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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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Paris, France
16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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 

1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

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
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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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): $
Number of rooms: 35
Also Known As:
Hillside Hotel Ithaca

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