I hadn't read any of the reviews prior to staying here, so my notes aren't tainted by the negative opinions previously posted.
The hotel is not at all unattractive as you pull into the parking lot. It's located on a busy crossroads next to Rte 13, close to a number of popular dining and shopping options. There is a porte-cochere at the the entrance that facilitates unloading your vehicle during inclement weather. Unfortunately the design of the property is such that, unless you are assigned a room close to the lobby, you'll most likely want to use a closer entrance from which to carry your luggage. Some of these entries necessitate entering a corridor only to have to exit another exterior door to access stairs leading to the second floor. Describing this circuitous route is almost as complicated as having to complete it.
The lobby is indeed dark, but done up in dark wood panelling that is meant to invoke an English gentleman's club type atmosphere. There is a restaurant off to one side of the lobby that is the 7 time recipient of an award as the “best (Sunday) brunch in Ithaca”. Its price is certainly attractive enough at $6.95 for breakfast and $8.95 for lunch. I wasn't able to test it for myself as I was staying here on a weekday.
The room I occupied, a 2 bedded double non-smoking, was ample in size, clean and with 2 very inviting beds featuring comfortable pillow top mattresses and attractive comforters and linens. The bed provided me with the best night's sleep I had over my10 night trip. Furnishings were typical “motel” style. Not quite in the same league as a Hyatt, Hilton or even Hampton Inn. The carpeting was stain free and in good shape, as were the drapes. The A/C was a wall mounted unit, relatively quiet and effective in keeping the room at my desired temperature. The one glaring weak spot was the bathroom. While clean and in good repair, it was outdated by at least a couple of decades...if not in age, then in design. The Formica vanity and powder blue wall tiles reminded me of that in my parent's country cottage, built in the early 70's. An investment here would be a definite boost.
The property also had an indoor and an outdoor pool. Unusual for a property of this calibre. While I didn't use either, the outdoor pool area was quite attractive and boasted a number of lounger chairs set alongside the inner grassy courtyard.
In conclusion, I would be happy to stay here again. I'd be even happier if the bathrooms were remodeled.
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Ithaca Executive Hotel Ithaca
- Ithaca Ramada