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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Esperanza Mansion Hotel Bluff Point