Motels Near Binghamton

by Meg Jernigan

Binghamton, located in southern New York near the Pennsylvania border, overlooks the confluence of the Chenango and Susquehanna rivers. Motels in Binghamton cater to families visiting their kids at the state university, travelers on the interstate and people in town to do business with the high-tech companies that maintain offices in the city.

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Downtown

Most of the downtown lodging in Binghamton might more properly be called hotels, rather than motels. Holiday Inn maintains a high-rise hotel on Hawley Street near the river, and the Binghamton Regency Hotel and Conference Center offers reasonable rates downtown. The Grand Royale Hotel, built in 1897 as City Hall, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Days Inn Binghamton offers standard rooms and suites. Suites must be booked through the hotel property. Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available, but pets are not welcome.

Near the University

State University of New York- Binghamton is across the river from the city proper. Quality Inn & Suites is the closest motel to the university. The moderately priced motel provides a full breakfast daily and has a bar and lounge on site. Quality Inn welcomes pets for an additional fee and accommodates smokers. Holiday Inn Express, located a little further away from SUNY, allows neither pets nor smoking. A Greek family-style restaurant adjacent to the motel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Interstate 81

Interstate 81 approaches Binghamton from the north and skirts it to the east. Motel 6, Comfort Inn, Fairfield Inn, Super 8 and Econo Lodge operate motels on the north side of the city. Fairfield Inn, a slightly more upscale property, offers guests complimentary hot breakfast that includes healthy options, free WiFi and an indoor pool with spa. The smoke-free Fairfield does not allow pets. Located just off 81 in a commercial area east of the city, Del Motel is an inexpensive alternative with individually decorated rooms, WiFi and rooms with kitchenettes. The motel accommodates smokers and pets.

Interstate 86

Interstate 86 approaches Binghamton from the northeast, joins I-81 and splits west after reaching downtown. A handful of motels located at the interchange with Route 201 are technically in Johnson City, a municipality that abuts Binghamton to the west. Best Western of Johnson City, a smoke-free pet-friendly motel about 10 miles from the university, offers pillow-top beds, WiFi and premium satellite television. Guests have access to a nearby fitness club and indoor swimming pool.

About the Author

Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.