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The Otesaga Hotel

Cooperstown , NY

LOCATION

60 Lake Street
Cooperstown, NY US 13326 (map)

PHONE

800-348-6222

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Thank you for considering The Otesaga Resort Hotel as the location for your special celebration. Consistent with its name, Otesaga, derived from the Iroquois phrase for "a place of... Read more
Thank you for considering The Otesaga Resort Hotel as the location for your special celebration. Consistent with its name, Otesaga, derived from the Iroquois phrase for "a place of meeting", the Resort offers a selection of conference and reception rooms that will comfortably accommodate social receptions, banquets and weddings. Our Wedding Specialists will guide you through the planning of this most important day, ensuring that you are free to relax and enjoy the company of family, friends, creating memories to last a lifetime.

The Otesaga Hotel is one of New York State’s most distinctive resorts. Since 1909, The Hotel has offered first-class accommodations, fine dining, gracious hospitality, and unforgettable experiences to guests from around the world. Offering a full complement of amenities with each of its 135 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, The Otesaga is truly one of our nation’s premier resorts. Selected as a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Otesaga is reminiscent of a more genteel era. The Otesaga continues to receive the coveted AAA Four Diamond Award, for providing exceptional accommodations, excellent service and an elegant atmosphere.

Along with its adjoining championship Leatherstocking Golf Course, The Otesaga is located on the southern shores of Lake Otsego, a pristine, deep water lake immortalized as the "Glimmerglass" in James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. The surrounding landscape offers inspirational beauty, unforgettable history and a variety of exciting recreational experiences. The Otesaga defines the northern boundary of historic Cooperstown, America’s Most Perfect Village®. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1909
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Hotel, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic, Glamorous, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
200
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
132
Number of suites
20
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
15000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
100
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

REVIEWS

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jordan
Wedding:
7/18/2014
5.0/5.0
My wedding was Beautiful , perfect , Flawless. The Otesaga Hotel is Beautiful and hands down the best venue in that area. I worked with Melissa (event coordinator) and she was great ,so helpful. The Otesaga Hotel speaks for its self, but all of the outstanding staff makes it extra special. I am beyond happy with how our wedding ceremony and reception turned out!
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Megan
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding here last month, and could not have been happier with our choice in venues. From the beautiful ceremony by the lake, to the cocktail hour on the veranda, reception in the ballroom and post-reception drinks by their impressive outdoor fireplace, everything was perfect! Our guests could not stop raving about how gorgeous The Otesaga was. Our coordinator, Melissa, was equally as amazing. We stopped in one day without an appointment and she quickly met us to show us around and answer all of our questions. We were planning the wedding from out of state and Melissa made it so easy with her professionalism, responsiveness, organization, and flexibility. She was open to any and all of our ideas and made sure that nothing was missed! Once our wedding day arrived, Melissa made sure that everything was set up exactly as we requested. She oversaw each and every step of the day flawlessly, which gave me and my husband the peace of mind to relax and enjoy our day. We can’t wait to get back here sometime soon! I would highly recommend The Otesaga for your wedding, a nice brunch or dinner, a weekend away, etc. Such a stunning and hospitable resort!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I couldn't be happier with our choice of The Otesaga Hotel for our venue. The setting on the lake is beautiful and the ballrooms are so grand that you really don't need any other decorations. We worked with Melissa who was very professional and promptly answered all of our questions as we were planning remotely. The staff was very friendly and extremely accommodating, they spent the extra effort to make sure we had everything we needed.
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
The Otesaga was an amazing wedding venue!! Gordon Clarkson, our coordinator, made sure that the day came together perfectly. The staff was friendly, helpful, and very attentive to my husband and I!! We can't wait to visit next year on our anniversary.
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krysta
Wedding:
2/16/2014
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding in the off season so it was a winter wonderland (literally) and it was private event for our friends and family, which was important for us. We were able to guarantee enough rooms that we could re-open the hotel for the weekend. We worked with Melissa Reinheimer as our Event Manager and I cannot say enough about her. We worked with her for 10 months planning our wedding and she knows the hotel and the business very well. The weekend of our event went so smooth-from the rehearsal, to the ceremony, to the reception- the food and the service, everything far exceeded our expectations and I would recommend The Otesaga to anyone!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Brooke and the whole team at the Otesaga were simply amazing! They never failed to answer an email or question leading up to the wedding, were extremely accommodating and provided excellent food and service the day of the wedding. Could not ask for a better reception venue!
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Michele
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
The Otesaga Resort catered our wedding and we were incredibly pleased with the food and beverages. Our guests raved about the variety and how delicious everything was. We enjoyed our pre-wedding consultation, too. (Make sure to try the lobster mac n cheese, it's amazing!) Melissa Reinheimer was hands down one of the best event coordinators I've ever worked with, too. She was friendly, helpful, responsive, cheery, organized, proactive, and really went out of her way to make everything special - we couldn't have asked for anything more! We liked her so much, we asked her to be our day-of-event coordinator, too. She is a true gem! The entire team at the Otesaga was exceptional - from the head chef, to all of the servers and bartenders at the reception. We could not have been more impressed or pleased with our entire experience with the Otesaga!
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Alley
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
The Otesaga was an amazing venue!! And the coordinator, Melissa, was the sweetest and the most helpful wedding coordinator. They were so accommodating and the room was absolutely beautiful! They did an awesome job!!
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Kristyn
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Melissa and the Otesaga did an amazing job working with us to make our day so special. Any snag that we ran into they were able to help with! Everyone working at the Otesaga went above and beyone for our guest to make their experiance there wonderful.The Otesaga was beautiful and we couldnt have asked for a better place to get married!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I grew up spending my summers in Cooperstown, and had always wanted to get married at the Otesaga. When it finally happened in September of 2013, it was even better than I had ever imagined. Gorgeous views, accommodating staff, and delicious food!

