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“My worse experience ever” 1 of 5 stars
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435 South Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891   |  
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Ranked #9 of 9 hotels in Watkins Glen
Tigard, Oregon
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118 reviews 118 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“My worse experience ever”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

I made reservations a week ago, and was quoted a price for two nites at $60 per nite, but when we got there the other day, they doubled the price to $120 per nite. This class of hotel is not worth $120 per nite, more like $65 per nite. It's very small, and has no features. Worse of all, all other hotels in the area were full, so I had to stay one nite. The next day I moved 20 miles down to Corning, NY, and found a beautiful place for $130. The manager at the Budget was a horrible [--], and wanted to kick us out for complaining. I wouldn't recommend this Budget Inn to my worse enemy. I have never before been so angry from a bad hotel experience.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We spent one night here while roaming around the area. Property was clean and so were the rooms. There is a fairly new Tops across the street that has a very nice deli. A well stocked package store was next to the Tops. There is also a family restaurant a very short walk up the road. We didn't personally try it but neighbouring rooms had good comments. The property is very close to Watkins Glen State Park which is a must see. Also don"t miss the falls at Montour Falls just a few miles south from the motel.
The motel itself is as the name suggests budget but it fit the bill for that night. It is situated at the south end of town on a fairly busy road so road noise is an issue during the day but we found it was quiet from about 10pm to 5ish the next morning. Being an early riser this was not an issue. We found the staff to be friendly and had no issues at checkin or out. As I mentioned the room was very clean as was the bathroom. Our room had a fridge and microwave while our friends just had a fridge. Luck of the draw perhaps? My only issue and I'm being picky here is you have to go to the lobby for coffee as the rooms had no coffee makers. A bit of a pain for we early birds but not a deal breaker. The breakfast was basic but again enough to get you going in the AM.
In short I would stay again

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Key Largo, Florida
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75 reviews 75 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

It was a toss up between Budget and another hotel for a quick getaway in Watkins Glen. Based on my telephone conversation with the Budget front desk alone, I declined to book there. Curt attitude, heavy accent, almost unintelligable, 2 word answers, smoking only rooms, then a rapid-fire phone number followed by "call my cousin next store - he has rooms".

Um, no thanks. Can't underestimate the power of a first impression. Maybe it's unfair to judge based this, but Budgets' management deserves to hear some feedback.

We'll see if the hotel where I did book - with a helpful and friendly first impression over the phone - lives us to their reputation once we stay there.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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New Jersey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

There is nothing distinctive about this property but the rooms are clean and the owners are pleasant. They offer a limited continental breakfast. We could not get Wi-Fi in our room, but could get it in the office. TV included HBO. There was a fridge in the room.

Watkins Glen is a little town. This hotel is just fine for the area, especially if you are there for a short stay. Short walk to the entrance of the State Park. 10-minute drive to the NASCAR track. Dunkin Donuts down the street. Ice cream parlor next door.Grocery store and a few family-run restaurants nearby..

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights, we booked 2 Queen bdrm, extra person charged $10/day which is reasonable. Our room has microwaves & fridge, which we don't need it actually. Hair Dryer is installed in the washroom. The shower stall is pretty new and clean. The parking lot is newly paved, lots of beautiful flower baskets hanging in front of the Inn. The staffs are friendly. Simple breakfast (included for the whole Summer) with some fruit, bread, muffin, mini waffles, coffee, tea bags, & orange juice but no milk. Tops supermarket & gas station just right in front of the Inn. The best part is Watkins Glen State Park is just 700 meter (5 mins walk) from this Inn. It will save you $8 for parking fee. P.S. One thing you might not like it is the house keeper might spray strong air freshener into the room after cleaning. Everything is good to me except the air conditioning, it blows bad smell air.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Canton, Ohio
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
50 hotel reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We stayed one night while in Watkins Glen. Nellie at the front desk (maybe the owner) was very friendly and helpful. Our room was small, but very clean. The bathroom was very nice, apparently recently updated. There was no fridge or micro in our room. Our traveling companions did have a fridge and micro in their room. There are hair dryers in the rooms. There is an ice machine. The Wi-Fi is good. The breakfast was good with some fruit and a waffle maker. There is a grocery store across the street.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stayed for one night when we found ourselves in town a day early. It was a pleasant surprise. The room was clean. They had Internet service and a little breakfast. They did not have refrigerators but they did have plenty of ice. The locations is very good, an easy walk into town and a few nice restaurants.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 435 South Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Watkins Glen
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Ranked #9 of 9 hotels in Watkins Glen
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