The Brookside Inn was my first stay at a Bed and Breakfast, but after reading all of the great reviews I had to see what it was all about. Upon my early afternoon arrival I was greeted on the front porch by Lori. She showed me my room and gave me a tour of the house as well as some of the other guest rooms, even giving me some extra history about the house itself. The house was nicely decorated and made it very comfortable to be in, almost like staying at a friend’s house. Snacks were left out for hungry guests to munch on at any time of the day as well as a hot chocolate machine (which was quite good). The great room area had a more relaxed feel with some couches and chairs by a television and then a separate area for dining/reading/relaxing.
I stayed in the ‘yellow room’ and it came equipped with all of the accommodations of your typical room with the added bonus of chocolates (more quality than typical Hershey’s brand) and wine. The bed was extremely comfortable and between that and the breeze the ceiling fan provided, I slept like a baby throughout the night. For being on main street the traffic noise and headlights shining into the room were a concern, but the noise was minimal (even with the windows open), and the blinds did a wonderful job blocking out unwanted light. The room as well as the rest of the house was very clean making it easy to become comfortable. Lori and Dave were very accommodating and assisted me with finding a place to eat dinner (even calling first to make sure it was open) and giving me suggestions on what to do. The Brookside Inn was located right across the street from a park where free concerts happen every Wednesday during the summer. Unfortunately it was moved to an indoor location due to rain showers in the area; quite the shame because sitting on the porch to watch it seemed like a wonderful idea.
Breakfast the next morning was fantastic. Cereal, fruit, yogurt for those who like a cold breakfast and eggs, bacon, homemade home fries, and waffles greeted the rest of us! Unlike the normal continental or express breakfast served at hotels, this was a delicious change from the norm. Being a HUGE eggs and bacon fan myself I was happy to find that the eggs were cooked perfectly and seasoned well, and the bacon cooked to perfection. It is nice to see that someone isn’t afraid to add a little seasoning to these things!
Being in business and traveling from hotel to hotel the Brookside Inn was a very pleasant change from the norm. I felt cozy and comfortable in my surroundings and it made my business trip feel like less of a work outing. I will definitely be staying here on my next trip through the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn offers five spacious, beautifully decorated guest rooms with a babbling brook along side, and a charming gazebo overlooking Knapp Park. Each guest room is fully furnished with a comfortable king or queen-size bed, except for the Lavender Room which has two comfortable twin beds or one king. Each has a gas fireplace, cable TV with DVD player, pillows, clock, and ceiling fan, A/C, wireless Internet, ironing board, robes, and towels.A scrumptious, bountiful buffet breakfast is available each morning between the hours of 8-10:30am; indulge where ever the mood takes you...in the Great Room which is magnificently decorated with 10 ft. ceilings, two huge ceiling fans with decorated glass and cherry wood, huge white fireplace decorated with fluted molding, and marble surround. You can sit in cafe section, and enjoy your breakfast along with piped in music such as jazz, soft rock or many other melodies to choose from, or you may prefer to watch TV on our 30-inch screen TV while you dine, or you may dine outdoors at our brook-side cafe, or in your very own personal guest room. Come join us for our Upstate New York Hospitality with a little bit of City flair. ... more less
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