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“What a VIEW!”
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The Lakefront Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Lansing
Park Hills, KY, United States
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“What a VIEW!”
Reviewed 20 June 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Lakefront Inn 2 for our 1 year anniversary trip. We stayed in the Premiere room, and it was BEAUTIFUL! We had our own private balcony overlooking the lake, and I don't think we could have been in a better location. The room was clean, smelled fresh, and very comfortable. We even had an indoor hammock! Strange, but I enjoyed the comfort. We ate breakfast outside on the common area's balcony, STILL with an amazing view. Diane was very accommodating and the food was very yummy. There were books upon books everywhere (I'm a big reader, so I LOVED this) and the decor was whimsical. You just have to laugh and enjoy it :) We were right down the street from King's Ferry Winery and only a few miles from MANY MANY others! Downtown Ithaca was like 6 miles down the road, where enjoyed both lunch AND dinner on Monday, and hiking trails about 10 miles with a plethora of waterfalls. We would absolutely go back here. We loved every minute of it.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

We had a very enjoyable stay at this B & B in mid-May. We were fortunate enough to have the place to ourselves for the first two nights of our three-night stay, which is likely unusual during peak periods and weekends. It was just what we were looking for – a place to relax in lovely, very clean, comfortable surroundings which we used as a base to explore the surrounding area. It is an easy 6 or 7 mile drive to Ithaca and the areas parks, waterfalls other interesting things to see are all within comfortable driving distances.

As one reviewer mentioned, this is not the Holiday Inn. That’s a good thing, because if you want the Holiday Inn, you’d probably find something closer to it at the Holiday Inn ;). What is annoying to some is charming to others. Some will complain that the dining area is “cluttered” with pamphlets, books, pictures, etc., while others might appreciate the thoughtful, artistic owner who places brochures of local attractions, board and card games, books, assorted trinkets and maps in accessible places for guests to browse through if they wish. One reviewer says “witchy” décor, whereas I might say “whimsical”. I’m sure anyone would appreciate the large, bright, sun-filled dining area with a walkout to a large deck overlooking the lake, with tables and umbrellas - a beautiful start to a day.

Others might complain that this is not a “lakefront” property at all and that the lake is a considerable distance away from the B & B. Perhaps calling it “lakefront” is a teeny bit of a stretch – I would think it is more lake “lakeview” – but these are semantics. The point to me is that the pictures on the web site accurately depict the view of the lake and fairly show the space between the B & B and the lake (which is unobstructed except by beautiful trees closer to the shore). So if you like what you see in the pictures, chances are you’ll like what you see when you arrive. If you want to walk down to a sandy lakefront beach……this might not be your place.

We found the place to be quite lovely with an artistic almost spiritual feel (tarot cards, astrology books, etc.) that reflects the character and personality of Diane (the owner). Yes, it is a little unusual, which we did not consider a negative. For example, in our room, (the “Premiere Room), in addition to a king-sized bed, a hammock stretched across one side of the room, filled with pillows, books, small picture frames will pictures of flowers, ribbons and assorted trinkets. Unusual – but charming. As for the room itself, it is the only guest room on the top floor of the building (this is Lakefront Inn 2 – there is another one). It is a large room filled with light from windows and skylights in the cathedral ceiling. The bed was soft and comfortable. It is a little short of drawer and surface space (that hammock is charming but a dresser might be more useful). There is a walkout to a large, private balcony overlooking the lake, so you can sit and enjoy the view while you enjoy a meal, a snack or a drink (or two) or just gaze at the star-filled night sky. It has a good-sized ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower and a Jacuzzi sized for two (although on that day the hot water ran short before it was filled; we had no problem with hot water for showers).

