We [my parents, husband and I] stayed for one night while in town for a family wedding. I choose the hotel for its proximity to my brother’s house, and because I was intrigued with its history. We also got a great senior discount rate, made even better when at check-in our reserved one double and one queen bed rooms were both upgraded to king beds on the fourth floor. My parents room was originally the Mayor’s Office - a corner room with a mini-balcony [inaccessible] and windows on 2 sides, including a view of the county courthouse & grounds.
When first stepping off the elevator, the hallway had a mildly musty, old building smell, but it wasn’t noticeable in the room. The rooms are nice sized, made to feel more spacious by the 20 ft. ceiling. The closet is a retrofit so only 30” wide and a rickety folding door. The rooms are furnished in dark wood, with classic forest/burgundy/beige coloring. The bed and pillows were very comfortable [but only 3 pillows] with mirrors on both walls as well as in the bathroom. The baths look recently renovated with fiberglass inserts over the tile and acoustical ceilings. We did not need climate control so can't evaluate it. There was a formal style reclining chair plus an office chair at the desk. Two ample bedside tables, a TV armoire and a cart with a mini-fridge, microwave and coffee maker.
Virtually all the electrical outlets are in use so the only place I found to plug in my laptop was the extension cord along the floor at the head of the bed. The bedside table was large enough to accommodate my computer. I’d recommend bringing a multi-outlet extension cord. Wi-fi was accessible, both through the hotel and the service for downtown Binghamton. Both seemed to time out after about 15 minutes, but I had no troubled getting back on [just unhappy with losing some of what I'd composed.]
The continental breakfast was the basics -- cold cereal, white baked goods, a waffle maker, apples and slightly overripe bananas, coffee, plain tea and juice.
My only complaint is that the opposite side of State Street seems to be populated with bars and Binghamton has some noisy drunks. Even on the 4th floor in a room perpendicular to the street, I heard voices and noises from outside all the way up until 2 a.m. Within the hotel was very quiet. I think we were the only guests on our floor.
For an out-at-night person, this might be fine. I'd recommend earplugs for others. The building's architecture is very interesting, and it is only a few short blocks walk to the river. Binghamton has a very walkable downtown. The hotel uses the nearby YMCA for a fitness center. Parking at the building is limited, but a parking pass for the adjacent garage is available as well.
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Collection Binghamton
- Clarion Grand Royale Hotel
- Clarion Binghamton
- Binghamton Clarion