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Rip Van Winkle Motel
Ranked #11 of 14 Hotels in Plattsburgh
Reviewed 23 July 2013

The front desk lady, (the only person that works there) is very very rude, has no respect, and lets you know that nothing you say matters. They say free wifi also, and cable. Well the wifi would not work in two of the rooms we stayed in and the cable was less then basic. The tvs were non stop static and were almost unable to use. And, bring your own towels...that says enough. they are cheaper then any other motel, but if you have the extra $15 a night, stay someplace else. This place is absolutely terrible. (Yes there are remodeled rooms but they are EXTREMELY TINY and the WIFI does NOT work).

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

My wife and I travel to lots of different states for my bass tournaments. I will say that if my wife comes with me to these week long stays, the place better be very acceptable. I have been staying at the Rip Van Winkle for 3 years now for a week at a time and have never had an issue. My boat is safe and no one bothers a thing. The Rip Van Winkle has come along way with recent upgrades in the rooms and clean cabins. We stay in a cabin and enjoy it very much and will continue to do so. The staff is very friendly as well. I look at it this way if you want your top of the line "PERFECT HOTEL" then go there but just remember one thing, no place is perfect and we will continue to support the Rip Van Winkle and staff annually!!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Troy G
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

Friendly welcome and a nice renovated room.

The owners are remodelling the rooms and this is to their credit. My room was fine and as expected. The only issue I had was that the nights sleep was poor due to a too firm mattress and there was a plastic covering over the mattress.This made it noisy and the sheet kept slipping off so I ended up sleeping on the plastic!

Value was not good. I stayed in a Best Western hotel the night before for only $10 more that had a room 3 times bigger. The hotel had a bar and restaurant and a heated pool. I also has a full breakfast included. So it makes the RVW look expensive.

You are some way out of town so do not expect any facilities beside the motel.The diner next door closed at 19.00! So eat early, have a beer and then nothing to do. It is located on the road to the NH ferry.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Harleyclarkey
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

I was delighted with the motel, the rooms were excellent.
Having been disappointed by another hotel I the area, tried this motel and was delighted.

Rene and all the staff were so friendly and welcoming.
They kept a lone Scotsman heading in the right direction by recommending places to see and to eat.
I recommend this motel to everyone, come and see for yourselves how a good motel should be.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

After being rudely bounced due to staff screw-up at America's Best Value Inn - 2 weeks before college commencement! - I was lucky enough to find accommodations at Rip Van Winkle. The desk lady was attentive and courteous taking my name/number and calling back a few days later as promised if rooms opened up which they did. We had 2 rooms; an efficiency and regular both next to each other which was great. Had a nice talk with the owner who advised as funds permit, he continues in his progress for upgrades and renovations of all rooms. The efficiency was terrific! One of those recently remodeled, it was excellent. New laminate flooring, very clean, roomy, and more than comfortable. Slept 4 with one private bedroom and other bed in main living quarters. Large flat screen TV's in both rooms and full size kitchen; controlled heating made for a cozy stay on a cool night. Beds must've been fairly new and they were very comfortable and clean giving us a great night's sleep. Only suggestion for improvement would be addition of shelf in bathroom for room to store toiletries and hair appliances and some metal hooks on bath door, main area and bedroom to adequately hang coats and clothing. Maybe something that's already on the list of things to do. The room next door where my Mom stayed was one of the older rooms on the list for remodel but truly it was just fine the way it was. Spacious closet for hanging clothes, mini fridge, comfy beds and nice bathroom and above all - clean and comfortable. Staff was attentive and friendly. Also got a chance to view one of the 2 cabins on the property. Older, yes, but very cool with 2 bedrooms, full kitchen, and cute front porch, slept up to 8 people. The Rip is very convenient right off the highway, exit 39, with nice view across the street of park on Lake Champlain. Restaurant right next door with other fast food and gas places within short distance. A short 2.5 mile direct shot ride to the college campus. Pity I didn't discover this place earlier than my daughter's senior year. If you want to pay double or more for "pretty", go to the big hotels then, otherwise, you can't beat the Rip Van Winkle for affordability, comfort, and most important-cleanliness.

Room Tip: Room 113 (efficiency) was choice and 112 (regular) was great and quiet. Maybe stash one or two over...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Cindy R
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

I come up at least twice a year to go fishing, and there's no place I'd rather stay. the staff treat us like family, and the grounds are excellent if you're bringing a boat. my friends and I bass fish all over the country and everyone love staying at the Rip.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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3  Thank bassmasstr
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

Simply put great staff and esrablishment , very accomodating and liberal with their hospiatality. Wondeful group of staff that made the experince all the better , all should stop and visit<3 if in the area make you will have a home away from home >

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank shayne f
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Additional Information about Rip Van Winkle Motel

Address: 15 Commodore Thomas Macdonough Hwy, Plattsburgh, NY 12901-6745
Region: United States > New York > Plattsburgh
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 14 Hotels in Plattsburgh
Price Range: £54 - £79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Rip Van Winkle Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering kitchenettes, singles, and doubles. All rooms have refrigerator and microwave, free wifi, free local calling, air conditioning or heat, cable TV and free ice. We offer daily and weekly specials. ... more   less 
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