Lobby & Check In Experience
Beautiful lobby and check in was a breeze with Joshua at the main desk who was friendly, helpful and arranged for our shuttle to the airport the following morning. (Want to fly out of a quiet beautiful little airport? Fly out of Ithaca!) Joshua also told us we could leave our vehicle in the parking lot free of charge for the week we were away and call for the shuttle to come and pick us up when we returned. He also told us to help ourselves to the fresh cookies at check in as he was tired of looking at them. He was a funny and polite young man - but spoke like an auctioneer. Or perhaps we're just getting old! :-)
We were upgraded to a corner "tower room" which gave us a view of the parking garage and the town. It was a good size room and very clean. The king bed was very comfortable. The WIFI actually WORKED!
Note: When parking the vehicle we noticed some rooms at the back of the hotel which looked like they were once "motel" rooms (the kind you drive up to) with an windowed hall way built along front. I am assuming these are older rooms and probably not as nice as the rooms in the tower. This being said, if you are a smoker, they would be perfect for you as you can just step outside your room and walk ten feet to go outside for a cigarette.
Exceptionally clean with all the amenities you could want.
There wasn't a room service menu in the room, so my husband and I (dog tired) wandered down to the restaurant in the hotel. The server, a wonderful girl, told us there was room service available - so we placed an order and went back up to our room. She delivered our food - it was hot, delicious and to say it was plentiful would be an understatement. We could have shared one meal and unfortunately, we both had to waste food or have our stomach's explode. I had an enormous club sandwich that could have fed a family of four! My husband had a rack of ribs that could have fed a village.
We had a good night sleep in this comfortable clean room. As stated in other reviews the building looks a little tired (in spots) but other than a bit of wall paper peeling that you REALLY had to look for it was still lovely.
The driver, a young local woman, is an asset to Ithaca tourism. She brought us a little out of her way to see a waterfall and told us about the 4th of July celebrations on the lake. When we returned we had to wait about a half an hour for the shuttle to come and get us but this wasn't a problem. It was nice to stretch our legs after our flights. The driver of the return shuttle was quiet and didn't say too much but was a nice young man just the same.
At $140.00 for the night - which included a free shuttle to and from the airport I would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Hotel Ithaca located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lake Wine Region on the Ithaca Commons. Our hotel offers an indoor pool, fitness room, two penthouse suites and our restaurant, Max s Classic American Grill featuring thick, juicy burgers and nostalgic diner specialties.While staying in Ithaca, shop in one of a kind specialty boutiques on the Ithaca Commons, take in a show at the Historic State Theatre, enjoy a glass of wine along the Cayuga and Seneca Lake Wine Trails or take a stroll along Taughannock and Buttermilk Falls. Come and enjoy a summer of festivals and events including the annual Ithaca Festival , Finger Lakes Wine Festival , Grassroots Festival , and the Dragon Boat Festival . NASCAR and Indy fans will love to catch a race at Watkins Glen International Raceway. The Hotel Ithaca is an ideal location for business travelers and college families. We are only a mile away from Cornell University and Ithaca College, and close to many companies including Emerson Power Transmission, Borg Warner, TPG Inc., Goodrich Ithaca Space Systems, Wilcox Press, Cargill Inc. and Cayuga Medical Center. We are the perfect location for planning your next business meeting, seminar, wedding or small convention.The Hotel Ithaca awaits your arrival! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Ithaca Hotel Ithaca
- Ithaca Holiday Inn