by Amanda Norcross
Built in 1909, The Otesaga Resort Hotel is one of the most iconic resorts on the East Coast. Located in Cooperstown, New York, it is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and a consistent recipient of the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Award.
The hotel welcomes travelers from all over the region (and beyond)—families included—with luxuriously appointed guestrooms (many with views of Lake Otsego), a heated outdoor pool, kayak and bike rentals, golf, onsite dining and most importantly, a location close to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Dreams Park, where kids from across the country come to play baseball with their teams each summer.
Our Editor Loves
- Historic hotel setting
- Two onsite restaurants
- Lake canoeing and swimming
- Water Sports
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Find the Best Price for Your Stay
The Otesaga Resort Hotel offers several variations of accommodations. All accommodations are luxuriously appointed and equipped with the following amenities: cozy bathrobes, Egyptian cotton towels, signature bath products, mini-fridges, gourmet coffeemakers, microwaves, complimentary bottled water, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.
Guestrooms are best for families, while suites are better for couples (perhaps grandparents traveling with extended family).
These rooms offer one king bed and are best for one or two travelers.
Guestrooms are a suitable option for families of four, with two queen beds.
These guestrooms offer one king bed and a view of Otesaga Lake.
The Village Suite features a king bed and separate sitting area.
The Lake Suite is similar to the Village Suite, except it offers the added feature of lake views.
Superior Lake Suite
As the name suggests, the Superior Lake Suite has lake views, plus a cozy gas fireplace and a bistro table by the window. Enjoy a cup of coffee as you take in the scenery! This suite has one king bed.
Grand View Lake Suite
The largest suite option at The Otesaga Resort Hotel, the Grand View Lake Suite features both lake and lawn views, a separate sitting area, a dining area, a wet bar and seven windows from which to enjoy the beautiful vistas. The Grand View Lake Suite has one king bed.
This is a very special place to stay. It is first class and they treat you well. My family and I really enjoyed staying here. The heated pool - during November - was terrific. The breakfast is first class. We will definitely come back.
A beautiful old property repurposed as a resort hotel on Lake Otesago. This is my 3rd stay and it was quite relaxing. Having a drink on the verandah overlooking the water is a simple pleasure worth experiencing at least once by everyone visiting Cooperstown.
We stayed in a fifth floor suite with a beautiful view of the lake. Spacious clean quiet and well appointed with lots of storage space to accommodate your clothing and other accoutrements. Be advised however there is no elevator to the fifth floor. So you have to be able to walk up at least one flight of stairs to get to your room.
And as much as I delighted in my stay here, there were a few service issues that I feel I should mention. The bartender on the first floor servicing the deck patrons was downright surly. And we had the disconcerting experience of having one of the hotel reception staff say they were going to make a dinner reservation for us which they never did. These kind of glitches just don’t happen in really great hotels.
Brunch here is lovely and even with our minor disappointments I would still recommend this venue.
The Otesaga Resort Hotel offers a lovely outdoor pool that overlooks Lake Otsego. There are plenty of shaded tables and chairs available, as well as chaise lounges.
Want the best views of Lake Otesgo? Get out on the water! Complimentary kayaks are available to borrow on a first come, first served basis.
You can also borrow bikes from the hotel, and it's a short, easy ride into downtown Cooperstown (about five minutes away).
The Hawkeye Bar & Grill
The Hawkeye Bar & Grill is the best onsite dining option for families, with a casual atmosphere and kid-friendly fare.
Glimmerglass offers a bountiful breakfast buffet each morning. Complimentary to guests, the buffet includes made-to-order omelettes, eggs, pancakes, French toast, oatmeal, cereal, bacon, sausage, pastries, fruit, yogurt and more. There's also a luncheon buffet, dinner and dessert.
Leatherstocking Golf Bar & Grill
Overlooking Lake Otesego, the Leatherstocking Golf Bar & Grill is a great place to relax with some cocktails (or mocktails!) and light fare.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is complimentary to guests.
- Fitness Center
The hotel has a fitness center with cardio machines and strength training equipment. It's open 24/7 with key card entry.
The Best Time to Visit
The most popular time to visit Cooperstown is the summer, when many kids and families come to play baseball with their teams at Dreams Park or attend Hall of Fame Weekend at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. If you want to avoid the crowds, plan a visit in May or September.
The closest major airport to Cooperstown is Albany International Airport; however, there is limited service in and out of this airport. If flying to Cooperstown, also check Syracuse Hancock International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport.
Once at the resort, it's easy to get to most attractions by foot; the downtown area (where the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is located) is a five-minute walk or bike ride away.
- Fire Bar
Head to the Fire Bar (a circular bar with a fire pit in the middle) for happy hour cocktails or a nightcap.
Opened in 2019, 1909 is named for the year The Otesaga Resort Hotel opened. This fine-dining restaurant's specialty is steak, but everything on the menu is out-of-this-world good.