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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's taken me awhile to sort through my impressions of the Hillside Inn, and it took abnormally long for me to even calculate my rating. I guess I'll just lay it all out and readers can judge for themselves. The PROs: The price is excellent. I was shocked that hotels are still so inexpensive in New York State (under $100/night).... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not sure i understand the negative reviews. Yes, the rooms are small and yes the building is somewhat dated but the bed was fine, the sheets, pillowcases, and towels were changed daily. The price beats the sterile, brand-name hotels by a country mile! I prefer this type of hotel any time. Thanks for the positive experience.

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Ithaca, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

when I went to go to bed, I noticed the pillows were COVERED (both sides) with 2" dark hairs. I pulled back the covers and the entire bed was filled. I could not bring myself to even lay down. After sitting around and watching TV, I left at 3 am and slept in my car. The walls were also paper... More 

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

We of course found this review shocking, wishing the guest had told the staff about it instead of keeping it to herself. She would have been given a new room and we would have been able to verify the factualness of her account and hopefully determined how it happened (like the other area hotels we use a professional laundry service... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

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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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 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 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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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 6 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 

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