We stayed in the Candlelight Inn for three nights and thought it was wonderful. The owner, Doris, could not have been more welcoming. I had called her a week before our arrival to reconfirm our reservation. I also said that we would be arriving after 3 o'clock.
On the day of our arrival, It took us a lot less time to get to the inn than we had thought. We called Doris from the road at 12:45 and asked if we could come then. She said to come right along that she would wait for us to arrive, show us around and then do her planned errands.
We had the Adabelle Van Fleet Suite on the second floor and we were very comfortable there. One room was a full bedroom with a new and very comfortable king sized bed. We only slept in this room. We spent the rest of the time in the other room (the bathroom is off of this second room). The second room has a sink, twin bed, and a sitting area with a television. This suite would be perfect for parents taking their child to check our Cornell or Ithaca College.
We stayed at this Bed and Bread because we had to attend a wedding at Cornell. It took less than 15 minutes to get to the campus. It is an easy and direct route to get there. The center of Ithaca and Ithaca College are only about five minutes further than Cornell.
Beware that if you are going to Cornell for the first time, you should allow extra time. The campus is huge, difficult to navigate, with limited parking. My husband, who is an expert map reader (and who is usually very calm) was totally frustrated by this campus. There did not appear to be any free parking during the day.
We had make a reservation at the Hilton in Ithaca, but we saved about $50.00 a night by staying here instead. We went to the Hitler for a wedding brunch and were not impressed with this hotel. Breakfast was NOT included at the Hilton.
At the Candlelight Inn, we enjoyed the best breakfast experience and food we have ever had at a B and B. Our table was elegant with tablecloths, cloth napkins, a napkin holder with a rose on it, and a lit candle. It was nicely served by a very friendly woman who also cleaned the rooms. Doris did the cooking and make incredible egg dishes and sweets. One morning we had the best hot scones we have ever had -- very light and very tasty. Another morning we were treated to a huge and delicious sweet roll.
I want to comment on a couple of negative comments that people have make. One gave this inn a low rating because the private bath was outside the room. I have learned by staying in many B and Bs that in B and B jargon a private bath IS often outside the room. I now know to ask for a room with an ENSUITE bathroom.
Another thing I have learned to do is to ask what time breakfast is served. Some B and B’s (especially small ones) have a fixed time for breakfast.
Another reviewer gave a low rating because of the toys in the living room. A B and B's is someone home and we are guests in their home when we stay there. There may be toys in the living room if children live there or visit the home. We had the privilege of meeting Nancy's adorable grandson when we were there. Staying in a B and B is meant to be a very different experience than staying in a hotel or motel.
We highly recommend the Candlelight and would stay there again, if we were in the area.