Picked Homewood for a "pit-stop" in Ithaca during a long road trip. Should have really studied the map, because this motel is not IN Ithaca, no matter what it's address says; it is in an area several miles further north, called Cayuga Heights, and cost us more driving time at the end of a long day than we would have liked.
That said, once you get there (and you really need a GPS to find it), the motel is clean, modern, and comfortable. Rooms are large, with full, complete kitchens - important if you care to be cooking while on vacation. Staff is friendly if not terribly efficient: we had to ask 3 times to have the sofa bed made up, but it finally was accomplished, with apologies for the wait.
There is a full breakfast included in the price of the room, along with a very unique freebie: on weekday nights the hotel offers a free dinner, including beer and wine, with a menu that changes daily. Never have I come across such a bonus. We did not partake of the offering because we did not care for that day's selection, but if you are dead tired from driving, and like the menu choice, this is a real perk.
The very generous breakfast is served on real (not paper) plates, with real (not plastic) flatware - which we have unfortunately encountered at several other major chain hotels. There are make-your-own (not frozen) waffles, three kinds of cold cereal, plus "from scratch" oatmeal with all the usual toppings available. The whipped eggs were served as a cheese omelet and were quite tasty, even if not prepared "to order." There were 3 kinds of hot coffee. Even the young kids seemed to be satisfied with the offerings.
Hotel is fairly close to Cornell University, but not at all convenient to Ithaca College.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Ithaca hotel is the only all-suite hotel in Ithaca, New York. Situated in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region, our hotel offers central hotel accommodations for both extended stay and short-term guests, that's near some of Ithaca's main attractions. ... more less
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