We stayed at The William Smith Inn in May of 2010 and cannot say enough good things about it. There are 5 rooms in this 1870's Victorian - all with their own individual charm and simple decor. (No frilly bed covers and "more-is-better" clutter anywhere.) The Inn is located in a quiet residential area among other fine homes about 3 minutes (driving) from downtown Geneva so we wouldn't consider it within walking distance for most people. Although, the walk would be worth it as there are many spectacular properties all around. There is plenty of parking and it is easy to find. We were acknowledged IMMEDIATELY by the hosts, David and Theresa, who we found to be down-to-earth, very helpful and actually, quite perfect, from the first moment we contacted Theresa for the reservation to the time we had to say good-bye. The common areas: the living room, (where you will find a local paper,) the dining room and front porch were all very inviting and comfortable. There is coffee always available and in the guests' kitchen, in addition to ice and glasses, it was so nice to have access to a variety of complimentary snacks and a full-size fridge stocked with bottled water and other beverages. The rooms and ensuites are all spacious and meticulously clean. There is a dresser, one night table, room-darkening window shades, flat screen TV's (with ALL the channels) FREE wifi internet and extremely comfortable and sumptuous mattresses and bedding for a very good night's sleep. There is also 1 room that is actually 2 bedrooms with 1 bathroom -- perfect if you are travelling with children or a group that doesn't need to be separate. There is no in-room safe and this is an old house, so you will hear floor creaks and muffled sounds from elsewhere in the house. The breakfasts were fantastic -- a selection of quiches the first morning and a french toast bake the second, both accompanied by a fruit dish and premium sausages or bacon. It is important to the hosts to use local and fresh ingredients and their environmental initiative is evident everywhere. There is a dog on property, which seems to be a hit with many a guest but if you are not so inclined or have allergies, they will keep him out of sight, with no hard feelings. There are many places to stay in the Finger Lakes area and we do believe that this is your best choice.
- 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