I had to travel to Ithaca very suddenly, and ended up staying at this hotel for a week. It was more than I would generally spend on a hotel, but it was so nice to have such a spacious, comfortable
space to come back to every evening after many stress-filled days. The full-size minifridge saved me a ton on food while I was there, especially with the amazing Wegman's right down the road. The breakfast options were pretty typical of "full" complimentary breakfasts, with eggs, bacon or sausage, oatmeal, yogurt, cold cereal, pancakes, and pastries. I only had the eggs, bacon, and oatmeal, and they were decent. More gluten-free options would be amazing! The bed was insanely comfortable, even the pillows - and I generally hate hotel pillows. I loved the bench designed to hold your suitcase, and the desk setup was very comfortable and necessary for my evenings spent working remotely. As for staff, everyone was friendly and my room was always cleaned up very nicely. Sandy, who I chatted with at breakfast, was amazingly helpful and kind!
The hotel is in a great location, with nothing in Ithaca more than 10-15 minutes away. Great choice if you're visiting Cornell or Ithaca College.
I had some complaints, like hallway noise, a shower head that mostly poured water, and pretty slow WiFi. But these issues were minor - in general I had a VERY comfortable stay and would recommend this hotel for anyone staying in the area.
I learned that hotel rates in Ithaca skyrocket over the weekend, so my overall rate was a bit high, more than I've paid at other HIE locations. But I stayed at another hotel for my first week in the area for a very similar rate, and this Holiday Inn Express was much nicer! [Less]