The staff at the front desk and the hotel shuttle were great - friendly and always willing to help. I don't have much else great to say about the hotel. It is old - as others mentioned - in bad need of an update. The carpet is this old green color with gold/yellow stripes that just looks so dirty (maybe that was just the color and the poor lighting, but it was dingy). The pillows were lumpy (but they did have choice of hard or soft lumps). The shower was okay (always hot water), but the bathroom (and other places) was not the cleanest. On the top it was okay, but in every corner there was dirt.
I was there for a conference and the meetings rooms were strange - one you had to go through the restaurant for. I have seen this set up before, but there were multiple problems as a result. For one, the restaurant was nearly empty, but they seated one poor family right by the door to our conference. So as they are eating, about 30 of us start to walk by them. Why that table when all others were empty? Worse for us though - was the connecting room where staff was working. They started playing loud music and yelling to each other to the point we had to get up and go into their area to find them and ask them to stop (which to their credit, they did).
Other issues - the parking lot is bizarre - around the back, and you can't get in without a key. So when we arrived, we made the mistake of parking before we checked in. Thanks to a random sole in the parking lot who used his key to let us in or we would have been walking through a gas station lot to get around with our luggage.
As for location - not bad for downtown - easy walking distance to some good restaurants.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Hotel Ithaca located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lake Wine Region on the Ithaca Commons. Our hotel offers an indoor pool, fitness room, two penthouse suites and our restaurant, Max s Classic American Grill featuring thick, juicy burgers and nostalgic diner specialties.While staying in Ithaca, shop in one of a kind specialty boutiques on the Ithaca Commons, take in a show at the Historic State Theatre, enjoy a glass of wine along the Cayuga and Seneca Lake Wine Trails or take a stroll along Taughannock and Buttermilk Falls. Come and enjoy a summer of festivals and events including the annual Ithaca Festival , Finger Lakes Wine Festival , Grassroots Festival , and the Dragon Boat Festival . NASCAR and Indy fans will love to catch a race at Watkins Glen International Raceway. The Hotel Ithaca is an ideal location for business travelers and college families. We are only a mile away from Cornell University and Ithaca College, and close to many companies including Emerson Power Transmission, Borg Warner, TPG Inc., Goodrich Ithaca Space Systems, Wilcox Press, Cargill Inc. and Cayuga Medical Center. We are the perfect location for planning your next business meeting, seminar, wedding or small convention.The Hotel Ithaca awaits your arrival! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Ithaca Hotel Ithaca
- Ithaca Holiday Inn