Portobello Inn Bed & Breakfast

5989 State Route 5 , Herkimer, 13350 USA (Show map)


Enjoy a Gracious Bed and Breakfast Experience! Our 1840s Italianate country home was once owned by a Mohawk Valley "Farm Baron." Five comfortable bedrooms each with private bathrooms, Cable TV/HBO, A/C, Wireless Internet, desk and seating area, CD radio alarm and Homedics Sound Spa. We have plenty of places to stretch out, relax and discover. In season dine by a working Victorian marble fireplace. We offer a full country breakfast daily, which is prepared by our Innkeeper, Roland. Spring thru Fall, enjoy the full use of the Mohawk Valley Country Club as part of your stay; play a round of golf and swim in the pool. Portobello Inn's facilities are also available for small gatherings, meetings, teas or receptions etc. Opening soon will be an Antique and Gift Shop. We accept most major credit cards.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

You can't tell a book by its cover.

5 on June 19, 2015

Stay one night in early June. We were met by a gracious host who remember all our requests and upgrade our room to the Arlington. The room was comfortable, well decorated and quiet (no concern in this room due to closest of train tracks.) Breakfast was well prepared and tasty. A lovely egg dish with the recipe shared. Do not avoid this lovely and old home due to the outside appearance. Per our host the flaking outside paint has been a problem and not easily solved.

A Restful Stay

5 on October 18, 2014

At the Portobello Inn we enjoyed our very comfortable room, excellent breakfasts, and the warm hospitality of Roland and Steven. In the area we rode the canalway bike trail in the fall beauty of the Mohawk River Valley.

Nice fall visit to the Portbello Inn

4.2 on October 12, 2014

Home for a wedding in the valley and our first time at Portobello Inn. Stayed two relaxing nights. More like staying with friends than lodging. Roland's attentiveness and friendliness were great. It was a very pleasant time,

A beautiful stay in Herkimer

4.8 on October 03, 2014

We really recommend this beautiful B&B with an extra touch with the warm and friendly owners!

Shame about the railway

3.0 on September 03, 2014

Roland and Steve were delightful hosts but have their work cut out to restore the house to its former glory. The main problem though was the fact that the property is so close to the railroad. Some goods trains that went by in the middle of the night were exceptionally noisy and went on for ever.

Outstanding B&B

5 on August 21, 2014

Very friendly, makes you feel at home.

Portobello Perfection

5 on August 14, 2014

What a relief to enjoy an antique filled home which doesn't require one to tip toe thro' the tchotkes. Formerly an antique collector, our host Roland has a museum of enchanting pieces for viewing. The ingeniously juxtaposed private baths ensure that no guest is bothered by noise from an adjoining room. The rooms are bright, bright, clean, clean, and thoughtfully detailed. They are, thankfully, free of the gloom, fringe, decorative pillows and clutter that so often presents hurdles to work around with luggage and personal effects. Instead, there is plenty of room on bedside tables for books, writing materials and your own digital equipment. Our opera group was warmly accommodated. Some of the best news is that Roland and his business partner, Steve, anticipate opening a gourmet restaurant for intimate dining. The food will be wonderful, judging by the breakfast. We learned that Steve is an organist, pianist, choral director, and Episcopal priest which certainly adds class to any gathering. As two of us were there to work on music using the baby grand supplied by Steve, this added meaning and enjoyment to our stay. Yes, as TripAdvisor noted, the outside still needs painting and freight and passenger trains rumble rhythmically by. None of us objected and instead welcomed the trains and far, far, far in the distance, that "diminished seventh" train whistle which I only heard once . . . Comfortable beds, fluffy towels, lots of fast, hot water, and superbly accommodating hosts ensured a memorable week with Glimmerglass Opera..

Quaint Inn

3.8 on August 12, 2014

Spent two nights at Portabello Inn. They were wonderfully friendly and accommodating since we arrived later than expected. The breakfasts were wonderful. Great location in historic Herkimer.

