This place will remind you of trips you took with your parents to family-run motels when you were a child, right down to that motel-room smell. Our kids, both preschoolers, had a great time here, and we had a great time watching them. It's an attractive property, sloping down a hillside to the lake, and an easy drive into Cooperstown. We enjoyed being away from the traffic in town.
Offseason rates here are beyond reasonable for Cooperstown, but peak season rates are a good bit higher. Depending on what you're looking for they may or may not be worth it to you.
We had a poolside room with no lake view whatsoever. I was disappointed at first but that wore off quickly. My older son was thrilled to be right next to the pool, and it turned to be really convenient to be able to step right back into our room from the pool area. If you have preschoolers you'll know what I mean. Our room wasn't the only one without a good lake view, so you should be very specific about your needs when you make your reservation if the view is important to you. (FYI, there are some poolside rooms with balconies overlooking the lake. We might try for one of these next time.)
Our room was clean, but as other reviewers have mentioned, some updating is necessary. The pink carpeting and matching bedspreads in our room were right out of the 80's. We had no issues with bugs or cobwebs. Mattresses were comfortable, the carpet was clean, and although there were two connecting doors in our room we heard nothing from the neighbors on either side. Our bathroom was fine, stocked with inexpensive soap and etc., and plenty of standard-sized bath towels. Not as huge and fluffy as the ones at a four star hotel, of course, but they got the job done. The bathroom was absolutely spotless and that was the most important thing to us.
My four-year-old loved the outdoor pool because he could actually stand up in the shallow end. It was heaven for a kid who spends most of his time in hotel pools getting carried around by one of his parents. The pool and the pool area were very clean and the water was fairly warm, even this early in the season., but the pool isn't huge and I imagine that it could get pretty crowded on hot midsummer days. We didn't use the indoor pool but I took a walk through the building where it's located and it looked clean and well-maintained.
The game room is just OK, nothing fancy. More than adequate for my little boys but older kids might well be disappointed. There are better places to spend rainy days in Cooperstown anyway.
The beach isn't exactly a beach. It's small, rocky, and almost more of a parking area for people who had a boat at the dock. The lake is truly beautiful, though, and my boys loved the paddleboats. I saw more paddleboats stacked up beside a building near the lake, so they may put additional boats in the water when they're needed. We never had a problem getting a boat when we wanted one. This would be the perfect place to bring your own canoe or kayak, if you have one.
Breakfast is fine, no better or worse than your average complimentary breakfast, with your standard selection of breads, pastries, donuts, fruit, yogurt, juice, and cereal. Everything was fresh and kept at the proper temperature during our stay. We enjoyed our walk to and from the building where breakfast is served every morning, but it is located at the bottom of the property so be warned if you have physical issues that make it difficult to walk up and down hills. There were plenty of tables, including several out on a deck overlooking the lake. We never had a problem getting a table out there, and I couldn't figure out why. It was a wonderful way to start the day.
The bottom line: this isn't a fancy place, and it isn't perfect, but we found it clean, comfortable, and much more peaceful than busier locations in town. There's a real sense of nostalgia here that was very appealing to us. It's a great place to bring small children; most of the other guests during our stay were families with children and we never felt that our kids were an annoyance to anyone. If you enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors, especially on the water, you might like it here as well. If you prefer more upscale amenities, or if you have older children, you'd probably prefer to stay in town... particularly during the off-season when you might want more options for indoor entertainment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lake 'N Pines Motel offers a tranquil and picturesque view on beautiful Otsego Lake. Our guests can enjoy the indoor and outdoor heated pools, the only motel/hotel in the area to offer both, and a large picnic area overlooking Otsego Lake. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake n Pines Hotel Cooperstown
- Lake n Pines Cooperstown