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“Hostile Owner” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Longhouse Lodge Motel
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Hostile Owner”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2007

We have just returned from our third stay at this motel. While we will admit that our previous 2 stays were acceptable, this stay was a "nightmare". During our last evening outside, a number of friends of the owner showed up in a "party state". A disagreement ensued and then the owner showed up and started yelling and cursing at us and a number of our friends . This confrontation became very heated and the owner became extremely nasty and threatening. We are members of a car club average ages are over 50 yrs. and hardly a threat or confrontational, ourselves. Needless to say, we were all very nervous about leaving our cars for the night parked outside. The owner then stated that he would remove us from the property. Even his own friends realized that he was "out of control". In addition to this, the property is full of bugs, spiderwebs, broken a/c units, uncomfortable mattress, etc. for the stiff price. Needless to say, no one from our club will ever stay there again and our recommendation is that you thoroughly check this place out before you decide to book a room here.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Owner and Bugs
  • Stayed July 2007
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank ILoveJackSparrow
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
PA
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2007

We had booked 2 rooms for the night of July 21, 2007, we have a confirmatiion and they have our credit card information. We were phoned today, months later, by the owner"Jim Franzese" that "his" girl made a mistake and weekend has to be booked for the whole weekend, our one night booking was not being accepted! This man was verbally on the attack informing me he could do anything he wanted and he was cancelling and not honoring our confirmed reservation!
Beware if booking here, you may show up to find you do not have a room at the inn!

We booked this several months ago, have to wonder why today it became an issue?????

04/02/07
Melissa Koscinski

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Negative Attitude
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
9 Thank grammymissy
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Travellers are raving about these Watkins Glen hotels

New York, NY
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2007

This is a fantastic place to stay!! The staff are remarkably helpful and friendly. The views are AMAZING. The class and style of the motel and the manor are impecable. We had a fabulous time and this is our only hotel as far as Watkins Glen, NY is concerned!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Stayed March 2007
Helpful?
4 Thank Jenn70Fran
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Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2006

We were worried since the reviews were not too nice on the Trip Advisor but we were very suprised that this motel was very clean and the rooms were "dated" but well kept. We found nothing wrong with our room and we had very good service while we were there. I would suggest if you make a reservation you do request one of the room with a view of the lake (some rooms are in a hallway and do not have a view at all). However, if you like privacy - room #6 is totally private.

The continental breakfast was decent. Nothing to brag about but it filled us up and we went on our way until lunch.

I'd stay there again if we visit.

  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank PaminPa
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Abingdon, Maryland
Level Contributor
25 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2006

The Longhouse Motel has a nice location on a hillside overlooking Seneca Lake. It also has a pretty pool and a gazebo next to it. You can get a regular room or, for $15 more, a deluxe room with a microwave and refrigerator.

I had reserved a deluxe room and got room #7. This turned out to be a breezeway room with just one window in the back wall. The room was dark as a dungeon, musty and had a view of a grassy parking lot and a rusty water tank behind the motel. This had to be the worst motel room, and I was stunned that the owner was renting it as a deluxe room for $94 per night. So, needless to say, I rejected this room and requested a regular room with a view of the pool and the lake in the distance.

The regular room was dark, musty, overstuffed with wrought-iron furniture and had an extremely dirty 50-year-old window air conditioner. The bed was like a marshmallow and creaked every time I turned over. There was a dorm frig in the room, but the table between the 2 easy chairs was missing, and the table lamp was sitting on the floor. Are the guests expected to sit on the carpet while they are reading a book? Since no other piece of furniture was available, I imported a little table from the pool area and put the lamp on it. Problem solved! However, the bathroom was really very modern and beautiful with good lighting, a brandnew one-piece bathtub unit, a white lace shower curtain with liner, a comfortable toilet seat, a large sink with lots of counter space and nice floor tiles.

My advice is to forget about the deluxe rooms and just rent a regular room with a window overlooking the pool, the gazebo and the lake.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Eisbaer1
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Cincinnati, Oh
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2006

We picked this motel based on a 3 star rating in the auto club book, but what a mistake! Our $119 bought us a small, cramped room with some peeling wallpaper and a hole in the wall. The room was not totally cleaned from the previous occupants, and had to be vacuumed when we arrived. We agree with a previous post about needing new mattresses. Find a quality hotel outside of the Watkins Glen area.

Stayed June 2006
Helpful?
3 Thank SeeTheSightsToday
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New Jersey
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2006

My husband and I picked this motel to stay at over night because we heard that even though the rate was higher than other motels in the area it would be worth it. We were extremely disappointed with the comfort of the beds. We stayed in room #12, which had two double beds and the mattresses should have been thrown out in the trash long ago. It was impossible to stay on my side of the bed, I kept rolling down to my husbands side of the bed. My son slept in the other bed which was just as bad. We hardly slept a wink and awoke in the morning achy and sore. The motel also advertised a continental breakfast but when I called to ask what time breakfast was, I was informed that it wasn't available off season. I'm sorry to say that we will never stay there again, we felt like we were ripped off, the rate for this motel was very unjust.

Stayed March 2006
Helpful?
12 Thank CatPrince7
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Additional Information about Longhouse Lodge Motel

Property: Longhouse Lodge Motel
Address: 3625 State Route 14, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-9709
Region: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Watkins Glen
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Longhouse Lodge Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Open year-round, outdoor amenities include. Heated outdoor swimming pool, charming gazebo, rocking chairs outside most rooms. Inside amenities include. Brand new, comfortable, firm pillow-top mattresses, swivel rocker-recliners in some rooms, coffeemakers, hairdryers, cable TV and VCRs, free movies, micro, fridge, ironing boards and irons, hi-speed internet. Continental breakfast served in high season only. Property also boasts a luxurious B and B located on the hill behind the motel. ... more   less 
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