Reviews

Here is what our guests have said about their Local Experience.

“OMG. True super hosts. We were exceptionally fortunate to get the single suite on the property. Could not have asked for better accommodations or top shelf service. A hidden gem in Watkins Glen. Emily and Ian go all out. I was kind of hesitant to post, as the world will find our secret hiding spot. Top notch all the way!!!”
Mags and Tim, July 2019

“Emily was very nice, she had made us feel like we were home! I could not believe that we only paid 33 dollar for each person. The bed was very comfortable, I slept really well. She had eggs and bread for customers for breakfast for free. I was able to cook some food and leave the left overs in the fridge while we were site seeing. This is our first times staying at a hostel and it was amazing. Our room mates were from canada and Lithuania and they were so nice and warm. We instantly clicked and became friends!”
Marzana, July 2019

“Cannot beat the location at all! A short walk to everything in town, as well as the Watkins Glen State Park and the lake. Overall a very convenient stay and would definitely stay there again if we’re visiting the area in the future.”
Mo, July 2019

“This is such a wonderful place. The owners are super gracious and the accommodations are perfect for an up-scale hostel.”
David, July 2019

“Great location with easy check in process! Right across the street from the state park with great walking trails. Within 10/15 minutes from tons of wine spots, with great recommendations from Emily. Also a tasty ice cream spot across the street :)”
Lauren, June 2019

“We extended our stay in the cottage two separate times. Emily’s communication was always fast, accommodating, and easy – what a breath of fresh air! The space is new, very clean, and comfortable. The stainless-lined electric kettle was so appreciated to start our days with tea/coffee without leaving the space. We enjoyed opening the windows for a nice cross breeze while relaxing at the end of the day. The cottage is in the middle of town and super convenient and walkable to everything. The gorge is a short block down and across the street. There’s parking on site, but watch out if your car has low clearance (you may need to park on 12th street). Be sure to bring your toiletries and a hairdryer. The cottage is an easy choice for a clean, private quaint stay in the downtown Watkins Glen. We’d love to stay again. Thanks, Emily!”
Dana, June 2019

“The location was perfect for my trip, just a couple of blocks away from Watkins Glen entry. Emily kindly accommodated my late arrival. Appreciated the cozy kitchen, selection of mugs and fruits in addition to other breakfast options! =D”
Fatemeh, June 2019

“In town for Memorial Weekend for a race at Watkins Glen – The local was perfect to get some sleep and warm shower before heading back to the track. Stayed in a bunk room bed, mattresses where very comfortable. Emily and Ian where very accommodating and gracious. Beatrice and Emme had a great greeting upon entering and was welcomed us into their place. Thanks!”
Tom, May 2019

“Our stay at the hostel exceeded my expectations. The location is perfect and walking distance from everything. The Hostel was very clean, our room was perfect for 2. Private on premise parking. Emily & Ian are very friendly hosts. The dogs were also both very friendly. Watkins Glen has alot of cool breweries/wineries, great places to eat. We enjoyed our stay at the hostel, Watkins Glen is a very beautiful town!! Thank you Emily and Ian!”
Adrian, May 2019

“Emily’s place was right on route 14 and easy to find. Great to have free parking and fantastic to have breakfast items for the morning. Emily and Ian were extremely helpful and enthusiastic to share information about local hikes. Thank you so much!”
Kate, May 2019

“This space is well designed, and it has little touches that made us feel right at home. The location is perfect for those hoping to be able to walk to Watkins Glen State Park or to the charming downtown area for a meal. Parking and checking were simple. We would stay here again!”
Will, May 2019

“Had an amazing stay at Emily’s. We met her two dogs who were very friendly and loving. The room we stayed in was perfect and cozy. The place is right in town so it was nice to be able to have places within walking distance. I highly recommend!”
Molly, May 2019

“Ian let us in and we were greeted by their two adorable dogs! This was a great experience – I’m from the region and we love Watkins Glen for the hiking and vineyards. Super close to restaurants and walking distance to the State Park. Thank you, Emily :)”
Julie, April 2019

“We had an amazing stay, loved the little modern and intimate space and appreciated all the recommendations for local spots to visit!! I highly recommend staying here for a romantic getaway.”
Brianna, April 2019

“Stayed in a bunk room in December. Great way to see the local area, especially in the off season. Beds are incredibly comfortable! Would take the mattress home if I could. Bathrooms and kitchen are extremely clean and accessible. Only facility piece lacking is a more robust common area. This wasn’t an impact as we were out and about exploring the whole time. Hosts are very welcoming and quick with communication. 10/10 would recommend. Will return next time I am in the area. Awesome overall experience!”
Ross, December 2018

