Gale River Motel and Cottages

1 Main St, Exit 38 of I-93 to Rte 18 North 1/2 mile, Franconia, 03580-4801, NH

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“Family-friendly, pet-friendly, and eco-friendly,” reads the motto of this White Mountain motel. Rooms are spacious and clean with two queen sized beds with pillow-top mattresses, complimentary sodas in the fridge, and gorgeous views of the mountains. In addition, the property has two larger housekeeping cottages with kitchens, high ceilings, and the beds enough to accommodate five or six people.

The motel has plenty of amenities to please families, including an outdoor pool, hot tub, laundry service, and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon. It also accommodates pets with advanced approval. Last but not least the motel will appeal to eco-conscious visitors with significant green upgrades over the past few years, including solar power cells on the roof the provide 100 percent of the motor inn’s power.

Our Editor Loves

  • Beautiful mountain views
  • Comfortable budget lodgings
  • Sustainable green building

Family Interests

  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Skiing
  • Theme Park
  • Water Parks

Family Amenities

  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Refrigerator


Great Value, Helpful Owner

by klmfnew

This motel was a great find. We loved staying here. True it is not a luxury spa, but we weren't looking for that. It was a great location to explore the White Mountains. This exploration was made easier by the innkeeper who knew the area well and gave us suggestions about hikes, places to see, how to get to places the best way - being from far away from this part of the country these suggestions made our trip. He even could tell me quickly where I could catch a sunset when the clouds cleared and I had only a short time to to drive to get to a place with a good view. We also loved being in Franconia far away from the outlet malls and traffic of the Conway area. The views were great and we loved being able to park right outside our door - no steps to climb. Event though the decor was a little outdated, the rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. We don't really care that much about interior decorating. There wasn't a seating area but we weren't looking for a place where all you do is sit in your room. Since we were traveling in the fall we didn't use the pool but there was one there for summer visitors.

Hiking in the notch

by terrbuck

I love this place! I have stayed here twice this year and plan to return. Firstly it is pet friendly, which isn’t easy to find. There are toys for your pup and great walking area. The innkeeper is personable, accommodating and knowledgeable. He has thought of everything down to small details. It is clean and eco-friendly. The only downsides are dogs can’t sleep on the beds and hot tubs are on at limited times off season. Franconia is beautiful and this is a great spot. I highly recommend this.