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“Beautiful hotel and restaurant - average to below food.”

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Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 14, 2009

We live about 12 miles away, and wanted to go somewhere special for mother's day. The family made reservations for the mother's day buffet. The restaurant is, afterall right on the lake, and it was a beautiful day. We were herded into a dark, "ballroom" with a table right by the kitchen door. When I said I would just as soon eat in the restaurant, we were informed that a "private party" was in there ON MOTHER'S DAY????!! The food was pretty average, for a buffet. We had eaten there in February for a birthday celebration and again, average food. The menu is limted, and pretty bland. The Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg is the same distance from us. Their food is fabulous, so we go there. We wanted to participate locally, but we've crossed this one off of our list.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2009

The Harbor Hotel is by far the nicest hotel in Watkins Glen. Located on the southern tip of Seneca Lake, the hotel has the most amazing views in town.

Upon arrival, my girlfriend and I found a parking spot right out front, checked in with the front desk and were brought up to our room in minutes. We were pleasantly surprised to find a huge king size bed, flat screen tv (with DirecTV and a few HD channels), hard wood floors, and a beautiful view of the lake (despite a couple of bird poop stains on our window). The room itself was very clean (as was the entire hotel) and the bathrooms were well apportioned as would be expected.

We ordered room service for breakfast both mornings and the staff was quick, efficient and friendly. Although it was a very limited breakfast menu (only 5 items if I remember correctly), the food was quite satisfactory and a great way to start our day.

A personal favorite spot of ours in the hotel was the outdoor seating area which was great for an after dinner digestif, whether you have dined at the hotel or the casual seafood restaurant next door. It provided beautiful views of the sunset over the lake as we enjoyed our drinks.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel to any one coming up to Watkins for the weekend or any other time. As far as I could tell, it was the only true hotel in town to offer all the amenities you would expect from a quality hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2009

I know it's been awhile since Mother's Day, but haven't had a chance to write until now... but I did need to tell everyone about our amazing stay at the hotel.

The staff was extremely friendly and inviting (from the front desk to the bartender). The front desk staff was able to answer any of the various questions we had, as it was our first time to the area we had many.

The hotel was new, with clean, spacious rooms with great amenities. After driving for 7 hours from Boston we were greeted with various reps from different wineries in the lobby, offering tastings for us to enjoy... this was a great touch.

The next day we started out with breakfast, which was exceptional and the outside patio was great. My mother and I went on a wine tour and this place was a great spot to come back to, as we spent an hour or so unwinding in the hot tub before dinner.

We met some great people and was overall very pleased with the location, room and service. We will definitely be back to Watkins Glen and to the Harbor Hotel.

A must see, which we checked out on our way out of town is the Watkins Glen State Park Waterfalls... there is a trail which you can follow up and see beautiful falls.

  • Stayed: May 2009
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Reviewed July 8, 2009

The hotel has fabulous rooms, wood and tile floors. . . no carpet! Roomy, well appointed, lovely with great public spaces as well. Restaurant and bar are beautiful and serve good food (except the pancakes!) Early morning coffee set out for guests in the bar area.
Business center well done, lobby well done.

This is small town USA - but a few good restaurants in town and the Corning Museum was a knock out wow. Glass has never looked so interesting and incredible. Do not miss it.
Hike Watkins Glen Park for half of a day to see incredible waterfalls and more.
We were NOT interested in the race aspect of the location, it was worth the visit for the museum, wineries and park!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 6, 2009

You think you book a room with a balcony and you show up to find out you don't have a balcony. Balconies are "just preferences" and you may or may not get one!!!! I have never been so disappointed! I talked to my family the whole week about how we were going to have a balcony overlooking the lake and "NOT"!!! Hardly even a lake view!!!!! Staff EXTREMELY RUDE!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 1, 2009

This property is relatively new and absolutely beautiful. We had a lake view room reserved and when we checked in we received a complementary upgrade to a one bedroom suite. Sweet indeed - jacuzzi and all. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Perfect stay.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 30, 2009

A recent stay at this distinctive boutique hotel was a pleasurable experience. When you enter the smartly decorated rooms you realize right away that this hotel is not your usual cookie-cutter hotel, but reflects a style and attention to detail that is a mark of a real good hotel. Our room had a flatscreen tv, glass enclosed shower, comfortable beds and first class linens. We had a lakeside room with a beautiful view of Seneca Lake. The hotel offers a small but nice fitness center and an indoor pool for exercise. The stylish bar and restaurant rounds out what we consider the best hotel in Upstate New York. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

Address: 16 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1221
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
Price Range: $119 - $374 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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