“Really nice place to stay, Ian was friendly. Emme and Beatrice were really fun and great company!!”
Gilly, December 2018

“Emily’s place was exactly as described. It was cozy and very close to Watkin’s Glen Park (a very short walk). It was the perfect location. The greetings from the dogs was a joy and they were beyond friendly. I would highly recommend staying here to anyone looking to explore Watkins glen or Seneca lake.”
Kristina, November 2018

“What a fun stay.
Ian and Emily are very gracious hosts. The dogs are hysterical and very friendly. We stayed in the private room with the double and bed and I slept like a rock on that mattress. The bathrooms were very clean. I will definitely stay there again.”
Nora, November 2018

“I stayed at The Local over this weekend and was sad to leave!! The owners, Ian and Emily, are absolutely amazing. They are some of the warmest and hospitable people I’ve ever met.
Coming from the Philadelphia area, I can be quiet picky and bougie in my personal taste, but The Local exceeded every single expectation. Everything was SO clean! The memory foam mattress was a dream and the microfiber sheets certainly kept me cozy during the snowy nights. To add to the already warm atmosphere, The Local is also home to two of the sweetest dogs – Emme and Beatrix. They are very well behaved, but love with all they have. 🙂
Thank you so much, Ian and Emily! I’m so looking forward to my next trip!!”
Becca, November 2018

“We love The Local Hostel! Sometimes when I’m in town on business I like to stay in one of several available bunk rooms. Last week we stayed in one of the private rooms, which was also great. There is free internet service, knowledgeable, friendly staff, even two cute dogs to visit with in the kitchen or den if you want to. The rooms and bathrooms are neat and clean, with simple and lovely furnishings. We like to recommend these unique accommodations and very reasonable rates, right near the State Park in Watkins Glen.”
Nancy, October 2018

“Clean, comfortable, relaxed place to stay in Watkins Glen. Good reception from the owner, and the dogs are fun. Would certainly stay again!”
Amanda, September 2018

“Incredible value in idyllic spot in finger lakes. Emily (proprietor) knows how to run a tight ship. Super clean and very convenient to Watkins Glen State Park…it’s across the street!”
Maria, August 2018

“I’ve been going to Watkins Glen about three times per year for the past six years and have always struggled to find a clean, convenient and affordable place to stay….until i stumbled across The Local a few years back. Emily and Ian take pride in this place and it shows. They have always accommodated our group even when we had to check in at strange hours. The beds are very comfortable and everything, especially the bathrooms, are super clean. There is no other place I stay when visiting Watkins Glen.”
Haresh, August 2018

“Really clean and nice place. The owners are very nice and answered questions I had about the area . Will definitely be staying there again.”
Adam, July 2018

“We were in town for morning hike at Watkins Glen and wine tasting along the lake and the location was superb. We were able to walk from Emily’s place to Gorge Trail entrance which is highly sought after trail. You can walk to downtown if you wanted to. Place was well maintained, clean and has thoughtful touches throughout. locally roasted coffee was delightful start each morning of our 2 nights’ stay.”
Joungmin, June 2018

“Awesome place to stay! close to everything the town has to offer and about a 2 minute walk from the gorge entrance at watkins glen! highly recommend as the hosts were very friendly & the space was very clean!”
Marissa, June 2018

“We were very happy with The Local in Watkins Glen. The description was spot on and the value was better than excellent. Having access to everything in Watkins Glen w/in walking distance was a bonus. Emily and Ian were fantastic hosts and we can’t wait to go back to this little gem in the heart of Watkins Glen.”
David, June 2018

“Very clean and comfortable! Helpful hosts and two friendly doggies that we will surely miss.”
Zhang, June 2018

“Dear Emily & Ian, Your hostel was amazing! Perfect for us – delicious breakfast, lovely showers, very comfy room & beds, & lots of quirks that make it memorable. Well done! We will be sure to recommend it!”
Alice & Fred, May 2018

“Perfect location for hiking the Gorge & any activities on Seneca Lake! Definitely loved that Emily offered local activities!”
Jessica, May 2018

“The cottage is really close to everything in town. Shower in the main building was super clean. It is right next to a main thoroughfare, so unless you’re an early riser or you’re used to car noise, then just ask Emily or her husband for a pair of earplugs, which they have an abundance of. Also, her husband has a ton of solid recommendations for places to see and restaurants/bars/ice cream joints to stop by.”
Wyatt, May 2018

“Great little place, my boyfriend and I came for a couple days and had everything we needed! The space was small but very clean and the gentleman who checked us in was insightful and very nice. Would recommend!”
Hannah, May 2018

“Literally right next to the Watkins Glen entrance to see the waterfalls! Would definitely stay here again. Loved her 2 pups.”
Victoria, May 2018