Off the beaten path, but worth it

5 on August 06, 2014

What a refreshing place - there are few pleasant places to stay in Herkimer. Roland is an amazing innkeeper, so accommodating and a delight to know. Our room was elegant. The sheets were even ironed. Breakfast was delicious: quiche, homemade muffins. There was a wonderful sauce made of Herkimer blueberries. We were in the area on business, and Roland was so kind as to make early breakfast for us both days. We encourage you to visit.

It's coming home time

5 on July 27, 2014

This is out third stay at this fine establishment, and we love it more each time we arrive. The innkeepers, Roland and Steve go out of their way to make sure our stay is unforgettable, and they deliver every time! I lived in this area for many years, and now when we come back to visit, we couldn't even think of staying anywhere else. I guess family members could put us up, but oncewe cross the threshold of the Portobello Inn, we know we are home.And the reason we feel this way is because the innkeepers are warm, caring individuals whose sole purpose is to make sure our every need is attended to.....and trust us....our needs are plenty!! Thank You Roland and Steve, and thank you to the Portobello Inn for accepting us into your "family"!!

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Location Type

In the Mohawk Valley; Cooperstown 25 miles south and Adirondack Mountain foothills. Between Herkimer and Little Falls on Route 5, the main east/west route. From the Inn, view the Erie Canal and Mohawk River...


Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.) 60 miles

Directions to property:

From East: New York State Thruway (I-90) Exit 29A (Little Falls) straight 2.3 miles to Route 5 (Not 5 S). Left on Rt. 5 for 4.2 miles to Portobello Inn (3rd house on right just past the Mohawk Valley Country Club)\ From West: New York State Thruway (I-90) Exit 30 (Herkimer) to light. Right at light, left at next light to Rt. 5. Right on Rt. 5 and continue 3.8 miles to Portobello Inn, on your left.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, Adirondack Mountains, Erie Canal, Turning Stone Casino, Herkimer Diamond Mine, Ace of Diamond Mine, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Piano, Private entrance, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Mohawk Valley Country Club usage; Area restaurant menus & recommendations; Breakfast by marble fireplaces; Plenty of parking; Library with Books & magazines; Activity & historic site recommendations.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Cooperstown & National Baseball Hall of Fame only 25 miles south; Oneida Indian Nation Casino - 30 Miles east; Adirondack Mountains to our north;, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights minimum stay, Summer, Fall and Holiday weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's deposit for each room will hold your reservation and balance is due upon arrival.
  • Cancellations: Because we are a small Bed and Breakfast Inn, cancellations affect us significantly. A last minute cancellation gives us little chance of re-booking a room. For this reason, we request a 14 day notice of cancellation, at which time we will be happy to issue a refund, minus a $25 Service Charge for the cancelled reservation. Cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the arrival date, will be issued a Credit Certificate with the following exceptions: We regret that we are unable to issue credit for cancellations on Holiday or Special Event weekends. No calls/no shows will be billed for the full stay. No refunds for late arrivals, early departures or shortened stays. Please consider Travel Insurance if your plans are tentative or uncertain, as we have no control over weather, family situations, airline delays, traffic conditions, transportation problems or cancellations etc. The Inn's Cancellation Policy applies equally to those circumstances.



Roland Randall

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About the innkeepers

We enjoy antiques, the arts, music and great food. We have renovated this grand country house into a home and enjoy sharing it with our guests.

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  • Time Served: 8:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

, Dietary considerations; Please request when booking.

Signature Dish

Creme Brulee French Toast
A "Comfort Food" to satisfy your every craving. Our Innkeeper Roland uses his baking skills, by taking hearty Peasant Bread, eggs, half and half, unsalted butter, brown sugar and a touch of Grand Marnier to create a warm satisfying dish that will dance around your taste buds. What a lovely and delicious start to your day around the breakfast table at Portobello Inn.


Hot Deal

Weekday Getaway Special

Regular Rate: $150 now $120 (20% Savings:)

Stay with us Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday and received a 20% discount on all rooms. This does not apply for Holidays. For more information, please contact us! Vassar: regularly $150 - now $120 Darius Small: regularly $135 - now $108 Arlington: regularly $125 - now $100 Clobridge: regularly $110 - now $88 Lundstrom: regularly $110 - now $88 Please contact the inn directly at +1-315-823-8612 to redeem this deal.

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