A historic building almost slap-bang in the middle of New York State, this listed building is a linchpin of the college town of Ithaca. Stay in this location and you’ll have no end of options for activities: from electric shops and live music in the vibrant downtown to waterfall trails, birdwatching, leaf-peeping, breweries and wineries of the stunning surrounding countryside. Whatever you choose to do, let us take care of the accommodation for you with these great hotels – bookable on Culture Trip.
Right in the heart of downtown Ithaca, this Victorian inn is within walking distance of countless restaurants – and close to the Cornell campus. The inn presents a warm and cozy atmosphere – decorated in a country style and reflecting the autumnal colors which many people flock to this part of the country to witness. The elegant rooms – our favorite is the Library – are individually decorated, and hotel facilities include a huge breakfast and evening desserts with organic coffee and tea.
Well, if you came here to see Cornell, you won’t find a better location. Tucked onto the campus, this upscale offering blends contemporary style with the grand tradition of this seat of learning – with accommodation offering picture windows over the campus and even Cornell branded bedding. There’s a wealth of amenities including three on-site restaurants, a bar, an airport shuttle, a fitness center and, of course, a Cornell gift shop – if you want the sweatshirt but not the degree.
This sumptuous offering from the Marriott group reflects the grandeur and history of the town, while adding those little twists of modernity and luxury which make any stay more pleasurable. On Ithaca Commons restaurant row, you can experience the outdoor Aurora Streatery – perfect for foodies – just steps away from the hotel. The modern and grand-feeling rooms have sleek ensuites and wireless tech, plus the hotel offers an eatery popular with the locals and a 24-hour gym.
Set on 70 acres (28ha) of lush green countryside, this family-owned hotel is as welcoming as it is luxurious – and even with all the greenery, you’re still only just over 3mi (5km) from downtown and the university. The country-style accommodation is traditional, cozy and well-appointed, some with fireplaces so you can truly hunker down. The farm-to-table bistro focuses on seasonal, local ingredients and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also an excellent spa here to indulge in.
This pretty and bijou offering is situated directly over the water’s edge on Cayuga Lake. There are two units available, both taking full advantage of their aqua-adjacent situation – the lower unit offering a large shaded picnic table and direct access to the lake right outside the door. Both units are decorated in a European style, with antique touches and luxurious bathtubs – while other amenities include cable TV, air conditioning, a fireplace and wifi.
You can always rely on a Hilton for a solid offering in a great location, and this one doesn’t disappoint. You’ll find it in the heart of downtown – opposite the Ithaca Commons area – and near restaurants, bars and cultural attractions. The hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a popular on-site Irish pub and a cooked-to-order breakfast. The spacious, bright and contemporary rooms with polished bathrooms are infused with light and pops of relaxing pastels.
Though it might not have taken too long to come up with the name, every other detail in this friendly independent hotel is carefully considered. Located in the heart of downtown Ithaca – adjacent to the Ithaca Commons and mere steps to an array of eclectic shopping and dining, and less than 1mi (1.6km) from Cornell University – the accommodation is spacious and welcoming, with facilities such as premium cable, a wine fridge and granite showers.
This casual and quirky offering is all about Cornell – much like Andy’s character on The Office. The accommodation has been mocked up like a college dorm room, but don’t let that fool you – there are also boutique hotel touches such as flat-screen TVs, attractive ensuites and high-end toiletries. The amenities don’t stop there, either – there’s also a self-pour bar supplied by local breweries, a grab-and-go station, an attractive outdoor deck and super friendly staff who will probably teach you the Cornell fight song in passing.
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