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“absolutely wonderful” 5 of 5 stars
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Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
Certificate of Excellence
Cobourg, Canada
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49 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“absolutely wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

What a beautiful hotel! We arrived here around 6 pm and were checked in quickly. Help was offered right away to unload the vehicle and get everything to the room. My husband is in a wheelchair so this was very nice to have. As we arrived late we decided to have dinner at the hotel. It was amazing! The service was great and the food was sooooo good! The room was very spacious with the most beautiful view of the marina and Lake Seneca. Bed was very comfortable and room very clean. We heard no hallway noise at all in the room. Very quiet hotel and very quiet heating/cooling system in the room. We enjoyed the coffee every morning as we relaxed with the paper and checking emails (free WiFi) The staff was very friendly and always offering their help.
We stayed here for 5 nights. We found it very central to wineries, Corning, Ithaca and many local restaurants.
I cannot wait to return!

Room Tip: we stayed in a King Lakeview. I would recommend it. The view was beautiful to wake up to each mornin...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Carolyn G, General Manager at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! Our staff works very hard to ensure each guest's experience is a memorable one. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed every aspect of your stay as well as our central location to the wineries.

It was a great pleasure to read how you enjoyed your dinner in the Blue Pointe Grille. I will pass along your gracious compliments to our Food &Beverage team and to our Executive Chef, Christopher Hascall..

It has been our privilege to serve you and we do look forward to welcoming you back to the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel on your next visit.

Sincerely,

Carolyn Guyer
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Beautiful view from our widow, it looked out on the Marina. It had all the comforts, bed was very comfortable. You do pay the price, I would recommend an off season visit you would get a little better price. A great place to stay after your hike in Watkins Glen State Park. Great spa and hot tub.

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Thank Karentuttle
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Carolyn G, General Manager at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback regarding your recent stay at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the comforts of your guest room and had the opportunity to visit Watkins Glen's beautiful state park.

Once again, thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. We look forward to serving you again when you are in the Wakins Glen area. On behalf of our team, we truly appreciate your business.

Warm Regards,

Carolyn Guyer
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Gaffney, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for one night, Sept 18th, 2013, and loved it so much that we plan on coming back in the winter! We had a king room on the 4th floor with a fantastic view of the harbor. The ceramic and laminate flooring in our room was a welcome change of pace from the typical carpet found in most hotels. The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom spacious, and the service top notch. In fact, speaking of service, we met the Sales Manager, Christine Peacock, at The Tasting Room in Watkins Glen. When she found out I had planned this as a surprise for my wife's birthday, she comped my wife's breakfast the next morning! Our two minor quibbles (noise from adjacent rooms and a finicky water temperature controller in the shower) were far, far overshadowed by the rest of our fantastic experience. Thank you for helping me make the celebration of my wife's birthday such a success!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Carolyn G, General Manager at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel to celebrate your wife's birthday and for sharing your comments. We're thrilled to hear that our services exceeded your expectations and that you had such a wonderful experience.

I will proudly share your gracious comments with Christine. She will be happy to hear she played a part in making your stay memorable.

We look forward to welcoming you back in winter!

Sincerely,

Carolyn Guyer
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Waterloo, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

I recently stayed at the Harbor Hotel. When I checked in I was greeted by the "Welcoming committee" as the supervisor put it. The desk manager Mary and supervisor Matt checked me in and check in was friendly quick and they were light hearted but very professional. They both offered to take my bags up to my room and Matthew ended up doing it for me. They joked around with each other and myself and made me feel like they really wanted to be there and wanted me there as well. I went up to the room and was amazed at my view that was overlooking Seneca Lake. The housekeeping staff does a tremendous job here and I never had any complaints about room cleanliness or amenities in the room.We ate dinner at the Blue Point Grille and although I thought the menu was a little pricey it was well worth it over eating somewhere else in town.At dinner we came in contact with Britney our server and Fred the restaurant manager who are both excellent and kept the feeling of being welcomed at this hotel. check out was just as quick and courteous as check in and there was no issues on my bill and we will be sure to be back to vacation in Watkins Glen and stay at the Harbor Hotel. Thank you for great service, great staff and a great stay.

They told me that we were going to receive a survey in my email but I never did receive it and I wanted to share my experience with the management and other travelers to the area.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Thank SmittyM312
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Carolyn G, General Manager at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
We thank you so much for your excellent review! It is comments like yours that reminds us why we love what we do! It is our pleasure to provide the very best to you and I will be sure to relay your kind words to our team and most importantly, the associates you graciously acknowledged by name.

We couldn't be more delighted that you enjoyed your experience here at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. Thank you and we look forward to serving you again soon!

Sincerely,

Carolyn Guyer
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North Branford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Located on Lake Seneca, this is a fairly new, very well maintained facility. Service from bell staff and reception very friendly and efficient. Room and bath were spacious, clean, well appointed. Many amentities, including bathrobes. Coffee is served in the elevator lobby on the floor in the morning. Restaurant/bar is cozy, menu is creative, food is good, a bit pricey.

