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“GREAT weekend getaway to the Finger Lakes”
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Glen Motor Inn
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
Sparta, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“GREAT weekend getaway to the Finger Lakes”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

Glen Motor Inn is amazing. The views cannot be beat. If you are looking for a fancy upscale place, this is not for you. If you want a great getaway with friendly staff and an incredible lake view for a great price, this is where you need to come. My husband booked this for us and we could not have been more pleased. Breakfast was included, and it was simple but good. They also have a restaurant there and we had dinner one evening. It was PACKED and the food was delicious. This is near all the great wineries, and super close to Watkins Glen downtown. We went for a run two days right by the lake. I highly recommend the Glen Motor Inn...great value, incredible views, friendly staff. Cannot wait to go back!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

Loved the Glen motor Inn. Great location, fantastic view, reasonable rate, and very clean. We saw deer every morning down by the lake. Looks like they are updating the buildings. Wifi would make it 5 star.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2013

This is not a fancy hotel. There are fancy hotels in the area if you want to stay there and pay their price. We feel we got our money's worth at this hotel. The price was right. Admittedly, the place could use some TLC. It has been there a long, long time. But it was clean.....the beds were comfortable.....showers had plenty of hot water and great water pressure....parking at your front door was an old-fashioned treat....and your rear door opens out to a balcony with a spectacular view of Seneca Lake. From the balcony (which is in need of repair) we could watch the moon rising in the evening and in the morning another fabulous view....the sun coming up over the lake. No need for alarm clocks here. Your sunlit room gets you up and out early for the continental breakfast. And to enjoy an outstanding dinner, be sure to stop at the Montage Italian Grill also on the property. The food is excellent and the staff is the best. If you golf, there is a wonderful 9-hole course right across the road. You will enjoy your stay here. We did!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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suwanee
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76 reviews
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

The accommodations are sparse, but the hospitality makes up for it. We had a balcony over Seneca Lake which was a great view. No laundry facility except in town, no hair dryer had to make a run to CVS for one..no iron..so we wore everything wrinkled..but no one seemed to notice.
The owners purchased a shower chair for my husband as he cannot stand in the shower and we brought along our own portable grab bar,
Lots of vintage racing pictures in the lobby.. the owner is a former race car driver.

Room Tip: Wish I had known that Paul Newman stayed there regularly when he was racing as I would have asked fo...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oshawa, Canada
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219 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2013

Our first time in Watkins Glen and I am glad we picked this Hotel, it is just a few min. out of town.
The owners were great people, gave us ideas and tips about the area. the Hotel it self is a little old, but is kept very clean, we stayed in room 60 and it is a smokers room and we couldn't smell the smoke, the hotel is located in a very beautiful spot,Seneca lake. park your car in the front of your room and go in and out the back door to what has to be one of the most beautiful views of the lake, very peaceful in the evenings, the beds were ok and the water pressure was great in the morning, with lots of hot water, the breakfast up at the main part of the hotel was good,lots to chose from, we had dinner at the Montage Italian Grill which is the hotel Restaurant, really good food at a great price, over all a great place tp stay, we look forward to returning.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rochester, NY
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

This motel offers outstanding views of the lake, and isn't that what you want! The staff was so warm & welcoming, from the reservation process, check in, throughout the stay, right through the check out, they could not have been more pleasant- cudos to Linda, who was very pleasant and a joy to meet in person.

Yes I admit, as will the motel, they're not a Ritz Carlton, but if that's what you want go to a Ritz, no problem. The Glen Motor Inn offers a warm hospitable stay at the right price. The views are spectacular, and you can really relax and recharge your spirit peacefully relaxing on your balcony. This motel extends to you the opportunity to experience the charm and nostalgia of a motel of yester year. Take it and run with it. It's worth your time!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Bon Air, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2013

This was a nice place to stop for the night, clean and comfy, but, there was no internet in the rooms, no coffee maker, fridge, or microwave. Landscaping is dead, or, non-existent, cement is crumbling, porch rails are rusty, etc. I expected better for $150 a night. On the plus side, the view of Seneca lake is fabulous, and the Italian restaurant has awesome food.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Glen Motor Inn
Address: 3380 State Route 14, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-9707
Region: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Watkins Glen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Glen Motor Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A nostalgic motel overlooking Seneca Lake. Every room has a view, most with balconies. You park in front of your door. Seasonal open May through October. ... more   less 
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