Saturday, December 22, 2012

19th Green Motel | Old Forge, New York (Adirondack Park)

The 19th Green Motel is located in the village of Old Forge in the western Adirondack Mountains of New York State.  The hotel is located a bit of out the "downtown area," but it has nice rooms, reasonable rates and comfortable beds.  The Thendara Golf Club is next to the motel and has golfing in the summer and cross country skiing in the wintertime.

I stayed at the 19th Green Motel because I have an annual meeting I have to go to in the Old Forge area and out of the hotels that were open in late October, this was the most reasonably priced of the few in the area.

Finding the 19th Green Motel 

The Village of Old Forge is a destination for many hikers, skiers, snowmobilers and other outdoor enthusiasts.  It is something of the western 'entrance' to the Adirondack Park and within a half hour drive of the village is almost unlimited hiking, camping, hunting, boating, cross country skiing and snowmobiling opportunities.  Hence there are a couple of different motels in Old Forge that are open throughout the year, including the 19th Green Motel.

The 19th Green Motel is located on the northern side of Route 28 just before you cross the Moose River and enter in the main 'downtown' area of Old Forge (I use the term downtown loosely here).  The motel is made of two different buildings and has plenty of parking for each of the rooms.

Old Forge is a little over an hour northeast of Utica on the New York State Thruway.

What you get at the 19th Green Motel 

The motel offers a mix of rooms with either a single queen sized bed or two queen sized beds.  The rooms all have TVs with cable along with heat and air conditioning, microwave, small fridge and one of those coffee makers that lets you brew a few cups with their pre-measured filters, sugar and cremora.  There is also free wi-fi available throughout the motel.

The rooms are pretty standard issue motel rooms.   You open your door and you have a main room with either the single or double set of queen beds.  There's a dresser and desk along with the TV along the opposite wall and a sitting chair by the window.  In the back of the room is a small closet along with a counter top area with the microwave and the small refrigerator.  Then the bathroom is off of that with a sink, toilet and a tub with a shower.

The room that we stayed in was very well maintained and very clean.  I really did not have anything to complain about going through it.  Even the  bathroom was very clean, something you do not always get in a motel setting.

The beds were pretty comfortable, though the mattresses were a bit stiff.

All of the rooms are nonsmoking at the motel.  In addition, no pets are allowed.  That would be a downside for me usually (with the pets), but since I usually travel to Old Forge for work, I do not usually have my pup with me.

What is around the 19th Green Motel? 

The closest attraction is the Thendara Golf Club.  The restaurants of Old Forge are within a few minute drive, as is the Enchanted Forest Water Park in the summertime.  Further out are the recreational resources of the Adirondack Mountains, which include several nearby hiking trails, snowmobile trails, lakes and river for paddling, and thousands and thousands of acres of state owned Forest Preserve.

Check in and Check Out 

Being a small motel, this is an easy process.  We were in our room within a few minutes of arrival and when we left, I just left the key in the room and locked the door on our way out.

We were there in October, towards the end of leaf season (well, more like slightly past the end) and the room rate was about $90.  While I think that this is high given the time of the year and the location, it is in line with what all the other motels in Old Forge charge.

Would I stay again? 

For sure.  The 19th Green Motel has been the nicest motel that I have stayed in while visiting and was not any more expensive than the others.  I will probably end up here next October when I have my next meeting up in Old Forge.

Final Thoughts 

For a basic motel, I was really impressed with the 19th Green Motel.  It was clean, well maintained, had comfortable beds and was reasonably priced.  The motel is located in the village of Old Forge and the shops and restaurants of the village are a short drive from the motel.

If you are going to stay in Old Forge, I would have no problem recommending a night's (or more) stay at the 19th Green Motel.

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