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Gale River Motel and Cottages
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Franconia
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Reviewed 17 August 2010

We made reservations at the Gale River Motel largely based on recommendations found here (and helped also by the fact that it was chosen as the 2010 Editors’ Choice in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England). We were very happy with our choice – it definitely even EXCEEDED our expectations. Everything that has been written here is true – Kevin is extremely friendly and helpful, always happy to provide advice and recommendations about local sites and hikes. The view is great and the location is extremely convenient. We really enjoyed the pool and outdoor hot tub in the cool evening after a long day of activity. We also took a walk to the very close Gale River across the street and enjoyed a swim in the local swimming hole. We were in cottage #2 (Executive Cottage) which was very spacious and comfortable. Kevin has thought of everything to help enjoy your stay – in addition to the well equipped kitchen, free WiFi access, TV, radio/cd player there were coffee table books to view and board games which we actually used. He will also provide you with kids videos for free. Along with the chocolate chip cookies that are often mentioned in the reviews, there is also a PC with internet access available for free in the lobby. For the cottages, he even provides the charcoal for barbequing. When I asked about the location of a laundromat and Kevin said he’d do the laundry for $1 wash/$1 dry – that was just too good to be true! Book early – they did have full occupancy for at least part of the time that we were there.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 August 2010

When we arrived we were welcomed by our very friendly and accommodating innkeeper who provided all the information we needed to enjoy our stay in Franconia. The room was clean and comfortable. There was plenty of room for our 3 children in our Executive room. We had the best sleep on the pillowtop mattresses and enjoyed the fresh mountain air. We appreciated being encouraged to conserve water and electricity through the well thought out eco-friendly tips left in the room. This place is a great buy with excellent customer service. We especially enjoyed the bonfire we had on the last night during the meteor shower where we toasted marshmallows and looked at the stars. The complimentary home baked blueberry muffins provided each morning along with bagels and a tea and cocoa bar were the added touches that made this motel top
notch. This is a very family friendly place where the kids feel welcome to play and you can make vacation memories.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2010

Thank you very much for your comments, we loved hosting your family and am glad that we were able to create some wonderful memories. Hope the girls are taking good care of their special stones.

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Reviewed 15 August 2010

First this motel is in the middle of beautiful New Hampshire. It is close to all the attractions and hiking trails which was our reason for going. As soon as you pull into the parking area of Gale River Motel you see that it is a friendly place. Kevin, the owner, is informative, super friendly and makes you feel like you are at home. He greets you with homemade chocolate chip cookies, tea, coffee, hot cocoa. You feel as though you have known him all your life. The room was beyond clean, comfortable , with pillow top mattresses. The beautiful White Mountains frame your picture window as you look outside. There is nothing lacking in Gale River Motel. All advice I would give to you would be definitely positive. We stayed there going to Maine and coming back from Maine. Kevin welcomed us back and made us feel special. I totally recommend this hotel to anyone. It is super kid friendly and also just people friendly. Nothing negative will meet you here. We highly recommend you stop in and spend some time at Kevin's motel. Thank you Kevin.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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GaleRiverMotel, Owner at Gale River Motel and Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2010

Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments here for others to read. I was honored that you chose to return to the Gale River Motel on your return from Maine and afford us the opportunity to offer you the benefit of our hospitality (especially the hot tub to soothe those aching muscles) again. Best wishes and happy hiking!

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Reviewed 24 July 2010

So we stayed at a small motel in Franconia NH. The owner Kevin was the best host we ever met . Homemade chocolate chip cookies and blueberry muffins in the office daily, and bagels. Pillow top mattresses and spotlessly clean rooms! But the best was last night as we were discussing going home in the morning . He said that laundry could be done for a dollar a load to wash and a dollar to dry . BUT HE WOULD DO IT AND DELIVER IT TO US IN THE MORNING!  He has heavy duty machines so 4 dollars later all our laundry (4 people times one week ) was done !!! He saved me hours of work when we get home ! Kevin from the Gale River Motel Franconia NH you are awesome !!!! 
Dan and Sheila , Scranton pa

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Reviewed 21 July 2010

We came for a long weekend, and would have loved to stay even longer.
Kevin, the friendly owner/host, made us feel very welcome, and was especially accomodating to our wishes. He gave us good advice on restaurant choices, and shared with us the history of the motel and surrounding property. It's easy to see that he takes great pride in his establishment; this is reflected in the cleanliness, as well as the many recreational and convenience amenities he has provided, including a very nice pool and jacuzzi, (and what a view!)
The walls between the rooms must be 3 ft. thick, because there were children in the next room, but ours was DEAD QUIET. Oh, and the bed was very comfortable, and we are pretty fussy about that. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2010

Our ARC agency book all 10 rooms..annualy always the second week end in July Kevin & his dog Buddy are out there to meet us when we arrive ..
All rooms are always ready & perfect in every way to accomadate our group.
Most cannot wait to get into the pool & hot tub.! This year we didn't have faith in Kevin getting us the sunshine for a our annual cook out dinner ...so we opted for Pizza close by that Kevin reccomended. Yes !! we should always listen to the Owner !!
HE know his area & his weather!
We had a great time with Lawn games, Pool , Hot tub & Kevin's company as always
Can't wait for our return trip and will not stay any where else.
If your looking for a peaceful friendly " green " motel ..This is the place to stop.
Check out his Choc chip Cookies. New TV.'s Great beds ! and the best views

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 June 2010

It's always a pleasure when you find a local motel hat is well managed and maintained like the Gale River. The rooms are older but the beds are super comfortable. Plus, a fast Internet connection and newer Sanyo LCD TVs give you all the modern connectivity you might need. Gale River Motel is in Franconia, a small slow-paced town about miles south of Littleton. The only disadvantage is that you might need to drive to Littleton for a meal, since there isn't a lot in Franconia.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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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 03580-4801
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 #2 of 5 Hotels in Franconia
Price Range: £38 - £166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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