Hotels in Ithaca

Blessed with astounding natural beauty and famous for its university and college, Ithaca is a charming and vibrant city in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Hotels in Ithaca vary from no-frills motels just off the freeway to independent inns in the city centre.

Like most university towns, Ithaca has a relaxed and artistic vibe. There are independent coffee shops with open-mic poetry nights, cosy little cinemas showing the latest foreign flicks, and an excellent farmer’s market selling organic local produce and fantastic wines. There are a number of amateur theatre companies who put on varied performances throughout the year, so you’ll never be short of things to see or do during your trip.

Ithaca’s dining scene is one of the best in upstate New York, with lots of diverse restaurants in Downtown, Collegetown, and The Commons. Restaurant Row on North Aurora Street offers something for every taste, whether you’re in the mood for Korean barbecue, stone-baked pizza, or exceptional fine dining. The nightlife in Ithaca is buzzing, with lots of quirky bars dotted throughout the city. Whether you’re staying in a hotel in Downtown, or an inn in Collegetown, you’re sure to find a watering hole nearby that suits your needs.

Hotels in Ithaca are perfect for nature lovers. The Finger Lakes region is famous for its plunging waterfalls and deep gorges, which deserve a few days to explore properly. There’s plenty of gorgeous public forest nearby too, perfect for hiking and mountain biking. In the winter there’s excellent skiing, with Greek Peak just a short drive from the city centre.

The Finger Lakes region is also known for its wine. There are lots of small scale wineries to visit, as well as big name producers, where you can discover the region’s signature flavours: from floral Rieslings to hearty Pinot Noirs.  

Most people choose to visit Ithaca during the summer, when the warm temperatures lend themselves well to mornings hiking to waterfalls and late afternoons sitting in a beer garden. Hotel prices are lower during the winter, when you can enjoy skiing and relaxing over a good novel in an indie coffee shop. 

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