My family (2 adults, 3 kids under age 7) took a room in the main building for three nights over the 4th of July holiday. The room was not large, but it had two comfortable queen beds, nice quality furniture, a small fridge, and a reasonable size bathroom with separate sink and vanity area. The room was nicely decorated, and a bit more upscale than I expected based on the price and location. Other people said it wasn't clean, but I am a clean freak (the type that brings her own cleaning spray to every hotel) and there wasn't ANYTHING I had to clean. I also had read some negative reviews about the beds, which I found surprisingly comfortable. I have back issues, so I have top of the line mattresses, down comforters, feather pillows etc. at home, and I'm picky about that too. These were not the fancy mattresses or linens, but definitely nice quality and clean and comfortable. I brought my own feather pillows because I never like hotel pillows, but theirs were OK if you like the standard kind. All the rooms in the main building are on the second floor, and our room was perfectly quiet although the lobby and other common areas were right below (which we found really convenient). The office is staffed by young girls from around the area, who snipe at each other and complain about the tourists invading "their town". When we asked for recommendations on restaurants and things to do, they seemed to be guessing. One actually told me she doesn't anywhere tourists would go, and that their staff really doesn't know much about the area because they just go back and forth from work at the inn to their homes up in "the country". One was a little more helpful and pleasant but also seemed to lack much personal experience eating at the local restaurants or visiting the "tourist" sights in Cooperstown and around. On the other hand, they weren't nasty to us or anything like that, and they got the job done. Checking in and out was efficient, the room was kept clean during our stay, and we found everything we needed by asking other guests and other locals at the places we visited. The Bayside Inn is the perfect place to relax for a few days to a week, on the lake, beautiful grounds, free coffee and tea, game room for the kids, canoes and kayaks at your disposal, old fashioned lounge with board games, nice workout room, all in all more than I expected for the price. It's a 5 minute drive to the town of Springfield, which has a lovely July 4th parade and BBQ - only about 10 minutes drive to Cooperstown and all it has to offer. Drive North 15 to 30 minutes and see the farms and beautiful countryside. The only things missing were a pool for the kids and an on site café or restaurant. The kids saw the pool at the inn next door, and wanted to swim, which caused a few issues for us because our place didn't have one. There is nowhere to get food unless you drive at least 5 minutes, but that kind of got us up and out in the morning, so it wasn't all bad. If you don't need a pool or an on site dining option, stay here for sure and just ignore the occasional sniping at the front desk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bayside Inn & Marina, on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, NY, offers pleasant, comfortable accommodations in a peaceful, wooded lakeside setting with picnic areas and gazebos at the small swimming beach. Canoes and kayaks are available free of charge to our guests. Located only 7 miles from Cooperstown, and 11 miles from the Cooperstown Dreams Park, Bayside Inn & Marina is a destination in itself. Our friendly and professional staff will do everything they can to make your "Cooperstown Lake Vacation" a memorable one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bayside Inn And Marina
- Bayside Inn & Marina Hotel Cooperstown