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Craftsman Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fayetteville
Billerica, MA
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Overpriced”
Reviewed 14 May 2013

Stayed overnight during the weekend of Syracuse University's graduation. I was not expecting any grand hotel or inn, they charged close to $300 for a $120 room!! Way overpriced for these accomodations. Lobby was dirty, hallways smelled musty and were very dark. Would suggest a local bed and breakfast to travelers.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Virginia Beach VA
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

While visiting my mother who lives a block away, things were busy so we spent a couple nights at the Craftsman. Never intended to be a luxury resort, the Craftsman has decent rooms, furnished with Stickley and good coffee. Never compare the Limestone Grill restaurant next door with the Craftsman, different entity (see my review of that). The beds were the best I have ever had in a hotel and I have stayed at a lot of them. Never used the TV, the wifi worked great, the staff was friendly and efficient and they shoveled all the snow quickly. Only complaint, walls and ceiling are thin. Easy to hear other rooms.

The prices were great. $109 for a night (plus tax) (a lot).

Stickley of Fayetteville is an 19th century furniture maker (now located in Manlius). Remembering when the Craftsman was built, that Stickley was providing all the furniture and furnishing was a big to-do around Fayetteville-Manlius. The Fayetteville Free Library is the old Stickley factory which is a pretty could tourist thing to do for free.

If you want luxury, go get it. If you want location and low tone comfort at a reasonable place, this is what you want. I saw some comments about dirt and stains but our room was spotless (and we travel a lot and do check).

Room Tip: This is 2 story and sometimes you can hear the people upstairs walking.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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New York City
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226 reviews
103 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2013

Rooms are small, but serviceable. Quiet. Stickley furniture in lobby is nice to see. Had breakfast at the hotel restaurant and found it to be the slowest restaurant service I have ever seen. Being across the street from the town shopping center was convenient, and found a restaurant there, Carrabas, which was very good.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Belleville, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2013

We visited in mid January on a winter getaway holiday to the Syracuse area. We wanted to visit the Stickley museum, factory and showroom so it was very convenient. Also the inn has Stickley furnishings.
Aside from the furnishings the inn it is quite plain with tight rooms. The rocking chair barely had room to rock.The staff were very friendly and attentive and everything was very clean. There is a small fitness center that I did not get a chance to use. The property is across the street from a good shopping center and a short drive to Syracuse. We will likely visit again when we are in that area.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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RandyMalone, General Manager at Craftsman Inn, responded to this review, 5 March 2013
Thank you for your kind appraisal of your stay here at The Craftsman. We're proud of our affiliation with Stickley, and are pleased to have the luxury of their timeless furnishing throughout the hotel. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit!
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Oceanside, NY
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2013

We normally stay at Hotel Skylar when we visit our daughter at Syracuse University, Unfortunately, for us, they were totally booked...found this "inn" that was not too far from the University...however it was old...dirty...not updated at all and the staff was just mediocre.

Room Tip: stay somewhere else !!
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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RandyMalone, General Manager at Craftsman Inn, responded to this review, 5 March 2013
When compared to the brand new , state of the art Hotel Skylar, our older country setting inn could have seemed not very up to date. It is a very different type of lodging. We do have renovations underway that would address some of your concerns about the facility seeming worn. New carpeting, painting, softwares and appointments are underway to complement our classic Stickley decor and incredibly comfortable beds. And while we are fond of the Skylar as well, we do hope that in the future you'll try The Craftsman again and see the changes we are undertaking!
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New York City, New York
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

Had a very nice stay at the Craftsman. It has the charm of an upstate NY lodge with modern, comfortable amenities and is very clean.

The service was excellent and although we didn't get to try the restaurant in the hotel it looked very nice and prices were pretty low.

If you're in the area or even if you're going to Syracuse and just want a less expensive alternative to staying downtown, I would consider the Craftsman.

Fayetteville (where the hotel is) is about a 20-25 minute drive from the heart of the city and has it's own charm and plenty of shopping, restaurants and other things to do and see.

  • Stayed December 2012
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CT
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

I am really surprised by the overwhelming negative reviews. My boyfriend and I were here for 8 days over Christmas

From the moment we checked in, the staff was nothing short of attentive and helpful. We were originally on the first floor, near a rear entrance, and could hear the door slam every time someone came in or out. The front desk staff switched our room the next morning with no question and we were put in a beautiful room on the second floor. They even brought a fridge up to our new room (our original room had one and our new one didn't). The bed is large and comfortable- even more comfortable than our bed at home.

I love the fireplace with sitting area in the lobby and I especially love the fresh warm cookies in the lobby every afternoon!

I only have two very minor complaints. One, the lousy water pressure in the shower - which I think most likely has to do with the shower head. Two, the ac/heat unit in our room didnt seem to work on AC in the winter. Which I can partly understand, since Syracuse winters are so cold, but our room was been pretty warm at times. Thank goodness we travel with a box fan- I'm not sure what we would have done about that otherwise (maybe gone across the street to target and bought one! lol).

I love the country inn feel, but can definitely understand how others can say the decor is outdated. The rocking chairs on the porch were an awesome touch and made me wish it wasn't winter so we could sit outside and enjoy them!

We got a great deal on the room and I have no complaints about that. Three stars purely for the typical $129 per night price (which for the record, I dont think 99% of hotels are worth that per night cost, so that's nothing against the Craftsman!). If we hadn't gotten a deal, Im not sure we could afford to stay there... or stay there again.

The Limestone was great - we enjoyed a few meals there and weren't disappointed! Best calamari Ive ever had too! Melt in your mouth tender and perfectly cooked... Oh, and I would KILL to get the recipe for that sauce it was served with! Divine! (we even asked for more!)

Loved the enormous omelets for breakfast and the lobster bisque at lunch was outstanding! I left a long, glowing and complete review for the Limestone over on Yelp.com - big thumbs up!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Craftsman Inn
Address: 7300 E Genesee St, Fayetteville, NY 13066-1342
Region: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Fayetteville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fayetteville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Craftsman Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The American Arts and Crafts Movement blossomed at the turn of the 20th century on the tree lined streets of peaceful villages in upstate New York. The movement was a personal and architectural revolt against the ornateness of the Victorian style. This Movement sparked a period of design characterized by simplicity, honestly and integrity. Here in Fayetteville, Leopold and John George Stickley created Arts and Crafts furniture using innovative construction techniques which have endured as hallmarks of the Movement. The Craftsman Inn is dedicated to these Craftsman ideals. Look around, the designs that inspire the building, the chairs and tables, the lighting and pictures, all evoke that ideal. Our Limestone Grille was launched in 2008 as the heir to our more stately Craftsman House. The Limestone reflects the 21st century evolution of these concepts as once again a desire for a simpler, truer,more authentic approach becomes prevalent. Our dining room and lounge reflect clean, Mission style design but with warm colors, classic furnishings, and contemporary appointments. Our service staff and bartenders provide friendly yet attentive service, knowledgeable without being presumptuous, helping to create the sense of relaxed comfort we all seem to miss so much of the time. That end result is what inspires us to do the best we can. ... more   less 
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