Cornell operates the oldest hospitality school in the world, so it shouldn't be surprising that they have a luxury hotel on campus that serves as a "teaching school" for the programme. The Statler hotel is a recently renovated, luxuriously outfitted hotel that makes for a great base in Ithaca. It is the *ONLY* place to stay if you don't plan on leaving the campus while you're in town.
The outside of the hotel looks like a circa-1980 Hilton property, but don't let it fool you. The rooms are modern, tasteful, and luxuriously outfitted--comfortable beds, Frette robes--everything you'd expect at a four-star hotel. The bathrooms could use an update, but they're still well appointed.
The hotel staff is what makes every stay at the Statler so special; they are amazing at what they do and take pride in creating amazing guest experiences. All the students you interact with take great pride in their jobs at the Statler and have amazing stories about how they got interested in the hotel industry...it certainly makes for great conversation.
P.S. -- You can save considerably by booking this hotel through Hotwire, as I have the past few times that I have stayed here. It's the only "4-star Hotel in Ithaca" ...I've saved ~$90 per night by doing this and would encourage others to do the same!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering a blend of campus energy and modern elegance, The Statler Hotel offers visitors and travelers an inviting atmosphere within a first-class hotel. Guest are minutes from Ithaca, NY and can take in the sights of the ever-beautiful Finger Lakes countryside. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Statler Hotel Ithaca