If you're looking for a peaceful, charming setting in the Finger Lakes, this hotel is not the place, as it's wedged between Rt. 13 and an unattractive strip mall near the Ithaca Mall. But if you want to be close to the airport or Cornell, or need space for your family, it does the job.
Our suite had a kitchen, small living room area, spacious bedroom with two queen beds and large desk, two high-definition TVs, and free wi-fi. Unfortunately our room fronted Rt. 13, so there was a lot of traffic noise, especially when we arrived Friday night. The kitchen was well-equipped with everything from silverware and dishes to pots and paper towels. The lobby/breakfast area is pleasant (although the hotel seems to possess only one luggage cart). The free breakfast includes an egg dish and two sides (such as potatoes) as well as the usual (bagels, cereal, coffee, juice, etc.)
I prefer a location that is quieter, closer to downtown Ithaca, and not in the middle of an asphalt wasteland, but other than that, no complaints.
TOURIST TIP: This hotel is mere minutes from the world-renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Even if you're not a birder, it's worth a visit. Their scenic property includes several easy, flat, well-cushioned (with wood chips) hiking trails that wind through woodlands, wetlands, and around a pond. There is also a visitor center and gift shop.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Ithaca hotel is the only all-suite hotel in Ithaca, New York. Situated in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region, our hotel offers central hotel accommodations for both extended stay and short-term guests, that's near some of Ithaca's main attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Homewood Suites Ithaca Hotel Ithaca
- Homewood Ithaca
- Ithaca Homewood Suites