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How is Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel With Kids?


The Hotel: *Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Where: Watkins Glen, The Finger Lakes Region, NY

The marina on Seneca Lake in Watkins GlenThe Location:

The *Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel is at one end of the town of Watkins Glen. You can walk to any of the restaurants and shops in town. It’s also right at the bottom of Seneca Lake with a marina behind it, where we had a short walk around the docks, which were still empty in early spring. It’s a short drive to the raceway, nearby hiking and wineries that line the lake.

The Vibe:

the harbor hotel patio has a wine country feel and room to run around. Sitting out on the hotel’s back patio, looking out over the lake with a glass of (very good) local dry Riesling, I felt as though I was on a wine country vacation and visiting someplace more exotic than upstate New York.

The Harbor Hotel doesn’t immediately jumps out as a family hotel. The room décor is a little fussy and the lobby has breakable things. But because of the race track, popular hiking spots nearby and its ideal setting for weddings the hotel is used to greeting a wide range of guests. We saw other families staying and there was no point where I felt uncomfortable with a 6YO along.

There was a large group (most likely a wedding) off to one side when were out on the patio. Tiny Traveler ran around while drank our wine and no one seemed to notice or care.

The Room:

a queen room that harbor hotel in Watkins Glen, NYThe room at this Finger Lakes hotel had a great lake view, and a cozy country inn feel. It was fine for three people but could have felt tight with a second child or with teens. The rooms have refrigerators and free wi-fi. We had a walk-in shower and no bathtub, which was fine, since we were only there for one night. But if you have kids who only take baths and you’re staying for a few days I’d inquire about a room with bathtub.

The Amenities:

the pool at the watkins glen harbor hotelThe tavern room connected to the patio was busy and had a friendly vibe. It also had a good selection of local beer and wine on hand; nice touch in a region that emphasizes that. The patio had a fire ring. We didn’t eat in the restaurant. The indoor pool is a little small, but the morning we swam in it we were the only ones there so it was fine. There is a small Jacuzzi, too. There is free parking (the parking lot sits between the hotel and the lake, which is unfortunate) and a fee for rollaway beds.

The Bottom Line:

A larger family could only stay if it had budget for multiple rooms or one of two suites. But we enjoyed the Harbor Hotel’s style and location and would aim to stay here again if we were going back to Watkins Glen.

Read More:

• Five Fabulous Finger Lakes Activities With Kids
• 12 Must-Do Finger Lakes Activities With Kids

Planning a trip? Check reviews of this hotel on *Trip Advisor.

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The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in the Finger Lakes, NY region has a wine country vibe and amenities families will like. Read our full review

*We were guests of the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce during our stay. We did not agree to any particular coverage of the hotel and our opinions are always our own.

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7 Comments

  1. July 26, 2017 at 2:52 am — Reply

    It’s so important to have a pool for kids. I love that hotels are starting to recognize that little ones need to burn off steam.

    • Eileen g
      July 26, 2017 at 10:59 pm — Reply

      It helps, especially on trips with a lot of sightseeing

  2. July 25, 2017 at 5:48 pm — Reply

    That hotel looks beautiful! You can’t go wrong with a glass of Riesling while relaxing on a patio overlooking a lake!

  3. July 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    I like the decor of the guest room, and I’m sure my kids would be splashing in that pool. Looks like a great place for a weekend getaway. #WkendTravelInspiration

  4. July 22, 2017 at 4:57 pm — Reply

    Beds seems to be big. In Europe would be really difficult to find a room like this. For us (two adults + two young children), this would be perfect

    • eileen g
      July 25, 2017 at 7:29 am — Reply

      I suppose in Europe you do often find full size, not queen beds. or two singles pushed together even!

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