My girlfriend's job put us up for a few nights at the beginning of a week in June (Sunday through Tuesday), and this place was absolutely not worth the money. We've stayed at slouchy Red Roof Inns that were on par with this Holiday Inn.
The beds were comfortable, and each bed came with 2 firm pillows and 2 soft pillows--a nice touch. The bathroom toiletries were of the Bath & Body Works brand (but really, is everyone supposed to use "Volumizing" shampoo and conditioner wherever you go?), and the best piece of furniture in the room was the addition of a semi-new set of chairs that corresponded with a little round table. And that about concludes the good features of our stay.
When we arrived on Sunday the entire hotel was booked-up, and apparently by a Highway Department so despite having about 200 rooms (don't quote me?) there was absolutely NO PARKING in the lot, and it stayed this way for all three days that we were there, even after most of the "Highwaymen" had left on Tuesday. How do you run a busy hotel in the middle of a downtown collegetown and not plan for enough parking for all of your guests? Other reviews mention that you can use the public parking garage across the street, but since this isn't advertised as an option, we never checked to see if HI would validate.
They seem to have some problem keeping reservations straight as noted by many other reviewers. At first we were told that they wouldn't have a double bed room for us but they'd slide us into a King, which sounded perfect, but then when we checked-in we were surprised to be greeted by our supposedly "all booked" double bed arrangement and the excuse was that the Highway guys had demanded Kings... even despite our reservation being made 2 months in advance.
Despite the shiny veneer of the lobby, our room itself was dangerously in need of remodeling. Some of the wallpaper paneling had at one point fallen down and was glued back up with bargain basement noticeably yellow glue. The in-room phone's receiver was yellowed and looked like it had been a throwback to the many years ago prior to when New York State had banned smoking indoors in public establishments. Even the electronic cardreader outside the room was worn and had metal peeling off of it.
The bathroom was a mold-haven: mold on the shower tile, mold on the shower fixtures, and of course mold on both the interior and exterior shower curtains, sheesh! Not to mention that the bathtub was slanted and the bathroom door looked like someone had tried knocking it in since even when closed, both the top and bottom bowed inward. The tile around and under the sink had been slapped back in place with a hefty amount of caulk, and there were remnants of old an old fixture that we couldn't even figure out it originally was supposed to be, yet there it stood still bolted to the doorjamb.
The room was decently insulated--but since we were at a corner we only had to deal with the neighbors from above and across the room by the tv, the rest was mostly hallways. The greatest noise complaint came from the room's door to the hall, which apparently could've been made of foamboard for all that it helped to conceal the noise, between guests lugging and smashing their luggage through the hall and from the cleaning crew making their rounds anywhere from 7:31am through 9am, it was definitely hard to get a solid amount of sleep.
I don't know if we simply had the worst room in the hotel or not, but since we were on the bottom floor, the only view out the window was of the crowded parking lot. The best part yet however, was that just outside our window was one of the main entrances from said parking lot, and this just so happens to be an unofficially designated spot for the smoker's to go and sitdown at the decorative bench (how nice). So whenever we ran the antique jalopy of an air conditioner/heating unit it sucked in all of the cigarette smoke from outside, hooray! (On a sidenote, the first night we called up the front desk because some college-age girl was chainsmoking and on her cellphone right outside for what seemed like an hour and the guy at the desk sounded like he was going to take wing and fly from behind his polished check-in desk to address the problem.)
Honestly, we wouldn't stay at this place again even if it was free.
- 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:
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