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Chieftain Motel
Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
Reviewed 15 July 2014

I stayed in a one bed room on July 12 thru 13 for fingerlakes wine festival. Our room was just as expected, front desk woman was so honest and kind, told us they weren't as updated but were clean as she cleans them herself and Ive never been offered breakfast at any previous motel, this one had coffee, juice and muffins! The cleanliness was above expectation, not a single hair was found anywhere, smelled so fresh and the air conditioning was blowing very cool air, which was so nice in the middle of July! Other than the motel location far from view of Seneca lake, it exceeded my expectations, I would return here as long as the same front desk lady/housekeeper is there, She was so nice and cleaned better than 5 star hotels I've stayed in!

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Reviewed 6 August 2013

We stayed here twice within a week. The owner and/or manager was friendly as were the other guests that we met. The room was large, spotless, and well-maintained. The bed was a bit firmer than I prefer and I thought the price was a little high for a basic, but nice, roadside motel. The prices are quite a bit higher on weekends. Be sure to hike up Watkins Glen itself. It's beautiful!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank Laurence1001
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

We recently stayed at the chieftain motel in Watkins glen over race weekend. We had a blast and hiked Watkins glen state park. The rooms were very affordable and clean. Julie that works there was the best by suggesting things for us to do in the area. You wont find anywhere else with that kind of service and for the price.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank dave j
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

It's pretty far out of town (about 4 miles), so there's no easy access to food, shopping or entertainment. It is pretty quiet, though - up on a hill, but the houses across the street block a clear view of the lake. The room was a good size, light and bright, very clean. There was a mini-fridge and microwave. The bathroom is also large but only had lotion soap and shower gel dispensers, and if you want a bath, you can't reach it. There is wifi, but it wasn't strong enough to reach half the rooms - you have to go to the office or sit outside to access it. For breakfast there were a few packaged pastries and juice boxes in the lobby, along with regular coffee (no coffee maker in room.) For $94 on a weekday night, it seemed expensive for what you get.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Valderi1
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

We selected this property because they were dog friendly and I liked the motel concept with individual room doors opening to the outside. The rooms are dated but very clean with fresh linens and towels. The motel management were very nice and very receptive to our dog. The coffee was ready at 7am with some packaged muffins and I thought that was very nice. I would definitely recommend a stay at the Chieftain Motel.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank bellarosa1
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

My husband and I needed a get-away and this place did the trick nicely! Very friendly staff with a huge funky dog and probably the cleanest place we've ever stayed at! We did some hiking at the State Park (beautiful!) and visited Glenora Winery which is a 5 min drive down the road. The room was not fancy by any means but plenty comfy enough and very spacious.Clean bathroom, nice towels, and air conditioning working fine.There is a little view of Seneca Lake from the front lawn so we pulled up a couple of lawn chairs both nights with some cocktails and watched the almost full moon rise above the towering hills. The local restaurants are awesome and there's alot to see! All in all- quiet and relaxing, close to Watkins Glen which is fun and cool but far enough away to feel like you did a little chillaxin.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Karen C
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Reviewed 23 May 2012

I found this motel via AAA triptik and was very pleasantly surprised. The room was very spacious (as was the bathroom) and VERY quiet. In fact, out of several of the motels I used on my vacation through NY, this was one of the better ones! I would recommend this motel to anyone looking for a nice room for a nice price!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Kathy P
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Additional Information about Chieftain Motel

Address: 3815 State Route 14, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-9773
Region: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Watkins Glen
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Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Watkins Glen
Price Range: £65 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Chieftain Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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