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2310 N Triphammer Rd, Lansing, NY 14850-1012
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nikki8375 wrote a review Jul. 2021
Staten Island, New York143 contributions112 helpful votes
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I don't understand the poor reviews of this hotel. It is not filthy, common areas didn't smell and it wasn't run down. To put things in perspective, if anyone read the plaque outside you'd know that the building was constructed in 1971. If the layout of the building is exact from the original 1971 design I would say that this hotel is not only appropriately designed for today, but was cutting edge back in the 70s. The building is large and is centered around a courtyard. In the courtyard is an outdoor pool, which unfortunately was not open during my stay (7/2-7/5/21). There is also outdoor seating at wrought iron tables which is perfect to eat a meal or just enjoy the crisp air. Inside the hotel, the lobby is cozy with a fireplace and two seating areas. Just beyond the lobby is a business center with two computers and a printer. Across from the business center is the on-site restaurant. The restaurant has been closed for costumers since Covid began, but during the July 4 weekend they hosted an outstanding breakfast buffet consisting of eggs, bacon, sausages, French toast, pancakes, orange juice and coffee. I usually stay at hotels that offer free breakfast and am stuck eating from paper plates and waiting on line to make my own waffles. This was by-far the best complimentary breakfast I've had at a hotel. We sat at fully set tables and used actual flatware and silverware. We estimated that a breakfast like this would have cost about $15-$18 per person, had we had to pay for it. The ladies restocking the food, pouring our drinks and clearing the tables were working so hard, but were always friendly. We made sure to leave gratuity after each meal (3 mornings). In the common hallway outside the restaurant you will find restrooms (the ladies' room was stocked with complimentary feminine products), banquet rooms a small workout room with nice machines and the indoor pool. The banquet rooms were very charming and each had a cozy fireplace. The indoor pool complex was a nice treat for the kids. I was saddened to see that what looked like might have been a Jacuzzi was closed as was a sauna. Again, this place was designed in the 70s. I can only imagine that this was a top of the line hotel for the time. There were separate bathrooms in the pool complex with showers. The indoor pool lead out to the courtyard and the outdoor pool. It's probably a lot of fun to pool hop when both pools are open. Now for the rooms. First, the carpets and wall coverings leading to the rooms are very warm and muted. The carpets have geometric designs and the walls are light greens and browns. Our room, 159, was a very large double bed room. I will say, there was a musty smell upon first walking in. It didn't bother me or my kids, but my husband has sensitive senses. We solved our problem but going to the store in the plaza across the street and buying a disinfectant spray. We had more than enough space for 6 duffle bags, 2 adults, 2 teenagers and two 55 pound dogs. Each bed was very comfortable, had quality linens, a great comforter and wonderful plush pillows. The AC ran cold, and the water in the bathroom was hot. The refrigerator was great for keeping our waters cold. There was no microwave in the room, but there is one in the hotel lobby. Also, in the lobby is 24-hour coffee and chilled water with lemon. Back to the room description, the bathroom seemed to be semi updated with a new countertop and a new tile floor. The shower tiles seemed older, but not from the 70s, and were very clean. There was no housekeeping in the sense that they would enter your room to clean it each day, rather they give you a card to complete if you need to request service or items. We never have housekeeping service our room anyway since we travel with our dogs. The perimeter of the building had some flowers and plants, which brought color to the area. I especially loved the window boxes outside the restaurant area on the patio. The petunias were overflowing! There were some overgrown areas, but as I was leaving on 7/5 I saw a man pulling weeds and trimming bushes. As for the people saying that the place smelled like marijuana, luckily I didn't smell any, but hey when you live in/visit a liberal state like NY with a Governor who legalized pot how can you fault the hotel. I will say this, though, there were many lovely families staying this weekend, but there were also some questionable people. They were very loud, playing soccer in the parking lot, blasting Spanish music, etc. Again, you cannot fault the hotel for this. People think that because they rent a room they are entitled to do whatever they want. That was solidified by the empty box of Stella Artois they left on the lawn and the McDonald's Happy Meal and Sunny D they left of the steps of one of the back entrances to the hotel. There are a few areas that this hotel can improve upon and that would be installing locks on the the exterior doors. There were a minimum of 8 entry points into this hotel and not one of them required key access. There are many shopping areas, the Ithaca Mall and a bus stop in this area. I am not a nervous person, but I couldn't help to think how easy it is for some whacko to walk into the hotel for whatever reason at any hour of the night. Another tip is that since this is a dog-friendly hotel they should designate a doggy relief area and install poop bag stations. Dog owners who travel with their pets are very responsible and always clean up after their dogs, but there are so many places for the dogs to go which can affect the plants and bushes, so it would be best for management to designate an area to avoid any damage to the shrubbery. Each employee we encountered was always pleasant and said hello. If you are visiting Ithaca I recommend a stay at Cayuga Blu. This place is really nice, accommodating, has great amenities and is located near a lot of shopping and restaurants. For those saying that it is dump or is filthy, believe me it is neither. I've stayed a true dumps in Key West, FL; Upper Peninsula of Michigan; San Simeon, CA; San Francisco, CA. Cayuga Blu is a well-kept property with a great staff! Also, please take note that many places in Ithaca are having trouble hiring staff. I've seen Now Hiring signs at Chili's, Dollar Tree, shops at Ithaca Commons and other areas around town. Cayuga Blu was advertising ":Summer Jobs Available". I believe they are doing the best they can with the staff that they have on hand. I look forward to visiting them again on my next trip to Ithaca, as I just can't get enough of the waterfalls and Cayuga Lake!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cayuga Blu
Which popular attractions are close to Cayuga Blu?
Nearby attractions include Scale House Brewery and Pub (0.8 km) and ARTe: Finger Lakes Art Coordination (0.5 km).
What are some restaurants close to Cayuga Blu?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta, Ithaca Bakery, and Zocalo Mexican Bar & Grill.
Is Cayuga Blu located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Lansing.