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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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woburn,ma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I have been staying at this motel for about 6 or 7 years. We love Franconia and previously had stayed at another place with cottages, but when the quality of that place went down we searched for another place in Franconia.We love everything about this place, starting with the owner Kevin .He is always pleasant and helpful.... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about the Gale River Motel! We love welcoming back old friends who have discovered our little corner of New Hampshire. For us, guests who return year after year become more like family. Each time a well-known name appears on a reservation request or a familiar voice is recognized over the... More

Beccles, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
57 hotel reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some very complimentary things have been said about this motel in previous reviews. They are all correct! To follow a previous comment; in our experience this is way, way better than any Hilton – and we have stayed at a few. The view from the cabins is stupendous no matter what the weather. The cabins are spotless, comfortable, well equipped... More

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

Thank you for your time and effort in writing a review. I am always humbled by travelers from abroad, who in many cases, have ventured far and wide from home and having stayed at lodging venues the world around, find the offerings of the Gale River Motel in little ol' Franconia to be worthy of commenting on in these reviews.... More

Weston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here in Sept 2014. Everything was very clean and worked. Easy access and parking. Owner was very friendly and helpful, and his recommendations on local restaurants was spot on. If you want a good place to stay at very good rates, this is it.

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

Thanks for the feedback...we love hikers!!! As a hiker myself, love the chance for sharing my knowledge of the local hikes with folks to make sure that the hike fits the person and what they are hoping for...have a pretty good history of steering hikers towards the hikes that match their desires....and hoping to continue. More

Kenora, Canada
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This motel is ideally situated at the northwestern tip of the White Mountains and provides easy access to all of its many attractions! We were warmly greeted by its owner (Kevin) who provided us with suggestions as to where to go, how to get there and information about each attraction. He even warned us about certain routes that would be... More

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

Thank you for your thoughts and comments on your stay at the Gale River Motel. There is benefit in knowing one's region, having hiked many of the trails, dined at the restaurants and shopped the local shops, I try my very best to cater what I know about the area to the interests and abilities of my guests. About the... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family - myself, husband and 3 boys - stayed in the Executive Cabin. Wonderfully comfortable and clean lodging, and the owner knew just how to handle 3 tired and cranky boys after a day in the car! Pool and hot tub were a hit, comfortable seating outside on the deck, convenient BBQ grill. What a wonderful way to escape... 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. Raising two children of my own, and having a previous career as a parent-child therapist equipped me well for welcoming tired kiddos who had spent an extended period of time riding in a car and are at the end of their days adventures. Some things you never forget!!!... More

Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is great for a family vacation in northern New Hampshire. We rented the smallest of two cottages for 5 nights, and it was perfect for us (2 adults + 2 kids aged 6 and 3). A quiet and beautiful site (with pool and spa) in close proximity of many interesting attractions. Service was perfect, with the owner being... More

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

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with the TripAdvisor.com community. We appreciate your taking the time to share your comments and let the many others that use this site how warmly you were welcomed and how well we served you during your stay...hope to have the pleasure of hosting you again should your travels ever bring you our way. More

Littleton, New Hampshire
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed in one of the cottages at the Gale River Motel. We chose to spend our wedding night there as it was close to home. It was incredibly easy to make a reservation and Kevin was fantastic, friendly and responsive to any questions or concerns I had. I wished we could have stayed longer! The cottage... More

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

Congratulations again on finding the love or each other's life...and thank you for spending the first night of life together at the Gale River Motel...we like to create memories at the GRM and am humbled to have helped share in making your special day together the much more memorable. Best wishes together and we hope you enjoy many more wonderful... More

1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 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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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time and energy to write a review. Your comments are much appreciated and are incredibly valuable towards impressing upon future guests who use TripAdvisor how enjoyable your experience was while vacationing at the Gale River Motel. Hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future. More

Ft. Lauderdale
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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

Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

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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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): $
Number of rooms: 12
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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