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“Fantastic Hotel with Seneca Lake views”

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Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
Certificate of Excellence
Southeastern Massachusetts
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic Hotel with Seneca Lake views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

We enjoyed our stay at the Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen with a friendly and professional staff. The lake view room with the king sized bed and upgraded amenities was great as we celebrated our anniversary during our stay. The Front Office Manager, Jill VanGorden, surprised us with a bottle of champagne on our arrival and we appreciated the hospitality. Hope to stay again at the Harbor Hotel.

Room Tip: Room 424 has a fantastic view of Seneca Lake.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carolyn G, General Manager at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Happy Anniversary and thank you for your 5 Star review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your champagne and appreciate you celebrating such a special occasion with us. It was very kind of you to give special recognition to Jill. She is a huge asset to our management team and is also very good at surprising our guests.

We are so glad that you had a great experience while staying at the Harbor Hotel and we look forward to having you return!

Warm Regards,
Carolyn Guyer
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  • Sleep Quality
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

We stayed while visiting the wineries around Seneca Lake. The hotel is at the end of the Lake - but you can't beat it for the view. Our room had a Lake view and balcony. It was so nice sitting on the balcony in the morning. A great way to start the day. The room was very clean and fresh - loved that there wasn't any carpet. The bathroom had a separate shower - no tub. We ate breakfast outside by the Lake Service was very attentive and the food was wonderful. You can walk all around Watkins Glen from the hotel. I wouldn't stay any other place.

Room Tip: If during the summer, request a room with a lake view and balcony. Not too many rooms have balconie...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Carolyn G, General Manager at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review the Harbor Hotel. We are delighted that you enjoyed breakfast on our patio and the beautiful view!

Reading that you wouldn’t stay at any other place is the ultimate compliment! We will look forward to your next visit!

Best Regards,
Carolyn Guyer
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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

We stayed here for two nights when there was fall colors - October 2013. The hotel is very nice. We enjoyed a cheese platter and hot apple cider in the bar area upon arrival. We had a lake front room with very comfortable king size bed and a nice patio area. The views were so nice. They had coffee service in the hall way a few steps from our room in the morning; very nice to start the day. Staff here was very nice. It was a very good location for our days of wine tasting in the Seneca Lake Region.

Room Tip: Best to get a lake front room (if budget allows). The views are quite nice.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Carolyn G, General Manager at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 26 July 2014
Such kind words for the Harbor Hotel, thank you! The autumn season is one of the best times of year to visit the Finger Lakes region. The fall colors are simply stunning!

We are so pleased that you found our coffee stations to be convenient and that you enjoyed the comforts of your room.

Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We will look forward to welcoming you back!

Sincerely,
Carolyn Guyer
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Mashpee, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

This hotel has everything going for it. It was spotless. Friendly, helpful staff. Warm swimming pool and jacuzzi. Comfortable beds. Great shower. Not real expensive.It was located at the end of Seneca Lake and has gorgeous scenery. We were within walking distance of a state park that featured waterfalls, hiking trails, and gorges. You could hike up or take a shuttle. There was a cruise on the lake which was very informative. Restaurants were nearby and it is in the middle of wine country. We did wine tasting and had a blast. We loved this place.

Room Tip: Get a room with a balcony to overlook the lake.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Carolyn G, General Manager at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 26 July 2014
Thank you for sharing your Harbor Hotel experience on TripAdvisor. We are pleased to hear that you had a great visit and truly appreciate all of your great compliments.

We are very fortunate to have the perfect location while visiting the Finger Lakes region. Whatever your preference; hiking, biking, dining, wine tasting or site seeing, there is always something fun to do!

Again, thank you for your incredible review! We hope to see you again on a return visit!

Best Regards,
Carolyn Guyer
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70 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

We just spent four nights at this lovely hotel. It sits right on the harbor at the southern end of Seneca Lake. The views and sunsets were gorgeous. We had a room with two doubles that faced the lake. The room was bright, cherry and large. The bathroom was also a nice size, with a wonderful shower. The separate vanity outside of the bathroom was handy.

The beds were very comfortable and the room was quiet, so sleep was not a problem. They have a lovely patio area which we took great advantage of. There is even a lovely fire pit.

The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Honestly, there is not one negative thing to say about this hotel. I even thought the price was reasonable. We paid over $100 a night more for two nights at Geneva by the Lake and enjoyed the Harbor Hotel so much more!

We will definitely be back.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carolyn G, General Manager at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 25 July 2014
On behalf of the entire team at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel we sincerely thank you for taking the time to share your experience with other travelers on TripAdvisor.

We definitely agree; The Harbor Hotel has amazing views! Watching the sunset over Seneca Lake and the harbor is simply breathtaking!

Reading that you enjoyed your stay so much that you will be coming back for another visit is such an incredible compliment! We will look forward to welcoming you back soon and thank you again for reviewing our hotel.

Warm Regards,
Carolyn Guyer
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Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed at this beautiful hotel for three nights and loved it. We had a king room with town view, nice and quiet, and loved the decor. Ate at the hotel's restaurant for breakfast, a dinner, a happy hour and can't beat the harbor views there. Service throughout the hotel was top notch, friendly staff, always greeting you coming and going. Nightly turndown service with chocolates a nice touch. There was a wedding Saturday evening, but did not impede on our stay. Our room 425 was located away from the ballroom, so did not hear a thing. Recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the area...we would definitely stay here again.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carolyn G, General Manager at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post a review regarding your recent stay and for highlighting the hotel’s décor and great service. Our team is excited to hear that their commitment to providing “top notch” service made for a memorable experience.

We sincerely appreciate you choosing the Harbor Hotel as your destination preference while visiting the Finger Lakes region.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the very near future.

Warm Regards,
Carolyn Guyer
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Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

We loved Harbor Hotel! The price was right and the hotel was very clean and comfortable. The shower was amazing and the view of the harbor was beautiful. All the local spots are within walking distance and the Raceway is only a couple miles away. Ithaca, wineries, and tons of waterfalls are all over the place within 30 minutes. I highly recommend this hotel. They have a pretty nice pool and hot tub also.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carolyn G, General Manager at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
It was certainly a pleasure to read that you had a great visit and fell in love with the Harbor Hotel.
Your details on all the area has to offer, as well as our nearby surroundings, will certainly be helpful to other travelers also seeking a fantastic visit to the Finger Lakes region.

We appreciate your high recommendation and hope to welcome you back soon!

Best Regards,
Carolyn
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Additional Information about Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

Property: Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Address: 16 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1221
Region: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Watkins Glen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel has been awarded a four diamond rating from AAA -The American Automobile Association. This distinction is given to hotels with refined and stylish accommodations and a high level of service and attention to detail. This award makes the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel the top rated hotel in Watkins Glen, New York. At the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, our staff is proud to offer all our guests outstanding service! The hotel offers a variety of deluxe accommodations including six luxurious suites. We offer nightly turndown service, an indoor pool, fitness center and our professional concierge is on call to assist you and your family in planning your Watkins Glen vacation. ... more   less 
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