When we drove up to this motel, we thought uh-oh. The driveway/parking was in bad shape and the overall appearance was plain and while recently painted, it still looked dingy and run down. Despite the initial appearance, the room we had was clean, freshly painted, relatively new carpet, refrigerator, comfortable beds, and the owner was VERY friendly and helpful. While a 50's style motel has a small bathroom, and the sleeping area tends to be smaller than newer motels, we were pleased with our 2 night stay. It was totally sufficient for the price. I rated this a "3", mostly because of the outside appearance and because it is hard to rate a 50's style motel more than that. I would rate the cleanliness a "4" and the friendliness/helpfulness a "5".
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21 July 2011
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your stay at the Gale River Motel and I am pleased that you rated the Value, Sleep Quality, Cleanliness, and Service as FOUR or FIVE stars.
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I have on several instances considered resurfacing the driveway of the motel and decided against it. A smoothly paved black top would invite some guests to accelerate the length of the parking lot as they were leaving the motel, the natural bumps that have formed as the result of our New England winters serve as speed bumps to help keep speeds in the parking lot to a minimum. Because we are a very family oriented motel and the swimming pool is located across the parking lot from the motel building, the current parking lot condition keeps cars at a safe speed for children playing and crossing the driveway to access the lawn or pool. I will opt for safety over a perfectly paved driveway any day.
I'm sorry that you consider the appearance of the motel as "dingy". This is the first time that anyone has described the GRM in that manner. The handcrafted wooden Adirondack chairs in front of the rooms, the large picture windows looking out onto the front lawn and the mountains in the distance, and the newly installed and painted Energystar doors on all the rooms have been amenities that have been appreciated by many guests over the years and most recently. The motel is scheduled to have a new coat of paint in 2012 and, while showing some wear on the exterior paint, is far from dingy (I hope) in its appearance.
Would love to welcome you back in 2012 after the paint job, but you will have to put up with the bumps in the driveway. Plan your visit for early July, and the front gardens will be in full bloom, the planters at the entrance to the office will be bursting with color, and the cherry tomatoes in the containers on the front porch will be heavy with (still green) tomatoes.
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