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Trip Hotel Ithaca
Ranked #22 of 22 Hotels in Ithaca
upstate NY
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10 reviews
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“Not that bad”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed at this Clarion the night of February 8, 2013. It is not as bad as some of the reviews indicate. It is in need of upgrading, especially the lobby and hallways. The room was fine, clean and everything worked. Some reviews were concerned about safety of the location. I didn't see a problem. It is off I-81 in a commercial location. Strip malls nearby, an Appleby's, Friendly's and McDonald's not far away. Nothing made us feel unsafe. it has a decent free breakfast. Certainly not a place to go for a vacation, but if you need someplace to sleep overnight it is fine. it was well worth the Hotwire price of $68.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Peterborough
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

To be honest I have not even stayed at this place yet but judging by the look of it I won't be staying there. Hotwire calls this place a 3 star, same rating a Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn. So when I booked through Hotwire I thought it would be one of the previously mentioned hotels downtown. When this place came up I looked it up on Trip Advisor and low and behold it is ranked 18 out of 18 in Ithaca and the pictures don't lie.
I called Hotwire to complain but the were completely unhelpful.
Thanks Hotwire you just stole $150 from me!

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2013

This is an awful hotel; outdated, scary, and in a horrible location. I felt extremely unsafe staying here. The first room they gave me was littered with grime, dirt, and renovation materials. The second, on the lower level next to the parking lot, was located down a dark, dingy hallway that I felt I'd be attacked from at any second. After multiple, unsatisfactory calls to Hotwire to express my concerns, I checked out. The front desk clerk didn't even bat an eye when I left, as she was smoking out front with friends, and by every indication from her, this kind of thing is a common occurrence. How this place is still operating, I've no idea.

Hotwire should be ashamed that they are offering this hotel at a 3 star rating. What a joke. Please use caution and stay away from this place. I've never written a review of a hotel on a site like this before but my disgust and concern from my brief stay here inspired me to do so.

Room Tip: Don't stay here. Period.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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7 Thank starwatcher9
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Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2012

If you didn't know that this was the hotel your booking was at, you'd think it was deserted. The outside is in shambles, and if you had a low-profile car, you wouldn't be able to drive through the parking lot because it is so awful and full of pot holes. The room was not much better, with wallpaper pealing, drywall starting to come off in the corners, even the floor was lumpy. The shower head leaked and only 1 of the settings worked. The ONLY bright spots were the front desk girl, Emily, was was extremely helpful and check-in and getting a fax sent, and the mattress was actually pretty comfortable.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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2 Thank nicelynicely02
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Billerica, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2012

At first sight, curb appeal was the first warning to me that this place was not up to my standards. The outside was not cared for. The siding and style was reminiscent of the 1950's and looked like it hadn't been cared for since then. Lobby was fine and inviting enough. When we were directed to our room, I became a bit more wary. We entered in the " CourtYard " area to get to the room. Hallways were a nauseating pink color and the ceilings were stained from obvious water leaks. After settling in, we wanted to check out the pool, Upon opening the door, there was an obvious musty mildewy smell. To top that off, The roof was leaking right into the pool. My only thought was what kind bacteria from the roof, was dripping into the pool. ( bird droppings, etc. ) I wouldn't advise anyone to swim in it. I felt like contacting the Department of Public Health. Additionally, I found that the Sheets had an overwhelming bleach smell. I know, working in the health field that bleach can irritate people's skin. Please be careful about this. Breakfast presentation was ok. The Hot food was on the cool side. Please consider my review before booking at this hotel.

Room Tip: Should be a $50 a nite place. Not worth the cost
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2012

I was not really inpressed with the hotel but at 02:30 a.m. when I attempted to pack the safe woudn't open. The Front Desk(She) first gave me a lecture on how to open the safe and after explaining I travel often and never had this problem, she explains to me she never had this problem and I would have to wait for her relief at 7 a.m. for help. After finally falling asleep, at 0551 she shows up with a handyman that could not open the safe. He finally comes back alone, opens it then wants to explain what he would have to do after I left to fix it. Luckily for me I did not have an early flight to catch. No one ever apologized!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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2 Thank Arnaldo C
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Vienna, VA
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68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2012

I was a little apprehensive about staying here given all the bad reviews but it was the only place we could get for a price that wasn't out of sight. We stayed there one night in August 2012 on Cornell's dormitory move-in day. Most of the hotels wanted you to stay 3 nights and they wanted way too much.

The Clarion looks aweful from the outside, primarily because the parking lot is in desparate need of repaving. We were given a room in the back building on the second floor. It had a King Bed and was one of the cleanest, most comfortable rooms I've ever stayed in. It was very well furnished. We were not able to stay for breakfast as we had other plans, but we popped into the breakfast area before we left just to see what they had. It was a full buffet and looked surprisingly good. We noted that the hote has an indoor pool also. It's close to a mall and a few eateries and is also just a couple of miles from Cornell's North Campus. If they could just fix the parking lot and maybe put up a fence it would look a whole lot nicer!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Trip Hotel Ithaca
Address: 1 Sheraton Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850-1666
Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Ithaca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 22 Hotels in Ithaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Trip Hotel Ithaca 2*
Number of rooms: 106
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Make yourself at home and discover gorgeous Ithaca NY and Trip Hotel.Conveniently located near Tompkins Regional Airport, just down the street from Cornell University and within walking distance to Triphammer Market and the Shoppes at Ithaca Mall. Trip Hotel serves as a great home base from which to explore all that Ithaca has to offer.Known as the “Little Apple”, Ithaca is rich with a variety of cultural attractions, events, and restaurants for visitors of all ages.Nearby recreational and entertainment areas include Cayuga Lake, Greek Peak Ski Mountain, Watkins Glen International Raceway, Historic Downtown Ithaca with the Ithaca Commons, Ithaca College, The State Theater, The Hanger Theater, Cayuga Wine Trail, Taughannock Falls, Buttermilk Falls State Park, The Science Center, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Johnson Art Museum, The Museum of the Earth, The Cayuga Nature Center, Rockwell Museum of Art, Corning Glass Center, Mackenzie Childs Studio, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and SUNY Cortland, .With 106 comfortably appointed guest rooms, Trip Hotel offers affordable accommodations with attentive service.At Trip Hotel our guests can enjoy our fitness room featuring PreCor Cardio equipment, our large heated indoor pool, lobby lounge featuring a wide range of local food offerings, our express “build your own breakfast” bar Monday – Friday and complimentary transportation to the airport, Cornell University , Cornell Business Park and The Shoppes at Ithaca Mall.Whether your visit with us is for business or pleasure you can stay productive in one of our business class guestrooms and take advantage of our free wireless high speed internet access and our 24 hour business center with free copy service.All Trip Hotel guest rooms feature plush triple-sheeted pillowtop sleep sets and are equipped with coffee maker, iron with full sized ironing board, hair dryer, refrigerator, high speed wireless internet access, 32” flat panel television and a safe large enough to accommodate a personal computer. Rooms with microwave are available based on availability.With over 7500 square feet of flexible meeting space, Trip Hotel is an excellent venue for hosting many events from a small board meeting and retreats to large conferences and elegant weddings. Trip Hotel’s Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 375 people banquet style. To ensure a seamless business or social function, the hotel’s professional staff will arrange and follow through with every detail of your event from set up and menu selection to decorations and audio visual needs.Come stay with us to discover and explore Ithaca. ... more   less 
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Clarion Hotel University Hotel And Conference Center
Clarion Hotel University Ithaca
Clarion Ithaca

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