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Cayuga Lake East Shore, Ithaca, NY 14882
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Lake Front Inns are three beautiful properties on the east shore of Cayuga Lake near Ithaca, NY. Properties include a bed and breakfast as well as private Villa houses for small groups. Accomadations include a gourmet breakfast, high speed internet, hot tub and a serene atmosphere. We currently have three artists in(n) residence on our property, and guests are welcome to visit their studios upon appointment. Set in the heart of the Finger Lakes, Lake Front Inn is Ithaca's hotel alternative. We also have room for event space rentals, including dinner parties and weddings.
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Judy wrote a review Nov 2021
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This beautiful Villa property, situated above Cayuga lake with spectacular views, is an absolute hidden gem! From the moment we arrived until the moment we left the owner Diane couldn't have been more gracious and accommodating. We travel a lot. We highly recommend this property! We will be back!! The breakfast was 5 star complete gourmet! You are missing out on something if you don't have the opportunity to stay here while traveling to the Fingerlakes 🍷🍷🍇🍇
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Vera Z wrote a review Oct 2021
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The photos are deceiving, the kitchen area was not clean at all . There is no lounge/ common area to sit indoors, didn’t like that we had to share the bathroom with basically everyone else in the house. The owner Diane seemed excited to have us but would just “show up” out of no where which was a bit odd. The breakfast looked good but knowing it was prepared in the dirty and dusty kitchen and dining area made our stomach turn. The glasses were dirty with no clean paper towels, the counters were dusty everywhere. The bedsheets smelled as if they were wash without detergent and smelled like wet dog. Ironically to my surprise the bathrooms were actually clean and smelled clean as well. The view was nice, the location was nice as well. This place needs a good cleaning and some detailed restoration like lighting on the front terrace, bedroom door locks, a sitting room, although the decor seemed charming it was overwhelming and dusty placed on counters and all tables.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Take your own water, not much privacy
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LaLuna215 wrote a review Sep 2021
Bensalem, Pennsylvania18 contributions7 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed for one night at the Villa. It was a great experience overall; lots of room to roam about, and we met another couple who also stayed there and we spent a great evening sitting outside, drinking wine (with great cheese!) and swapping travel stories! Diane, the innkeeper, was lovely to deal with and made us a delish breakfast which we ate on the deck of the main house overlooking the lake (long long views!). Diane is a free spirit and you just have to roll with it to really enjoy your stay. Sure, some things were quite quirky (like the throne toilet or the sliding doors to the bedroom that locked with tiny hooks lol) but it didn't take away from the overall experience, it may have added to it. We noticed the outdoor hot tub but didn't get to use it, bummer. Diane has a very kind heart and if she likes you (meaning, don't be a jerk lol), you will be treated very well!! I heard her agreeing to make a dinner for 4! to another traveler. Her recommendations on local eateries and attractions were SPOT ON. She gave us a small parting gift (a cute picture frame) which brings fond memories of her kindness and our stay! Thanks Diane, keep on rocking, you got this!!!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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guanajamama wrote a review Sep 2021
New York City, New York53 contributions24 helpful votes
In short, this was waaaay too much money ($290 per night) for so much stress. If you read the negative reviews in advance, believe them. We wanted a couples getaway (2 couples) and with that in mind, we booked at what looked to be a lovely spot. We understood that it's not walking distance to the lake, but their website implies that it is. It's NOT. - - The view is absolutely beautiful but it all ends there. - - Upon booking, I asked for an email to confirm. I got a series of wacky text messages with all sorts of emojis - - but no solid confirmation. I was told on the phone that breakfast was included but then was texted that it cost $10 or maybe $10.50 (which is it?). I had asked to bring my small dog - - the answer was yes, but again, the price quoted in the text was not what was told on the phone. We straightened it out and hoped for the best. When we arrived, there was nobody to direct us but we found our room. The room was dusty but basically clean. There is too much random stuff in the room. Lots of random stuff! Some of the outlets work, some don't. Some of the lightbulbs work, most don't. - - The owner seems to be a nice person but basically told us she 'doesn't need the money' and so it's hard to judge if she cares about the place. - - One morning for breakfast it was raining and there were only two indoor tables that were already taken. She sat the four of us down at what was (we guess) her office table and asked my friend to windex the glass. He declined. So we ended up being charged to sit with her vacuum cleaner, curling iron, and other stuff and were charged $10 per person for a few eggs. We just wanted to relax and instead, she stressed us out. She's also not vaccinated and wears her mask below her nose. There's no housekeeping either - - be prepared to MAKE YOUR OWN BED ($290 to make my own bed?). Enough said? I do not recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Andrew wrote a review Aug 2021
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Wow. What a strange place. I wished I had booked two nights at the Marriott in Ithaca instead of The Cayuga Lakeside Inn. We would have had doors with keys, AC, access to ice, coffee before 8:00 am, and other hotel basics – and it would have been a lot cleaner and cheaper too! Here’s what happened: When my husband and I and our two teenagers, ages 17 (boy) and 15 (girl) arrived, Diane tried to talk us into transferring into a different suite downstairs from the one we wanted, which was dank and smelled of mildew. Then, when we were shown the upstairs suite we had reserved, we found two queen beds, instead of one queen and two twins, as Diane had described over the phone. When we asked about the twin beds, she pointed to two lounge chairs in the suite's hallway. Needless to say, our teenagers didn’t want to sleep on lounge chairs, nor did they want to share a bed. Then Diane nicely offered us a separate room next to our suite for my son, which was going to be available later that evening, after the person (and her dog) transferred to another room. But after my son moved into that room and crawled into bed, Diane told us that room was NOT the room she meant, but that another room, off of her kitchen was. My son got out of bed, grabbed his things, and followed Diane into a filthy living room area off of her kitchen, where two grown men were hanging out on their cell phones (I don’t know who they were or what they were doing, but they did, ultimately, leave). Then she opened glass doors onto a back room that she had cleared out for my son. The weirdest part is that she gave me and my husband different reasons for the room confusion. (She confirmed to me that it WAS the room she had promised us originally.) She couldn’t get her stories straight – and we felt duped! Between the weird room situation, the bugs (the screen doors have huge holes in them, and one was plugged up by a piece of Kleenex), dirt, mildew smell, and the claustrophobic décor (piles of books, chintz and tchotchkes), and the isolation (the inn is far from the lake – NOT walking distance), we decided to check out first thing the next morning. In all fairness, I think Diane really wanted us to be happy. She loved that we enjoyed the waterfall nearby (which was spectacular) and that my son actually slept pretty well in his makeshift room. And the view from the terrace is very nice. But she has a very strange way of doing business and honoring (or not honoring) guests’ reservations and needs. Be warned!