“Emily and Ian made us feel that we were part of their household . Their dogs were very welcoming. The Hostel is beyond words, more than my expectations.The community were very friendly. We love going to the ” Lucky Star” chinese restaurant . This is the best Chinese food ever. The Finger Lakes Region is worth the visit.”
Lourdes, April 2018

“Muy bien ubicado. Excelente atencion”
Constanza, March 2018

“This is a wonderful, peaceful place. Perfect.”
Nicole, December 2017

“Thank you so much for your hospitality and creating this hostel. You make it possible for solo travelers like me to discover the Finger Lakes Region. Thank you!”
Yana, November 2017

“The hostel is clean and tidy, in a great location across the street from the State Park and just a short walk to many restaurants and attractions. Highly recommend!”
Kelsey, October 2017

“A comfortable private room in the local hostel. Located in the heart of town. Convenient parking on the street. The hosts were very welcoming and maintain a very clean hostel premises. The washroom provided bathing supplies as well. They have 2 friendly big dogs.”
Havana, October 2017

“Emily and Ian were terrific hosts. The rooms were nice and clean. We had access to the kitchen to enjoy some coffee they had for us and our breakfast, which we brought. The hostel was right across the street from Watkins Glen State Park, which is stunning, and a 5 or 10 minute walk to restaurants. It was a good value. There are 2 dogs living there, and they were respectful of our space. There weren’t any windows in the room, but there was a fan and A/C that kept the room comfortable. We would gladly go back again.”
Richard, October 2017

“Right across from Watkins Glen state park, could walk there from the hostel. Emily and Ian were extremely helpful. Would definitely recommend.”
Greg, September 2017

“The Local was a great spot to stay for a solo traveler. I felt safe there and around Watkins Glen. The space (beds, rooms, bathrooms) were all very clean every day. The Local is a quick and easy walk to restaurants, the state park, and other trails. I recommend eating at Graft and running the Catherine Valley Trail!”
Libby, August 2017

“Emily, Ian, and their two dogs were great hosts. They were very friendly and made me feel welcomed. Emily and Ian took the time to look up information for me. The hostel was clean and comfortable, and had everything I needed. The bed mattresses are memory foam, so it was was easy to get a good night’s sleep. Location is great: walking distance to several restaurants and more. The hostel offers great accommodations for a great price. I highly recommend it.”
Melanie, August 2017

“I spent very little time here, just one night, but it was perfect for my needs. I had the smallest room with no window, but it didn’t bother me as I basically just needed a place to sleep. But the room was nice and clean, the bed comfy. The bathroom across the hall was big and clean, and the shower was really good. In terms of location, it was close to the Watkins Glen State Park which was where I was headed the next morning, so it was very convenient. Would definitely recommend!”
Emilie, August 2017

“The Local was great for my weekend visit to the finger lakes. I just needed a clean & safe place to crash without spending much money- this was perfect! Right in the middle of town, walking distance to the Seneca Pier and the state park. Ian was super helpful with pizza/ice cream tips and the dogs were so sweet. Will definitely stay again if I’m in the area. Thanks!!”
Meagan, August 2017

“Exceptionally clean, quiet, great location, and friendly staff and dogs! Wish I could have stayed longer and would definitely stay again”
Lauren, July 2017

“This place has a fantastic and inviting setup. Great hosts. Perfect for travelers, hikers, or even tourists who don’t want to be upsold and overcharged.”
Michael, July 2017

“Clean, easy, comfortable and every one was great. The dogs are awesome. I’ll be back next year for sure”
Austin, July 2017

“The place was comfortable and close to the centre of Watkins Glen. Clean bathrooms, and the bedroom was comfortable, but oddly didn’t have a window (but had an A/C unit). Very accommodating for a later check-in.”
Jeff, July 2017

“First time I used the Hostel , it was a nice stayed. Private room, comfortable bed, clean bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. Quiet place, walking distance to restaurant, bars and beautiful Waterfalls Watkins Glen State Park. Highly recommended this Hostel. I would stay again. Emily was very nice person.”
Romeo, July 2017

“This is basically across the street from watkins glen. Perfect place to stay for a visit there. Very clean and well run place, and their dogs are so friendly no need to worry.”
Melissa, July 2017

“Super cosy, awesome people and cute dog”
Henrica, June 2017

“This placecwas great. My mother and I stopped in on a road trip. We agreed the place felt more like a DIY bed and breakfast than a hostel. The kitchen was stocked, everything was clean and the man who checked us in was really helpful with local suggestions. Not to mention Watkins Glen state park was almost directly across the street. I heard there were waterfalls, but 1 mile of waterfalls was way beyond. We were very glad we stopped in here on our way.”
Heather, June 2017

