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Hillside Inn

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518 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
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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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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the room was very clean, the bed made sleeping easy and the manager Peter was nothing but first class. The price was also very low. will stay again for sure. The location was prime and made it is easy to visit shops.

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New York, New York, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We stayed there for one night, 4/25. When we got there, we found out that there was no hot water, so we told the front desk. The first response was that they will have the handy man look at it for my room. Once we came back for dinner, we found out there was still no hot water. They told... More 

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

I apologize to this guest for the inconvenience, and true, a hot water tank had developed a leak, was replaced as quickly as we could get a plumber on site to install it, then we found that the switch from the furnace to the tank was defective and so no hot water. It took several days with a replacement switch... More 

California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

All I needed was a comfy place to stay in for my interview at Cornell. This place was the closest (5-8 min. walk) and the cheapest, with free Wifi and great service. My room was very nice, with a big bed, clean private bathroom, and a desk. The room was well heated all day&night, so I couldn't really tell it... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Just for the sole purpose of walking to Cornell, this hotel should be enough. No fancy harwares or softwares, but I got over my Cornell interview without spending the previous night worrying about the logistics of the next day. My friend took me to a pizza place which seemed to be a usual hangout for Cornell students. However, this pizza... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I stayed last summer for two weeks at the Hillside Inn in Ithaca and have to say that i disagree with the previous comments since except through air bnb it is very difficult to find a place to stay around at that price + the walking distance to the university is a real plus !

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Good lord, when rooms are described as quaint, run the other way. We booked late for Cornell's parents' weekend so this was the only place we could find. The "ice bucket" was a tupperware bowl! The rooms have not been updated since the 1970's. One nightstand was actually a radiator with a metal lattice cover and a lamp perched on... More 

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

For those who prefer to pay double to triple our rates, and stay well out of walking distance to Cornell, in a downtown hotel, and don't mind paying extra for Wi Fi minutes and other room amenities, we are not the right fit. If one is however conscious of one's budget, wants a quiet and friendly stay close to the... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Wow where to even begin... This place is down right scary. We thought when we booked the hillside inn seemed like a good deal. We lost out in the end. The Halls smelled of old chinese food and the floors creaked. When we got to our room it was tiny, dirty and very out dated. Not in a cute vintage... More 

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

Separating fact from fiction ("creaky, scary"), the hotel was and is nearly full occupancy including visitors from China (the food), grad students, scholars, and tourists from various countries, all Cornell-oriented, or touring the Fingerlakes and en route to Niagara Falls, in the safest quietest neighborhood in Ithaca. We inspected the room as soon as the review was posted (it was... More 

Dobbs Ferry, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Tiny cramped rooms, very uncomfortable mattress and awful pillows. Old and crummy condition all around, depressing really. They said one room could sleep three people and they threw a bedroll on the floor between two twin beds. Really?!?

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

When the room was booked, only two twins were available and it was made known that a cot would be put in for a third person. It was not promoted otherwise. Granted these are not the spacious rooms of the highway-side chains, but the mattresses/beds are replaced frequently, as frequently as any other hotel would. There are the expectations of... More 

New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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 August 16, 2014

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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