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William Seward Inn

At a Glance

    Pros

  • new owners (2008) renovating all rooms in detailed period style
  • congenial rather than stuffy
  • care taken in details

    Cons

  • bathrooms in historic part of inn are small and quirky
  • some rooms have only full-size bed

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William Seward Inn Review

This lovely 1837 Greek Revival inn sits on a secluded, grassy property between Westfield and Chautauqua. Rooms are traditionally furnished with period antiques and reproductions: some are dressed in flirty florals and ruffles, others have a more tailored look, with handsome four-poster beds; a few have balconies and fireplaces. The modern-built Carriage House rooms are the largest, with double whirlpool baths. Big, gourmet breakfasts, which could include amaretto-soaked French toast or four-cheese-and-tarragon omelet, are served in the cozy dining room.

    Hotel Details

  • 12 rooms.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.

Fodorite Reviews

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    Tired but Trying

    Judging from the website, we expected the 2008 experience, it seems. There are new "new" owners, however, and though I think the manager is doing all she can, the place badly needs renovation and care. Our room was clean, but 1980 decor and, for the price in the area, it didn't delight. The lighting is dim, and when we filled the jacuzzi the water was dark. We didn't use it and learned the next a.m. that it was well water that needed to run before filling. That is ok, but not communicated, which left us wondering what the heck was wrong. The lampshades on sconces were slightly burned from maybe the wrong watt bulbs. Two of the main house rooms (used for parties) were torn apart with bowls on the floor to catch water leaking from the ceiling. A mess. Maybe going to be addressed the day we were there, but terrible. An adorable kitty patrolled the premises and our breakfast (included) was lovely, as was the manager's attention. I'd say that the condition of the sign on the street out front mirrors the state of the property. Could be amazing and probably was a decade ago. Good luck to new owners, and be prepared for a more tired experience.

    by Cyn45243, 8/11/13

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