We normally break up our drives to NYC/NJ by staying in the Holiday Inn Express Syracuse Fairgrounds but they were full due to the State Fair. We decided to go a bit further and stay in Cortland. This hotel is excellent all around. Only 2 years old and everything looks brand new. Staff are attentive from the moment you walk in the door to the time you leave. Large comfortable lobby area where your typical HI Express breakfast awaits you. Room was large and fresh as was the bathroom. Free wifi, ample parking and just seconds from the interstate for your onward journey. There are numerous places to eat or pick up any supplies you need for your trip as it is a small town. We ordered pizza from Pontillos and it was fantastic!
Only negatives - slightly pricey (perhaps it was the time of season?) and double beds really don't work for a stay longer than a night or two. Otherwise an excellent choice!