“It’s a simple, low-budget room. Everything is in top notch condition though. Clean, easy, friendly. If you’re looking for a low cost place to stay, this is great.”
Ted, June 2017

“Staff was so friendly, gave us many great recommendations for things to do around, that made our visit so much better! bedroom and bathroom were clean.”
May 2017

“What I expected. Clean and bath facilities very nice. In town location good.”
Richard, May 2017

“Such a great hostel! Clean, beautiful kitchen and bathrooms, and Ian had lots of suggestions for what to do and see around town. It’s in a great location, too – literally right next to Watkins genn state park, a really good vegan ice cream shop, and an extensive bike trail that Ian recommended to us (great birdwatching!). Definitely worth the visit.”
Rebecca, May 2017

“A friend and I were taking an overnight motorcycle trip to the Finger Lakes and wanted to stay somewhere in Watkins Glen without spending a fortune. Never having stayed in a hostel, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The entire stay was great. Check-in was easy, they gave us tips on where to eat and showed us around the building. The room and bathrooms were both clean, and having BeBe(?) the Doberman around was nice. Definitely recommend this place if you need an inexpensive place to stay.”
Mitch, May 2017

“Staying at Emily’s place was a great moment of peace and quiet during some hectic travel. Emily was a great communicator and generous host. She gave me recommendations to places in town which were phenomenal! They are situated just across the street from Watkins Glen park for waterfall hikes. The hostel was run smoothly much like hostel I have experienced in Europe. At first, Emily was worried I wouldn’t want to sleep in a room without a window, but I have never had such restful sleep as I did in that room on the memory foam mattress! I would definitely come again. Thank you!!”
Kendra, May 2017

“Very clean and comfortable beds. The bathroom is big and kept clean. There is a nice shower head. The kitchen is fully stocked. The hosts are very friendly.”
Gilbert, May 2017

“Thank you! My stay was great! Beautiful city and beautiful place. All the Best.”
Luke, April 2017

“It looks like it has very recently renovated (Fresh paint, new bathroom fixtures and floors.) Shower heads are fantastic, floor is beautiful. Very hot hot water. The beds are long with excellent new foam (?) comfortable matresses. Ian was a pleasure to talk to (particularly about art and food in traveling).”
Douglas, December 2016

“Walk in shower with great temperatures and water pressure. Temper-pedic mattresses, unfussy and helpful check-in process/staff.”
Elisabeth, November 2016

“Great ambiance and thanks for the local tips – the Colonial ice cream was great 🙂 ” – Hanna, October 2016

“Great Experience! Thank you for the hospitality, I loved the place and enjoyed very much visiting Watkins Glen. Good Luck!” –  Hernan, September 2016

“Emily, Thank you so much. My stay was convenient. This is a great place and I will be back for sure. Thanks! ( I enjoyed the book collection a lot)” – Smriti, September 2016

“Great place to stay. Thanks for the Colonial Ice cream recommendation. BEST!!! I will come back.” – Dennis, September 2016

“Thank you so much for your warm hospitality, we enjoyed your bookshelves a great deal, especially the classic. Clean bathrooms and nice beds”

“Loved the stay! Great ambience & calm atmosphere. Cheers from India!” – Sarath Ajith, August 2016

“Thanks for the local tips and great accommodation!” – Joe & Jen, August 2016

“Thank you both so much for your hospitality. I had a wonderful time in the area, in no small part because of you. The Local was a perfect getaway from my busy life. I wish there were more places like this in the states. Thank you both again.” – Eric, August 2016

“We had a great stay & love the rustic-chic style. Super friendly, great local advice and very well organized. Thanks!” – Sonja & Elena, August 2016

“Thank you! The Local is great :)” – Heather & Bob, August 2016

“3 perfect nights rest, beautiful room, great mattress, thank you so much. See you again soon!” – Dave, July 2016

“We had a great stay at The Local. Thanks a lot.” – Joe & Carolyn, July 2016

“We were first timers to a hostel. It was pretty rad, thanks!” – Karly & Bill, July 2016

“Another great resting place, we enjoyed it. Will be back in September for work.” – Whitney & Dave, July 2016

“Thank you so much for being so accommodating. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!” – Andrea, July 2016

“Really Nice, Greatly enjoyed my stay.”
Elin, June 2016

“So glad we found you guys. Watkins Glen and The Local are where it’s at!”
Samir, June 2016

“So relaxing & such a chill lodging establishment. The owners are so accommodating & we had the whole place to ourselves for 2 nights. Definitely loved staying here. Super clean and laid back.”
Cori, June 2016

“We loved your hostel! So comfy, chill and welcoming. Would recommend to anyone looking for lodging. Thanks!”
Kelsey, Becca, & Janna, June 2016