were comfortable and Kevin doubles as a travel agent and local area... More

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

Thank you for your comments and high praise. I shared the review with the housekeeping staff who also express their thanks for the recognizing their efforts in preparing your room for your arrival and taking care of you during your visit. I am personally humbled by your taking the time to comment on the personal attention that I try to... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Gale River Motel for a couple of days in late July, but we would have loved it to be more! Kevin is a gracious, thoughtful host who runs an immaculate motel. He had great suggestions for area attractions and restaurants. My daughters loved the pool and also the swingset/playground area; in fact, out of our two... More

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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My father and I arrived to freshly baked cookies and a wonderfully caring and friendly owner. Our room was immaculate and ready for us as soon as we arrived. The owner, Kevin, had lots of great suggestions for things to do, places to eat, and provided us with directions for all. The pool and grounds were just as well maintained... More

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

Thank you so much for your very kind and thoughtful comments. It was a particular pleasure to have enjoyed the conversation with your father about how he and you re-united after so many years. It was a wonderful story and one that I will remember fondly. Thrilled that you enjoyed your brief visit at the Gale River and will be... More

Northampton, Massachusetts
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Close to many hiking Mountains. Clean, comfortable, easy & fun to be here. The Owner is terrific, helpful, and has a fresh batch of cookies when you arrive. The pool and grounds are great too. This motel is eco friendly and pet-friendly. This is easily the one of the best bargains in this area. I've stayed many other hotels, but... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I stayed in the larger cottage which had plenty of room to sleep 6. It was close enough to visit many attractions yet far enough away to have a quiet relaxing atmosphere. There was a pool, hot tub, which was kept clean. Kevin the owner was very accommodating when we needed anything or had questions. If you wanted a fire... More

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Fitchburg
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

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

Thank you for your extremely kind and thoughtful review of the Gale River Motel. Your words definitely spoke to the philosophy that guides us at the motel. Many of our guests become like family as they return year after year. In many cases, families have pictures of children growing up over the years swimming in our pool, playing on our... More

Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

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
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

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
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

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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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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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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