Geneva On The Lake

Boutique Resort Hotel, Restaurant & Historic Gardens in the
Finger Lakes Wine Region of New York

Escape to a peaceful boutique resort hotel situated on a 10-acre bluff overlooking beautiful Seneca Lake in historic Geneva, New York. A landmark on the National Register of Historic Places and long-time AAA Four-Diamond Award Winner in hospitality, Geneva On The Lake was founded by Norbert H. Schickel Jr. in 1981 to be “an oasis, a little island of beauty, peace and friendliness in a busy world.”

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You are invited…

October 2020

Dear Visitors and Guests,

Our sincere thanks to all who have come to rest, refresh and renew at Geneva On The Lake. We hope you will join us during this brilliant fall foliage season to experience Geneva On The Lake and the Finger Lakes in autumn. Book your Fall Foliage Getaway Special, and enjoy the sunny days ahead, perfect for scenic countryside outings and rich cultural exploration in the Finger Lakes.

What a feast—waterfalls and lakeside vistas, mile after mile of fields and vineyards at harvest time, historic towns, rural hamlets, and perhaps food or wine to taste along the way. There are countless places to visit, historic homes, state parks, and museums of all kinds, many museums that are simply world-class.

After your countryside drive and arrival, settle in for a luxurious time at our boutique resort hotel in the comfort of one of our Stickley-appointed suites or studios. Enjoy croquet or bocce in the restored historic formal gardens. Explore the beautiful 10-acre lakeside grounds that echo the resort’s rich Italian architectural history. When you find your way to the boat house and dock, two comfortable rockers await, along with a marvelous view.

Lancellotti’s, our renowned restaurant, offers candlelight dinner at socially-distanced tables in the most beautiful dining room anywhere. Continuing into the fall, dinner service has been under the open colonnade on The Terrace every night. This will continue, aided by some heat, as long as possible. You do not want to miss a great meal prepared by our talented chef team that is receiving rave reviews from guests.

Nearly 40 years ago now, my father Norbert, our founder, wrote, “Let our work be our joy and our reward, the joy of others.” Recently, I have shared with the staff nine words from the end of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, which I love, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another.” Then, with a little smile, I asked them to go about our daily work conscientiously, attentively — so we do not give too many reasons to have to forgive one another.

At Geneva On The Lake, our passion is to extend warm friendly service and hospitality to all who come. We continue our commitment to provide an excellent experience, while using every precaution to ensure the safety, comfort, and wellbeing of every guest. When you are ready to travel, we will be delighted to welcome you to our peaceful oasis in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Wine Region. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Bill Schickel's signature name


Bill Schickel & all of the staff

Choose from a variety of seasonal getaway packages to sweeten your stay and inspire your adventure. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway, a family visit, a wedding celebration, business meeting or reunion, you are sure to find a perfect oasis of comfort and hospitality at Geneva On The Lake.

Call 315-789-7190 to reserve your Getaway Package.


Truly a haven for visitors, the Italianate villa offers 29 guest suites and studios, all appointed with beautifully handcrafted Stickley furniture, a kitchen, Renaissance architecture and modern comforts, some featuring lake views, wood-burning fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs and cathedral ceilings. Two-story townhouses situated 25 feet from the main villa provide spacious comfort, each featuring private furnished lakeside patios and two bedrooms, perfect for a reunion or family vacation.


Unwind with a glass of wine and a game of chess in the Parlor Bar. Dine on The Terrace in warmer weather, stroll the restored formal gardens or enjoy a lawn game. Take a dip in the picturesque 70-foot swimming pool, or relax in Adirondack chairs with a spectacular view of Seneca Lake. Explore Geneva’s charming historic district by bike, visit nearby award-winning wineries, or walk the lakeside trails of Waterfront Park.

Geneva On The Lake at Night

“…stunning four-diamond Geneva On The Lake, has a garden reminiscent of Versailles.”
– The Wall Street Journal

“The food is extraordinarily good”
– Bon Appetit

“One of the world’s most beautiful inns.”
– Brides Magazine

“A near miracle of grace and hospitality”
– Toronto Magazine

“Offering exceptional comfort and service”
– The New York Times

“One of the 10 most romantic inns in the United States.”
– American Historic Inns

“Among other aesthetic pleasures at Geneva On The Lake are the symmetrical and manicured flower gardens and hedgerows at the back of the inn, a felicitous setting for walking, communing with nature and reading.” – The Globe & Mail

“Geneva On The Lake is a charming inn with beautiful grounds, a 70-foot pool and an excellent view of Seneca Lake… the suites are luxurious… and are furnished with Stickley furniture.” – Wine Spectator

“We stayed at the majestic Geneva On The lake hotel. Our comfortable suite looked out on to formal gardens that unfurl almost to the water’s edge, where huge cottonwoods rustle in the breeze like wind chimes. The terra cotta tile roof, Palladian windows, Ionic columns, and classical sculptures give Geneva On The Lake an air of antiquity, but the solicitous service is as American as a Cortland apple.” – Gourmet

“Tranquility and good taste characterize the intellectual fare found at Geneva On The Lake, a smallish inn tucked away on the outskirts of Geneva, New York and facing the pellucid Seneca Lake.” – Post & Opinion (Indianapolis, Chicago, Louisville)

“Towering pines shade the grounds, creating inviting walkways for thoughtful ambles and intimate conversations. A glider swing beckons from one stretch of lawn; a classical colonnade from another.” – Finger Lakes Wine Gazette

“The restaurant as charming and romantic as it is, takes second billing to the food, which is exceptional–all dishes are prepared and served with perfection…the service at Lancellotti is smooth and thoughtful…At Geneva On The Lake, you will be royally spoiled.” – Upstate New Yorkers

“This is a resort that echoes with the tranquility of a different place and time, of a leisurely European lifestyle that revels in and showcases the finer things of life…The resort is ideal for a romantic getaway, whether winter or summer.” – The Ottawa Citizen

“Located just a few hours from New York City, this luxurious European-style vacation resort welcomes weary urban dwellers with more than just a quiet place to unwind. The property, situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes district, also has spectacular views of Seneca Lake. The scenery is especially lovely from the Lancellotti Dining Room, and the food is especially delicious.” – Bon Appetit

“No question that my favorite, The Loft, with its lovely cherry mission furniture, is at the top end. It has a cathedral ceiling, a loft furnished with chairs, rockers, and big floor cushions, all positioned to look out at the lake…the formal gardens, and the pool.”
Karen Brown’s Guide

“Thirty suites of refined luxury.”
Journal de Geneve