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Bayside Inn & Marina
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Cooperstown
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for two days while visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. We normally stay in five star hotels, but decided to take a chance on this hotel based on Tripadvisor reviews. We could not have been more satisfied with our choice. As you drive into the Inn you notice how clean and well maintained the property is. The service at the front desk was excellent. Our room was very clean and well appointed, with a nice coffee maker, good size flat screen TV and Time Warner cable with loads of channels. Unfortunately, the mattresses were not very comfortable and harder than I like. The bathroom looked to have been remodelled and was very clean. My only problem with the bathroom was the exposed light fixture above the shower. The room had a balcony which overlooked the other cottages and had a good view of the lake and surrounding mountains. There is a small beach and swimming area available to hotel guests. We didn't experience any issues with noise and had a wonderful two nights at the Inn.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jennifer M, Manager at Bayside Inn & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2013

Thank you for taking time to review your stay and our property. Everyone on our staff takes pride in their job and works hard to keep our property in tip top shape. All of our rooms have recently been freshly painted and been updated with new bedspreads, drapes and flat screen TV's. I'm sorry about the light in the shower. The recessed light fixture in the room that you rented had just been replaced and our electrician broke the lens that covers the light bulb. We had to order a new lens and it has since been replaced.

Our front desk staff enjoys getting to know as many of our guests as possible and loves the chat as long as the guests are willing. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you the next time you visit the area.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Was in town for a wedding and really only needed to find a place to sleep at night. Bayside fit the bill, very much a no frills place, at least in my accommodations (second floor, room with view/no balcony). Bed was comfortable, air conditioner functional, TV had a fair range of choices in terms of channels, staff I dealt with was friendly. Free wifi, which worked fine when I needed it. Word to folks who "need" their cell phones....there is basically no reception in this area. You usually needed to be a few miles down into Cooperstown or further out towards Rt. 20 to get some kind of reception.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Jennifer M, Manager at Bayside Inn & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. I hope that you enjoyed the wedding and am happy to hear that you found the room comfortable.

The room that you rented was located in our Inn. All of the Inn rooms have been freshly painted and have new bedspreads, drapes and 32" flat screen TV's with HBO. Bayside also has 4 different WiFi hotspots throughout the property. Unfortunately, Verizon is the only cell service that works on the lake. Because of this potential inconvenience to our guests, all calls throughout the US and Canada are free from all of the room and cottage phones. Bayside is situated on 4 acres on Otsego Lake and has several types of rooms and cottages of varying sizes and prices. There is something here for everyone.

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We stayed for one week at the Bayside Inn & Marina while my son played in a baseball tournament in town. While the grounds and rooms were fine, we felt a bit misled by the rules. The rules were odd to say the least. We were told that we were not allowed to use the dock or dock a rented boat on the shore if we had a boy staying at Dreams Park where my son was staying? Seriously? The beach was small and the kids were not allowed to play on docks or fish off docks or stand on docks. The property next door was generous enough to let us use their dock so our kids could at least play in the water. I understand if the owners have had past bad experiences with baseball families and would rather cater to a different crowd, but you can't have it both ways. We were never informed of these rules before booking and we asked outright. They seemed very disinterested in resolving these issues which we CALMLY discussed. They also seemed extremely disinterested in whether or not we were enjoying our stay or in securing a return visit. Mission accomplished. We will be back in two years for another tournament and will stay anyplace but here.
Bottom line...if you're a baseball family, this is not the place to stay. They made that perfectly clear after we paid the bill.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Jennifer M, Manager at Bayside Inn & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2013

JenniferLarson2013 was a guest of Bayside and a member of the same team of the previous review from S.B. on 8/15. At the risk of repeating myself: Bayside Inn & Marina DOES welcome Dreamspark Families but we will not accept being treated with disrespect during the full week stay. Two people from this group took turns screaming at one of my employees because they couldn't fish off of our docks, it was far from a calm discussion. In addition, others from the group were rude and ill-tempered throughout the whole week. Neither the staff or the website of Bayside Inn is misleading, the first policy on the "Policies" page of our website clearly states the Facilities policy which reads "The facilities at Bayside are for the exclusive use of registered Bayside guests only. Children lodged at the Cooperstown Dreams Park or people staying elsewhere are not guests of this establishment and should not be using our beach, boats, picnic tables, bbq areas, etc. Because this activity would inconvenience our registered guests, those individuals who are not Bayside guests will be asked to leave the premises". Also, any guest that calls and asks about renting a dock space is asked if they are visiting for the Dreams Park and then are informed that Bayside does not rent boat slips to families visiting for that purpose. Similarly, If a guest makes a reservation through our online reservation system the Boat Slip add-on option under the "Additional Items" section reads "Boat Slips are available for boats 23' and smaller at a rate of $25 per day but are NOT available to Dreams Park Guests". This group ignored our policies by renting a boat, inviting several people that were not guests of Bayside, allowing children to run around on the docks unattended and they misinformed the owner of the rented boat about our policies by telling him that we had 1 slip available for their rented boat. Bayside does have that policy because our docks are private docks for boat owners' only. We do not allow fishing off of our docks because we do not want accidental damage to any of the boats by fishing hooks. Also, because our docks are floating docks and can be dangerous when it is windy, the lake is rough, or in inclement weather, we only allow boat owners' use of the docks. We have had damage to our boatowners' property in the past and cannot take a risk of any further damage or accidents to any property or persons on our docks. No one from this group asked any questions about dock space before their arrival. Also, the property next door did NOT allow the use of their docks and were extremely upset when they invaded their property without permission.

