The Hampton Inn Syracuse/Clay could easily be 3-star or above (based on my experiences) if it offered an on-site restaurant/bar. My husband and I stayed here for a romantic getaway at the beginning of February 2013. We reserved a Jacuzzi room.
Check-in was very smooth and easy. The desk staff was very friendly. The lobby was clean and up-to-date.
Our room was very clean. The finishes were modern and neutral. I was concerned from photos that the Jacuzzi would be a little cramped, but it's not cramped at all. It's a perfect size for 2-3 (maybe even 4) people. It was relaxing and wonderful.
The continental breakfast offered more than expected. The standard fare, such as bagels and juice, was included - but also seasoned home fries, fresh fruit, fresh waffles, and scrambled eggs. Omelets were also offered on our second day. Checkout was a breeze.
Overall, can't say enough good things about this hotel - would recommend to anyone looking to stay in the Syracuse area.