We were going to go to Dansville for the weekend for a friends & family "Krautfest" and needed a nearby place to stay. The options were very limited, and I didn't care for the reviews on the other two places, so we picked Grand Manor Suites. The reviews were good, and someone had mentioned requesting the back due to possible noise across the street on weekends...so that's what we did. We requested room 204. We knew that there isn't a full time person on sight, but if they know your time of arrival, they will be there.
When we pulled up to the front, we were a little taken back. The front entrance didn't look like a hotel, but a little like a store front in a quaint town. The buildings looked old...and well...I have to be honest, I was a little concerned about my choice. When we walked in, we were immediately greeted by the hotel manager who was extremely nice. We waited a few minutes for the other couple we were travelling with to arrive before the manager "took us for a tour".
We went outside from the lobby and entered the doorway next door (locked), and climbed a tall set of stairs that led to the 2nd floor rooms. She opened our friends room 1st (room 202) which is in the front. What happened next was then all a big surprise. The "condo like" room was very big and modern looking and very clean. It had a modern kitchen, living room, separate bedroom and bathroom. The table was set (like the models are set up in timeshare condos). The room had a little desk alcove set up with WIFi, and the tv was a large flatscreen with directTV and many channels.
We then went to our room (204), next door to 202 but is the back of the building . It was also,very large, but this one had an "upstairs". Our room had a kitchen, a table area, a raised living room with large flat-screen TV and powder room. (Sofa was nice and comfortable..and also a pullout bed). There was the little desk alcove (again with WiFi)..and then the tall steps up to the bedroom and full bath. The doorway out of the bedroom took you to the 3rd floor hallway which also accommodated the laundry room and a little sitting area.
If you don't like steps....you should stay in the single story apt (like 202). versus one of these 2 story ones...(it is a lot of steps to hump luggage). On the other hand, being in the back was really very quiet. The beds were very comfortable, as well as the pillows. There were amble supplies in the closet to replenish when needed. We were comfortable and had lots of room to spread out. Our friends in 202 said they did hear the music from across the street, but it wasn't so loud as to bother them. I suppose that the window air conditioners hum, helps with the white noise.
That evening we were supposed to meet some of the "friends/family" at the very nearby Jack's Place bar for a cocktail, then dinner next door at Gas Light Grill. This was just a block and a half from our hotel. The food was good. It was a nice walk back on a pretty evening to our rooms.
The next morning, we had several hours to kill before the party we were supposed to attend. We walked a block the other direction to the Sunshine Diner. We had a really good breakfast, then decided to explore the area a little. We drove to Letchworth State Park (about 17 miles away). WOW...another really great surprise. It is known as the grand canyon of the east. It is really beautiful and there were canyons, waterfalls, walking trails, kayaks, restaurants, camping...way too much to see in one day. It is 17 miles long (I think)...and some of the people we talked to said that it was their 2nd day exploring it. We almost didn't make it to our party in time because we were enjoying the park so much.
All in all, we really enjoyed our visit here and if we get invited again next year, we will definitely stay at Grand Manor Suites again....and spend more time at Letchworth Park as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Grand Manor Suites. Located in the historic town of Dansville, New York, the Grand Manor Suites offers the luxury of an exclusive all suites hotel and is ideal for business and pleasure travel. Grand Manor Suites is a completely rebuilt and renovated 150 year old building and is home to seven of the finest luxury suites anywhere. ... more less