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“Older but Adequate” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Birds Nest Motel

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Birds Nest Motel
Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Skaneateles
Maberly, Ontario
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87 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Older but Adequate”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014

This motel is very conviniently located near Lake, Winery and Distillery. Price was right for the ameneties we received. We had a nice, clean double room. Due to age of property, there were not enough power plugs to satisfy our computer requirements, so had to unplug the desk lamp and TV. Grounds are well kept. Pool looked lovely..did not use. Only real negative was the step into the office...it is not clearly marked and I took a bad fall. Receptionist said she has fallen too. I think they should mark it with caution tape.

Room Tip: They say the rooms at the back are quieter. Ours was in the front.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Linda H
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brighton, Michigan
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Booked for price, then read some scary reviews so was worried. We had a lovely stay. Older but clean. Large room, fridge and coffee. Comfy king bed. Good service. Interior hall did have stale smell, as if it should just b aired out well. Short drive to town. Would stay again.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank partyplanner56
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

Stayed overnight on a short trip to Finger Lakes. Motel had clean rooms and very helpful staff. Tables and umbrellas outside office for relaxing. Good value and close to the lovely Skaneateles. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Debbie H
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Hampton, VA
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48 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Bird's Nest is far from a luxury motel. If you want shampoo, go to the front desk and ask for it. Breakfast? Thomas' Bagels, a few packaged sweets and coffee. No frig, microwave or hair dryer. What you will find is a pleasant receptionist, a clean but sparse room and a comfortable bed. Remember to add on New York's high tax when making a reservation.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank TessfromHampton
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Oneonta, New York
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2014

We were first drawn to this place because of the fair rates; then we met the owners and so respected their quest to run a small business. Then their dog ( I forget the name ) who was such a lover. We found nothing wrong, but we found so many magnetic attractions. Jack and Jann Ewen

Room Tip: We are not fussy; we like the people. This is just a good place.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 278Jnj
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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434 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 539 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014

Motel is clean and attractive. Front desk friendly but DID NOT have correct dates for our booking.com reservation. Thankfully we had our printed copy and that they had a room available. We had changed our date a few weeks before and they had not put the update in their system.

They knew Internet did not work in rooms and did not tell us when we checked in. We were only able to connect in the office or the chairs outside the office on the Sunday we arrived. The light was too bright outside to see the screen. When I told them I would have to put that in my TA review I was told it would be fixed the next day.

The next morning I was still not able to connect to the Birds Nest network but i did connect weakly to one called EnGenius1xxxx . I never did connect to the Birds Nest router except in the office.

Electric outlets accept only 2 prong. (suggestion - take a 3 prong converter in your suitcase)

We are non smokers and there were smokers in next room our second night and smoke came heavily through the system so our bathroom smelled very heavily of smoking.

The pool fence is kept locked - a good safety feature with the key available in the office. I never saw anyone use it but it was mid June

The grounds are attractive.

Room Tip: Router is in the office so best chance of a connection in room would be near it in center of rooms...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank jroihl
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New York
Level Contributor
82 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2014

My friend and I do an annual road trip through back roads in the northeast, and this year we hit the Finger Lakes, Skaneateles first. This motel is very basic. The bathroom was small and the beds ok, although the pillows were desperately in need of changing. There was a nice chair in our room, and a small table. No hair dryer, though.
In this day and age of cell phones, computer tablets, iPods, and other things requiring charging, that there are virtually no electric outlets in the room one can use.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Maxene923
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Additional Information about Birds Nest Motel

Property: Birds Nest Motel
Address: 1601 US Route 20, Skaneateles, NY 13152-8870
Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Skaneateles
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Skaneateles
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the lakeside town of Skaneateles, the Birds Nest offers you 31 rooms and suites on a quiet country setting. All rooms and suites are non-smoking. The standard rooms are 400 square feet and all feature high speed internet, Climate control heating and cooling, flat screen cable television, phone and private bath. The suites are 600 square feet and addition to the room amenities they also include coffee and tea service, full bath, microwave and refrigerator. They are great for families and the business traveler. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Bird`s Nest Hotel Skaneateles
The Birds Nest Hotel

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