One of the most unique challenges of a trip to Cooperstown is lodging. Outside of the CVS Pharmacy and Price Chopper Supermarket, there are virtually no chain establishments in the entire town.
So, when you look for a place to stay, you are limited to smaller bed and breakfasts, a few inns, or the stunning Otesaga Resort hotel on the water. Unfortunately, while the Otesaga is a much visit, it’s not always the most affordable, and is typically fully booked on prime weekends.
However, there is one other property that is the perfect mix of the both. Located right in the heart of downtown, the Cooper Inn, combines the quaintness of a smaller inn and the professionalism and reliability of the Otesaga.
We arrived at about 12pm, and noticed construction work being prepared on the left side of the property, which limited the parking spaces to just four or five. It is worth noting that parking is available on the street, but it is obviously more convenient to park in the dedicated lot.
We checked in at the beautiful lobby; the check-in desk is at the other side of the entrance, albeit with a strange arrangement. The computer (where the gentleman, Kenneth, processed our check-in) is hidden behind the staircase, for whatever reason, so when they take your credit card and identification, they have to go to “the back” to process it.
We were given the choice of two rooms, one rear facing and once slightly larger front facing. After we selected the latter, we were told that we would have to come back later as the room is being serviced, which was understandable considering our early arrival.
After grabbing some lunch in the town, we arrived back to check-in. All guests receive 10% of dinner vouchers for the Otesaga’s two main restaurants, the Hawkeye and the Glimmerglass, as well as a 50% off breakfast coupon for the Otesaga. In the Cooper Inn was an evening wine service, a red and a white from the Otesaga’s private label.
The room itself was very pleasant, it featured a little nook (a very small balcony) and three beds, one main room with a Queen and a Twin, and a smaller room with a Twin. In between the two rooms was the bathroom.
In Part 2, we look at Images of the Room, the Breakfast situation, and my Final Thoughts.