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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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Northampton, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks 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 4 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
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

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
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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