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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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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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Upton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family decided to try Gale River Motel after reading the favorable reviews. My wife and I have 2 pre-teens. We have stayed twice in the past 3 weeks (2 nights each stay) and we couldn't be more satisfied with the accommodations. The property and rooms are well kept. The view of Franconia Notch is fantastic. The manager Kevin is... More 

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

Jim...Thank you sincerely for taking a moment to share your thoughts with your fellow travelers. Happy that you chose to return and give your children another shot at getting warmed up in the hot tub after a busy day skiing the mountains. Really enjoyed meeting your kids and watching them working on my lobby puzzles - let them know the... More 

Oneonta, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Booked 2 rooms for 2 nights for a rather nomadic ski trip. Read some reviews on Trip advisor and at $50. a night per room, figured,how bad could it be? We were pleasantly surprised. Motel is clean, well maintained, beds, linens, drapes, carpets all updated, flat screen tv, mini fridge, free wifi and coffee maker in room. Bathroom tiles a... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments and observations about your stay at the Gale River Motel...we always like to "pleasantly surprise" our guests. We like to think that the Gale River Motel is a family run motel with family-friendly amenities (hot chocolate and tea in the lobby, homemade chocolate chip cookies, complimentary Wi-Fi, and of course... More 

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My husband, dog and I stayed one night to visit the White Mountains. Kevin mapped a driving route for us which was great. The room has a great view of the mountains. There was a refrigerator in the room and access to a microwave next to the office, which was nice to have. There is a designated dog walking area... More 

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

Thank you for taking a moment to author your review of the Gale River Motel...the words of our guests who have enjoyed and shared memories with family members and friends, and yes, even canine companions are always appreciated. Hope you, your husband, and pup left with lots of good memories of mountain views and memorable scents. Hope to have the... More 

Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The owner Kevin went above and beyond to provide excellent lodging during our stay. He even went as far as booking one night with a competitor down the road since he was full the second night we were in town. Whether you are thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail as we were, our just visiting to ski, I would strongly recommend giving... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to author a review of the Gale River Motel...as a fellow hiker, having hiked many of the trails throughout the White Mountains, I am sensitive to the needs of hikers and the little things that make life easier for them along the trail....complimentary shuttles to and from trailheads, laundry service, and a soothing indoor... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

A friend and I stayed at the Gale River Motel for a 3 day excursion of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. What a great place!!!!!!! Kevin the inn keeper was awesome. He makes sure you have everything you need. He even offers laundry service at a dollar a load. I was going to drive about 20 minutes away to... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review. If I am able to free up your valuable time so that you can enjoy your vacation, then that's what I do...I'm committed to making your vacation as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, taking care of your laundry is just one of those little things that can make a difference to folks. Glad you... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Kevin does an excellent job of fostering a warm, inviting atmosphere for all of his guests. The motel is modest, but is a true gem in the sense that you really don't find this kind of hospitality anywhere else in the nation. All of the big chains (Marriott, Hilton, etc) can be understood as "warehouses." Guests are commodities. Heads in... More 

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

Dylan, thanks so much for authoring this review of the Gale River Motel...you captured the "magic" of the Gale River pretty well in your narrative. "Connecting" with other guests and bumping into them on the trail or at a local restaurant is just part and parcel of what happens at the motel. We like to think of our guests as... More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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171 reviews 171 reviews
25 hotel reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

We were welcomed by the innkeeper's daughter, with homemade cookies, and then the innkeeper came over himself upon his return to welcome us personally. The room was excellent value, with every facility (modern tv, refrigerator, coffee machine) except a hairdryer, which the innkeeper brought over for us. This is a place that wants you to have a great stay, and... More 

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

It was our pleasure, my daughter and I, to welcome you to our home and motel. We sincerely appreciate your kind words, especially in the context that my daughter is just beginning to welcome guests at the front desk and is still a bit nervous with this task. Your comments have helped boost her confidence in the performance of this... More 

Branford
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Not too hot, not too cold... We liked everything about the place, from the innkeeper, to the location, to the accommodations, to the service. Definitely an "old school" kind of feel, reminiscent of nothing corporate whatsoever. I am pretty sure I stayed at places like this when I was just a kid (and that was a lot of years ago).... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words and your recognition that the Gale River Motel offers a little bit of yester-year combined with the best of today. There's nothing wrong with the high tech, computerized, card swiping glitz of today's modern lodging properties. We enjoy being more focused on the down-home feel of the Gale River Motel with good ol' fashioned... More 

woburn,ma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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
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144 reviews 144 reviews
65 hotel reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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 

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