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Gorgeous View Motel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
Certificate of Excellence
Latham, New York
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

I'm not sure what else I can say that hasn't already been said. A truly wondeful experience. Our room was spotless. Super friendly and caring owners. Great view. Super nice, friendly, personal touches like the personal note on the envelope for our receipt. Microwaves and a small refrigerator in each room. Modern, LCD TV. The fridge even comes stocked with complimentary juice bags, danish, cinnamon buns, fruit and pudding cups. There is a propane grill and a fire pit and sitting areas too. When we pulled up after dinner in town last Friday night, Allan was tending to the fire in the fire pit. A few minutes later he left and several ladies came over and sat around the fire chatting. Stephanie came over and asked them if they wanted make S'mores. That would never happen at a chain hotel. Do yourself a favor, do the local economy a favor, do a local family a favor and stay here. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Stephanie S, Owner at Gorgeous View Motel, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Hi Jim and Trish,
Thanks for taking the time to share! We are enjoying the fall season and are glad you had a good stay!
Stephanie and Alan
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Wexford, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

After staying at several different motels over the past 12 years we found the gem of Watkins Glen. The view was indeed gorgeous but that is only part of it. The owners Stephanie and Alan treat all of their guests as family. They did everything possible to make our stay comfortable. The rooms are large and spotless. They are equipped flat screen TV's, small fridge, microwave, and coffee pot. The fridge stocked with some snacks should you need them. I told them when we left they are stuck with us now because we will never stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Stephanie S, Owner at Gorgeous View Motel, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and are looking forward to seeing you next time. Have a great fall!
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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210 reviews
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

We love reading reviews at Tripadvisor, so glad we did and found this great Motel. Room was comfortable and spacious, not to mention VERY clean. On a scale from 1 to 10...we would have to give it a 12. Alan was so friendly and helpful. What a nice thing for his wife Stephanie to do,,,she left us a note at our door, thanking us for staying there...a very personable family. Best bathroom we have ever seen in many years of travel. They are up a small hill from Rt 14 which makes it nice because you don't hear the traffic as bad as some other Motels we have been too. The view of Seneca Lake is awesome. Out of the city hub bub and all, so peaceful to sit out on the chairs just outside of our room. We WILL be making this our Motel when ever we are in town in the future.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stephanie S, Owner at Gorgeous View Motel, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Thanks for the note! The best part of the motel are the people that we get to meet. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Raleigh
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106 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2013

My wife and I decided to stay here for a couple of nights on our way up to Canada, all based on the incredibly positive reviews we read about the place. Driving up to it, we both agreed it was not a place we we'd have stayed at without fairly unanimous favorable feedback. It's hard to add anything to all the previous reviews, other than to thank them for their input to TripAdvisor which led to our stop here. The owners/staff are very friendly and helpful, and we truly enjoyed our stay at this place. If we ever get back to the area to hike the Gorge Trail another time, or to visit some of the many wineries we missed this time, we'll be sure to give Stephanie a call.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tuckerton, New Jersey
1 review
Reviewed September 11, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Gorgeous View Motel over Labor Day Weekend and absolutely loved it. The room itself is incredibly clean, and you can tell that it was just remodeled. The bathroom was one of the nicest I've ever seen in a hotel (even compared to some 4 star hotels). The room has a fairly nice size for being a motel, and the beds were quite comfy. The staff was incredibly friendly, and the owner, Stephanie, answered my emails beforehand almost immediately. They also give you complimentary snacks ( drinks, breakfast snacks like donuts etc) that they refilled each day in our fridge, which is a nice little touch. A big concern with motels is being able to hear the people in the next room over. That was not an issue here. The hotel is also far enough back from the road that you'll get a quite sleep each night.

The best part of the motel is location. The building is right on the main road only a couple minutes from downtown Watkins Glen, Watkins Glen State Forest, and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. It is also walking distance from the golf course. The price of the room was fairly low compared to all other hotels in the area, so no complaints there. I would absolutely stay here again should I ever return to the Finger Lakes region.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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New England
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Stayed there 3 nights on Labor Day Weekend 2013. A family owned and operated business. Stephanie, a co-owner, was very upbeat, pleasant and accommodating.
There were three of us and she provided an extra cot for the one of us who drew the short end of the stick.
They provide a cold continental snack in the refrigerator: fruit cup, pastry and drink.
Although just off busy four lane Rt 14, it is quiet because it is located about 100ft above the roadway. The driveway is paved and fairly steep, but was very manageable even for the 3 of us motorcyclists.
There are 7 nicely maintained units with the owner's home nearby. There is a front porch over the units. Each unit has several chairs in front that encourages looking over the boats sailing up and down Lake Seneca. The grounds are clean and well maintained.
We would stay there again, when in town.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed August 7, 2013

We had a great time at the Gorgeous View Motel just outside of Watkins Glen. Easy to spend hours just gazing out at Seneca Lake from the chairs on the breezeway in front of the rooms. The communal BBQ and fire pit down at the other end of the complex was a nice touch as well. Stephanie came around to each room to make sure everyone was comfortable and I found her to be charming and attentive. Julie does a great job of keeping rooms clean and I didn't see a speck of dust anywhere. This is an older motel, but has had all major upgrades to major amenities and appliances. The bed was very comfortable as well. We'll definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Gorgeous View Motel
Address: 3355 State Route 14, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-9717
Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Watkins Glen
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
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Number of rooms: 8
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We invite you to experience our amazing view of Seneca Lake, our stellar customer service, and our clean, comfortable, newly renovated rooms. Open all year, the Gorgeous View Motel is only minutes from one of New York's beautiful state parks, local shops, and attractions of Watkins Glen. We offer families, business travelers, wine lovers, race enthusiasts, hunters, fishermen, and nature lovers of all kinds, a truly pleasant lodging experience four seasons a year. ... more   less 
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