Melissa Reinheimer at the Otesaga was an absolute life saver. She was so friendly and easy to deal with - and so helpful in planning everything! From helping us hand pick our food and drink menus, to handling EVERTHING day of. She made my special day go so smoothly, I absolutely could not have done it without her- She even went out mid ceremony to get me a red bull.

I love love LOVED my experience at the Otesaga and would recommend them to ANYONE!
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Sara
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
The Otesaga was a gorgeous venue with an exceedingly professional and gracious staff, and a very talented chef.
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Nikki
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
If you are looking at The Otesaga to hold your wedding at. Do yourself a favor and stop the search. The ballroom and views of the lake are so simply gorgeous. The rooms are charming and unique. The hotel staff are exceptionally well trained in service and hospitality. We worked with Gordon as our event planner and he is the best. He is so accommodating in helping you make your wedding day everything you dreamed of. From the moment we showed up at the hotel two days before our wedding we were worry free in his hands. Additionally our mothers' put together our rehearsal dinner with him and couldn't sing his praises loud enough. We were so grateful to have had our wedding weekend at the Otesaga and very much look forward to our return for our anniversary!
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Stephanie
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Our daughter and son-in-law were married at the Otesaga on June 1, 2013. From the lovely ceremony on the lawn overlooking the lake, to the elegant cocktail party on the veranda, to the dinner reception in the ballroom...it was all perfect! Gordon Clarkson, our event planner was top-notch! He had everything under control from the beginning! An absolute professional in every way. The food was delicious and elegantly presented. The wait staff and bartenders took extremely good care of our guests! So many guests told us that they had never been to a better wedding! After the reception, we continued the party downstairs in the bar. Gordon arranged late night food for our guests and most of them continued to dance and drink and eat until 2:00 am! We received so many calls and notes from guests stating that it was such a marvelous event! We can't say enough about how wonderful Gordon Clarkson and the Otesaga staff were in making it a special weekend!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The Otesaga Hotel was beautiful and we had caterers coming up to us(the wedding party) as we were wandering the grounds with the photographer so that we wouldn't miss out on the hor d'oeurves and wine my husband and I chose for the cocktail hour. They worked with us on what we wanted and were very detail-oriented, attentive, and helpful.
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Claire
Wedding:
2/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Words can not describe how amazing this place was. Melissa our event coordinator was out of this world, I dont think the word no is in her vocabulary. Everyone at the wedding raved about the place, the service, the staff, etc. I think a few guest left hoping to return for vacation or book a wedding. If I could do it all over again I would!!! It was a total fairy tale a winter wonderland wedding for sure!!!!!
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Heather
Wedding:
1/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was perfect and couldn't have gone more smoothly. Gordon was a great help through out the planning process. All of the staff were very attentive, professional and friendly. The food and cake were fantastic!

