The Cooper Inn in Cooperstown, New York is the “little sister” to the impressive Otesaga Resort on the shore of Otsego Lake. Like its partner hotel, the Cooper Inn is a classic hotel that provides historic ambiance, good service, and easy accessibility to downtown Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame at the end of Main Street. Based on my experience, I would highly recommend the Cooper Inn to anyone traveling to the Cooperstown area on business (or pleasure).
While the Cooper Inn is a traditional hotel, it might be better to think of it as a bed and breakfast. It has a smaller, intimate vibe, a friendly breakfast area, and cozy sitting spaces. The rooms are well maintained and modern, and the bathroom was a decent size and nicely decorated.
I stayed in a standard room. The room a nicely decorated in a traditional, historic motif but decidedly fresh and modern. The bed was very comfortable and the room amenities worked well. There were a nice desk and work area with a comfortable chair. Internet reception was good, and the speed was fine. The room was well-maintained and there was no outside noise from other rooms, the hallway, or the street (the hotel is set back from the street).
I particularly enjoyed reading and doing some work in the downstairs sitting rooms, just off the lobby. The hotel offered free wine for a couple of hours around dinner time, which was also a nice touch. A free breakfast was also included in my stay the next morning. It was a fairly traditional free buffet breakfast with cold items, pastries, and fresh fruit, as well as a make-your-own waffle station.
Guest of the Cooper Inn also has access (during the season, which basically means not during the dead of winter) to the facilities of the nearby Otesaga Resort, which is just down the street. The Otesaga is a grand old hotel with a beautiful porch overlooking Lake Otsego. Guest of the Cooper Inn is free to use the recreational and dining facilities at the Otesaga, including the fitness room, tennis courts, and heated outdoor pool.
Other than breakfast, the Cooper Inn doesn’t offer any food service. However, guests can visit one of the restaurants in town, or the ones at the nearby Otesaga Resort, including:
- Otesaga Resort Glimmerglass – The Glimmerglass is an elegant dining room at the Otesaga Resort that features central New York State-inspired foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Hawkeye Bar & Grill – The Hawkeye Bar & Grill is a lower-key but still elegant restaurant on the lower level of the Otesaga Resort, with nice outdoor views of the lake.
- Leatherstocking Golf Grill & Patio – At the adjacent golf course, the Leatherstocking Golf Grill and Patio provides casual foods with great views.
Business Traveler Perspective
The Cooper Inn is located just off the main street in Cooperstown, New York, and convenient to all the shops and restaurants in town, as well as the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The hotel offers free Wi-Fi in public areas (I particularly enjoyed sitting downstairs just off the lobby), free newspapers, and a free breakfast. Guests can use the nearby facilities (dining and exercise) of the Otesaga Resort.
Parking is free. There is no room service. There are, however, a number of nearby restaurants and shops for meals, drinks, or just browsing.
Meetings and Events
The Cooper Inn is not a huge convention hotel (consider the nearby Otesaga Hotel), but it can provide meeting and event space for small meetings or gatherings. The hotel has a 500-square foot event space within the historic hotel, as well as outdoor lawn and deck space.
15 Chestnut Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: (607) 547-2567