Diane was welcoming, friendly, thoughtful and accommodating. She has a bit of Woodstock in her, which undoubtedly accounts for the spiritual feeling of the place. Breakfasts were prepared by different people each day and they were friendly and helpful with recommendations for things to do (thank you, Greg and ?Katie?). This is not the standard hotel buffet breakfast – it is more like something you might make in your own kitchen. One day it was a vegetable omelette with fruit, while another it was waffles (also with fruit). If you have any specific requests or food restrictions, you might let Diane know in advance and, if she can, I’m sure she would try to accommodate you (as they did for us with a gluten restriction).

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Lakefront Inn 2. It is probably overstating it to say it is like Tuscany or a Mediterranean Villa Estate. It is not overstating it to say that it is a very clean, comfortable lovely B & B run by a warm, welcoming friendly person who genuinely wants her guests to enjoy their stay – as we did.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

If you enjoy the predictability of a good hotel chain, do not book here. The Lakefront Inn is a thoroughly unique vacation property; it will knock your socks off. It's actually one of two inns owned by the same woman. My husband and I spent two wonderful nights at the original The Lakefront Inn. It was magnificent. For one thing, the views of the lake are superb. There's lake access, but it seemed to be more about the scenery than about getting out onto the lake. This was fine with us. We enjoyed views of Cayuga Lake both from our very private and cozy little courtyard patio and from the common area deck on which we took breakfast each morning and also hung out chatting with the house's other occupants. On the topic of breakfast, Peggy prepares a beautiful meal and is as gracious as owner Diane, who has peppered the guest rooms and common spaces with interesting artifacts, including bedside books on topics as diverse as sign language and dream interpretation. Again, if you like order and predictability, find yourself different lodging, because The Lakefront Inn (and presumably its sister property as well) is about whimsy and warmth.

Room Tip: We chose the courtyard room, partly in the interest of economy and partly because we booked late and...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

Great place to spend a night or a weekend. Beautiful views! Rooms are spacious. Innkeeper is very nice and accommodating. Breakfast was adequate and good. Easy access by car to Ithaca and all the local hotspots. All rooms have views of Cayuga Lake.

Room Tip: Any room is great.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

My husband and I stayed in the premier room of Lakefront 2 the weekend of May 3, 2013 and had a fabulous time. The rooms were clean and the view from our balcony was amazing! Both mornings we sat out at the little table and had coffee while staring at the crystal blue lake. Diane is a bit of a free spirit and the B&B is decorated with whimsy, but that is exactly what we wanted instead of just some chain hotel. The food was delicious and both Diane and chef Peggy were charming and full of knowledge about the area. There were several other guests in the house during our stay, but until we saw them in the breakfast room the next morning, we did not know it. Our room was quiet and peaceful and decorated with charm - even had a hammock near the window with a spectacular view! Cannot say enough about Diane - she made us feel right at home and even gave us a lovely personalized gift at the end of our stay. It is true that you cannot walk to the lake, but the location itself is very close to a pier with lake access and only 7 miles to Ithaca where there are lots of shopping and dining establishments. Try the Carolina style pulled pork sandwich and the potato pancakes at Killinger's Irish pub - so good we went there twice. Would love to stay at the Lakefront again - perfect weekend getaway!

Room Tip: Choose the premier room at Lakefront 2 for a fabulous view and private balcony!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

I had an outstanding stay in the French CountrySide East room and highly recommend this beautiful property! Everything was clean, fresh, and very cozy. Breakfast was waffles and fruit, and served directly to my room. The hot tub was awesome with a great view. Diane was very accommodating and friendly, as well as the lovely innkeeper who was on staff that weekend. I would love to come back!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

We stayed in the 2 bedroom villa and it was wonderful! The views are amazing, Diane is wonderful- she gave us great tips for our stay and was totally on the mark every time
We were there celebrating our 10th anniversary and we picked this place as a last minute option and they were so accommodating.. Diane took the time to show us all of our options.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Lakefront Inn
Address: 5 E Shore Cir, Lansing, NY 14850-9708
Region: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Lansing
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Lansing
Number of rooms: 258
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