We would definitely recommend The Otesaga to others and use them again ourselves.
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Kevin
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at the Otesaga resort was fantastic! Gordon Clarkson made sure every detail was exactly as requested. The facility was beautiful. The cake was made by the Otesaga and was beautiful and delicious, the appetizers were an excellent blend of choices. The entrees were cooked to perfection. Our guests raved about everything being so wonderful! The service provided from by the entire staff could not have been better. We would recommend to everyone to hold your event at the Otesaga. Gordon and his entire staff are friendly and easy to work with and interested in ensuring that your event is special!
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Everything was perfect! I would recommend having a wedding (or any event) at the Otesaga, with great praise! Thank you to everyone for their gracious help, patience, professionalism, and attention to detail.
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Dawn
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Had the wedding and reception at the Otesaga. Gordon and his staff were so helpful through the entire planning and actual event. Every time we needed something there was some one there to make sure we got it. They supplied special diet dinneres at the last minute and the set up was perfect- just as requested. My daughter had her dream wedding !!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Wonderful service! Attention was given to every detail.
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Kristin
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Our wedding planner, Brooke Tallman, did an absolutely fantastic job over the last year! We could not have been more happy with how everything turned out! She was always available by phone and email to answer a multitude of questions, offering advice, and keeping everyone VERY happy! We absolutely loved her!! The Otesaga staff are very friendly and attentive, the food was amazing, and everyone's drinks were always full! Absolutely fantastic day!!
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Erika
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
We had a fantastic experience with The Otesaga. Our coordinator, Brooke, was very detail-oriented and ensured the wedding ran smoothly. The venue itself is stunning and the food exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend having your wedding here.
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/20/2012
4.9/5.0
I'm so glad I had my wedding at the Otesaga. Many of my guests said it was the most beautiful wedding they had been to and this is due in large part to the location. I took off a half point for flexibility because you have to use their in-house caterer. That being said, the service and food were very good and everything ran like clockwork. I didn't have an interest in spending extra time planning so the package thing was ideal for me. And while they have packages, you can personalize to a degree. This is definitely not a wedding mill.
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Laura
Wedding:
5/14/2011
4.9/5.0
Brooke Tallman and the staff at the otesaga went above and beyond to make sure that my husbands and my wedding day went smoothly and according to plan. She supported us throughout the entire planning process and on the day of she ensured us that it would be one of the best of our lives. I have nothing but the very best to say about Brooke and her team - we will continue to try and spend each anniversary back at the Otesaga reminiscing about our beautiful wedding day!
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/15/2012
4.8/5.0
The Otesaga was the perfect venue for my dream wedding. Amazing food, service and the best overall experience. Gordon and his team are experienced professionals that pay attention to all the details . Gordon's advice along the way was precious! The venue is more expensive than other upstate options, but I hold true to my word when I say it is worth every penny. Many guests stated it was the best wedding they ever had attended. Thank you Otesaga for providing the backdrop for the best day of my life .
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Kate
Wedding:
6/23/2012
4.8/5.0
We loved having our wedding at the Otesaga and wouldn't change a thing! The hotel and location are gorgeous, and some of our guests said this was the best food they had EVER had at a wedding. The staff was amazing as well: nice, professional and very organized.
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acbattista
Wedding:
7/3/2010
4.7/5.0
The Otesaga is a beautiful place for a wedding and for the price, it really isn't that bad. The food was great and for the most part they were pretty flexible on things. They did forget a few items that I had wanted for the food but no one walked away hungry. One thing that was kind of annoying was that when we had gone for a tour of the place we had asked if we could get a group of rooms we could get a discount and the person said yes and told us it would be around $200 a night with a two night minimum. Then when we went to call to group the rooms, they changed what they had said before- no group discount and price was way too much for our guests. (As the majority of our guests were from out of town) It was very accommodating when it came to decorating and putting things together- they did a lot- which was wonderful. But overall I wouldn't have changed to any other place around upstate NY. This is the best place to have your wedding.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
Wonderful all the way around! We would absolutely recommend The Otesaga for any event.
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Lisa
Wedding:
2/12/2011
4.5/5.0
The Otesaga Hotel was a wonderful venue for our winter wedding in upstate NY! It was beautiful and everyone there was amazing in making our special day that much better. Brooke, who was our contact there was more than helpful with anything we needed. The staff was friendly and professional and I have had so many compliments on how wonderful the wedding was from all my guest! If you are looking for a winter wedding in upstate NY, this is the place to do it!
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Dawn
Wedding:
5/28/2011
4.3/5.0
Overall, the Otesaga was a great choice for our wedding venue. You cannot argue with the setting and the view. The building is truly amazing and is an extremely impressive venue for any event. Our planning process with the Otesaga was almost seamless, they were very attentive and flexible to our needs. The value for our cost was pretty good - the Otesaga did throw in a few things and was willing to customize and negotiate with the things that were important to us. They were professional throughout the process, but also very busy so we didn't always hear back from them right away - but would get a response within a few days.

