Best Western Plus – Hammondsport named “Official Hotel” of Watkins Glen International Opening Weekend


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (April 9, 2018) – Watkins Glen International and the Best Western Plus – Hammondsport have announced an exclusive partnership to make the award-winning property the “Official Hotel of Opening Weekend 2018”.


As part of the agreement, the Best Western Plus will serve as the “Official Hotel” for Watkins Glen International’s Opening Weekend 2018, scheduled for April 14-15, which will offer fans the opportunity to experience the twists and turns of the world renowned road course from the driver’s seat of their personal vehicles. Three laps behind an official WGI pace vehicle are available for $25, with proceeds benefitting Watkins Glen International’s R.A.C.E. Foundation as it raises funds for Adirondack High School senior Ryan Berwick and the purchase of his new wheelchair.


“Watkins Glen International is pleased to continue our partnership with the Best Western Plus in nearby Hammondsport,” WGI President Michael Printup said. “Our teams, officials, fans, and partners rely on local accommodations during race season, and the Best Western Plus is a fantastic, new property in the Finger Lakes region.”


The Best Western Plus in Hammondsport, New York is located at the southern tip of Keuka Lake just 17 miles, and a beautiful, scenic drive from The Glen. The property was awarded the 2016 and 2017 Chairman's Award for Quality Assurance and recently, the 2018 Champion Customer Care Award.


“The ongoing partnership between The Best Western Plus in Hammondsport N.Y. and Watkins Glen International is one that benefits race fans all over the North Eastern U.S.,” owner Cameron Dunlap said. “For the track to have a new, award winning branded hotel to recommend to its fans, race teams and high performance driving enthusiasts is a big plus. The hotel benefits from having such fun loving and enthusiastic guests stay with them all season.”


Since opening in June of 2016, guests have enjoyed complimentary hot buffet breakfasts, high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, an elegantly designed lobby and guest rooms complete with local fare, 24-hour state of the art fitness center, 24-hour business center, indoor heated pool, meeting/banquet facilities, outdoor seating with gas fire pits and free parking. In addition, each room is complete with a mini refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, 40-inch LED TV, and Sealy® pillow top mattresses. To book your reservation call 607-224-4120 or go to



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