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Colonial Inn & Motel

701 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1303
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#9 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Watkins Glen

Welcome to the Colonial Inn & Motel, perfectly located in downtown Watkins Glen, where quality and value meet beautiful and spectacular scenery. We provide a comfortable and restful place for a great night's sleep.

Start your morning with a complimentary cup of "Witches Brew" coffee from Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters. Now start your day. We are a few minutes walking distance from a wide variety of sight-seeing and other traditional vacation opportunities including the world famous Watkins Glen State Park, also known as "The Gorge" and its beautiful 19 waterfalls. Conveniently located near other major attractions such as Seneca Lake boat tours, local wineries and their vineyards, Nascar Sprint Cup, Watkins Glen International speedway racing, and more. Check out the 2014 New York's Finger Lakes Region Travel Guide for more ideas (we are featured on page 21). Bit.Ly/2014TravelGuide

This historic motel is an excellent choice for families, business travelers, or those simply road-tripping through the Finger Lakes wine country on a budget. The main building was built in the 1880s and still retains a lot of its vintage charm. The back rooms were added in 1950s and also retain the classic mid-century look and decor of a more peaceful and restful time. (We still use metal keys, not plastic key cards). We are more than a simple B&B resort. We provide free Wi-Fi and free parking, but the secret of our success is our attention to detail to provide clean rooms and a hospitable atmosphere at an affordable price. You will find our staff enthusiastic and courteous with your comfort and pleasure our priority.

We offer late check-in, and are open to drop-ins when available.

Oh, and while in Watkins Glen, we recommend you try our small batch homemade ice cream, with vegan ice cream. And for our meat eaters, we have our very tasty Beef On Weck sandwich. It has gotten great reviews. We also offer handcrafted pottery, ceramics and other locally created items. You can also view our active beehive and see the honey, if you find the queen bee you get a free small ice cream.

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Gift shop
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Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
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Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Marie M wrote a review Sep 2020
Bordentown, New Jersey23 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed in room 6 in the motel. The room smelled like cat urine. The windows were filthy and one of them would not stay open. Thank goodness we were staying only one night. The location is great and the price was right, but still too much for the quality of the room. The check in process was strange; the person scooping ice cream is the person who checks you in. There is no check out and no receipt. No breakfast or any other amenities. We will not stay here again.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
HappyGJackson wrote a review Aug 2020
Mount Laurel, New Jersey531 contributions44 helpful votes
I had ice cream from the creamery . The banana chocolate chuck was so good I would definitely good back again . Nice tables to sit and enjoy the area There was a porch out front to relax on also . try the ice cream
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Date of stay: August 2020
Touria G wrote a review Aug 2020
New York City, New York283 contributions37 helpful votes
I try to review my stay by stating the pros and cons: Pros: It’s conveniently situated a short walk to Watkins Glen State park and Seneca Lake. It sells delicious ice cream and honey. There is live music on some nights. Cons: The website price included breakfast and the confirmation email did not mention that they were not serving breakfast. However, on the first morning we found out that we had to drag ourselves each morning to a cafe or a diner and add between $10 to $15 per person per day to our expenses. Not very honest on the part of almost never present owner. Read other reviews with the same complaints and take them seriously. I should have done it before booking. If you need to check in, you literally have to wait in line for one of the people selling the ice cream to finish and come over. But they were always nice when they finally did. But you had to often wait a good 10 minutes for that to happen. The room was clean but smelled of must or mold when we first opened it. It got better by the second day. The room was not cleaned even once during our 4 days there, nor was the trash taken away. The shower was toooooo small. Most people over 5’10” have to bend and hit the sides. It was like taking a shower in a phone booth. The blinds were broken and there was mold in the shower faucet. Please refer to the photos taken.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Nancy D wrote a review Jul 2020
Cleveland, Ohio44 contributions15 helpful votes
I stayed at the Colonial Inn mid-week on vacation. The owner, who is very personable, has apparently put all his time and money into the pizza/ice cream/honey. The room was musty, and not especially clean. The carpet was old and stained. The windows wouldn't stay open and the sink was semi-clogged. There was no "bistro", no breakfast, not even coffee. The web site promises all these things and hasn't been updated. It also makes the place look quaint. It's run down and in need of a renovation. Try the ice cream and the pizza, skip the stay.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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jcellgirl wrote a review Jun 2020
michigan61 contributions13 helpful votes
We tried 3 different ice cream places in Rock Stream and the Colonial Inn is hands down the BEST! The honey vanilla is one of the best vanillas I’ve ever had, thank you! You can really tell it’s homemade!
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
$102 - $166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesNew YorkFinger LakesWatkins Glen
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Frequently Asked Questions about Colonial Inn & Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Colonial Inn & Motel?
Nearby attractions include Watkins Glen State Park (0.2 miles), Quest Adventure Gaming (0.04 miles), and The Glen Theater (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Colonial Inn & Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a gift shop.
Is parking available at Colonial Inn & Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Colonial Inn & Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizza Co., and Nickel's Pit BBQ.
Is Colonial Inn & Motel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Watkins Glen.
Are there any historical sites close to Colonial Inn & Motel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Brick Tavern Museum and Wickham Rural Life Center (2.5 miles).
Is Colonial Inn & Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.