We booked the Clarion University Hotel online and were taken aback when we first arrived at this hotel. The parking lot was a minefield of potholes and the outside of the building did not look like a typical hotel. We drove around trying to find the main entrance. Even that was difficult to locate. There were no signs. I walked through one door and found myself in the lobby. The girl at the desk was very friendly and welcoming. She completed our registration quickly and efficiently. Before I knew it I had the room keys and we were on our way to the room. The entrance we were directed to was right at the laundry/housekeeping area where evidently they allow workers to smoke. We were pleasantly surprised when we got to our room. It was very nice; a bit dated but clean and neat.
The desk clerk suggested a nearby restaurant for dinner. We walked over to a strip plaza and found a nice little place tucked away. The food was good and we enjoyed buffalo-style chicken wings.
The complimentary breakfast in the morning was a bit more than you would expect. It was in a large dining room with lots of tables. All the serving dishes were kept hot so your eggs, sausage/bacon and sausage gravy were hot. There were made-to-order waffles you made yourself. Again, we were pleasantly surprised.
Although we were taken aback initially, it didn't turn out to be a bad experience. "Don't judge a book by its cover!!"
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Make yourself at home and discover gorgeous Ithaca NY and Trip Hotel.Conveniently located near Tompkins Regional Airport, just down the street from Cornell University and within walking distance to Triphammer Market and the Shoppes at Ithaca Mall. Trip Hotel serves as a great home base from which to explore all that Ithaca has to offer.Nearbyareas include Cayuga Lake, Greek Peak Ski Mountain, Historic Downtown Ithaca with the Ithaca Commons, Ithaca College, The State Theater,Cayuga Wine Trail, Taughannock Falls, Buttermilk Falls State Park, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, comfortably appointed guest rooms, Trip Hotel offers affordable accommodations with attentive service.Whether your visit with us is for business or pleasure you can enjoy free wireless high speed internet access All Trip Hotel guest rooms feature plush triple-sheeted pillowtop sleep sets with coffee maker, iron with ironing board, hair dryer, refrigerator, 32” flat panel television and a safe . Pool is closed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Hotel University Hotel And Conference Center
- Clarion Hotel University Ithaca
- Clarion Ithaca