One thing I will say is that they were extremely accommodating to us when it came to room setup and decor- we went with a non-traditional room configuration and contributed much of the decor ourselves but the Otesaga didn't miss a beat with any of it. The food was delicious and we received many compliments about the entrees that were served. The staff on the day of was very professional and unintrusive, allowing us to not have to think about anything and focus on our guests and enjoying our day.

The only real issue we did have was the extensive construction going on in front of the building on our wedding day, which was only communicated to us about a week before the wedding. Although this did not affect our wedding events itself, part of the reason we selected this venue was the feeling of a grand entrance you get from first pulling up through the driveway and into the grand lobby - which none of our guests could do because it was closed and completely fenced off. We also could not take any photographs out front. Management at the Otesaga was not very apologetic, claiming that the work was emergency last minute and unavoidable - which we found out later from a staff member wasn't exactly the case (it had been planned for some time and the Otesaga failed to disclose it until the last minute when it would have been too late for us to change venues). They also refused to give us any monetary consideration or extra value "credit" for the situation - claiming we already had been given considerable discounts on our package. We did not think this was the best way to handle the situation, even if they had added a small element to our package we would have felt considerably better about the situation - instead of feeling deceived. in the end, it was still an amazing day at a beautiful venue, but when you are paying such a large sum of money for a venue such as the Otesaga you would expect this situation would have been handled better.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.1/5.0
The wedding was beautiful! They allowed me to have the ceremony outside even with the approaching storm. Everything worked out perfectly!
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The Otesaga Resort is a seasonal hotel, closing after Thanksgiving each year and re-opening in the springtime. This affords us a tremendous opportunity in the winter months to host the most spectacular Wedding Events. Many areas of The Hotel, which are typically unavailable to our social function guests, may be used during this time. For example, cocktails might be served in the graciously appointed Main Lobby, dinner held in the Hotel's Main Dining Room and the wedding ceremony itself may take place in our Ballroom. The options are considerable as is the thrill of having the entire property to yourselves! We are able to accommodate out of town guests at our Cooper Inn property, as well as at several of the year-round Bed and Breakfast operations in the Village. For the ultimate Destination Wedding - we will even re-open the sleeping accommodation portion of our hotel exclusively for your guests, provided we realize more than sixty occupied rooms.
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