by Traci L. Suppa
A historic landmark building built in 1874 is now a year-round inn located a block from Cooperstown’s Main Street. In addition to being located less than two blocks from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the inn is also near attractions such as the Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum, Glimmerglass Opera and Otsego Lake.
There are 18 rooms, and some do connect for the convenience of families. They are decorated with Victorian flair, but modern conveniences like free Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions. Rooms are classified as standard, classic, premium, or luxury, depending on the amenities. All rooms sleep up to three guests, except for the two-story luxury suite which sleeps five with a pullout sofa. It also has a fireplace, mini-fridge and a living area. There are no cots or rollaway beds available.
A free continental breakfast is served in the dining rooms, and snacks are offered during the day. Off-street parking is available.
Our Editor Loves
- Connecting rooms and luxury suite
- Proximity to Main Street
- Free breakfast
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
We did an Ultimate Baseball Fan package which included some intimate behind the scenes looks with the Hall of Fame. The capper was staying here! According to their site, the package included a two night stay at the Inn. They were originally all booked for the second night...I think due to weather issues (it ended up SNOWING!), many people canceled. So we not only stayed the full time, we added an extra day. I’ve stayed at one other Inn nearby, and this was bigger and provided about the same level of hospitality. This a town based on just that: hospitality. So the Inn at Cooperstown gets a lot of the little things right. The staff (including the owner) are not afraid to get their hands dirty. There are two flights of stairs to get the very top floor: they’re not bad to climb. Also free on site parking. Always a plus. And walkable to the main attraction: the baseball hall of fame! (It’s also close to the Otesaga Resort grounds, mere feet from the Lake and a short drive to the Fenimore and Farmers museums...also close to the breweries!)
My only gripe was with the breakfast. While the choices were better than just muffins and croissants (though they did have fresh baked muffins EVERY morning!), and the coffee was free flowing and great, I was a bit disappointed in their lack of vegetarian options for the hot meal choice. One morning they only served ham and egg cups. If one is a gluten free vegetarian, you would only be able to indulge in the yogurt and fruit. The other days, they had some Veggie frittatas available, which was good. Just a bit of a disappointment, that’s all.
A bad breakfast can literally ruin my day, but the hospitality and kindness of the staff allowed me to overlook it mostly. They really put on the dog for those of us staying there for the baseball package. I was impressed! By the way - this is a very old school set up. You are better off calling for reservations than setting up online. Also need to check out the old fashioned way by handing your keys over!
This Inn is lovely! The staff and owners were very welcoming. We felt like we were spending the evening in our own living room. Of course the late evening cookies and coffee were a welcome surprise also. We would definitely come back to this little gem!