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220 S Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1509
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#7 of 9 Specialty lodging in Watkins Glen
Welcome to The Local hostel! We are proud to offer a new way to stay in the Finger Lakes for all travelers. We have designed The Local for your maximum comfort and fun. Relax knowing that we are local experts and we want to make your visit to Upstate New York the best. Located in beautiful downtown Watkins Glen, The Local is one block south of the world famous Watkins Glen State Park Gorge. The southern tip of Seneca Lake is less than ten minutes north on foot. Take a quick walk to the entrance to the Catherine Valley hiking trail. Start your Finger Lakes Wine Trail excursion from Watkins Glen, when you are done for the day you can walk to restaurants and bars. We have one private room which accommodates two people. Our other rooms include a 4-bed dorm room and a 6-bed dorm room.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Books, DVDs, music for children
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Non-smoking hotel
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Lydia F wrote a review Oct 2018
71 contributions24 helpful votes
For us this was clearly the best choice of lodging when visiting Watkins Glen. It is less than 5 minutes to walk from it to the Gorge which means you can get there early enough to beat crowds and avoid paying for parking. It is also in walking distance from plenty of restaurants and bars. We stayed in the cottage room which is in a separate building from the main room. It has a bathroom and we went over to the main building to shower.We were supplied towels to use. Our room was cheerful and clean with plenty of space. There are two showers in the main building and neither my boyfriend nor I ever had to wait to use one. There is also a cute kitchen with eggs and some pantry supplies. Emily was very nice and made recommendations on places to eat and responded immediately when I texted her a question. I rated this as very good in general as a place to stay but for a hostel it would be considered excellent.The price was very good as well.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kathleen C wrote a review Aug 2017
Newtown, Connecticut19 contributions6 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our stay at The Local! Located a short distance from Watkins Glen ( falls) , restaurants , lots of vegan options too!, Lake Senca and The Farm Sanctuary- it was the perfect place to sleep and hang out! Emily and Ian were so kind and spent lots of time helping us find the sights we most wanted to visit. They have a great location and I recommend staying at the Local if you are traveling to Watkins Glen.
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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lclcusoon wrote a review Aug 2017
Canada224 contributions68 helpful votes
We were there overnight to hike the Gorge Trail/Waterfalls trail. This hostel is steps to the main entrance of the park. and locate near central of the town. The hostel has different no. of bunk bed configuration for different rooms. We were a group of 4 and Emily was nice enough to put us together and have the room all to ourself. The bathroom facility is new and clean. The bunk beds were comfortable. There is also an air conditioner in the room to keep us all cool. But no AC in the kitchen. The owner has 2 dogs there with them, don't worry....very friendly dogs! The reception gave us information for where is the supermarket and the best place to eat etc. There is also a Burger King adjacent to the hostel, it opens really early, so we had breakfast there ( $0.89/3 pancakes). I would come back and stay in this place. Thank you Emily for all your help!
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Local Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to The Local Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Watkins Glen State Park (0.2 km), Seneca Lake Wine Trail (1.1 km), and International Motor Racing Research Center (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Local Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at The Local Hostel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at The Local Hostel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Local Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Thai Elephants, Scuteri's Cannoli Connection, and Nickel's Pit BBQ.
Is The Local Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Watkins Glen.
Are there any historical sites close to The Local Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Brick Tavern Museum and Wickham Rural Life Center (3.6 km).
Is The Local Hostel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.