My wife, son and I stayed here two nights in late May while checking out Cornell University. I chose this motel over others because of its Tripadvisor rating. Though I can see why it gets accolades for service, cleanliness and maintenance, I should have saved some money and went to the Super 8 down the road.
I just couldn't see how the resort pricing of $160/night was justified. It was not graduation weekend. School is out. The Ithaca Festival was going on but we went to check it out and it seemed small potatoes to me. So why the high price? It's not next door to Cornell but is a fair drive from the wineries along Seneca Lake, as well as Watkins Glen and other touristy spots.
Maybe most who stay here aren't on a budget or affected by the economy like I am. I will agree that the place is excellently maintained and the staff is top notch. Kudos to the the front desk clerk who knew where I could find a bottle of local wine at 11 p.m. on a Saturday. As an aside, it's amazing that in the middle of wine country you can't find a bottle of locally produced wine at any neighborhood grocery store like you can here in Michigan.
The breakfast buffet was good but I've had better in much less expensive motels. And I don't think putting waffles in a steamer to wilt is very top chef. They do get kudos for both the freshness and the tastiness of their baked good, including the cookies they put out for guests each afternoon. But for me, I'll skip the cookies and find a cheaper inn next time.
By the way, the closest restaurant is an organic and natural food cafe next door. If you go after 5 p.m., it appears that the prices of entrees double. We did, but the hostess was kind enough to give us the pre-5 p.m. cafe menu, which featured the sandwiches and wraps we wanted anyway. I felt bad for those who came after us though. The catchphrase for Ithaca, found on their t-shirts, is "Ithaca is Gorges." I say, "Ithaca, It Gouges."
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