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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 2013
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Rating summary
  • 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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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Los Angeles
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
15 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Clean and simple. Great location and excellent value. We stayed mid-week in winter and pretty much had the place to ourselves. Given the sub-zero temperature, we were grateful the the rooms were nice and warm. The Owner/manage was very helpful.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I've stayed at this hotel in a room and in one of the cottages; these and the management/owner embody classic New England simplicity, genuine service and a stress free vacation. The value of the rates is excellent, the grounds are well kept and offer games, areas for mountain/star gazing and the in-room amenities are all you need to enjoy your... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your experience at the Gale River Motel and most especially your kind words about the quality and value of the information that I try to provide to all my guests in the hopes of insuring that they get the very most out of their visit to the... More

builth wells, wales
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
17 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Stayed at the motel for 3 nights in September, a lovely friendly place to stay, owner was very helpful , surrounding area has some amazing hiking. All in all a wonderful place we will be back. Excellent. Thank you.

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

Thanks so much for your kind words and taking the time to share your experience at the Gale River Motel with those who will follow in your footsteps. It is humbling to know that having traveled as far as you have from home, the Gale River Motel has come to be a welcoming destination in your visit to the area.... More

Manila, Philippines
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
17 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

A standard motel room with a good view of the mountains to the east. Clean, good double bed and good shower. The strongest plus is the good natured manager who adds some nice touches such as home made cookies at reception, an honesty policy for drinks in the fridge, and good recommendations and information on restaurants. If you are going... More

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Orono, ME
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
15 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This property would be a run-of-the-mill motel if it weren't for the first class treatment provided by its owner, Kevin. From the moment you arrive, he has taken care of the little details that add comfort and warmth. Kevin has homemade cookies on the counter, menus for area restaurants, and a nice assortment of teas and coffee to refresh the... More

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vermont
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We wanted one last weekend in the mountains before snow fall so began looking weeks in advance for a room during the peak of foliage. Not an easy task but fortunately for us we were able to book a room at the Gale River Motel. The owner is exceptionally warm & friendly, offered advice as where to eat along with... More

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Worcester, ma
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Needed a place to stay in the Sugar Hill area that fit my budget. The Gale River Motel was right off the main road and Kevin, the owner greeted me by name with homemade chocolate chip cookies. this is a true "motel" where you park your car right up to your door...with Adirondack chairs out front with a mountain view.... More

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Also Known As:
Gale River Motel And Cottages Hotel Franconia
Gale River Motel And Cottages Hotel
Gale River Motel
Gale River Hotel
Gale River Motel And Cottages Franconia, NH - White Mountains
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
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Franconia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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