The hotel now known as the Baseball Hotel was famous for the sulfur baths that drove Richfield Spring's hospitality industry throughout the 1800's and into the mid 1900's. The area is now the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, a mecca for baseballs fans from all over the world.
The Baseball Hotel, known in the glory days of Richfield Springs as the Terrace Hotel and Sulfur Bath Hotel, is the last standing hotel and bath house complex that marked the end of the most important era in the village's history. At the height of the Springs' popularity, the village had numerous hotels and bath houses and was a popular summer destination. The era of the Springs served such guests as inventor Thomas Edison, Governor and President Franklin Roosevelt, Cyrus McCormick of McCormick Harvester, Gen. George McCellan, writer Sarah Orne Jewitt, and Oscar Wilde and many others in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
Now it caters to baseball families, providing lodging for large groups. We are conveniently located only three miles from Cooperstown Diamond Dreams, fifteen miles from Dreams Park and twenty five miles from Cooperstown All Star Village. This complex of buildings has a beautiful setting with expansive lawns and a 200 foot front porch on the main building for guests to mingle or entertain. A large fully equipped 30x40 foot kitchen that once served the spa guests is now available for teams to prepare their own meals. The large dining room is so massive many people could enjoy home cooked meals or a catered party.
The bedrooms each have an enclosed bathroom. Teams that book early get first choice on room layout for a number of beds. Prices are based on weekly occupancy from Friday to Friday.
The Baseball Hotel is affiliated with the Lake House Lodge, which is located just over a mile away. We refer individual guests or small parties to the Lodge, which you can look up using its VRBO listing number 145109 in the Destination search field.
Guests of the Baseball Hotel have the following amenities:
* The hotel is fully sprinkled for fire protection and tied directly to the fire department.
* All rooms have a hard wired smoke and heat detector tied to an central alarm company.
* The building has a full commercial kitchen 30x40 for preparing meals on a large scale including a commercial cooler and gas stove. See photo.
* A large dining room accommodates up to 80 people.
* Wireless internet is available throughout the building and the grounds.
* The large lawn is ideal for parties and relaxation. See photo.
* Located within two blocks of Main Street are many stores. There are antique dealers, restaurants, taverns, gas stations, ice cream shops, liquor and wine store, a pharmacy and a library as well as public tennis and basketball courts at the local public school.
* The Baseball Hotel is pet friendly on request, for a fee of $15 for each dog per night.
Additional amenities included at our sister location the Lake House (VRBO #145109) for guests and teams staying at the Baseball Hotel:
* Full use of the Lake House Grounds, including picnic tables, docks and decks. See photo.
* Large 24-foot gazebo next to the lake for team parties or gatherings with furnishings.
* Barbecue grills on the Lake House lawn or gazebo.
* Full usage of lower decks on the Lake House for team gatherings or parties. See photo.
* Use of the Lake House lawn for baseball or softball games.
* Use of the fire pits next to the lake for bonfires or cookouts. We provide the wood.
* Use of canoes, rowboats, and life preservers with parental supervision.
* Use of the docks for fishing.
* The Lake House ground are fully set up for wi-fi.
* The Baseball Hotel can be rented for groups as large as 75 guests.
We have run our own business since 1971 and have been fortunate to currently run a lodging and restaurant based business in Richfield Springs N.Y.
Christine is a second year law student at Syracuse University.
She also just recently won the Syracuse Law School Haiku poetry contest!
Gene Corrigan purchased this hotel in 2010
This Cooperstown BaseBall Hotel is a Spectacular Architectural Structure of an era gone by when thousands of people came here for sulfur baths and was built specifically as a Jewish Hotel. The Jewish Synagogue was next door and the Hotel was there to house the guests of the sulfur spa. Today it is used to house the many baseball or softball families that come for the many baseball parks in the area of Cooperstown.
While this property is not on the lake, it enjoys all of the amenities of staying on the lake as well as being at the hub of activity, only a block from downtown within walking distance of antique stores,pharmacy,ice cream parlors,library,tennis court,and large park with a farmers market.The cooking facility is thirty by forty forty feet and has all the equipment needed to prepare meals on a large scale just as it did for the guests of the hotel during the early 1900's.This feature alone will save hundreds of dollars in eating out. The camaraderie of living together in such an open dining and lobby area of the 1895 era will leave a lasting memory of days gone by when people came strictly for the sulfur baths.
The Lake House Hotel can be rented from 25-30 guests up to 70 guests.
I rented this property for a gentlemens getaway and it was perfect! The owner was extremely gracious in welcoming the group and made sure the Baseball Hotel was fully prepared. The amenities were top notch and we left with a feeling of not wanting to leave!
We had a wedding to attend in Cooperstown and after looking at the prices of local hotels, we decided to look for a hotel that would accommodate three couples. We stumbled upon this little gem and we are so happy we did! The beds were comfortable, the hotel was in a perfect location (only about 15 minutes outside of Cooperstown).
We booked the Baseball Hotel for a group of us working on the Fennimore Art museum in Cooperstown. We do not usually write reviews for hotels we stay at since they are never that interesting. This one is the exception. We are used to working on buildings like this one to save the architectural uniqueness, this one got saved and is beautiful. We have been here now several times and continue to return since it is a remarkable building.
We decided at the last minute to go to Cooperstown for a baseball game on the weekend. We got the last available room. We didn't arrive until 1 am. The desk clerk was extremely friendly and personable. The room was very nicely decorated and super clean. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom was pristine (so important to me). Although we didn't spend a lot of time in the room, we will definitely stay there next time we go to Cooperstown! Near by were several good restaurants and it is on the main road so easy to drive south to Cooperstown or north to Utica or Old Forge. I would definitely stay here again.
We stayed at the Baseball Hotel and cottages with two other families (total of 8 people) and never did we feel on top of one another. We had plenty of room to spread out and relax. It was a beautiful, clean hotel that was decorated well and in a comfortable fashion. Coming back to the hotel after a long day at the baseball park was a pleasure. The kids never wanted to get out of the lake since we were there every minute.
Shane and Chris made sure we had everything we needed including recommendations on where to eat and things to do. They even stopped by to check in and introduce themselves. I can't say enough about this property and the people that own it...if you are going to Cooperstown for baseball there is no better place to be.
We brought our dog Ginger to the Lake House since it is one of the very few pet friendly hotels anywhere near Cooperstown. While she played along
the lake house shore we sat in great comfy in the Adirondack chairs watching the sun go down - BREATHTAKING! and eating S'mores over the fire pit. We enjoyed our end-of-the-season stay so much, we asked the owners if we could stay on longer. We loved the lake: sand toys for the pets, row boat, canoe (even safety-approved life vests), lake-front fire pit, and fabulous sunsets.
The Baseball Hotel Uses the Following at the Lake House 1 Mile Away on the Lake: 24 Foot Gazebo, Canoes, Rowboats, Water Ski Extra Fee, Barbecue Grills, Fire Pit, Bonfire, Fishing Off Docks, Team Parties, Pontoon Boat Rentals
After two weeks of booking there are No Cancellations. The rate of $125/night is for one room with a queen bed.
Room with one queen bed: $125/night.
Room with one queen bed and one twin bed: $140/night
Room with two queen beds: $150/night
Room with one king bed: $140/night
Room with three queen beds: $175/night
Room with two double beds: $150/night
There are no cancellations