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Dinner at Geneva on the Lake; Upstate New York
Recommended by Google maps and the “I love NY” travel website, Geneva on the lake is an iconic mansion with a view on the lake. A castle-like hotel looking like the White House hosts a restaurant, a big garden, a small saloon and a pool. Park your car and walk to the reception.
It’s not a real reception, more of a room with limited access. There is no lobby but a separate room you have to access through a dedicated door by walking outside. The restaurant is dark and food is way below the acceptable average. Anyway, nothing seems to be good around here and the first impression didn’t help.
The room, the oldest room you might imagine sleeping in, has a Lucien space and a tiny sleeping room. The bathroom is also small and old. One single air conditioning unit tries to cool the space!
Dinner was bad, bad for such an upscale place, bad for 110$/person. Not the best room I expected, not the dinner I expected, and not the price it deserves. More expensive than Aurora Inn, Geneva doesn’t deserve the hype.
Sleeping on the tunes of an old fridge, I was excited to wake up early for breakfast. At 5am, the lobby was closed, so I had to walk back up to my room and finish my emails. It was early, I couldn’t sleep, I was excited to hit the road again; there’s a 5 hours drive to New York City. Unfortunately, that morning I learned that breakfast starts at 8. I left to have coffee on the road.
I didn’t like it here: neither the food nor the stay is worth the money paid. Reading reviews on the net, I expected style which turned out to be old and badly equipped. If only the food was good, the experience would have been different.