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Idlwilde Inn
Ranked #8 of 17 Watkins Glen B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 October 2013

Recently, my wife and I spent three lovely days at The Idlwilde Inn.
The room was superb and the owners and staff were competent and professional.
Each morning, our days started with an excellent breakfast.
The Watkins Glen area has a variety of interesting things to do (the many, many wineries, the racetrack, the Glass Museum in Corning, a fabulous "college town" in nearby Ithaca,etc.)
We have been staying at B & B's since the college days of our daughters (1990's) and the Idlwilde Inn is at the very top of our list.
The building and grounds are truly impressive!

Room Tip: Several rooms look out over Seneca Lake...we highly recommend one of these rooms.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank marlowe
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We have stayed at B&Bs all over the world and this one is our favorite. Beautifully restored 1892 mansion and carriage house with 16 unique rooms. There is something for almost every budget. The majority of the rooms have their own bath. We stayed for 4 nights in Room 6, the master suite. Wow!!! A very large bedroom, a parlor, a sun porch, a walk-in closet and a private deck with a wonderful view of Seneca Lake and the hills.There were 2 fireplaces in our room and a 4 poster king bed. I am giving 4 stars for sleep quality because the bed was a little hard for my taste. Our friends were in Room 8, which was smaller but still good sized. They had really cool built-in cupboards and a dressing table (the room had originally been the daughter's room). The entire home was immaculate and the attention to detail was astounding. We were fortunate enough to see every room as we got there early. The innkeeper gave us a thorough tour and told us the history of the home. It was fascinating.

As to the innkeeper. Some people on this site did not seem to like her very much. We are at a loss to understand why. Maria was delightful. She was extremely helpful, eager to chat and full of good humor. Yes, there are rules. She explained to us that in the past she would often have rowdy guests (wedding parties, etc) and damage was done to the property. It is such a large property and she and her husband obviously take great pride in it, so I do not blame them for enforcing a few rules. The main one is no personal food or beverages in your room. But the porch is so large and welcoming it is no hassle to go out there if you want a drink.

The breakfasts were delicious and beautifully presented. I do wish there was a slightly larger time window, but it worked. They serve from 8-9 am. There was something different every day. Pancakes, French toast, biscuits and eggs and a blueberry-cream cheese casserole were the main courses on our 4 mornings. She accommodated my vegetarianism very well. There is also cereal and fruit as well.

The bottom line is this is not a place for partying or for children. It is a beautiful, classy place for adults who wish to enjoy peace and quiet, gorgeous surroundings and delightful hosts.

Room Tip: Room 6 is the best, followed by Room 10. Rooms 3,4 and 5 are in the former servants wing so they are...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank julibeth
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

After booking first and then looking at the reviews we were considering cancelling our reservations. The inn keeper isn't nearly as bad as some of these reviews would have you think. Maria was funny, friendly and very helpful with recommending things to do and wineries to visit. The house and the grounds are beautiful. We had a view of the lake from our room and the porch was wonderful to sit on, have a glass of wine and star gaze.

The not so great stuff:
There is a pamphlet in your rooms that tell you food can be consumed only on the porch; after seeing previous reviews we were not planning on pushing any boundaries though I did see a woman drinking wine in the living area and the next day she was walking around with a cup of coffee.
Breakfast is served at 8 am and it was good but nowhere near gourmet like other places we have stayed. I told them that I was a vegetarian when I made the reservations and had bacon on my plate the 1st morning and sausage the next. This was not a problem b/c my husband was very happy with 2 servings
We stayed in room 11 which shared a bathroom with another room- neither of us really had a problem with this though we both kept forgetting to take soap and a towel in to use to wash our hands after using the bathroom. This problem could be very easily remedied by putting a soap pump dispenser in the bathroom and providing some paper towels.
You only receive 2 very small cakes of soap and these were not replenished during our stay.
They do not wash the sheets every day and I don't have a problem with this but was surprised when we were gone all day to come back and our bed was not made.

