Geneva on the Lake
What We Love
- An elegant lakeside resort on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, with breakfast, a suite and more
- Your complimentary dining voucher and bottle of Finger Lakes wine
- The villa experience on Seneca Lake, in an Italianate mansion
- Staying at one of Yahoo’s iconic upstate hotels
What To Know
- Guestrooms are located in the main mansion as well as a separate townhouse
- Popular with weddings and events
- Not all rooms have lake views
Ever wondered who lives in those elegant, waterfront Italianate
mansions? Find out for yourself at Geneva On The Lake, a
private-home-turned-resort, sitting on Seneca Lake, in upstate New
York’s lush wine country. Stay like an elite, surrounded by manicured
gardens, and get a front-row seat to the stunning views of the largest
Finger Lake. The restaurant serves the finest of dining in spaces that
look straight out of a period film, and the furnishings throughout the
resort are provided by the lavish, century-old Stickley brand.
of a AAA Four Diamond Award and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,
this posh retreat is a go-to getaway for weddings and luxury events.
Even the suites are meticulously designed, with furnished kitchens,
living rooms and dining rooms, and there’s bocce outside for you to
play. So make the most of what Yahoo called an iconic upstate New York
resort. Explore wine country, enjoy the gorgeous grounds, and leave some
time to sit back and breathe in the air of sophistication.
The accommodations here are more than just guest
rooms; they’re furnished getaways, complete with everything you’ll need
to feel at home during your upstate stay. Keep it simple with the Deluxe
One Bedroom suite, a cozy space that’s stocked with all the
necessities. Have even more room in the larger Townhouse Two Bedroom suite, which has an extra half bath and its own private patio, or go all out with the more extravagant Landmark Original
Villa suite, which boasts gorgeous views of the gardens and Seneca Lake.
breakfast and dinner, the gourmet dining room is historic and elegant. The elaborate Lancellotti Dining Room is the villa’s
original main room, equipped with marble columns, 17th-century chairs,
wall tapestries, Chinese vases and live music, with French doors
overlooking the gardens. The Lounge is an intimate space, with elegant
furnishings, a fireplace, and garden and lake views. The Terrace
provides an al fresco option during summer, with its own vistas of the
gardens, and the resort’s popular candlelight dinner menu features decadent
items; jumbo shrimp cocktail, filet mignon and classic crème brûlée are
just a few.
A small lakeside town with
big-city culture, Geneva offers the stunning beauty of Seneca Lake – the
largest of the Finger Lakes – as well as a downtown urban scene full of
shops, restaurants, theater and music. Geneva On The Lake puts you
literally on the lake, near the best of this upstate New York
destination, including its wineries, home tours, shopping, golfing, arts
How to Get There
My 3 sisters and I did an overnight here last month. I had read some reviews saying it wasn’t great, so I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. We had a suite on the 3rd floor. The only bad thing was there was no elevator so we had to carry our luggage up 3 flights of stairs. However, the suite was great. There were 2 bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom with whirlpool tub & a turn down service at night. The grounds were very nice, and besides the pool there was croquet, corn hole, a net for volleyball or badminton and a swing. The inn sits along Seneca Lake, and there was a trail to walk down to the lake. You could fish, boat or take a 30 minute pontoon cruise. On Sunday morning they had a breakfast buffet that was included in the price of the room. It was very good. You could eat inside or out on the patio, I wished we could stay longer to enjoy the grounds. This is a lovely place to stay.
The grounds of this hotel were beautiful as was the outside of the hotel. The location was also perfect for running into town for a quick breakfast or a nice dinner. The vineyards are all close by which is why we chose this specific property. It was also our anniversary and we wanted to stay somewhere nice but unfortunately the hotel is very outdated and didn't feel as clean as we would have preferred. The service definitely could be improved as well. We travel to this region at least twice a year and will never stay here again even though the location is ideal. You're better off finding a local b&b or vacation rental for equivalent price.
Geneva by the Lake is the Fawlty Towers of the Finger Lakes region. My daughter and I stopped there in August, 2018. Amongst the ridiculous things we found:
• We arrived a few hours before dinner. We could not get a table at the hotel’s restaurant. We asked for a recommendation nearby and the (completely clueless and incompetent) person at the desk recommended an “Italian restaurant” that was just a pizza parlor.
• There is no room service, a particular problem in a hotel with a restaurant with limited dining capacity.
• The “entry lobby” does not exist, at least not in the normal sense of the term. Check in is down a narrow corridor leading to a cheap desk in the hotel’s business office. The check in area is small and ugly. The check in area makes you think you’re in a place where you should be able to rent rooms by the hour.
• We wanted to sail the following morning. Despite its being the height of the season and on the weekend, the dock hand was not scheduled to be available until 1pm—doesn’t work in the morning. He showed up at 1 30pm.
• The outdoor areas look good in the photos on the hotel’s website but in reality they are run down and poorly maintained.
• When we went to have breakfast, we asked for cereal. The server said that the hotel does not offer cereal for breakfast. (This is a first in my many decades of travel.)
The room wasn’t bad and the area is pretty but this joke of a hotel should not be part of anyone’s trip to the area.