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Esperanza Mansion
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bluff Point
Reviewed August 28, 2011

Stayed at the Esperanza last week for three days, a little reunion with my brother and his wife. Though the rooms in the Mansion sounded wonderful, because of our age and certain infirmities, we elected to stay at the Inn annex. The rooms were on the second floor, but accessible at ground level. A clever design.

We did not expect that the rooms in the Inn would rival the elegance of those in the Mansion, and of course they did not. But their amenities and "country cottage" furnishings were pleasant, the bathroom impeccable (beware hot water which gets VERY hot), and the king-size bed (you can get two doubles as well) wonderful to sleep in.
Though light sleepers, we were not disturbed by adjoining or outside noise.

As everyone agrees, the view from our balcony and other indoor and outdoor public sites was simply gorgeous. The grounds and gardens were lovely, with lounge chairs provided for quiet conversation or to enjoy a glass of wine. Good taste is in evidence
everywhere, including the classic jazz, played unobtrusively, in the dining room and bar and the outdoor terrace.

Breakfast, the subject of criticism by some reviewers a while back, has been enhanced with warm food, and it is a pleasure to eat it off nice china and with linen napkins. We did not eat lunch there and dinner was not served on the days we stayed there. Some may find this an inconvenience; we were prepared for it, but got excellent advice on
restaurants that were about 25 minutes away, including one In Hammondsport, the Union Block, whose exceptionally imaginative menu rivals that of any Italian restaurant
we'd ever eaten in.

The lack of a dining room for dinner most nights is about the only negative I can think of.
The staff, on occasion a bit awkward, were nonetheless warm and helpful, especially Cheyenne. Our needs and requests were well met.

Some may find the Esperanza, located in the country, a few miles from the closest town,
a bit isolated. We loved such a setting and were happy to drive modest distances to the commercial world. Given a couple of reviews, I checked to see that no large party or celebration was scheduled during our stay. I concede that the ambiance might be a bit changed, though the placement of the banquet facilities off to the side means that the
change would be tolerable, especially is you're situated in the Inn.

In sum, the Esperanza gets two thumbs up from two-well traveled couples, one of whom
(not us!) can be pretty demanding.

Room Tip: If you book at the Inn, the upper rooms have much better view. Early week rates are a bargain.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

My husband and I took our second trip to the Finger Lakes and wanted something a liitle more private than a typical B&B. We stayed in an Inn room and it was decorated in a cottage type style. The room was very bright and cozy with a balcony (upper floor) that had a beautiful view of the lake. Continental breakfast consisted of the usual cereal, yogurt, bagels, juices, coffee and surprisingly sausage, quiche and waffles. Although the staff was pleasant they did not go out of their way for us. They were painting the outside of the Inn when we arrived and the rooms had no numbers, we were just told our room was at that end?? Also ordered cheese platters before arriving of which we never received but wanted to charge us anyway. Also the second of two nights there, they started painting outside our room so we were unable to enjoy the view and wine on the balcony as the furniture was removed. It was a pleasant stay, but not sure it is where we would return to.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

This was my second trip to Kueka Lake and it was for a wedding. We stayed in one of the main bedrooms in the mansion and I thought it was a great place. The atmospheere was very old school, but the rooms were semi-renovated (new bathrooms, but older style furniture, bedding, paintings, etc).

The view of the lake is absolutely breath-taking. I also suggest visiting some of the wineries, including Bully Hill which is always a fun time!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

My fiancee and I spent a night for our preversary here. We visited Esperanza a year ago in examining it's potential for hosting a wedding reception, which we declined due to cost. However, we knew we had to come back and visit again.

We stayed in the Mansion in the Pinot Noir room. It had ample room and a lovely 4 post queen bed. We spent the afternoon/evening drinking some champagne on the balcony which has one of the most incredible views I've ever seen in NY. Everyone has access to the balcony, and we met another couple on their 10 year anniversary out there as well.

