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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2015

I'm not sure i understand the negative reviews. Yes, the rooms are small and yes the building is somewhat dated but the bed was fine, the sheets, pillowcases, and towels were changed daily. The price beats the sterile, brand-name hotels by a country mile! I prefer this type of hotel any time. Thanks for the positive experience.

2 Thank Michael H
Ithaca, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 July 2015

when I went to go to bed, I noticed the pillows were COVERED (both sides) with 2" dark hairs. I pulled back the covers and the entire bed was filled. I could not bring myself to even lay down. After sitting around and watching TV, I left at 3 am and slept in my car. The walls were also paper... More 

Thank kate G
Peter S, Manager at Hillside Inn, responded to this review

We of course found this review shocking, wishing the guest had told the staff about it instead of keeping it to herself. She would have been given a new room and we would have been able to verify the factualness of her account and hopefully determined how it happened (like the other area hotels we use a professional laundry service... More 

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 June 2015

the room was very clean, the bed made sleeping easy and the manager Peter was nothing but first class. The price was also very low. will stay again for sure. The location was prime and made it is easy to visit shops.

1 Thank Radar K
New York, New York, United States
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18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2015

We stayed there for one night, 4/25. When we got there, we found out that there was no hot water, so we told the front desk. The first response was that they will have the handy man look at it for my room. Once we came back for dinner, we found out there was still no hot water. They told... More 

Thank Andy K
Peter S, Manager at Hillside Inn, responded to this review

I apologize to this guest for the inconvenience, and true, a hot water tank had developed a leak, was replaced as quickly as we could get a plumber on site to install it, then we found that the switch from the furnace to the tank was defective and so no hot water. It took several days with a replacement switch... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2015

All I needed was a comfy place to stay in for my interview at Cornell. This place was the closest (5-8 min. walk) and the cheapest, with free Wifi and great service. My room was very nice, with a big bed, clean private bathroom, and a desk. The room was well heated all day&night, so I couldn't really tell it... More 

3 Thank liam c
Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2015

Just for the sole purpose of walking to Cornell, this hotel should be enough. No fancy harwares or softwares, but I got over my Cornell interview without spending the previous night worrying about the logistics of the next day. My friend took me to a pizza place which seemed to be a usual hangout for Cornell students. However, this pizza... More 

3 Thank skucla
Paris, France
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19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2014

I stayed last summer for two weeks at the Hillside Inn in Ithaca and have to say that i disagree with the previous comments since except through air bnb it is very difficult to find a place to stay around at that price + the walking distance to the university is a real plus !

4 Thank Marie356
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2014

Good lord, when rooms are described as quaint, run the other way. We booked late for Cornell's parents' weekend so this was the only place we could find. The "ice bucket" was a tupperware bowl! The rooms have not been updated since the 1970's. One nightstand was actually a radiator with a metal lattice cover and a lamp perched on... More 

1 Thank CRVanUllen
Peter S, Front Office Manager at Hillside Inn, responded to this review

For those who prefer to pay double to triple our rates, and stay well out of walking distance to Cornell, in a downtown hotel, and don't mind paying extra for Wi Fi minutes and other room amenities, we are not the right fit. If one is however conscious of one's budget, wants a quiet and friendly stay close to the... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2014

Wow where to even begin... This place is down right scary. We thought when we booked the hillside inn seemed like a good deal. We lost out in the end. The Halls smelled of old chinese food and the floors creaked. When we got to our room it was tiny, dirty and very out dated. Not in a cute vintage... More 

6 Thank Whatjadesays
Peter S, Manager at Hillside Inn, responded to this review

Separating fact from fiction ("creaky, scary"), the hotel was and is nearly full occupancy including visitors from China (the food), grad students, scholars, and tourists from various countries, all Cornell-oriented, or touring the Fingerlakes and en route to Niagara Falls, in the safest quietest neighborhood in Ithaca. We inspected the room as soon as the review was posted (it was... More 

Dobbs Ferry, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 August 2014

Tiny cramped rooms, very uncomfortable mattress and awful pillows. Old and crummy condition all around, depressing really. They said one room could sleep three people and they threw a bedroll on the floor between two twin beds. Really?!?

1 Thank Leslie R
Peter S, General Manager at Hillside Inn, responded to this review

When the room was booked, only two twins were available and it was made known that a cot would be put in for a third person. It was not promoted otherwise. Granted these are not the spacious rooms of the highway-side chains, but the mattresses/beds are replaced frequently, as frequently as any other hotel would. There are the expectations of... More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Hillside Inn is located right next to the campus of Cornell University. We offer reasonable rates and provide free parking, free Wi Fi, free local and long distance calls, and complimentary Continental Breakfast.Extended stay rates are available.Rooms have color cable TV, private bath, AC, daily room service.We are in Collegetown and a short walk to numerous restaurants.Our friendly staff are here to make your stay a pleasant one! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hillside Inn

Address: 518 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850-3815
Region: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Ithaca
Price Range: $79 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 35
Also Known As:
Hillside Hotel Ithaca
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“AVOID THE HOTEL!!!! unless you like sleeping in a dirty bed full of hair.”
 of 5 bubbles kategM6699ZX, 5 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Don't stay here!”
 of 5 bubbles CRVanUllen, 20 Nov 2014 | Read review
“back rooms have nice views”
 of 5 bubbles tradcross, 4 Nov 2013 | Read review
“Go to another hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles ollie854, 29 Aug 2013 | Read review
“I would never recommend this place to anyone. At any price it is a scary place.”
 of 5 bubbles CindyW531, 23 Feb 2013 | Read review
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