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“Good Spot” 4 of 5 stars
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Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
16 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Toronto, Canada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Good Spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Nice spot located in the heart of Watkins Glenn. The room was large and comfortable. It was nice to see hardwood (laminate) on the floors as the room looked and felt cleaner. The restaurant was good and we enjoyed a nice breakfast. Dinner on the patio was great as it overlooked the harbour. I found the rooms a little expensive for what you got - that would be my only complaint. I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Huntington Beach, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Beautiful hotel, perfect location within walking distance to everything, fantastic attentive service from the staff throughout this wonderful hotel! We enjoyed our breakfasts and dinners here, and got excellent service from the bartender who also recommended several wineries for us to visit ! We are used to staying at The Four Seasons whenever they are available, this was a very nice surprise as a replacement !

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wilmington, Delaware
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96 reviews 96 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great location, superb service and a beautiful property. Fortunately this hotel was reccommended to us and so glad that it was! We loved it! The room was spacious, the decor very soothing and the bed was comfortable! The Coldwater/Patio restaurant and bar had very good food and was reasonably priced. Thank you Mary Diesel at the front desk for offering to move her car if we could not find parking (comment below). Make sure to visit Kevin, the conciege, he knows a lot about the area and spent a great deal of time giving us ideas and making reservations as needed- thank you!

Room Tip: I'm a light sleeper and should have asked for a room away from the elevators as guests returning...
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Portland, Maine
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a wonderful hotel. It is beautifully situated at the end of Seneca Lake. The food at the hotel was very good and the sevice outstanding. It was more like staying at a private club than a hotel.
Why not five stars?
The rooms are spacious and well appointed, but they have hardwood floors. And while lovely, the result is cold and noisy. A large area rug would solve the problem. Also there was one easy chair in the room and a round Formica table with four small stools. It looked like the children's section.
The housekeeping was inconsistent. One day the beds were made up but the bathroom never touched.
And finally the coffee. It was a nice thing to have morning coffee put out on each floor. But I did not like gathering with fellow travelers at 6:00am around the elevator. And many of the guests appeared in their pajamas and barefeet.
This is a five star hotel, not a dorm. Please put a Kuerig in my room and I'll add the star!

Room Tip: Lake side, top floor. Top floor is quieter
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Maine
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We were in town to do a little driving at the track and picked this hotel based on the tripadvisor reviews. I travel a lot on business and stay in some pretty nice places - and the Harbor Hotel ranks up there with the best. Even though its been around for a few years, the property looks like it just opened this year. The best thing about our excellent room? The hardwood floors.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Marshfield, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We wanted a 6 day getaway en route to picking up our son in Rochester, NY and took a chance here. We loved everything about it - great friendly service, good sized very clean rooms, wonderful sunrises and sunsets from the balcony overlooking the lake. The restaurant and bar in the hotel were great and there are other very good options nearby. I used the gym which has 6-7 state of the art cardio machines. Pool and whirlpool were very nice also. Took in some wineries and played some great golf for 50% of Boston area fees. If we return to this area, this will undoubtedly be where we'll stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Rochester, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Difficult to gain a reservation, but well worth the diligence! We celebrated our anniversary here and my husband still raves about the hotel, the location, the staff, and the food. The waterfront rooms are worth the extra money. The hotel is always bustling with activity, so you almost forget that you are in a small town. We will return!

Room Tip: Definitely ask for a waterfront room!
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Address: 16 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
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Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Watkins Glen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel has been awarded a four diamond rating from AAA -The American Automobile Association. This distinction is given to hotels with refined and stylish accommodations and a high level of service and attention to detail. This award makes the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel the top rated hotel in Watkins Glen, New York. At the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, our staff is proud to offer all our guests outstanding service! The hotel offers a variety of deluxe accommodations including six luxurious suites. We offer nightly turndown service, an indoor pool, fitness center and our professional concierge is on call to assist you and your family in planning your Watkins Glen vacation. ... more   less 
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Watkins Glen Harbor Boutique Hotel

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