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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
Gale River Motel and Cottages
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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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Union City, California
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26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Lower Waterford, Vermont
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a real motel, just like I wanted. A real motel. Owner is a committed eco friendly businessman. Clean, convenient, pool and hot tub. Hiker stay a specialty, owner is a hiker. Great find in Franconia.

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

Thank you for giving the shout out about our respect for and service to hikers....as a fellow hiker, pretty much know the special needs of hikers and offer those services most appreciated by the hiker whether they are end-to-enders or slack packers heading out to bag a summit....having hiked many of the trails in the area....always offering advice and suggestions... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No frills here. The classic 50's style motel is old, but not shabby. Clean, simple and comfortable. Well maintained grounds, nice pool, great views and friendly staff (just Kevin for all I saw). Surely worth the modest cost. Memorable for its simple competence which is saying something these days. That they welcomed my dog was the deal closer.

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

Thank you for taking the chance to share your impressions of the Gale River Motel...we have kept the best of the past in our simple offerings, but have certainly tried to keep up with the 21st century with flat screen televisions, wifi, energy efficient refrigerators in rooms, and most recently energy efficient windows that keep everyone warm in the winter... More 

West Greenwich, Rhode Island
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kevin was very personable&friendly.I was traveling alone and he helped me feel at ease by welcoming me to his home.The room was very comfortable.Enjoyed the hot tub.the view was great and the grounds well maintained.Looking forward to a return visit with my family

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

Thank you for your comments....pleased to hear that you found comfort at the Gale River Motel. Will look forward to welcoming you AND your family back in the future....The "Gale" is a great place to make family memories!!!! More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great find, and I happened to find it on Trip Advisor! We wanted something small.. a non-chain, cozy place to stay for a few days. The views of the White Mountains were amazing and were right to the South of us. Adirondack chairs, shuffle board, horse shoes outdoor pool and hot tub were a nice touch. The... More 

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

We greatly appreciate your taking the time to write a review for others to read...love hearing that we served you well during your visit and that we passed your review (with flying colors it seems) of our lodging. We truly believe that its the little things that make for a memorable lodging experience and we are honored that "our little... More 

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