We really enjoyed our stay at the Seneca Lodge. We're the kind of people who love old-school touristy stuff - log cabinish walls, giant fireplaces in restaurants, slightly kitschy decor. If you want a fancy place with a lot of amenties, then this place probably isn't for you. But if you want a place that's fun (and clean), then you'll like it.
We stayed in the motel portion of the Lodge, which was pretty standard motel stuff - a simple room with 2 beds and a TV. The cabins looked fun but we were afraid (based on a few things written on this site) that they would be noisy because they were near the highway. I'd say that wasn't likely to be a problem. It's true they were near the highway but it's a small country road with 2 lanes. Maybe we'll try it next time (and there will be a next time!). The A-frames looked good too but we didn't get a chance to see it up close. The motel rooms were simple but clean, so I'm guessing that's true of the cabins and A-frames too.
One of the main attractions of the motel is its proximity to Watkins Glen State Park - which is a pretty awesome place to go. The motel is actually located near the entrance of the park that's kind of in the middle (though closer to the beginning than the end). It's very easy to walk from the Lodge across the street to the park (down a somewhat long driveway, but not too bad).
Another benefit of staying at the hotel is that you are in close proximity to the restaurant, which has lots of great comfort-food type dishes. The breakfast sandwich I had was probably the best I ever tasted, and dinner was really good too.
It seems that the Lodge doesn't offer archery any more (I'm guessing their lawyers told them it was too much of a liability to allow guests access to weaponry), but there did seem to be a pool and tennis court. (We didn't have a chance to use either.)
The price we paid was pretty low ($75 per night I think) and would have been even lower in the cabins. There's free wi-fi, which worked fine, which is sometimes hard to find in a place like this.
Overall, a fun, homey place to go on the road.
- Also Known As:
- Seneca Hotel Watkins Glen