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“Ideal Wedding Party B&B” 4 of 5 stars
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41 Fennell St., Skaneateles, NY 13152   |  
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Ranked #3 of 12 Skaneateles B&B and Inns
Adams, New York
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Ideal Wedding Party B&B”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

Just spent the weekend getting married in Skaneateles, and so pleased with our choice of the Arbor House as our "wedding central" location. We reserved 9 of the 11 rooms, and EVERYONE was more than pleased with their accomodations. There are two houses; most of our party stayed in the back/newly renovated site. The rooms were clean, the bathrooms spacious and well appointed. The breakfasts were very good-- a custardy French Toast or omelette, fresh fruit, various cereals. Good coffee.
The rooms in the front/older house are, as expected, smaller and have some of the quirks that are to be expected in an older home. (My wife and I stayed in one last winter while checking out the Inn--we had no complaints, and a minute of online research can pretty much show you what you are getting--really have NO IDEA how "lesley s" could have had such a different experience than the other 20+ people in our party?)
Anyway, the site is ideal for a group traveling together, especially for an event like a wedding. We loved the back building's privacy. There is a large suite (the Bella Rose) with a full (and very nice!) kitchen, a big living room area where we all converged after the rehearsal dinner and the wedding reception to visit and continue the festivities, and a huge back lawn off the Bella Rose's outdoor deck where the kids could run and play w/o our having to worry about their being near the driveway. Perfect. We had all six rooms in this part of the Inn, and everyone felt they had all the privacy they needed with easy access to the "community space" of the Bella Rose just inside the front door.
The innkeeper Wayne was attentive and accomodating. He made arrangement for all of our group to have Sunday brunch together (probably not easy to have 22 guests converge at once, but we all had an excellent breakfast with prompt and very courteous service). I had the usual list of pre-wedding questions and concerns, and he made sure our rooms were all ready a few hours earlier than the typical check-in time so we could place welcoming baskets and set up the "Wedding Central" suite.
In summary, this is a very nice place to stay that is awayfrom the noisy main streets of Skaneateles, an easy walking distance from downtown (and three doors down from a really nice bookstore/coffee house), that is reasonably priced (we compared the AHI with many of the other B&B's in town-- all are priced about the same). The food was quite good, the rooms clean and well appointed. Overall, we were VERY pleased that we made this choice for our out-of-town guests. If you are looking for more luxurious accomodations, the Mirbeau Spa is a mile away and 2-3 X the price (we did stay there too, after the wedding). For what we wanted for our family and friends, the Arbor House was just right.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

I stayed at the Arbr House in Skaneateles recently and had a very pleasant stay. It was quiet and clean. The staff was very courteous and went above and beyond to accomodate us. The room we stayed was the Niagara which very clean and peaceful. It was the perfect spot to stay with close walking to the shops and the local coffee shop and restaurants. We really enjoyed our meal at the Sherwood. Will definitly stay again!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

We paid top dollar to stay at the B & B. It is a very old and very cold old house. The breakfasts were mediocore at best (especially compared to other B & B experiences). It is also very loud probably because it is an old house. The location is ideal.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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DavidSchnyer, Manager at Arbor House Inn, responded to this review, September 28, 2011
I truly appreciate your comments and consider it our oppurtunity to improve our Inn. While the front building, built in 1850 is indeed very old, our rear building was built in 2002 and perhaps would be more to your liking.
If you would please contact us by phone or e mail we would certainly send you a gift certificate equal in value to what you paid so you may come stay with us again and book in the newer rear building.
Again, we do appreciate this chance to serve you better.
Also, when the Inn is totally booked we do prepare breakfast casserolles to expediate breakfast for our guests. However, we do "cook to order" breakfasts when time allows us, or if a special request is made during busy weekends.
Wayne Saville
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Top Contributor
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16 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

We stayed at the Arbor House Inn for just one night and found it to be just fine. It is well-located to the heart of Skaneateles, reasonably priced, with an ample breakfast. The room we stayed in, downstairs in the back building, was OK, but not great. The dehumidifier was loud, but we simply turned it off at night.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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kearny, nj
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

Our stay was great. The hosts were congenial and the breakfast was fresh and good.
The rooms are spacious and well attended. It is a great location near all the shops and yet still very private. Just go and let the staff handle the rest!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

We stayed for 3 nights as we were going to a wedding on Owasco Lake.
Friendly welcome, lovely room - Bella Rose, beatiful grounds, tasty breakfasts.
10 mins walk to lake, 3 mins to supermarkets.Easy parking.
A great place to stay!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nashua, New Hampshire
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

We stayed twice this month: for 2 nights on our way to Niagara Falls and on our return trip home. The central location, but quiet surroundings were much appreciated. Our thanks to the Innkeepers for great breakfasts and very clean surroundings. This is a great spot and we'll be back on our next trip to the Finger Lakes.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 41 Fennell St., Skaneateles, NY 13152
Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Skaneateles
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Skaneateles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Arbor House Hotel Skaneateles

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