Room Tip: We stayed in a lakeside king.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank MDS41
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Carolyn G, General Manager at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent stay with us!

We're happy you enjoyed your visit and appreciate your glowing remarks regarding the friendliness of our service and cleanliness of our spacious guest rooms.

Thank you again for your time and for choosing the Harbor Hotel. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

Sincerely,

Carolyn Guyer
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Concord, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

After doing some homework to see what would be a good hotel to stay at in the area, we decided on the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. Averaging the price over the 4 nights we were going to be there, we were just slightly over our targeted budget. We had 2 rooms and upon our 3 o’clock arrival, one was ready, which was great (check in is at 4). It was a handicap room, and it was the nicest handicap room I’ve seen. You would never walk in and think that it was handicap upon first glance – it was a huge room, huge bathroom. We did overlook the parking lot, but that was ok. The other room had a balcony overlooking Seneca Lake, which was great when the weather was nice. Our stay was great overall, the mattresses were very comfortable and I slept better than I normally do at a hotel, it is relatively new so everything was nice – there was an indoor pool, exercise facility, outdoor bar, etc. (and the boys loved the tv as it had a guide and access to all the channels, including some premium). We had breakfast one day in the hotel, and while the service was a bit slow, the food was good and it was convenient. We were able to walk to dinner every night at various restaurants in the area. It is a great location and the check-in staff was always pleasant and saying hello, whether we were coming or going. The housekeeping was a little less reliable. Most days it was fine, and the turndown service was nice, but one night they did forget the chocolate and then on the day we weren’t gone all day, our room was not cleaned until after 3, which was inconvenient. It also seemed that the person cleaning got distracted and left mid-way (see picture) – with pillows just lying around haphazardly. We did enjoy our stay in the area, however for the cost; we might look into staying somewhere else, though we certainly would consider staying here again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Mish2702
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Carolyn G, General Manager at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your positive experience. There is no greater satisfaction, as a customer service professional, than receiving kind words from a valued guest.

We are pleased you enjoyed our spacious guest rooms, the wide variety of television channels and a restful night's sleep.

Despite these highlights, we are disappointed to learn of the housekeeping service lapses you experienced during your stay. Please know your comments are valuable and will be shared with our housekeeping team to ensure these errors are investigated and corrected for the future.

We value your patronage and look forward to the opportunity to serve you in the future.

Sincerely,

Carolyn Guyer
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Montpelier, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The view up Seneca Lake from the quaint village of Watkins Glen has never needed improvement, but, let's face it, lodging and dining have been pretty limited--until now. This splendid new addition to the Glen's accommodation and dining options represents a real game changer. The rooms are spacious and beautifully appointed, with very good value for a standard room facing the village. But spend just a few more bucks and you will get the gorgeous view of Seneca Lake across the yacht basin and the hotel's own beautifully-designed grounds.

There are lots of amenities here, from the luxuriously comfortable beds, pillows, and linens, to the large bathrooms with their sinfully indulgent walk-in marble showers to the delicious Seattle's Best coffee offered every morning in the hallways on every floor (right by the elevator; fill your cup to take it with you or enjoy it in your room). We loved ending our days at the Coldwater Bar, with its excellent and very well-priced selection of Finger Lakes wines. Inside or out, the ambience is friendly and convivial, but you just can't beat having a wonderful glass of dry Riesling or a moody Cabernet Franc on the covered patio overlooking Seneca Lake. Our dinner at the pleasantly bustling Blue Pointe Grille was also superb, emphasizing freshness, delicate spicing, and attentive service. We come to the Glen for the club racing at the historic Formula 1 track, but we always take the opportunity to sample the Finger Lakes wines. Many vineyards and tasting rooms are just a short lakeside drive away, and you're just about 20 minutes from the highly regarded Suzanne's restaurant in Lodi. All in all, the Harbor Hotel is a great place to stay, eat, drink, and enjoy the beautiful Finger Lakes.

Room Tip: Special occasion? Treat yourself to the double queen lake view with the balcony!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank CarolDM1900
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Carolyn G, General Manager at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Thank you for sharing your review about our property and for highlighting our luxurious spa inspired bathrooms, we sincerely appreciate it. We are thrilled to learn that you had a thoroughly enjoyable time with us, and also very honored that you speak so highly about our service.

We are very proud of our staff! Your comments will serve as an inspiration to consistently maintain the high standards that we aim for.

We look forward to the pleasue of a return visit.

Warm regards,

Carolyn Guyer
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Property: Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Address: 16 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1221
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Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Watkins Glen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel has been awarded a four diamond rating from AAA -The American Automobile Association. This distinction is given to hotels with refined and stylish accommodations and a high level of service and attention to detail. This award makes the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel the top rated hotel in Watkins Glen, New York. At the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, our staff is proud to offer all our guests outstanding service! The hotel offers a variety of deluxe accommodations including six luxurious suites. We offer nightly turndown service, an indoor pool, fitness center and our professional concierge is on call to assist you and your family in planning your Watkins Glen vacation. ... more   less 
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