My positive impression of the Stockade Inn began months before I actually stayed there. Due to work and schedule complications, I probably called to change my reservations no less than six times. It actually got to be embarassing after while, but each time the person who answered the phone joked with me and handled the changes easily.
As I arrived at the Inn, a small jazz band was also arriving to set up to play in the small lounge. I wondered how this would work in such a small room, I was afraid that it would be way too loud and intrusive but no need to worry - the group obviously knew the room and played at a volume that was absolultely perfect.
Entering the front door, I was immediately struck by the beautiful old style elegance of the entry way and immediate spaces. Lots of dark old wood, and plush couches in that lounge/sitting room area. Really, it is a grand old home rather than a "hotel".
I was greeted warmly and given an actual KEY to my room. (When's the last time you got an actual key and not a piece of plastic??) And i was thrilled to find that there was a small elevator to the sleeping rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors since my suitcase was pretty heavy. (The elevator is a piece of history itself - one of those old scissor gate deals that looks to be about as old as the house itself. Very cool!!)
There is a small bar off the front sitting room and i noticed that the bar's surface was actually hammered copper. The seating area in the bar is full of low, comfortable "club chairs" - probably a nod to the building's history as an exclusive men's club.
My sleeping room was absolutely darling! I had one of the smaller rooms (no need for a suite or anything like that, i was just sleeping there while attending a conference) and it truly felt like sleeping in my grandmother's guest room - if my grandmother's guest room had air conditioning, a TV and a private bathroom, that is"!). The bed spread was not one of those generic hotel types - it had the look and feel of a family heirloom. The bed was amazingly comfortable. And the air conditioner was very quiet and effective - a definite plus during the recent heat wave that rolled through our area!
The continental breakfast each morning was a definite plus. Fruit, yougurt, bagels, cereal. breakfast bars, pastry, juices and coffee.
I explored the rest of the house and found medium and large banquet rooms and of course that amazing billiard room. All were definitely servicable as occassion rooms but did not have that institutional feel that you find in your basic Holiday Inn banquet room.
The only negative i would have to mention is the shower in my room. The pressure was pretty low and it was a bit difficult to adjust the temperature. Had i been staying there any longer i probably would have asked if there was something they could do. But really, it was perfectily servicable for what i needed.
I ate one meal in the dining room with a friend from the conference and we were both impressed with our meals. The menu is not huge, but the selections are diverse and everything looked tempting. The service was a bit "liesurely" given the fact that there were few tables filled on a Thursday night. But we were not in a hurry and i am sure if we'd requested it the pace would have been sped up. As it was, we were really more there to talk and catch up than rushing through a meal. So it was a fine pace for our needs. Others attending the same conference ate at the Stockade Inn on various occassions and everyone had great things to say about the food.
I am planning a conference in Schenectady in 2013 and am disappointed that this wonderful old house only has 35 rooms. We need many more than that. I will certainly recommend this as an alternate to our host hotel and hope that a few of our attendees are able to enjoy the ambiance and charm of the Stockade Inn!
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