The worst part: I usually sleep with more than one pillow. There were 4 pillows on the bed but 2 smelled like dirty pillows. We obviously didn't use them. The mattress was really hard and was uncomfortable to sleep on. This B&B was completely booked for the 2 nights we stayed, they certainly should be bringing in enough money to purchase more pillows and replace the ones that smell dirty.
We will probably not stay here again when returning to the Finger Lakes; we stayed at 2 other places and enjoyed those a lot better

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Nancy J
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

They accomidated us coming at 9pm with understanding. Room 5 was small but we saved $ for 4 people and we had our own bathroom with plenty of warm water. The inn and grounds are very beautiful tranquil & picturesque. The porch is very large and relaxing. The breakfast wasnt super fancy but very tasty and the service was extremely fast. Maria was a delight and friendly. Many fun experiences and stories. She even let us keep our wine there after we checked out and came back for it. We would absolutely come back!! If you stay here you will not be disappointed! :)

  • Stayed: July 2013
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2  Thank Lightcaps
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

My wife and I enjoyed the 3 nights and days that we stayed at Idlwilde Inn. A beautiful setting overlooking Seneca Lake with excellent breakfast. It was great to be in a facility without a TV or other forms of media, so we could like the great setting and conversation. We will stay again if we get the opportunity. Even though I marked the swimming pool as being excellent, the Inn does not have swimming pool. I could not find a way of deleting this ranking.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank KeenKutter
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

My husband and I just came back from a wonderful stay at the Idlwilde Inn. We stayed a week at the converted century old Victorian summer retreat. The B&B served a different, appetizing, and plentiful breakfast every morning. The innkeeper, Maria, even prepared special meals for various diets that included vegan, glucose intolerant, etc. Maria was kind and considerate and couldn’t do enough for us. The rooms were cleaned every morning and the sheets were changed daily upon request. In this part of wine country, glasses, ice, and ice buckets were more than plentiful and offered to all guests freely along with use of a guest refrigerator. Because of Maria and the other innkeepers, staying at the Idlwilde Inn was truly a respite from an all too busy, techno world (although the Inn has Wi-Fi for the convenience of guests). We absolutely love our times there – if we didn’t, this would not have been our 14th annual vacation at the Inn. If you enjoy interesting and friendly guests, attentive hosts, and a restful step back in time, the Idlwilde Inn is definitely for you. We highly recommend this great place.
J. Miller

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Joette M
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

This home is on a beautiful property with a very good view of Seneca Lake. We had a very large bedroom (on the 2nd floor), with a sitting room, enclosed porch, and a place to sit in an outside area overlooking the lake. The remodeled bathroom was very comfortable with a wonderful large walk-in titled shower. In addition, there was a walk-in closet. Our space was very clean, as were all the areas of the home that we visited.
The breakfast was good (and varied, as we were there 5 nights) and the service quick, efficient and very friendly.
John & Maria were our owner-contacts throughout our stay - both very nice with interesting information about the home and the area. They're colorful people with diverse backgrounds - if you speak Dutch, Italian or French, you'll probably have even more entertaining conversations. Maria was especially helpful in providing some guidance on places to consider visiting, including area wineries and restaurants. She made a reservation for us at a really good restaurant called Suzanne's.
We spent a lot of time visiting various parts of the Finger Lakes region, so coming back each evening to our comfortable lodging was a pleasant end to the day.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Doug0000
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Additional Information about Idlwilde Inn

Address: 1 Lakeview Ave, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1148
Region: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Watkins Glen
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Watkins Glen
Price Range: £72 - £189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Idlwilde Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Idlewilde Inn is an 18 room Victorian mansion built in 1892. This charming house has a character given by exquisite craftsmanship of an earlier era, with meticulously done staircase, moldings, ornamental ceilings, and fireplaces. There are several sun rooms, and a huge breezy wraparound porch, all overlooking the beauty of Seneca Lake. Idlewilde Inn is only a short walk to town. Historical Watkins Glen and the Fingerlakes area offer many year round activities. ... more   less 

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