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Posted Aug 31, 2016
We wanted a place that was decently priced in order to access the Finger Lakes (in this case Seneca) without spending a bundle as per the rates on the lake itself. It's a short jaunt from the hotel to the lake, and even shorter to Corning, that offers a nice selection of food, an intriguing downtown, and the Corning Museum of Glass, which was one of the finest museums my girlfriend and I had ever visited (and we're both experienced world travelers).
The hotel is directly across the street from a sizable indoor shopping center, complete with cinema. There's not a lot to dine upon, excepting for the usual Red Lobster, Panera's and the like, hence why we drove to neighboring Corning. The Hilton Garden was less expensive by thirty bucks or so than comparable hotels in Corning.
One of my gripes with this chain, that I otherwise like, is the costly breakfast. Most hotels in this class offer complimentary breakfast. Some of them are even pretty good. I winced upon seeing a family of five dishing out what must have been a load of money for their morning meal.