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“Wicked nice hostess and a breakfast to match.”
Review of Adam Bowman Manor

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Adam Bowman Manor
Ranked #3 of 3 Utica B&B and Inns
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“Wicked nice hostess and a breakfast to match.”
Reviewed 22 January 2009

Three years ago, my wife and two of our best friends, started going to the Great American Irish Festival at the Frankfort Fairgrounds nearby. That first year we waited until we got to Utica to try and find a place to stay. Big mistake, as the Fair and the Baseball Hall of Fame induction are the same weekend and rooms are booked early, and are at a premium.

Since our children gave us a B&B voucher the next Christmas, we looked up B&B's in Utica on the WEB. We chose this Manor and were not disappointed. It is a quaint old house with lots of period charm. We arrived before the check in time that first year and found our hosts Marion and Barry to be accommodating. Our stay was homey and friendly and we felt like family right away. The rooms were clean and full of functional antique furniture. The breakfast was superb. It was as if we went to a fancy motel and ordered a top of the line entree. The food was hot, delicious, and plentiful. We asked our hostess to join us and she told us the history of the area dating back to before the Revolutionary area.

Last year was our second stay at the Manor and we again felt at home. We will soon be trying to book our third stay. It was quiet and quaint and without all the noise and traffic of your typical motel.

  • Liked — Friendliness of the hosts and the excellent food.
  • Disliked — Nothing comes to mind.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 August 2008

My husband & I try to stay at b&b's whenever possible. We were having a hard time finding a place to stay near Colgate University when planning a college tour with our son. I'd called 3 other b&b's with excellent reviews, but they were all booked. I called the Adam Bowman Manor after seeing them listed on both the Colgate & Hamilton websites & reading two positive reviews on another review site. Were we in for a disappointment! First, they falsely advertise the distance to Colgate University. Instead of 35 minutes, it is an hour away. The exterior of the house needs A LOT of work - cracked paint, spiderwebs everywhere, etc. The interior was extremely dark & dingy, and the porcelain dolls everywhere were creepy. The room we were given was on the same floor as where the family lived. We needed to step over the 98 yr old aunt's oxygen line in the hallway, and the family bathroom and bedrooms were disgustingly dirty and messy - dirty toothbrushes laying out, used towels flung everywhere, laundry in all states and clutter piled on beds and on floors, etc. They told us that a cot would be provided in the room for our son, along with our queen sized bed. Now, our son loves camping, and has slept many times on cots in old army barracks, but the cot they provided him was about a foot off the floor & barely passable, even by his teenage standards. The bathroom in our room was so small, you couldn't stand and turn around in it with the door closed (for comparison, if anyone's ever had a standard room on a cruise ship, this bathroom was twice as small as those on the ship). Because of the distance to the university, we wouldn't even have been able to have breakfast there and make it to our tour on time, and the owner would not accommodate us even though we were the only guests there. Honestly, as filthy as the living areas were in the house, I wouldn't have even wanted to eat there. When we decided to check out because nothing was as advertised and below our standards/expectations after only leaving our suitcases there for an hour, the owner charged us the full amount - we offered to pay her half as a courtesy, but she would only accept the full amount - very bad business. We ended up bypassing our entire tour of Colgate, headed south that night toward our next college stop in PA, and stayed at a Quality Inn in Binghamton, NY that was at least more acceptable than the Adam Bowman Manor.

  • Liked — Absolutely nothing!
  • Disliked — Everything!
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled on business
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Property: Adam Bowman Manor
Address: 197 Riverside Dr, Utica, NY 13502-2322
Region: United States > New York > Utica
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Utica
Number of rooms: 27

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