In conclusion, Bayside DOES welcome Dreamspark families but WILL NOT tolerate rude, obnoxious, and disrespectful people with no concern for our safety policies.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

These cottages are well maintained, clean and pleasant. Several have lovely decks overlooking the lake. They are only 5 minutes from Glimmerglass. An added benefit is the free use of canoes and kayaks on the lake and a small beach for kids to splash in the water.

We stayed in a cottage advertised as 3 bedroom. The problem is that one of the downstairs brs had no windows and no ventilation. Fortunately, it was cool when we were there but, if it had been hot, we would have roasted. The only bathroom is upstairs so you have to be prepared for a kong hike if you need to sue the facilities in the middle of the night.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Jennifer M, Manager at Bayside Inn & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Thank you drcatherine2013 for recognizing our hard work maintaining our Cottages and facilities. Bayside is only 1 mile from Glimmerglass Festival (Opera) making our location on Otsego Lake quite convenient. Our canoes and kayaks are a great way to explore the lake and are available, free of charge, to all guests.

All of our Cottages are unique and this particular Cottage, Cottage L, is no exception. Cottage L has 3 bedrooms, each with a double bed. One bedroom is located on the main level along with the living room, dining area, kitchen and bathroom. The other 2 bedrooms are located on the lower level along with the deck with an unobstructed lake view. There is an AC in the living room and another at the lower level which does cool both bedrooms. The layout of Cottage L can be inconvenient for some people but it's quirkiness gives it its charm and the view of the lake is unbeatable.

Our staff is available to answer any questions and give a detailed description of any of our accommodations, just give us a call or send an email and we will be happy to help.

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

The rooms were clean and nicely appointed. The bathrooms were clean and nicely done as well. They were very accomodating to our arrival times and were very nice once we were there. This was a great location. Not too far out, close to the Opera, and art museum and to good restaurants but also fairly close to the town of Cooperstown. All and all, a great experience.

Room Tip: We stayed in the main building. I think if I had to do it again, I may have stayed in one of the co...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Bayside is a great place to stay, especially if you are going to Cooperstown. The room was clean, the service was great and the grounds are scenic. We would definitely stay again the next time we are in town!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Note to families in town for Cooperstown Dreamspark: The Bayside Inn and Marina does NOT welcome baseball families!!!

This place has pluses and minuses, with the latter far outweighing the former. It's fairly clean but the accommodations aren't quite what are represented on the website. There is a workout room, but the equipment is rickety. It's lakefront, but you don't have access to the dock, so you can't rent a boat or fish. For that matter, you can't really even swim in the lake!

Overall, the amenities listed on the web site (game room!) suggest that this is a family-friendly place, and that may be true--if you've got a family of seniors!

The owners are dour and mistrusting of their guests. The rule book they serve up is as hefty as War and Peace. There were so many restrictions on our stay I almost forgot that I paid $1400/week to stay here! The final kick in the pants was the requirement that guests strip the beds and take all the sheets and Towels to the laundry room and gather the garbage and take it down to the dumpster themselves.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Jennifer M, Manager at Bayside Inn & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2013

I would like to bring some clarity to what this guest has stated in their review of their stay.

Bayside Inn & Marina DOES welcome Dreamspark Families but we will not accept being treated with disrespect during the full week stay. Two people from this group took turns screaming at one of my employees because they couldn't fish off of our docks. In addition, others from the group were rude and ill-tempered throughout the whole week. This guest is correct, you cannot rent a boat because we do not have power boats for rent; we do have canoes and kayaks available, free of charge, for our guests. Our docks are private docks for boat owners' only. We do not allow fishing off of our docks because we do not want accidental damage to any of the boats by fishing hooks. Also, because our docks are floating docks and can be dangerous when it is windy, the lake is rough, or in inclement weather, we only allow boat owners' use of the docks. We do have a small sand beach and roped off swimming area. According to NYS Department of Health, all lake properties must have a designated swim area. Any guest is welcome to swim beyond that area at their own risk. The approximate size of our beach is stated on our website. Fishing is allowed from shore or guests may sign out a canoe or kayak if they prefer to fish in deeper water.

All of our policies and procedures are clearly stated on our website, especially our housekeeping procedures for weekly stays in our Cottages. Guests receive a substantial discount when renting a cottage for a full week as opposed to renting by the night. This particular cottage has a savings of $621.60. Depending on the Cottage the weekly savings are between $568.80 and $1,004.80. Bayside is able to provide a considerable discounted weekly rate on our cottages because we do not provide daily housekeeping on weekly rentals. The cottages are thoroughly cleaned for your arrival and all pictures on our website are current, updated just this season. Our weekly rates are lower than our competition on the lake and much lower than the chain hotels in the area. There are few places in the area where you can rent a 2 bedroom cottage on the lake with a full kitchen, use of canoes and kayaks, game room, fitness room, hospitality room, beach and BBQ facilities at a rate of $1400 for the week. If guests prefer to receive housekeeping during their weekly stay, they may choose to pay the nightly rate.

In conclusion, Bayside DOES welcome Dreamspark families but WILL NOT tolerate rude, obnoxious, and disrespectful people with no concern for our safety policies.

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Address: 7090 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326-3203
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Location: United States > New York > Cooperstown
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Cooperstown
#4 Family Hotel in Cooperstown
#5 Romantic Hotel in Cooperstown
Price Range: $154 - $258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bayside Inn & Marina 2.5*
Number of rooms: 41
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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