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Gale River Motel and Cottages
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Franconia
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
Beverly, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Way all Motels should Be”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 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 in different places. We will deffinitley be returning to this little Gem. What I think I liked most is the attention to detail, and pride, the owner kevin had with his hotel. Also, a big thanks for allowing dogs. Sometimes I am little weary of the room you get when you bring a dog, this room was perfect and cleaner than anything else I have stayed at all year at other places in New England. Very pet friendly hotel. He even clears a walkway into the woods for the dogs in all the deep snow!

Room Tip: They all seemed great, and overlook Cannon Mountain. Looked like they have a great pool
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 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.

Room Tip: the are pretty much all the same, typical motel room.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 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 stay (although, being at the foot of the White Mountain Range, I'm not sure what you need in your room other than a bed, but that's me). This is a no-frills destination, but that shouldn't be read as being cheap or under-served. It's just a simple way to run a business.
The owner is very knowledgeable about the area and things to do based on your preference : want to hit the trails? He has great advice on when and where to go. Shopping? He'll tell you, unabashedly, where the tourist traps are and where to find a good deal. History? He'll be happy to chew some over with you (when he's not busy with his other guests, of course) and will send you to some fun sites that may not be in those guide books! ALWAYS talk to him first before venturing out - he'll put you on to the good deals, the best sites and places to eat. If you want a relaxed do it yourself NE vacation, this is the place to go!

Room Tip: Go with the cottage, if you can; it's nice having the kitchen and your own living space for the...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
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 area. I believe that is one of the things that makes the Gale River Motel so special, is that we work diligently to make sure that our knowledge of the what is special (and not so special) about the area gets passed along to our guests.

It is my honor to have served you well and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Gale River Motel when your future travels bring you our way. Until that time, may your travels always bring you back to the ones you love...
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builth wells, wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 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.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this review, 25 November 2013
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. We will most definitely look forward to welcoming you back in the future. The cookies will be fresh, the teapot hot, and the mountains as beautiful as ever for your return. Best wishes for the holidays and beyond to you and your loved ones.
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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 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 to do this business, might as well enjoy it. Price was quite inexpensive in the off season.

Room Tip: The end away from the road would be quieter.
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Green Features: Practices in the room were fine. Surprised that no recycle bin as in Vermont, but that seems true of all of NH.
  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Orono, ME
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 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 arriving traveler. He is friendly and knowledgeable about the area, acting as travel planner and host. This is a great location for hiking in the Franconia Notch area. Our room was clean, the beds were comfortable, the wifi connection was fast, the towels were generous, and the price was very reasonable. The parking lot has suffered from frost heaves, so take it slow when you pull in. And the bathroom door in our room wouldn't fully close. Otherwise, I would have rated this property with five stars for this price range.

Green Features: The environmental awareness and conservation was apparent but not overbearing.
  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 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 discount coupons. The room was comfortable, but dated, kind of felt like going back in time abit. The beds super comfy even for my hubbie who never seems to be happy with beds while traveling so this was a huge plus. The beauty of the area, mountain views from the window and the exceptional quiet allowed for a very restful sleep after a full day of enjoying the area's activities. Nice touch having a fridge with some soda's stocked at a low price along with a nice TV....

Green Features: Very environmentally sound practices. everything from using colored towels to recycling.
  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Gale River Motel and Cottages

Property: 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
Region: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Franconia
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Franconia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
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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Gale River Motel And Cottages Hotel Franconia
Gale River Hotel
Gale River Motel And Cottages Franconia, NH - White Mountains

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