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Gale River Motel and Cottages

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Convenient to the highway and an easy walk to the Franconia market and restaurants, and the room was clean and comfortable with a great view of the mountains. (The chocolate chip cookies in the office a thoughtful touch as well.) A fine place to stay, but I rate it highly due to Kevin, the proprietor - he couldn't have been... More 

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

I am honored that you have taken the time to author a review for the Gale River Motel and the service you experienced while you were visiting...especially the very kind words you offered to me personally....I truly love welcoming visitors to my home, not only leaving them with a memorable experience having enjoyed a restful nights stay, but welcoming them... More 

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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

Our stay at the Gale River Motel was perfect in its simplicity - very clean, well-maintained room. Loved the pool & hot tub. Chocolate chip cookies on arrival (and a few later!) were delicious. Kevin was a gracious host. Restaurants close by - within walking distance. Couldn't ask for a more relaxing stay.

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

Thank you very much for the time and effort in authoring a review about your visit to the Gale River Motel....grateful that your stay was deemed "perfect" and even more so that the simple pleasures found at the GRM were appreciated...best wishes for future good travels and wonderful adventures. More 

Swansea, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

My husband and I visited NH and brought our 1 year beagle Luke to the Gale River Motel. They have a couple of rooms designated as Pet Friendly. There was no smell or odor that would have given you an indication it is used as a pet friendly room. It was clean and the beds were super comfortable. Kevin the... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking a moment to author a review about your experience at the Gale River Motel...especially noting that the pet-friendly room you enjoyed was as clean and scent-free as one could hope for....it was a pleasure hosting Luke, as he was, for his first travel adventure, very well behaved. It is pet owners like yourselves, and... More 

Creamery, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

after making last-minute reservations and arriving in the middle of the night- the room was clean, well suited and simple. In the morning my dog and i were able to enjoy the gorgeous view and ample grounds for a little walk. It was quiet and beautiful and i would definitely be back.~ Thank you Laura & Cofee

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Thank latree2016
GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Laura....thank you for taking a moment to write a review about your and Coffee's experience at the GRM....it was pleasure to welcome you to the motel and hope that you will stop by again on your travels - very glad that Coffee enjoyed her visit as well, she was an absolutely wonderful canine guest.... More 

Westminster, MA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

I have been staying at The Gale River Motel for over 15 years & discovered it because it was a pet friendly place. My dogs have always loved staying there & always look forward to our yearly visits. It has always brought great comfort knowing that we can always stay at our favorite get away were not only my friends,... More 

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

Thanks BDrury1660 for taking the time to author a review on the Gale River Motel and especially highlighting the experiences that you, your four-legged family members, and your pet-friendly friends and acquaintances have enjoyed at the GRM. As in the past, we are looking forward to hosting the Annual Manilow's Doggie Daycare Getaway to Dog Mountain.... More 

Bozrah,CT
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Made me feel very badly about my dog and acted as if he were scared of her and as if she was a threat because when he was at the pool our door was opened and she ran out to bark at him. our room was right across from the pool. he told us she had to be on a... More 

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

Many lodging properties have decided not to accept pets on their properties because of incidents described by Lea M. The safety of all our guests is of the highest priority, especially when it comes to allowing animals on our property. We begin by posting our pet policies on our web site. When a guest with a pet books a reservation,... More 

Mont Tremblant, Canada
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Had a great stay. Went to hike Franconia Notch Loop, Kevin was informative and helpful. Everything is CLEAN, surroundings beautiful. Hot tubs and pool were welcome after a good hike. Very nice place to stay!!!!!! We will return to hike again.

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

Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to write a review about your experience at the Gale River Motel...the hot tub is the #1 amenity that hikers mention after coming off the trails...something to do with aching muscles recovering from the workout they received after scaling NH's granite peaks...hope to have the pleasure of offering you the... More 

Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

We rented a house from the Gale River Motel as our base camp for a weekend of hiking. The house was old but very clean. Everything we needed was supplied only had to bring our food. If you like old houses you will love this one. My one complaint is no A/C gets a little warm in the upstairs bedrooms... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your visit to the area...While I do own the Gale River Motel which is next door to this property, you actually stayed as guests at my private residence. The guest house next door is not usually available for rent. I made a special exception to accommodate this group from... More 

Rockland, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

It's difficult finding getaway lodging that is dog-friendly and especially finding lodging in the mountains with views and economical. With this criteria, the Gale River Motel and Cottages does not disappoint. Good value, friendly but no nonsense lodging with mountain views right out your window! (Views only from the motel room windows; cottages though nice, have no mountain views as... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and give folks a run-down on your experience at the GRM...it was my pleasure to welcome you and your four-legged traveling companion for a visit - your arrival during the Lupine Celebration was well-timed for catching the views during a most colorful time of year. Best wishes for continued good... More 

Oxford, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

the gale river motel and cabins are clean fresh looking, they have everthing you could possibly want or need.they are pet, eco friendly, hot tubs, pool.but the view is over the top all you have to do is open your door and look or come out and sit in the chairs and look.there is no need to go anywhere if... More 

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

It was great to welcome you and your clan back to the Gale River for another visit...really did enjoy sharing many a good laugh with you during your stay. Will be looking forward to welcoming even more of the clan back in July...until then good health to your family.... More 

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
Services
  • Laundry Service
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Business Center with Internet Access
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 

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 03580-4801
Location: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Franconia
Price Range: $50 - $220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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