This is a great place to stay! It is right on Route 20, which is a quiet but main road. This is not a huge motel, maybe 10 or so rooms. My sister was also in the area at the same time, in a rented cottage by a lake. My room at the Fountain View was larger than her living room/dining room, and my bed was bigger and way more comfortable. The room was huge, had a microwave and a refrigerator, a 3 foot round table with chairs in front of the window (which had a view of the lake and fountain across the road), as well as a desk, mirror, and generous closet area. The bathroom had blue and pink tiles like the 50's, and was spotless! The shower was just like one you'd find at home. For just one of me, there were 2 sets of towels. The TV had a nice big screen and at least 40 of the popular cable channels. There was an A/C in the wall, but I didn't need it as it was a cool 4th of July. The bed sheets and covers were clean, and there were 2 big pillows. The floor was carpeted with flat, not shaggy, carpet and was clean. As I was traveling alone, I was happy to see an extra dead bolt lock. My room had a pass through door, so I imagine that families could get adjoining roomsI stayed 2 nights and then decided to stay for a third as well. The management came in and cleaned the room while I was out during the day. I didn't expect this and it was a nice touch. New towels, floor vacuumed, and the bed made up nice and crisp. This is the traditional motel: Your door opens into the parking lot, and you park in front of your room. There are two plastic arm chairs beside your door, and you can sit and look at the fountain which is lit up in colors at night. There are two very realistic carved swans that float in the little lake. If you watch them long enough, you'll swear they moved! Down Route 20 to the west is a great chain supermarket called The Price Chopper, and they have everything. Be sure to get one of their customer cards in order to get the posted sale prices. (They also have fresh baked bread!) This is how I saved a lot of money: bought food there and used the room's microwave and fridge. Even further down the road that direction is a wonderful vet, Dr. Links, who has weekend hours. (My sister's dog got a sudden tooth abcess and he treated him- fair price and compassionate.) There is also a great "antique" store on the same road in the center of Richfield Springs that has everything a collector or reminiscer would want. You are about 20 minutes from Cooperstown here, and that is a nice place to visit, shop, eat, and go to the Glimmerglass Opera. Finally, the website is very accurate with the photos and prices, so you should take a look at it. http://www.cooperstown.net/fountainview/ With the exception of the TV, DVD/CD player, it is very retro, so if you're into glitz and room service, this is not for you. (For example, the bathroom has Breck shampoo and soap, but no conditioner, no shower cap, and no hair dryer.) If you just want a roomy, comfortable, CLEAN place to stay that won't cost an arm and a leg, this is the place for you and your family.
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