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“A Warm Retreat...Inna Really Cold Town!!”
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Clarion Hotel
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Oneonta
Reviewed 24 January 2009

...we were planning a trip up to SUNY Oneonta and needed a place to stay....
...The hotel is centrally located...right in the middle of the downtown area of Oneonta...within walking distance of restaurants and whatever shopping there is...

....online reservations were easy enough....check in was swift...
we asked for and got the larger room.......everything was clean and neat...and in working order....Pool and Hot Tub was excellent...much better than I anticipated....tho, the dry sauna was barely warm, even after supposedly reaching 110 degrees...
Breakfast was excellent in the hotel....a really nice dining room...and the waitress paid special attention to our needs...and the food was really well presented....not expensive like other hotels...plus we had a 15% coupon that they gave us at the desk...
Check out was easy....tho I didn't quite understand the 2 dollar gratuity that was added to our bill...what's the deal with that??
2 bucks!?!?...what kind of tip is that anyway??
..but...all in all....a great place for the nite if yer visiting your kid in school.....just 5 minutes from campus.....we drove a few miles east to Morey's for dinner on that Sunday nite....they stay open till 7:00PM...most of the rest of the town...shuts down...worth the trip...good food at an old fashion good type of diner style restaurant....

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 August 2008

This hotel was okay--not great, not bad. The young woman who checked us in was quite friendly. My concern is with the $2.00 service charge added--surreptitiously, I believe--to the bill. I did not notice the charge until after I had already signed my credit card receipt. I questioned the charge and was told that it was for the custodial staff. Even though I said that we always leave a tip in our room for the maid, there was no offer to remove the charge. This seems quite sneaky to me; I would prefer they just increase the room price by $2.00. If not, at the very least, customers should be informed of the charge when they check in.

Because this happened, during the rest of our trip, I asked before checking in if there would be additional charges added to hotel/motel bills. Sure enough, one motel added a $3.00 charge if you didn't return the room key and a $1.00 safe charge whether you used the safe or not; the man at the check-in desk told me to ask that both charges be removed when I checked out. From now on, I believe we will have to be more vigilant about what exactly these places are charging us for.

  • Stayed: July 2008
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1  Thank Penrod
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Reviewed 21 July 2008

I made a reservation and called within 1/2 hr to cancel. I was told I would loose $160 for canceling. Mind you this was 1 week prior to our intended arrival. They didn't care why, I will NEVER use there chain for accomodations again. Watch out for this money grabbing hotel!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank Maryjjo3
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Reviewed 31 July 2007

I'm not really sure what this hotel is trying to be. It gives the impression of a business hotel, yet offers little to the business traveler. No restaurant or bar and the equipment in the "business center" consisted of one computer with a broken printer. Most of the exercise room equipment was non functioning, and the place had a bit of a tired appearance. Worn carpeting, dinged and scratched furniture, and for the size of the place, only one elevator.
The reality is that this hotel, like most in Oneonta, cater to folks on their way to Cooperstown. The have a captive audience in this respect, so they really don't have to make any effort to make the place worthy of the rates they charge.
Overall a disappointing, and somewhat dreary place to stay.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 October 2006

Stayed one weeknight in October as I was there for business. Check-in was efficient and friendly. There were warm cookies in a basket for the taking at the front desk, which I thought was a nice touch. The room was clean and well-maintained. If you like the Oneonta bars, this certainly is a good choice; hotel entrances can be found on Main, S. Main, and Water Streets-making bar-hopping convenient, if that's your thing.

The free internet access was poor. The connection faded out every 2 or 3 minutes, necessitating the whole log-in process each time. Beware-I think hackers have infiltrated their system as I have unsavory sounding and strange internet portals on my list of networks now. You may want to leave the laptop at home.

There is now a mandatory $2.00/day housekeeping gratuity attached to each bill! I've stayed in hotels hundreds of nights and have never seen this.. I thought a gratuity was a discretionary thing and I always tip the maid. However to be FORCED to do this is unsettling. My only hope is that management actualy gives every penny of this to the maids and doesn't lower their salary based on it.

Free local paper and USA Today are provided. The the cozy, but clean pool/whirlpool is pleasant.

recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Clarion Hotel

Address: 55 Market St, Oneonta, NY 13820-2513
Region: United States > New York > Oneonta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Oneonta
Price Range: €75 - €233 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Clarion Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Clarion Oneonta Hotel is the only full service hotel that offers direct access to Main Street in Oneonta. Minutes from SUNY Oneonta, Hartwick College and a short drive to Cooperstown, our hotel affords our guests the opportunity to enjoy the conveniences of being in the heart of downtown! Our Broad Street Grill restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner services. Our breakfast fare is fresh and made to order, and does not feature the buffet of processed foods found elsewhere! We invite you to stay with us and enjoy the hospitality of Oneonta New York! ... more   less 
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