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“A bit expensive - but probably the best of the downtown options!”

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Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca
Ranked #2 of 22 Hotels in Ithaca
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Reviewed July 13, 2009

We stayed here for two nights over a weekend in July. In researching Ithaca hotels I was surprised at how expensive room rates are, especially since it is 'off season' for Cornell. Regardless, we decided to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn with its $180/night price tag since it is the newest hotel in town, and we wanted the cleanliness and comfort of a more modern room. Also, we thought that the location would be worth the premium since we were visiting the city as tourists and wanted to be in the heart of the action. There are certainly less expensive options a drive away, but being able to walk to places from our hotel was important to us.

Overall it was an enjoyable stay, meeting our expectations for a clean chain hotel. If we were to return to Ithaca we would probably stay here again.

- Location right on the Commons
- Free parking (the lot is a public garage across the street, which we didn't mind walking to)
- Free wifi (we had no problem with the connection)
- Newer bedding on a comfy bed (i.e. no scratchy polyester comforter!)
- Mini fridge and microwave in the room
- Nice Neutrogena toiletries (lotion, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash)
- 24-hr business centre with free internet and printing
- Friendly staff

Con's -- there aren't any big watch-outs, however here are some things that might bother some people:
- Some light street noise (we were on the seventh floor and on occasion some traffic noise crept through the window, but it was infrequent)
- A bit of wear and tear in the bathroom with paint peeling from the ceilings (likely due to moisture build-up since the bathroom doesn't have a fan)
- No safes in the rooms
- Those annoying hangers that don't detach from the closet rail!
- The idea of an indoor pool is great, although it looked really small and when we peaked in the smell of chlorine was overwhelming

If cleanliness, comfort and location are most important to you in a hotel room, then the Hilton Garden Inn is probably the best choice in downtown Ithaca.

Tip: If you're thinking of staying at the Holiday Inn, give the front desk a call, you might get a good deal on the rate. I mentioned that I'm a Priority Club member and the staff offered me a rate of $160/night for a king room in the executive tower, $50 less expensive than the internet rate of $209! Even so, we decided to stay at the Hilton and are pleased with the choice that we made.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2009

We stayed one night at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ithaca. It was fair at best.

Of course, we were in Ithaca to visit Cornelly. Surely, the hotel exists to suck in visitors to the University. The location is superb. Other than the Statler on the Cornell campus itself, this is about as close as you can get. You can walk it if you're young and strong, but the hill between the town of Ithaca and the University is extemely steep, long, and daunting.

The staff of the hotel is young and energetic in stark contrast to Ithaca itself. The hotel itself is a stone's throw from Ithaca Commons, a run down and tired looking pedestrian mall with half of the store fronts vacant. The room was clean, but small, dark and depressing. What happened to the low hotel prices that were supposed to be available this summer? They're not in Ithaca, where the few accomodations that exist can apparently charge pretty much what they want since they have the Cornell visitors as their captive audience.

There is apparently valet parking for an outrageous fee, but there is free parking as well. Unfortunately, it is in an unattended multi-level garage about a block away and of questionable safety although we didn't end up having any problems.

Next time, I would pony up an extra $100 and try staying at the Statler, although there is virtually nothing to do on the Cornell campus in the summer except to tour the grounds.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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hgiithacagm, general manager at Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2010

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide feedback on our hotel, I know you are busy, so taking the time is greatly appreciated. I am sorry that you were not left with a great impression of our area, however I think that if you do come back, I would reccommend some research in advance so that you are better able to navigate what we have available to you. We are one block from the Ithaca commons, I do not know when you visited, but I have never know the commons to be filled with empty storefronts. It is the heart of downtown, with over 15 restaurants, several bars, and many businesses operating daily. Many of the restaurants are only open for dinner, so perhaps you got that impression during the day, when there is less of a social atmosphere. We are also happy to provide you and other guests an Ithaca is Gorges Guide, it is your all inclusive guide to all things Ithaca, including our numerous gorges, waterfalls, and state parks. Both Cornell and Ithaca College are up some pretty steep hills, so I would highly reccommend that if you do not feel like driving yourself, or do not have a vehicle while staying with us, when checking in that you schedule our complimentary shuttle service to campus, it is available 7am to 11pm everyday, so unless you want a workout, it is agreat option available to you. our valet fee is $15 per day for unlimited use, and parking is located directly accross the street from the hotel. the garage is attended and owned by the city of Ithaca, and I have never know there to be any issue with safety or security at the garage, but I completely understand that being in a strange town for the first time, you may not be aware of just how safe of a city ithaca is. I hope that this addresses some of your concerns, and if you should need any further assistance, or wish to discuss your experience in greater detail, please do not hesitate to let me know!

