The award was given by executive director, Jeff Shipley at the chamber’s April Business-After-Hours Mixer, held at Abigail’s Restaurant that was sponsored by the Microtel Inn and Suites of Seneca Falls. Hotel Clarence staff, Melissa Guenther, event and marketing coordinator, and Mike Gaudio, hotel restaurant sous chef, were both present to accept the award. (left)
Located at 108 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, The Hotel Clarence has a unique history, as it originally opened as the Gould Hotel in 1920, when The Syracuse Journal had claimed it to be “the most complete and perfectly equipped of the smaller hotels of New York State- four stories in height, absolutely fireproof in construction, and equipped in perfect taste and convenience; it is scheduled to become the Mecca for travelers and autoists between Rochester and Syracuse.”
Over the years the property was turned into apartments, and was also unoccupied, before it was purchased in 2007 by Jay Bernhardt and Jake McKenna of J&J Hospitality, who transformed the property under an extensive two-year historic renovation, revitalizing the hotel to what it is today. According to Guenther, the property “specializes as being a boutique hotel, located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, and offering a sleek, yet contemporary eatery featuring Italian cuisine that is paired with fresh local ingredients, rightfully named ‘The Kitchen.’” For more information, please visit www.hotelclarence.com or call 877-788-4010.
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