This was our first stay in Ithaca and I have to say that despite having been less than keen to visit, I was so pleased that we did. The town, although fairly small, was vibrant and packed to the gills with restaurants. I presume this was because of the large student population.
Lynette welcomed us warmly by email before our arrival giving us the necessary information, directions etc. On arrival we were pleasantly surprised by the size of the building, the number of rooms and our warm welcome. Our bedroom, which also accommodated our son, was The Turret room. This hadn't been my first choice as that was already booked and unfortunately I never did manage to get a glimpse of it. However, the Turret was well sized, light and airy, predominantly yellow in colour, which added to the sunny feel and the princess bed for our son notwithstanding (!), fine for our needs. Lynette moved my husband and I for one night when there was a vacancy into the Library which again was furnished in a traditional style. I must agree with a previous reviewer however, that the bathrooms were not up to the same standard as the rest of the Inn. They were certainly clean and contained abundant toiletries and towels but they were rather small and not much room for toilet bags etc and there was evidence of steam damage to the paintwork on the ceiling. The shower cublicles, although rather old fashioned served their purpose with a powerful, hot shower flow. They were functional but not beautiful. I did have a few problems with opening the windows, not being used to insect screens I tried to wedge them open with books but the chambermaid kindly inserted the appropriate insect screens the following day when cleaning the room. As has been mentioned many times before, Lynette and her team were great in the kitchen and provided us with delicious and imaginative breakfasts around a communal table in a sunny breakfast room. The other people staying there were friendly and interesting and we had some lively morning conversations. The cakes left out for us at night were also a real treat. I would be very happy to stay at the Henry Miller Inn again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of downtown Ithaca, is the award winning William Henry Miller Inn. Built by Cornell University's first architecture student, the details are stunning--chestnut woodwork, Tiffany stained glass, original shutters. Our full breakfast features all homemade breads and English Muffins and our evening dessert buffet is the perfect way to end the day. ... more less