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Inn on Columbia
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

Lovely Gazebo stay at last minute back in June! Ken and Madeline are wonderful with helpful information and helped us for breakfast when we left early! The architecture of the house is amazing. The breakfast was a creamy scrambled egg with cheese and quiche like. It is a bit far to walk into the main part of town 15-20min walk but not too bad - after all we did intend on hiking too.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

Our stay in the gazebo was perfect. A private quiet retreat in the midst of a long road trip. The king bed with fireplace and spacious bath area made for the perfect nest. We truly felt right at home.
Ken and Madeline have succeeded at creating a truly unique Inn experience.

Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

We found this place while searching the web for a B&B in Ithaca. It consists of multiple buildings. What we look for in a B&B or inn is something more home-like than a hotel that is comfortable and quiet and that serves a breakfast to a group of guests who get to meet vs. sitting by themselves in some restaurant or cafe. This inn/B&B met none of those conditions: We were in a building on S. Aurora Street, in a front room. The street has noisy traffic until late at night and again beginning early in the morning. Probably because there are multiple buildings, the innkeepers deliver a continental breakfast in boxes the prior evening and one serves oneself breakfast. One is requested - admonished might be more accurate - to clean up after oneself; and there is a whole double-spaced page of rules/regulations/responsibilities for guests prominently posted near the kitchen. The kitchen is inadequately lighted by the way. Overall the innkeepers, though pleasant when we checked in, seemed more interested in how they were paid and imposing their rules than in our comfort.

Room Tip: Require being in a building that is not on a main street such as S. Aurora and ideally be in the back of the building.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

We arrived in town rather late without a place to stay. This place had the perfect accommodation for us - a two bedroom apartment in a house nearby but separate from the main house. We had two bedrooms, one bathroom and a living room. I liked the living room best. It was a nice size with galley kitchen (fridge and microwave and many attractive wooden cabinets) and black leather furniture, colorful rug, windows. We especially enjoyed having this communal space to hang out and work in (although there was no desk).
The bedrooms were both small - barely bigger than the queen beds they contained. There was a wardrobe for clothing and a metal shelving unit (not very homey or attractive) for the tv. I found the bedroom claustrophobic and it smelled somewhat of urine - maybe from the pets they own and allow? Also, the view was not so great - of a driveway and yard filled with cars. On the other hand, it was very quiet. The bathroom was typical of an old house - functional but not luxurious. The main house, where we checked in, is very attractive - a renovated wooden clapboard house. Breakfast was a basket of delicious breads and muffins as well as yogurt, granola, fruit and juice. The owner was very helpful but also very opinionated. He recommended restaurants and activities. The price was very reasonable.
So, overall, I have mixed feelings. Attractive living room and cramped bedrooms. Quiet, close to town, yummy breakfast breads. You decide if this is what you are looking for!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Kenn Y, Owner at Inn on Columbia, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2015

So as I understand it everything was great except the size of the rooms in our most economical accommodation and you didn't like the view from the bedroom. Seems like minor issues for such a harsh overview.

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Reviewed 2 August 2012

We stayed in the Villa Madeline guest house for three lovely nights in Ithaca, NY. The location was central to The Commons, up a big hill. The room was clean, big enough for a couple and felt cozy enough for us to feel at home.

There were a few quirks, but not enough to deter us.

Breakfast each morning was delicious and often was enough to serve as a snack later in the day. Only question... the fresh pastries were very cold after having been in the fridge all night. That was a little strange.

Other than that, had a great trip to Ithaca and would recommend the Inn on Columbia.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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