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Ithaca Marriott Downtown On the Commons, NY [Master Thread]

Ithaca Marriott Downtown On the Commons, NY [Master Thread]

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Old Jan 13, 19, 8:45 pm
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Ithaca Marriott Downtown On the Commons, NY [Master Thread]

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Location: As the name suggests the hotel is located in Downtown Ithaca right next to The Commons, a pedestrian mall. Nearby are over a dozen restaurants which are within a few blocks (I suggest the Mahogany Bar and Grill) as well as a lot of shops. You can theoretically walk to Cornell pretty easily as it's about a mile to a mile and a half away but you'll be walking up steep hills and it can be very cold. ITH itself is about 15 minutes away.



Hotel: The hotel is two years old and looks great. It's a new construction building with a large comfortably lobby which also has a bar and restaurant, small sundry store and 24 hour gym. The hotel has valet parking or you can self park nearby at a garage. There is no Executive Lounge sadly.



Check In: We were able to get into our two rooms at 2 PM which is nice. The agent was very friendly and helped us get our car parked despite the valet being off somewhere. As a Platinum I was offered 1,000 points or a $10 food and beverage credit plus breakfast for two.

Room: We were given adjoining rooms one of which was the larger corner room. It had a settee next to the bed, a small desk, a large SmarTV. The bathroom was pretty small but had a really good shower. Soundproofing was good and the bed was comfortable with outlets next to it.







Restaurant: We went to the bar at night and received excellent service. They also have an extensive wine and cocktail list. Breakfast was excellent. All three of us ordered entrees, sides, coffee and juice and after the coupon and $10 credit we were $6 out of pocket.

This is a really nice hotel, a surprising find in fact and I'd gladly be back.
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Old Jan 13, 19, 8:56 pm
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Ithaca is a very pricey place for hotel stays. Curious what rate you got and how much more it was to stay @ the Statler?
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This looks very nice! I tried to stay here in mid October but it was a tiny bit above my hotel allowance for work. It was parents weekend for Cornell. This particular hotel was over $850/nt! I ended up settling for the Courtyard in Ithaca by the airport (for $375/nt). It was nice, but certainly not as nice as this lovely Marriott on the commons.
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Originally Posted by Antonio8069 View Post
Ithaca is a very pricey place for hotel stays. Curious what rate you got and how much more it was to stay @ the Statler?
According to my reservation email it was $363.83 total with tax for both rooms so about $160 a night before taxes I'd guess. The Statler was north of $400 for the same dates.
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Originally Posted by Antonio8069 View Post
Ithaca is a very pricey place for hotel stays. Curious what rate you got and how much more it was to stay @ the Statler?
Yes, lodging in Ithaca can be pricey, but during Winter Break, occupancy tends to be quite low, and at least some properties adjust their rates accordingly.

By the end of 2019, yet another new hotel -- a Canopy by Hilton -- is expected to open in Downtown Ithaca, about 1 1/2 blocks from the Marriott.

For those who don't need to stay downtown, one can find a Holiday Inn Express, a Fairfield Inn, and a Hampton Inn on Elmira Road/Route 13, near the city's southern border. When the Ithaca HI Express has award nights available, they go for 20,000 IHG points -- which can be bought for $100 when IHG runs one of its periodic 100% bonus points sales.
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post

Restaurant: We went to the bar at night and received excellent service. They also have an extensive wine and cocktail list. Breakfast was excellent. All three of us ordered entrees, sides, coffee and juice and after the coupon and $10 credit we were $6 out of pocket.

This is a really nice hotel, a surprising find in fact and I'd gladly be back.
Why did you pay for breakfast when it was supposed to be complimentary?

Were there no refrigerators in the room?
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Originally Posted by tampatravel View Post
This looks very nice! I tried to stay here in mid October but it was a tiny bit above my hotel allowance for work. It was parents weekend for Cornell. This particular hotel was over $850/nt!
For $850 per night, they better give you champagne at breakfast and also have a bottle on ice waiting in your room.
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Originally Posted by hockeyinsider View Post
Why did you pay for breakfast when it was supposed to be complimentary?

Were there no refrigerators in the room?
OP was in a party of 3. They had coupons which provided the complimentary breakfast benefit for the member + 1 guest in the restaurant, and used the $10 F&B credit from the welcome gift towards the third person's breakfast.
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There are also some independent (historic) inns and fancy B&B places near Ithaca.
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Originally Posted by hockeyinsider View Post
Why did you pay for breakfast when it was supposed to be complimentary?

Were there no refrigerators in the room?
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OP was in a party of 3. They had coupons which provided the complimentary breakfast benefit for the member + 1 guest in the restaurant, and used the $10 F&B credit from the welcome gift towards the third person's breakfast.
That is correct. But no there were no refrigerators in our rooms.
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