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Finger Lakes Lodging
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Skaneateles
Certificate of Excellence
Victor, New York, United States
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256 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Nice room, but a few downsides”
Reviewed February 11, 2014

The decor of our room was charming and rustic. However, the mattress was too soft for my liking, and I had a poor night's sleep.
The bathroom was cute, but FREEZING. Granted, it was February, but the tile floor was like walking on ice. The stall shower (no tub) was quite small and dark (the ceiling light in the middle of the room didn't shed much light into the shower). In general, the lighting in the bathroom was not good. I had trouble getting ready in the morning due to poor lighting. The lighting in the bedroom was fine, but there was no mirror there.
My recommendations would be:
1. better mattresses
2. better heating and lighting in the bathroom (and tubs, but that would require a renovation).
3. a mirror over the desk in the bedroom.
We likely won't stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

I will start by saying that I'm not one to usually splurge on hotels. I want a clean and comfortable room to spend the night at, but I'd rather spend money on activities on vacation.

This hotel fit the bill for the most part. The rates were some of the cheapest around. The room was very clean and decorated with rustic décor. It was a decent size, and we didn't feel too cramped. Loved the gas fireplace in the corner of the bedroom. Very cozy.

There are a couple of downsides. First, the bathroom was very dark. Very little lighting, and the tile was dark as well. Made getting ready difficult. The second is that the location relative to all the things to do in the Finger Lakes is a little far. That isn't really the fault of the hotel, but I do think next time I would stay closer to Seneca or Cayuga Lake. There were a couple of times when we wanted to maybe stop by the room to rest for an hour or two but the drive wouldn't have worked out.

A little tip: Mirabeau (the sister hotel) offers a continental breakfast and you can order individual items as well. A little pricey for breakfast, especially if you are like me and you don't eat a ton in the morning. However, there is a great bakery downtown that offers pastries and breakfast sandwiches. I would skip Mirabeau and hit the bakery instead.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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oneonta, ny
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Room 710 is very wheelchair accessible. Back your car up to the door and unload bags easily into the room. The doorway is wide and door easy to open. The carpet is low mat and easy to roll over. The 2 queen bedroom/living area is large and rustic with log cabin décor and small gas fireplace. The bathroom is large with slate tile floor, roll in shower, large pedestal sink and ADA height toilet. We found the room to be very quiet and comfortable. Extra bathroom supplies were stored in the drawer below the TV. Other good points listed by other commenters were true.

Negatives: Very, very dim lighting In bathroom. Carpet could use a good shampoo.

Overall, a nice convenient place to stay. Staff vey helpful and accommodating staff.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Grimsby, On, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We were on a motorcycle trip around the Finger Lakes and stayed here Aug.15, 2013. Reasonable rates during the week. Only paid $89 Thurs. night. Shortly after we arrived, it started to pour rain, and a person who works at the Mirabeau, brought us back umbrellas so we could walk across the road for supper at a restaurant! Friendly staff, very clean rooms and comfortable beds. Definitely would stay again. The rooms looked great, like a cottage.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pittsford, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

We have stayed many times at the Mirabeau and when we couldn't due to last minute booking get a room there, they suggested their sister property, Finger Lakes Lodging. We thought given the association with the Mirabeau brand it woud be of Mirabeau quality. It wasn't.

FLL is a classic motel that was inexpensively updated. The rooms are immaculate but very small. The shower (no tub) was tiny. The fan in the bathroom sounded like a jet engine and it came on whenever the bathroom light was turned on. The bed was a queen. It is an adequate property.

We experienced some maintenance issues. The TV was a small cathode ray tube with a loose cable connection causing a weak, static laden connection. The sink had a very slow drain.

We paid over $200 for the room. This may have been because of an area room shortage the night we booked. I would think a market price for the room would be more in the $150 range.

Next time at the $200 price, we would do more shopping.

I do hope FLL managers update the TVs, clean the drain lines and replace the fans in the bathrooms.

Skaneateles is a wonderful town that is worth visiting.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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63 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great location, across from Mirabeau but LOTS of truck traffic noise. Be forewarned.

Stayed Boat Show weekend so at very top of their price point. Beggars can't be choosy. Paid $190 per night for a room which at best is $100 per night room. Cozy cottage room. A bit cramped, with a queen bed. Very small bathroom and tiny shower. Pillows are threadbare and not what you would expect from a Mirabeau-owned property. Called front desk at Mirabeau twice for additional pillows - but none were delivered. Bedding was very comfortable. If you did not have to check in at Mirabeau you would never know it was owned by Mirabeau. Rooms need to be re-done and updated.

In the "off-season" rates plummet and you should consider holding off to get a much lower rate than I paid.

$10/day for continental breakfast at Mirabeau. $25 to access spa. Both are very good deals. Enjoyed breakfast twice and one lunch. If you are in a hurry do not come here for lunch. Enjoyed the ambiance immensely. After 45 minutes and 3 visits from the server asking if there is anything else we need (perhaps food) I went in search of restaurant manager but only found the hostess who said she would inquire. After another 15 minutes lunch arrived and it was spectacular!

Note to Mirabeau - please suggest your restaurant managers be visible and vigilant during dining hours in case diners have a problem.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shady,NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2013

The photo advertising this lodging is misleading. The depicted building suggested to us we were going to an inn. The Adirondack chairs implied there was a lake or other pleasant view ahead.

Not so. If the photo were expanded to the right, you'd see a long single-story motel gussied up with rustic touches. If expanded below, you'd see that the chairs face onto Route 20 a few feet away. The building is not large and contains the small number of suites. Unless you specify that's where you want to be -- and are willing to pay a premium -- you'll wind up in a motel room.

Skaneateles is a pricey town. While our room at Finger Lakes Lodging cost less than rooms elsewhere it was nonetheless -- with a wedding discount -- between $190 and $200 including taxes and not including breakfast. Our room was small, just large enough for a king-size bed, chifforobe, desk and rocking chair.

On the plus side, as a place to sleep for one night the room served us very well. The bed and pillows were comfortable. The place was clean and close to the center of an interesting downtown. A back door opened onto a deck (shared with other rooms). Despite proximity to the highway the room was quiet. The clerks at the Mirabeau desk were pleasant and helpful. Rather than pay $10 apiece at the Mirabeau we went across the street to the bakery at the back of Rosa's Cucina and had excellent coffee and pastries for about $7 total.

Room Tip: You may do better than the room we had -- #707.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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marym79, Guest Relations Manager at Finger Lakes Lodging, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your overnight stay with us. We hope that you will visit us again soon.
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Property: Finger Lakes Lodging
Address: 834 W Genesee Street Rd, Skaneateles, NY 13152-9311
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Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Skaneateles
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Skaneateles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Finger Lakes Lodging 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Finger Lakes Lodging is one of the most unique lodging facilities in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Central New York. A wonderful example of the Adirondack Great Camp style, Finger Lakes Lodging is located in charming Skaneateles, situated on the most beautiful and scenic of the Finger Lakes. We are located within a short drive of many Finger Lakes wineries and walking distance to the shops and restaurants in downtown Skaneateles. ... more   less 
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