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1020 Ellis Hollow Road
Ithaca, New York 14850-2808
United States


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Hotel Overview

The Best Western University Inn is located just minutes from Cornell University, Ithaca College, Cayuga Lake and more. It is perfect for visiting nearby campuses, exploring Ithaca's outdoor activities or staying in town for business.

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Ithaca is home to many activities, attractions and adventure. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the fishing, swimming, hiking and biking around Cayuga Lake. Food lovers will enjoy Finger Lake wineries and the Ithaca Farmers' Market. Families will be able to enjoy visiting students attending schools nearby, exploring Greek Peak Ski Resort & Water Park and spending the day at a NASCAR® race. Other attractions just outside the Best Western University Inn also include Cayuga Lake Cruises, Hillendale Golf Course, Discovery Trail, Downtown Ithaca Commons and more.

Inside this pet-friendly Ithaca hotel, guests will find 101 spacious, well-appointed guest rooms each complete with cable satellite television, mini refrigerator and high-speed wireless internet. For guests wanting a little more, some of our rooms come complete with whirlpool tubs. Other Best Western University Inn amenities include a complimentary full breakfast each morning, a sparkling outdoor swimming pool and on-site fitness center.

Guests staying at the Best Western University Inn will also appreciate this Ithaca hotel's complimentary Airport and Cornell shuttle, on-site business services as well as close proximity to local businesses and universities, including Cornell University Animal Hospital and Ithaca College Whalen School of Music.

For a memorable vacation in Ithaca, book a stay at the Best Western University Inn today. Enjoy your stay!


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Hotel Policies

Pet Policy
Pets allowed based on the availability of pet friendly rooms. Up to 2 dogs per room with an 80-pound weight limit. Additional pet types (cats, birds, etc.) may be accepted at the hotel’s discretion. Pet rate is $30 per day with a $150 per week maximum. A refundable cleaning and damage deposit of $150 is required upon check-in. If damage occurs or excessive cleaning is needed, the deposit can become non-refundable and the hotel may charge additionally to cover the costs of repair/cleaning.


Hotel location and the surrounding area

Hotel Amenities


  • Complimentary full breakfast, choice of breads, cereal, fruit, hot eggs, hot breakfast meat, other hot items, yogurt, juice, and coffee.
  • 100% smoke-free hotel
  • Outdoor pool seasonal open 10:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m. daily Memorial Day and Labor Day
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Local shuttle complimentary shuttle service 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. to the airport, train and bus stations, local attractions, Cornell University, Ithaca College, area companies and restaurants, seven days a week
  • Cold weather hook-ups
  • Truck/RV parking -bus
  • Free parking
  • Meeting facilities
  • Banquet facilities
  • Business center
  • Exercise facility, 24 Hour located on the lower level
  • Outdoor parking
  • Universal gym
  • Stair stepper
  • Treadmill
  • Inter corridor
  • Free wireless Internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms
  • Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events
  • WI-FI internet access through out hotel
  • Complimentary USA Today newspaper available at the front desk

Public Space ADA Accessible Features:

  • Accessible parking spaces and signage (car and van)
  • Accessible parking space that is 96-inches wide with an appropriate access aisle
  • An accessible route that allows for approaching and entering the hotel
  • An accessible lobby entrance door
  • Interior routes to public spaces that do not have abrupt level changes
  • An accessible reception desk or accessible folding shelf or reception area
  • Room signage: 60-inches to sign center above finished floor
  • Public restrooms accessible

Guest Room Communication Assist Features:

  • Closed-caption televisions
  • Visual notification devices for telephones
  • Telephones have volume control
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  • Cable satellite television, flat screen TV with complimentary HBO®
  • Direct dial telephones -access to many restaurants that deliver to your room
  • Dataports
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron, ironing board
  • Refrigerator available in every room
  • Desk/work area
  • Air-conditioning
  • Fireplaces in Executive Rooms
  • Rooms with hot tub and fireplace available
  • Free local calls unlimited
  • High-speed Internet access

Rooms for the Physically Challenged: 5

  • Property meets ADA of 1990 (US hotels only)

Guest Room Mobility Accessible Features:

  • Accessible doors and doorways (at least 32-inches of clear width passage)
  • Accessible bathrooms and features, including shower/tub
  • Accessible room controls (e.g. HVAC and lighting)
  • Accessible clear floor space
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Nearby Attractions

Area Business

  • 4.00 mile(s) from Borg Warner
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Wilcox Press and Axiom
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Cornell Technology Park
  • 6.00 mile(s) from Celebrations banquet facilities


  • 1 mile(s) from Cornell Animal Hospital
  • 1.7 mile(s) from Ithaca Commons
  • 5 mile(s) from Cayuga Medical Center
  • 3 mile(s) from Convenient Care Center
  • 1.2 mile(s) from Gannett Health
  • 1.5 mile(s) from Cornell Botanic Gardens
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Six Mile Creek Winery
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Cayuga Lake


  • 0.20 mile(s) from Agava, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 1.40 mile(s) from Collegetown Bagel, cafe, American, open for: breakfast, lunch
  • 1.60 mile(s) from Six Mile Creek Vineyard, bar/lounge, American, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 1.70 mile(s) from Subway®, deli, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Ithaca Commons, bar/lounge, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 30-plus restaurants
  • 3.50 mile(s) from Burger King®, fast food, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner


  • 1.50 mile(s) from Cornell University
  • 3.50 mile(s) from Ithaca College
  • 11.2 mile(s) from Tompkins C3, Cortland Community College
  • 19.5 mile(s) from SUNY Cortland
  • 43 mile(s) from Wells College

Nearby Cities

  • 61 mile(s) from Syracuse
  • 61 mile(s) from Syracuse Airport
  • 15 mile(s) from Cortland
  • 26 mile(s) from Watkins Glen
  • 37 mile(s) from Elmira
  • 39 mile(s) from Binghamton
  • 45 mile(s) from Corning
  • 95 mile(s) from Rochester
  • 120 mile(s) from Scranton
  • 165 mile(s) from Buffalo
  • 168 mile(s) from Niagara Falls
  • 162 mile(s) from Albany
  • 231 mile(s) from New York City


  • 13.00 mile(s) from Greek Peak Ski area
  • 1 mile(s) from Johnson Art Museum
  • 10 mile(s) from Connecticut Hill
  • 1.6 mile(s) from SceinceCenter
  • 6 mile(s) from Museum of the Earth
  • 1.7 mile(s) from Stewart Park
  • 1.4 mile(s) from Cass Park
  • 1.9 mile(s) from Buttermilk Falls
  • 15 mile(s) from Taughannock Falls


  • 1.00 mile(s) from downtown Ithaca Commons
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Pyramid Mall


  • 4.0 mile(s) from Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport
  • 22.00 mile(s) from Elmira Airport
  • 45.00 mile(s) from Greater Binghamton Airport