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The William Smith Inn
Ranked #2 of 10 Geneva B&B and Inns
Rochester, MI USA
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26 reviews
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“Perfection in Geneva!”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is our second visit to The William Smith Inn. We thought our stay was perfect on our first visit, but this visit was even better because our room was *even larger* than our first stay three years ago. The home is beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean, located ideally, and owned by an absolutely wonderful innkeeper and her husband. Theresa is the *perfect* host and after just one visit she already felt like a friend. After *two* visits she feels like an old friend!

Great breakfasts are served using local products (some from their lovely backyard) in a beautiful dining room. Don't miss the opportunity to have a wonderful start to your day as well as to take the time to discuss your plans with Theresa. She is a wealth of knowledge about the area and goes over the top to make sure you have all the tips, suggestions and directions you need to make your day perfect. She is a lovely host with an infectious smile and laugh!

You can't go wrong when you decide to stay at The William Smith Inn. Trust me on this one. Great place to stay in Geneva!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Theresa600, Owner at The William Smith Inn, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Repeat guests are the best compliment! So happy to have you both again!
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Fairview, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

We have stayed at this Inn three times. It is beautiful. Theresa is an excellent innkeeper. The room, amenities and breakfast are fabulous! Our daughter is a student at HWS and Theresa invited her for breakfast....a special treat for a college student! Everything about our stay was perfect! <3

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Northampton
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

Gorgeously restored historic home with a "wow" factor in every room. Theresa is an outstanding host -- very attentive, a great source of info on local sites and activities, an excellent cook, and hilariously funny! The rooms are huge and beautifully appointed. We felt completely relaxed and at home. Theresa recommended a couple of restaurants which were truly outstanding. Geneva itself is an interesting spot and there is so much to do and see nearby. Highly recommend it!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Summit, New Jersey
2 reviews
Reviewed February 16, 2014

Theresa is terrific and always works to provide a fantastic overall experience. Breakfast is homemade and delicious and there is nothing better than sitting on the front porch with a bottle of wine. Love everything about it.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Falmouth, MA
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

My wife and I stayed for one night on our way home from Toronto. The hosts were delightful, the room comfortable and filled with historic touches, and breakfast delicious. Geneva is one of the gateways to the Finger Lakes wine country and is a convenient stopping off place.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rome, New York
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here for the weekend to do some wine tours and we had an awesome weekend at the Inn as well as hitting the wineries. Upon our arrival Theresa and her husband David greeted us. These are two very wonderful people that we had the delight in meeting and staying in their lovely Inn. They are very informative of good wineries and places to eat (go to Ports Cafe! Little pricey but well worth it!!) We stayed in the Sturtevant on the first floor and it was a beautiful room. The only drawback of our whole stay was that we were on the first floor by the entrance and we heard the other guests coming in around midnight and staying up talking and giggling in the living room for about 30 mins or so. Theresa is a fantastic cook, the breakfasts are delicious and so are the conversations around the table. You couldn't pick a better place to feel comfortable and right at home. We will be back for sure and hopefully for a longer stay! Can't wait!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Geneva, New York
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

If you find yourself visitng Geneva NY for a college trip to Hobart & Willaim Smith College or just an escape to the Finger Lakes Region for any number of reasons, take time to visit with the good people at the William Smith Inn. Yes, the Willaim Smith, the one who the college is named after. A man who so loved and respected woemn that he made one of his primary legacy concerns the establishment of a College for Women. The home was built in the 1840's and after his death was used by the Lutheran Church as a retirement home for women. It has been renovated, very tastefully, and the family who runs the business could not be better hosts!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Property: The William Smith Inn
Address: 600 Castle St, Geneva, NY 14456-1404
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Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Geneva
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Ranked #2 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Geneva
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The William Smith Inn opened its doors in June 2009. William Smith was a philanthropist, astronomer, spiritualist and nurseryman. Your hosts, David & Theresa Gage, have restored this home to its former glory for your comfort and pleasure. This Italianate home, built in 1873, features quarter-cut white oak floors with black walnut inlay, monstrous chestnut doors, floor-to-ceiling windows and incredibly detailed molding. The home is situated on 3.2 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York. ... more   less 

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