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“Fantastic Place to Spend Time in the Finger Lakes”

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The William Smith Inn
Ranked #2 of 10 Geneva B&B and Inns
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
“Fantastic Place to Spend Time in the Finger Lakes”
Reviewed 12 September 2011

Recently spent five days here on a cycling trip and could not have had a better experience. The B&B is beautiful, the room was clean, spacious and comfortable and the food was fantastic. Breakfast is a community table which I love as it affords you the chance to meet other guests. Theresa and David (husband/wife team which run the B&B) are amazing hosts. They were kind, gracious, responsive and David even helped out with cycling route recommendations. Theresa made sure any need I had was met and there were no unanswered questions. All in all, awesome place to stay, I will be back.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

Stayed one night in the family suite at William Smith Inn B&B in Geneva, NY. Could not have been happier with our stay. The house is a restored historic mansion with quality furnishings reflecting a period of great wealth. The rooms were huge with high ceilings and massive queen beds with plenty of room to relax. The bedding was lovely and extremely comfortable. Everything was spotlessly clean.
The family suite has two bedrooms connected by a door. They share a common bathroom. Aveda toiletries were included in the bathroom that had a large shower area.
The hostess was extremely pleasant and helpful. My three-year-old grand daughter and her parents were spending the night, too. She was fascinated when the owner produced a special inflatable twin “balloon bed” for her to use. She loved it and went to sleep with no fuss.
Weekday breakfast was served in a large dining room. It consisted of toast and coffee with yogurt and fresh fruit compote. I believe weekend breakfasts offer a wider selection.
The location is a quiet street about 5 minutes from the center of town and Seneca Lake. The area has sidewalks and invites an evening stroll to admire the many styles of homes in the area and the domed observatory next door that was built long ago.
This would be a lovely setting for people doing tours on the wine trail. Also a very romantic setting for couples doing a weekend getaway. I believe the cost is comparable to the cost of the better big chain hotel in Geneva. It is also quieter and has a lot more atmosphere.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Daphne, Alabama
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

This place is sooo friendly. You will want to return. This was our second trip, and we will definitely be back. Theresa makes you feel so very welcome.

Room Tip: Every room is unique and all are great.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Burlington, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2011

Theresa and David are great hosts! Very warm welcome at this beautiful Victorian Italianate villa in Geneva. Super location for exploring the Finger Lakes. Rooms immaculately clean and this is a highly recommended place to stay. Thanks! Seneca stole the show and we hope Dave has managed to get through some of his list of jobs! We were so pleased to be able to view the Observatory next door - what a treat!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed 8 July 2011

My wife and I had a great stay. Friendly service, but not intrusive. As good as they are I am sure that they will only get better in the future!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The William Smith Inn

Property: The William Smith Inn
Address: 600 Castle St, Geneva, NY 14456-1404
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Region: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Geneva
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Ranked #2 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Geneva
Price range (per night): ₹ 10,368
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The William Smith Inn opened its doors in June 2009. William Smith was a philanthropist, astronomer, spiritualist and nurseryman. Your hosts, David & Theresa Gage, have restored this home to its former glory for your comfort and pleasure. This Italianate home, built in 1873, features quarter-cut white oak floors with black walnut inlay, monstrous chestnut doors, floor-to-ceiling windows and incredibly detailed molding. The home is situated on 3.2 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York. ... more   less 

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