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Reviewed October 11, 2012

It seems the name of the hotel was adopted from the movie "It's a wonderful life" - Clarence, angel. THAT alone gives the stay some substance. However it was disappointing that I couldn't find any evidence of the namesake? Perhaps I just wasn't looking hard enough. The logo is a cut out of a man with wings. If you didn't connect the story to the logo, it might be kind of creepy. It would have been fun if there was some information about the name connection.

If you saw the movie "Pleasantville", you will be able to visualize the hotel. It is almost completely washed of any color whatsoever. It really is very pretty - VERY well done, but it screams for a contrast in color with art (there is no wall art). That could add a depth of experience to the design that is currently Ansel Adams in color tone.

The beds are PERFECT, lighting not so great. There were no lamps in my room, and the beautiful, high ceilings were a bit high to get some light on my reading material. There was no desk lamp either. It made for a clean, attractive design - but function was lacking.

LIkewise I stayed in the hotel on a Monday night. I think there couldn't have been more than a half-dozen guests in the hotel. Yet the desk clerk still saw fit to put me in room 103; a room in the back of the hotel, just over the kitchen. It was pretty quiet until they closed up the kitchen for the night... the whine of the exhaust fan lingered for quite a while. That was all fine until they decided to dump large crates of wine bottles into a metal dumpster. The sound was explosive and had me wide awake at 11:30... about an hour after I had turned in.

So, even with all that I would still rate the hotel high marks. I liked it A LOT. I thought the price of $109 was a good price for a low-season night. I think the front desk clerk could have been more engaging - she didn't reflect feeling of the hotel. Or maybe she did - she seemed some what "color-less" in personality.

Any other problems? Well, the alarm clock was set to go off at 4:30. It was hell trying to figure out how to turn it off. The curtain over the window was slipping off the rings. I think that was all of it. Just minor stuff - maybe a little annoying, but certainly not enough to keep me away the next time I am in town.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask the front desk clerk to locate you away from the kitchen.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank NSteele
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We stayed at Hotel Clarence for Two night and the overall expeirence was good. The layout of our room 113 was excellent. The only odd thing is the bathrooms layout...it is like they installed the shower backwards. You have to squeeze past the toilet to get in and the towel hook is above the toilet. The showerhead should have been on the toilet side and the hook on the otherside. Separate sitting area with a desk and tv and a wonderful bedroom also with a tv. The decor is a bit stark and reminisent of a boutique hotel. The bed was very comfortable. There is an issue with street noise in the fact this room is located at the front of the hotel. I did ask the front desk if this would be a problem and was assured things would quiet down however there still was noise during the night and early morning. If you do want to sleep in it is almost impossible due to the beeping sound from crosswalks.

We had dinner in the hotel the first night and it was so so, decided to eat at the deli down the street and that was a great choice.
Continental breakfast was sparse...yogurt cups,bread cereal and apples and oranges.

I would stay here again and did enjoy the room but would try a similair one in a different part of the hotel.

Room Tip: Room 113 is wonderful with a totally separate sitting area but not if street noise is an issue
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

First, the good things...I stayed in Room #102. It was clean, bathroom great size. Staff very nice! Bed was comfortable and restaurant above average. Now the worst, street noise! I stayed here two nights and was awakened by loud talkers outside late at night, car alarm, police sirens. I would recommend if you stay here to not get a room on the street. It is not enjoyable to wake up each night once or twice!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank Syr2012
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Stayed here one night on business, as I was intrigued by some of the previous reviews. No complaints about the comfort of the bed, the bathroom, or the housekeeping, but the decor was everything the previous reviewers noted, and more, after I actually experienced it. If you find white, black, silver, and gray restful, you'll love it -- otherwise forget about it. The rooms are also marred by many design errors that a professional shouldn't have made: for example, the only lights in the room were the overhead chandelier and two ceiling mounted spots for reading. No desk lamp and no reading lights that would actually illuminate a book in bed. Both the drapes and the shades are fully opaque, so either you shut the room off from the outside completely or parade around naked to the world. Isn't that why every other hotel has a layer of sheer curtains? There is no chair in the room other than a hard desk chair, and the wall plug for my laptop was several feet away from the desk. Really, someone should have double-checked the designer, or at least sobered him or her up.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank iconsult
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

The Hotel Clarence sits at the heart of Seneca Falls - within a minutes walk of a lovely sculptor trail along the canal, the Women's Rights Natl His Park, and the Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry (all definitely worth doing). The hotel is a fine historic building, fully renovated for a clean modernist interior (beautifully done - from public areas to rooms). The rooms are most comfortable. We also ate in the hotel restaurant (The Kitchen) and were fully pleased. The bar features Seneca Lake and nearby wines and was good fun. We were disappointed that A Wonderful Life was unavailable due to maintenance and that the front of the restaurant was still covered with plywood from a windstorm 2-3 months ago, marring an otherwise lovely historic structure. The hotel was also our kick-off point to the lovely vineyards around the Lake - great fun though by the fourth we knew we'd hit our limit. We spent the next night (as planned) on the other side of the Lake, at the historic Aurora Inn (see review),

Room Tip: The Trip Advisor tip to get a room not facing the streets was good advice. Totally quiet and a good night's sleep.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank PeterBrink
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