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“Somewhere between a country inn and a grand old hotel”
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Colgate Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Hamilton
Certificate of Excellence
Florida
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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“Somewhere between a country inn and a grand old hotel”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

This historic old hotel is located in the heart of the little town of Hamilton. The hotel is well run, clean and picturesque, but it has the downsides of a country inn: no room service and thin walls. Being the only real hotel for miles, all 40 rooms were fully booked on the rainy cold Wednesday night in April that I was there. Running at 100% capacity can challenge hotel management, but every service that I needed was performed to a high standard. There was free wifi in the room. My room was small, but well furnished with a comfortable queen bed, plenty of lamps and an updated bathroom. There is no room service, so all meals and anything to drink needed to be consumed in the cozy restaurant downstairs. (Request a table by the fire, if it is cold!) For $150/night, I thought it delivered an excellent experience at a good price. My only complaint is that the walls are very thin: I unwittingly shared every conversation of the couple next door as well as the bathroom habits of the people above me.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

Very charming and comfortable hotel, right in the middle of Hamilton (which itself is charming too). Spacious and nicely-appointed rooms, free wifi, comfortable beds. Great breakfast available in the cafe/restaurant/bar downstairs.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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latrobe
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117 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

If you're visiting Hamilton, NY or Colgate University and have a lot of spare pocket change you might enjoy the Colgate Inn. It's owned by the University and the room rates are exorbitant. There's no in room coffee and the restaurant is very expensive for beverage and food, but tasty. It was recently renovated, reducing the number of rooms by enlarging some, but they are small by comparison to a "regular" chain type room with all the in room amenities. The staff is very helpful and eager to please. The wait staff members are well versed in the menu selections and the bar choices. There is a small craft brewery "just down the street" and the staff can make recommendations on what's good.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

Stayed here while traveling on business and it's my second visit. A New England Style Inn but really elegant like a stately home that's been passed from generation to generation. Warm inviting restaurant with a fire burning hearth. Nice dinner and great service. Beautiful central staircase with an amazing chandelier made entirely of branches....hard to explain but if you visit you must see it for yourself. The bathroom was huge with amazing vintage style tile; modern amenities but done in a style that was fitting for the time period. Lovely paintings displayed throughout the first floor common areas and some are for sale and painted by a local artist. This hotel is located right in the middle of Hamilton where you can walk to restaurants and shops.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

We came to visit Colgate University, my son's first choice for college. We had come from staying at The Lord Jeffrey inn in Amherst, which also had been recently renovated. We were enchanted by the Colgate inn. The renovation was impeccable, the service warm, and the rooms spacious, luxurious, and charming. It is a splendid place, and if our son comes to Colgate we will be sure to book far in advance to be sure of securing a reservation. We loved it. One of our favorite historic inns now

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 17 December 2012

My company held our annual Christmas party at the inn this year. We had a cocktail hour followed by dinner. The food was great and the service was even better. We supplied rooms for all our guests as there was drinking involved. Everyone has given super feedback on the Inn itself and the food. A great place to have a party!!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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Charleston, South Carolina
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102 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 November 2012

This is the only game in town if you are looking to stay someplace with character. Decor is lovely. Rooms are comfortable but on the smallish side. Lighting is terrible in the rooms. They are very poorly lit. And there is a fair amount of noise between rooms and the corridor. However, it beats all other options nearby so reserve early. The big plus is the restaurant which is absolutely fabulous.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Colgate Inn

Property: Colgate Inn
Address: 1 Payne St, Hamilton, NY 13346-1111
Region: United States > New York > Hamilton
Amenities:
Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Hamilton
Hotel Class:3 star — Colgate Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Also Known As:
Colgate Hotel Hamilton

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