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

“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