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Reviewed June 22, 2009

We have given this hotel a chance repeatedly as its location is excellent. However, no more! On FOUR occasions here we have been woken up in the night by screaming fire alarms and forced to walk down 9 floors for non-fires. This has never happened to us elsewhere, and we travel a lot. Seems like something is wrong with this system.

Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2009

We stayed at the Hilton Garden inn on April 9 2009, and before we checked in, we called to let them know (as we do at ALL hotels we stay at) that we are deathly allergic to down and to remove it from the room. We got there, it was not removed. We asked again to have it removed, and it was not removed. We went to a concert and then got back, and it was still not removed. Finally, at 1:30am, it was removed because we asked over and over again until someone finally came up. They told us that there were no other blankets or pillows for us, so we didn't get any at all - lovely, esp. for over $150/night. So, we slept as best we could, and checked out in the morning (also, there were no soaps, shampoos, etc. in our room... not well cared for). When we checked out, we paid our bill and left, on time.

As we were going through credit card bills, we noticed we were charged for the room, then additional $100, then credited for $100, then charged for $350! We were never contacted about this, and didn't agree to it. So, we called yesterday and were told to call back - I said no - they can call me, and lucky for them they did. I get a voicemail today saying that we were CHARGED for the MISSING PILLOWS AND DOWN DUVET! MISSING? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Now they are 'talking to housekeeping' to see who was on that night - like anyone would remember in early April? GIVE ME A BREAK. Again, another hotel scam - maybe next vacation I will just take a tent and rough it!

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 24, 2009

We chose this hotel for its location and found it to be just right, within walking distance to wonderful restaurants and shops. There is even a Starbucks in the building, for all of you coffee snobs like ourselves. The staff was very helpful with directions and suggestions and even let us check in early so that our daughter could shower before touring a campus. She was even able to finish a last minute scholarship application in the business center, print it out and mail it within minutes. It was easy and quick to drive to Cornell and Ithaca on our college search. Some of the rooms and hall windows have wonderful views of the surrounding hills and campuses. One hallway area on the top floor had a table and chairs for admiring the views. Our only complaints were that the closet door was stuck off its track, (not a nuisance since we were living out of our suitcases anyway), and we had to request extra towels and paper goods, (minor issues). They'll supply yoga mats, stretch bands and exercise balls for working out in your room, too.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 20, 2009

While visiting Ithaca to tour local colleges, we stayed overnight. The friendly front desk staff gave good travel advice and was very pleasant to deal with. Check out was a breeze. About 25 minutes into our drive, my daughter realized that she had forgotten her ring. We called the hotel, and they assured us that we could get back into the room to look. The entire way, my daughter was convince that she would never see the ring again. Yet when we pulled back up, the front desk had it waiting for us. Thank you, Hilton Garden Inn, for making a 16 year old very happy. The location is also terrific. You can walk to just about anyplace downtown.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 22, 2009

I was horrified when I read the review of an earlier post of bed bugs. Since I already had my reservation in, I went for my 2 day stay with my family. It was wonderful, the beds were clean, room was clean, overall the hotel was clean and staff friendly and hardworking to make stay enjoyable. Parking is super easy, the Starbucks below is the best, and the breakfast was really good too. Kilkpatrick's pub was a great place to have a beer, and best part of all this hotel is just a block away from The Commons. Madelines is a must for desserts.....This is a great place to stay if you want to really experience Ithaca downtown to the fullest.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with family
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Address: 130 E Seneca St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4356
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Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Ithaca
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Business Hotel in Ithaca
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ithaca
#3 Green Hotel in Ithaca
#3 Family Hotel in Ithaca
Price Range: $152 - $401 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca 3*
Number of rooms: 104
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