Auburn for a town of its size has a surprising number of downtown hotels, Inn at the Finger Lakes, Holiday Inn and Hilton Garden Inn. Our room cost $144 plus tax per night for a Friday and Saturday stay. All the hotels were full during the time of our visit.
THE ROOM: The room was of moderate size with two double beds. The only chair was the desk chair. There is a high day bed on top of the AC unit and drawers in a window alcove. The room has an LG flat screen TV. The bathroom, also of a moderate size, had a good shower head and water pressure but the vanity was dated and low and had cracks in the sink. I could hear footsteps clopping in the room above and voices through the bathroom vent. All areas of the room and bathroom were clean. My partner had the bed closer to the window and had to turn off the AC because it was blowing onto the bed. All staff members I encountered were friendly.
AMENITIES: Parking is free of charge. The hotel serves a complimentary, but very basic breakfast. There's also a complimentary evening cocktail reception. Your first alcoholic beverage is free but additional beers costs $2 and wine $4. Four varieties of wine are offered, a dry red and white and a sweet red and white all of which are from regional vineyards. In addition, there were chips and salsa and cheese and crackers.
DINING OPTIONS: There's an upscale restaurant a block or two from the hotel called Moro's Table. It looked very busy on a Friday night but we thought it was on the expensive side and did not eat there. I subsequently heard people talking about the place with comments that the food was very good albeit expensive. We ultimately ate at Bambino's Bistro on Genesee. Both of our entrees were good with generous portions and reasonably priced. However, I was not impressed with their fried calamari with marinara sauce.
IF YOU HAVE THE TIME: We flew into Rochester and rented a car. We avoided the New York Thruway and took I-390 south to U.S. 20 and then east on U.S. 20 into Auburn. You traverse some very attractive towns, Canandaigua, Geneva and Seneca Falls (Waterloo not so much). If the town has a bypass, take the time to go through it. Separately, take the seven mile trip east from Auburn into Skaneateles on the lake with the same name. While there enjoy a delicious haddock sandwich at the Bluewater Grill on the lake. There are also some beautiful mansions on the west side of the lake.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inn at the Finger Lakes Hotel in Auburn offers lodging and accommodations for vacations and getaways in the Finger Lakes wine region of New York. The Finger Lakes region is known for its distinctive wineries and the Inn at the Finger Lakes is located near many - all found along the Cayuga and Seneca Wine Trails. We are near historical, cultural and recreational points of interest including Skaneateles Lake, Owasco Lake, Harriet Tubman House and William Seward House. Visitors can shop til they drop at Bass Pro Shop, MacKenzie-Child's Pottery, Waterloo Premium Outlets, Carousel Mall, Macys and Marshalls as well as a variety of local antique shops and farmers markets that offer a unique and varied shopping experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At The Finger Lakes Hotel Auburn
- Finger Lakes Hotel
- Hotel At The Finger Lakes
- Inn At The Finger Lakes Auburn, NY