The dinner menu didn't look too appetizing so we went into Penn Yann for dinner. However, the free continental breakfast was a nice surprise! Normally, you think just breads and cereal but they had egg quiche, sausage and french toast!!! Definitely a highlight!

On our way out we wanted to rent kayaks and one of the front desk staff called three different places for us to make sure they had one available. Very helpful!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

great place to stay to experience the Finger Lakes region, small but great wineries to visit and the hotel is across the street from a state park so bring your canoe! We had a great time.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

My husband and I spent a night here with 3 other couples. Three out of 4 rooms were okay....one smelled so musty that the couple asked to be moved. We found a few people on staff to be rude and not friendly/helpful at all. A person at the desk wouldn't crack a smile and seemed bothered when asked questions about the area. One person in our group fell on the stairs outside as an employee was walking nearby. I asked if we could get a wet cloth/ice because he was bleeding. She kept walking and replied, "you'll have to check with the front desk"....glad he wasn't having a heart attack!
I wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank lana5boys
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Reviewed June 18, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for two nights on a trip to wineries in the Finger Lakes area. Beautiful grounds surrounding the mansion, extremely pleasant hotel staff, and very well kept up. We would definitely stay here again.

The first night we stayed in the Inn section due to rooms in the mansion being occupied by two wedding parties. The Inn had a beautiful view, the room was newer, but with a country feel, but it was more like a ``regular'' hotel room. We really wanted to stay in the historic mansion. I would say the Inn part of our stay was just ``average,'' only because you're staying next to the main attraction, which is the 1838 mansion. But the Inn portion is still very nice.

Fortunately on our second night, the very helpful hotel staff worker at the reservation desk was able to move us into a room in the mansion. The room was large, the king size bed was extremely comfortable and the AC worked perfectly. No issues with the room being humid or musty. It was very comfortable. The decor throughout was from the 1800s and everything was very well maintained. The bathoom in our room was very clean and everything in the room was also very clean and well appointed. My wife and I like to stay in nice places on vacation and we were impressed and would stay again. Probably not a place for kids as they wouldn't appreciate the historical nature of the mansion.

As a guest, you really have access to the entire mansion and grounds outside -- we were able to sit on the giant front porch, which overlooks Keuka Lake, and we were able to sit on the outside stone patio area, which also overlooks Keuka Lake, and enjoy a couple glasses of vino. A thunderstorm rolled in one night and it was amazing as we were able to see its approach from miles and miles away. Pretty spectacular.

As if on cue, deer would run across the grounds, which was a pleasant surprise.
There were also two weddings at the mansion on our first night. No complaints at all about the noise from the music or party-goers. Noise from other guests was never an issue in our stay here.

Continental breakfast was also good in the morning in the on-site restaurant. It is complimentary. If you want to find things in the area to do, the hotel staff is very helpful, plus there are numerous travel brochures available in the lobby.

Overall great view, extremely peaceful and quiet, comfortable and well appointed rooms and the staff makes you feel right at home.

By the way, my wife and I had never heard of the Esperanza Mansion before and never had been to the Finger Lakes. Just found the mansion online, read the reviews and took a chance on staying here. We're REALLY glad we stayed, but make sure to stay in the mansion.

Room Tip: Make sure to stay in the mansion
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Esperanza Mansion

Address: 3456 State Route 54a, Bluff Point, NY 14478-9714
Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Bluff Point
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bluff Point
Price Range: $185 - $260 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Esperanza Mansion 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1838, the Esperanza Mansion has represented the highest level of Greek Revival Architecture in the Finger Lakes region of New York state. It has now been fully restored to its 19th century splendor. Guests may choose from 9 Mansion guest rooms and 21 rooms at The Inn at Experanza. The Esperanza Mansion offers breathtaking views of Keuka Lake and the surrounding countryside, making this the ideal destination for a relaxing Finger Lakes getaway. ... more   less 
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