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“A Gem in Watkins Glen”

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Gorgeous View Motel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
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Monroe, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“A Gem in Watkins Glen”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

A truly wonderful experience! I love this motel - small (8 rooms), quiet, and family owned. The view of the lake is indeed gorgeous. The rooms are large and spotless. They are equipped with flat screen TV's, small fridge, microwave, and coffee pot. The fridge was stocked with some snacks should you need them.There is a propane grill and a fire pit and sitting areas too. We arrived on a Thursday in October and the weather was beautiful. Thursday evening Alan, the owner, came over & introduced himself and then built us our own personal fire in the fire pit. The deer were out in the clearing. Just magical. If you are ever in Watkins Glen you MUST stay here. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Latham, New York
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

The view really is gorgeous. But even better than the view are the owners - Alan and Stephanie are very friendly and welcoming, they make you feel like you truly are their guest and they want you to be as comfortable and happy as possible. The room was very clean, spacious and nice. The bathroom was pretty large and very clean. There were complimentary snacks and juice in the refrigerator. They have a bbq/picnic area, and firepit with chairs (and they'll provide you s'more fixings if you want) for all to enjoy. They have a basketball hoop and ball. We were up early the morning of our departure and Alan was outside already; not long after I saw him our receipt was left on our doorstep with a personal note on the envelope. Many personal touches, very accommodating.........definitely a terrific find! Highly recommend to anyone visitng Watkins Glen.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Stephanie S, Owner at Gorgeous View Motel, responded to this review, 11 October 2013
Hi Trish,
Alan's grandmother gets the credit for the name! She named it way back in the 1950s. So glad you enjoyed. Next time, I hope you have a s'more.
Alan and Stephanie
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Latham, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2013

I'm not sure what else I can say that hasn't already been said. A truly wondeful experience. Our room was spotless. Super friendly and caring owners. Great view. Super nice, friendly, personal touches like the personal note on the envelope for our receipt. Microwaves and a small refrigerator in each room. Modern, LCD TV. The fridge even comes stocked with complimentary juice bags, danish, cinnamon buns, fruit and pudding cups. There is a propane grill and a fire pit and sitting areas too. When we pulled up after dinner in town last Friday night, Allan was tending to the fire in the fire pit. A few minutes later he left and several ladies came over and sat around the fire chatting. Stephanie came over and asked them if they wanted make S'mores. That would never happen at a chain hotel. Do yourself a favor, do the local economy a favor, do a local family a favor and stay here. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Stephanie S, Owner at Gorgeous View Motel, responded to this review, 11 October 2013
Hi Jim and Trish,
Thanks for taking the time to share! We are enjoying the fall season and are glad you had a good stay!
Stephanie and Alan
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Wexford, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

After staying at several different motels over the past 12 years we found the gem of Watkins Glen. The view was indeed gorgeous but that is only part of it. The owners Stephanie and Alan treat all of their guests as family. They did everything possible to make our stay comfortable. The rooms are large and spotless. They are equipped flat screen TV's, small fridge, microwave, and coffee pot. The fridge stocked with some snacks should you need them. I told them when we left they are stuck with us now because we will never stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Stephanie S, Owner at Gorgeous View Motel, responded to this review, 27 September 2013
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and are looking forward to seeing you next time. Have a great fall!
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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210 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2013

We love reading reviews at Tripadvisor, so glad we did and found this great Motel. Room was comfortable and spacious, not to mention VERY clean. On a scale from 1 to 10...we would have to give it a 12. Alan was so friendly and helpful. What a nice thing for his wife Stephanie to do,,,she left us a note at our door, thanking us for staying there...a very personable family. Best bathroom we have ever seen in many years of travel. They are up a small hill from Rt 14 which makes it nice because you don't hear the traffic as bad as some other Motels we have been too. The view of Seneca Lake is awesome. Out of the city hub bub and all, so peaceful to sit out on the chairs just outside of our room. We WILL be making this our Motel when ever we are in town in the future.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stephanie S, Owner at Gorgeous View Motel, responded to this review, 27 September 2013
Thanks for the note! The best part of the motel are the people that we get to meet. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Raleigh
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106 reviews
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

My wife and I decided to stay here for a couple of nights on our way up to Canada, all based on the incredibly positive reviews we read about the place. Driving up to it, we both agreed it was not a place we we'd have stayed at without fairly unanimous favorable feedback. It's hard to add anything to all the previous reviews, other than to thank them for their input to TripAdvisor which led to our stop here. The owners/staff are very friendly and helpful, and we truly enjoyed our stay at this place. If we ever get back to the area to hike the Gorge Trail another time, or to visit some of the many wineries we missed this time, we'll be sure to give Stephanie a call.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tuckerton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Gorgeous View Motel over Labor Day Weekend and absolutely loved it. The room itself is incredibly clean, and you can tell that it was just remodeled. The bathroom was one of the nicest I've ever seen in a hotel (even compared to some 4 star hotels). The room has a fairly nice size for being a motel, and the beds were quite comfy. The staff was incredibly friendly, and the owner, Stephanie, answered my emails beforehand almost immediately. They also give you complimentary snacks ( drinks, breakfast snacks like donuts etc) that they refilled each day in our fridge, which is a nice little touch. A big concern with motels is being able to hear the people in the next room over. That was not an issue here. The hotel is also far enough back from the road that you'll get a quite sleep each night.

The best part of the motel is location. The building is right on the main road only a couple minutes from downtown Watkins Glen, Watkins Glen State Forest, and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. It is also walking distance from the golf course. The price of the room was fairly low compared to all other hotels in the area, so no complaints there. I would absolutely stay here again should I ever return to the Finger Lakes region.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Gorgeous View Motel
Address: 3355 State Route 14, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-9717
Region: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Watkins Glen
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
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Number of rooms: 8
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We invite you to experience our amazing view of Seneca Lake, our stellar customer service, and our clean, comfortable, newly renovated rooms. Open all year, the Gorgeous View Motel is only minutes from one of New York's beautiful state parks, local shops, and attractions of Watkins Glen. We offer families, business travelers, wine lovers, race enthusiasts, hunters, fishermen, and nature lovers of all kinds, a truly pleasant lodging experience four seasons a year. ... more   less 
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