Fabulous place. Newly renovated rooms, large rooms, marble well-designed bathrooms. These are the second nicest rooms we have ever stayed in North America, nicer than any Westin or Fairmont (the nicest place we’ve ever stayed in was a boutique hotel in Old Montreal). Not sure how a place like this in a sleepy location can generate enough income to keep the place going. Although, we stayed on a Sunday and Monday night and it was fully-booked Sunday and nearly full on Monday. We also visited the JP Morgan House, the sister property a few houses down the road, and that’s even nicer albeit more staid and does not allow kids. Rooms are hard-wired for high-speed internet, big flat-screen TV (no surround-sound though), excellent furniture.
Coffee/tea/juice/muffins and newspaper are brought to all guest rooms each morning at your requested time. Nice touch.
Beautiful lawn that slopes down to the water. There are kayaks and a canoe for the guests. The reception staff will help you get into the kayak or canoe. Chairs and tables are at the water’s edge, nice place to hang out, read a book, and bring your own wine. There is a very good wine store 2 doors down from the Aurora Inn.
We had dinner at the Aurora Inn’s restaurant, excellent food and service, reasonably priced. However, the outdoor patio tables are quite dark in the evening, and we had some trouble seeing our food after it got dark. Just something to think about. The pretty bartenders did not charge our 12-year old son when he asked for sodas at the bar. Our rooms included breakfast and that was excellent too.
All the hotel parking is on the street in front, or on a side lot shared with other places and a post-office. Just a consideration in case you bring your Ferrari or other exotic. The town is quite safe and sleepy, my car wasn't the only fancy car parked on the street. If at the JP Morgan house, recommend you park on the grass as the parking lot is sloped and door dings are likely.
This is THE place to stay if visiting Ithaca, Cornell, or within 20 or so miles of the place. We would definitely stay again and recommend this place to anyone looking for a quiet, romantic, or luxurious getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the shores of Cayuga Lake amidst a tiny, heritage village in the heart of the Finger Lakes, the Aurora Inn and its lakeside dining room has a pedigree dating back to 1833. The original country inn has been impeccably restored to appeal to today's most discerning guests. The Aurora Inn has all the intimacy of a bed and breakfast with services and amenities that only a luxury hotel can offer. ... more less
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