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518 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
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Hillside Inn
Ranked #17 of 20 Ithaca B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I live in NYC, but typically once or twice per year I crave Ithaca. I keep Hillside Inn on speed dial for these moments -- you won't find a water wall or lounge music, but you'll find a clean, comfortable bed, fast internet, and all the breakfast, lunch, or dinner options you could ask for in Cornell's Collegetown two blocks... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was the worst hotel experience I have ever had. When I returned from downtown to get in the bed I saw TWO HAIRS in the sheets and something brown that resembled a mouse turd. I am not sure if they even had washed the sheets. I slept on top of the bed, on top of a towel and hopefully... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The Hillside Inn is what it is. It is not a four star hotel, but it is to me. It is outdated, and the bathrooms are small. BUT the loaction and service are outstanding. That is all I need. I usally stay here for Cornell lacrosse games. I can walk to the game. I can walk to dinner. I can... More

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

I cannot believe this place is in business. We stayed there last summer and I have never forgot that experience so will be my late review. I did not have my firearms with me on that trip and we chose to purchase a gun just to feel safe here(every other hotel was booked or we would have left). This is... More

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Peter S, Manager at Hillside Inn, responded to this review

All sheets are done professionally by the Cornell Laundry company which services many area establishments. More

Miami, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I am a Cornell student who spent an entire semester at the Hillside Inn. Because of poor planning I was left without an apartment and went to the Hillside as a last resort since they rent rooms to students at a monthly rate. This "last resort" option was surprisingly an incredible experience and I can't press enough how great this... More

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Scarsdale, NY
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

Whilst visiting Cornell there are three factors in selecting a hotel: location, price, and amenity; pick any two. Understand this, and there will be no surprises from the Hillside Inn. If you want location and amenity, you want the Statler, but it's very expensive. If you want amenity and low(er) price, pick your chain hotel on Route 13, or the... More

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New York City, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I travel from NYC to Ithaca every week to teach at Cornell. So I have stayed at the Hillside Inn every Monday night for over 5 years. It is perfectly located to campus and I can walk to my class. It is a rustic place that looks as if it has been there forever. The cemetery right behind the Inn... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Great location: close to Cornell University and lots of restaurants nearby; short drive to a couple of state park such as Robert Treman State park and Watkins Glen State park. The inn is well maintained and very clean. All in all - I would stay here again on our next return trip to Ithaca in the winter. The price was... More

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Peter S, Front Office Manager at Hillside Inn, responded to this review

It's hard to respond to a review written a year after the visit. There have been hotel upgrades since, doubling Internet signal strength, re-carpeting the hotel, new bathrooms in several rooms. Other upgrades are upcoming. Should the positive reviews we get be called into question I recommend sending a message to those former guests, none of whom are in any... More

Ithaca, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I lived there for about a week last fall. The location is very good, just down the campus hill and within 10 min walk. But the place is not comfort to live, considering the old, smelly small rooms, the one and only shared bathrooms and toilet, absolutely absence of room service.

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Peter S, General Manager at Hillside Inn, responded to this review

The reviewer, who for some reason is sending a review a year later, stayed for one week in one of our single-occupancy student rooms, which do not have their own bathrooms but a shared bathroom in the hall, and are not hotel rooms per se, but are priced well under any hotel rates. These are all currently filled with satisfied... More

South Wales, New York
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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

My wife and I decided to explore Ithaca, and we found this property on the edge of the Cornell University campus. It resembled a house which was transformed to an inn many years ago. The property itself was decent. However, it seemed to lack some attention to details. For example, when we pulled the comforter off the bed, we noticed... More

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Peter S, Manager at Hillside Inn, responded to this review

Certainly there's no excuse for less than a complete cleaning despite very busy weekends. We have instituted a new policy to deal with such overloads so that a total room service cleaning can be maintained. We are also undergoing an upgrade with new baths and the entire hotel getting re-carpeted. Internet coverage is also being expanded to ensure blazing speed... More

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Address: 518 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
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Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Ithaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Hillside Hotel Ithaca

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The Hillside Inn is located right next to the campus of Cornell University. We offer reasonable rates and provide free parking, free Wi Fi, free local and long distance calls, and complimentary Continental Breakfast.Extended stay rates are available.Rooms have color cable TV, private bath, AC, daily room service.We are in Collegetown and a short walk to numerous restaurants.Our friendly staff are here to make your stay a pleasant one! ... more   less 
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