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“Little House”
Review of Grayhaven Motel

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Grayhaven Motel
Ranked #11 of 17 Ithaca B&B and Inns
Bethesda, Maryland
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11 reviews
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“Little House”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

I wasn't expecting a little house, but that's what we got. I took my son and a classmate on college visits and happened upon the recommendations of others on tripadvisor and took a chance. Two bedrooms, a kitchen, and unusual bathroom (shower on one side of the hallway and powder room opposite - NOT a dealbreaker). Plenty of space. It "felt" family-friendly - like I should have brought more people, just because.

The property is older, the decor is dated, and it's definitely not part of a chain. For a good, honest accommodation, though, this was on the mark.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, USA
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We spent three nights at Grayhaven while attending a greyhound event in the area. We found the accommodations to fit our needs perfectly. The motel website describes all available accommodations and we chose a room with twin beds. There was plenty of room for our dog crates and other items needed when traveling with three greyhounds. The motel is very pet friendly. The fenced agility/play area was perfect for giving our dogs a place to play and have some "down" time. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The price is reasonable. Shopping and a variety of restaurants are just two miles down the road. Coffee is available in the office as are some light pastries.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Raymond, Maine, United States
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

quiet and very clean with a nice big Sycamore to sit under during afternoon tea. Pets have a great fenced area to play in (with agility equiptment). Super trails at Buttermilk Falls and Robert Tremon State Parks right down the road. Take the back roads to Trumansburg for a scenic evening drive ( watch out for the deer)

Room Tip: End units are closer to the fire pit and a nice private sitting area
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

Yes, it's older and somewhat rustic, but I'm glad we found this place. We needed a place to stay a night before heading to our campsite at Taughannock Falls State Park. Our room was large and convenient, and he location is great - close to Buttermilk Falls State Park and Ithaca, both of which we visited from here. It bills itself as dog-friendly, which it certainly is, with a play area with signs saying "pets only allowed on play equipment." But we didn't have a pet with us. We were drawn by two things: the very reasonable room rates and that fact that each room in our building has a bird feeder right outside the window. We spent an hour or so looking for birds around the grounds in the morning and found many. The staff were very friendly and allowed us to leave our pop-up camper parked there after we checked out so we could get breakfast and explore Buttermilk Falls a bit. The only drawbacks were that one of us had a little discomfort with the soft bed an it is close to busy Rt. 13. We did not notice the latter inside, however.

Room Tip: Our room was in Treman Lodge and was very nice.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

Grayhaven Motel is a great place for a family getaway. The Keurig is always available in the front office, the rooms are spacious, and the towels are not filled with fabric softener. Plus, Magic, the owner's dog is such a lovable thing. The pros outweigh the cons, but to be fair here are the cons. Being energy saving minded, we told staff not to change the towels or sheets while we were there. So we didn't get maid service at all for 1 or 2 days of our 4 day stay. And the room smelled so musty, that everything in our suitcases smelled musty for three days after we left. Such an easy fix, too. I'd like to go back if only I read a review saying the musty smell was gone from those rooms!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

This is a wonderful hotel for people traveling with dogs. Just about all of the rooms are dog friendly and the hotel contains a fenced in dog walking and exercise area that is terrific. The quality of the rooms themselves is excellent. It has a very relaxing and pleasant atmosphere. It also is in a good location. Just outside of the main drag of shopping in Ithaca, it is in a quiet and peaceful location.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

The motel is a bit on the older side but is kept very clean. Some of the rooms are also very cute. Not too far from the wineries either. Pleasant stay nonetheless.

The single double bed room has an electric fireplace along with some open space for a small party.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Grayhaven Motel

Property: Grayhaven Motel
Address: 657 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850-8745
Region: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Ithaca
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Ithaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small older quaint motel, non chain, woman owned. Trying to modernize by bringing wifi to every guest room. A hidden gem in the Ithaca area. None smoking in all guest rooms since 1998. We allow dogs in most rooms. Only open April thru December. ... more   less 
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