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Date of stay: August 2021
Room Tip: Don't expect the lake to be nearby. It's a drive.
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Tamara C wrote a review Aug 2021
Elmira, New York1 contribution
The Tuscan Premier Room was a wonderful place to celebrate our wedding anniversary! The views both day & night were so lovely! Vivacious Innkeeper, Diane, was most supportive in keeping the themed experience alive, serving Tuscan inspired dinner on our patio, as well as a scrumptious breakfast! We wished we could have stayed longer!!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Nicole C wrote a review Jun 2021
Earlton, New York11 contributions3 helpful votes
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If you are considering staying at this location, please take the time to read this entire review. I assure you that the 5 minutes of your life that you may waste here will save you from thousands of wasted dollars and vacations. I was travelling as part of a group, specifically 5 women for a bachelorette party. We submitted a request via Airbnb and waited for approval. After approval we called for more information. Diane stated that our group would be located within the main Inn and that we would all have separate bedrooms. As our trip approached, we were in frequent communication with Diane. 2 days before our expected arrival we were told we had been “upgraded”. We would now be in a suite, with a common room, kitchen area and outdoor seating area. This area, as we would come to find out, is called the Villa. I arrived and followed the check-in instructions listed on a 4x6 piece of paper in a dark hallway of the main house. I was to text and say I had arrived. It was approximately 25 minutes before I received any sort of reply. My reply came in the form of Diane walking out onto an upper balcony of the main house and pointing to the Villa. She said that we had been upgraded, that she had left the front door open for me and that “everything beyond the divider” belonged to us. She also instructed me to go down alone and that she would join me later, as she had other guests to attend to. I made my way down to the Villa and opened the main door. The room divider mentioned was approximately 75% of the way down the main hallway. I made my way past it and came to a living room type area with a small couch and chairs. There was also another unlocked entrance to the Villa in this room. At the end of the hallway on either side were rooms. I tried to enter the rooms at the end of the hall, but they were deadbolted shut. As I turned around, a woman exited one of the rooms. She was a guest, and I had mistakenly just tried to enter her room so I apologized. I made my way back past the divider and out to my car to wait for Diane and more instructions, as it seemed as if I was given incorrect information. I would later discover that she was describing the room divider and its location when entering from a door other than the one she told me to enter. 90 minutes after I arrived Diane had still not returned. I made my way back inside and began looking in the rooms BEFORE the room divider. There is an “event” room immediately on the left when entering, which has a non working toilet and shower attached. The next room on the left is the kitchen. I entered the kitchen and was surprised to see a towel on the counter, holding dozens of dishes and even an old plastic takeout container full of what appeared to be salad dressing. Directly across the hall from the kitchen is a set of swinging wooden and glass doors, which cannot be locked. Upon entering I see a daybed and another identical set of doors on the other side of the room. Those doors open up to a storage area of some sorts, and those doors also only lock from the outside. Which means you can’t lock your door, but they can get in. This “bedroom” was a hallway, no windows, no fan, no bathroom, no pillow on the bed. Continuing on the left is the largest bedroom. This room has 2 sliding doors that access the main hallway, each with a tiny twist lock. A king bed and ceiling fan were in this room, no bathroom. Attached to this room beyond 2 completely glass doors is a small sitting room with another daybed and trundle. While the view from this secondary room was beautiful, there was no curtain on the glass door to block the sunlight or the view directly into your room from those people at the end of the hall. The trundle bed obviously had not been prepared for us, as it was covered in dead bugs. On the right side of the hall you’ll find a half bath, small but functional. Next is a full bath. The toilet is situated several steps up, like a throne, and although quirky works just fine. The shower was dirty. Both living and dead bugs filled the space. The hot and cold water faucets are switched and not labeled, which resulted in several cold showers the first day. We were eventually informed of the water situation the morning after our arrival. A half roll of toilet paper was provided in each of the 2 bathrooms. The final bedroom in our portion was the last room on the right before the divider. The door to this room is 2 swinging shutter type doors which cannot be locked, there is a fan in this room. If you stuck with me this far you’ve probably figured out that while we can’t lock any of our bedroom doors, the other guests in the building have full access to our private areas. While they sleep behind deadbolted doors, we sleep in unlocked rooms. We couldn’t even lock the building when we left, because that would prevent them from accessing their rooms. Diane returned shortly after I finished taking photographs of our accommodations to send to the rest of the group. I inquired about rooms and bathrooms, letting her know that we had booked 5 rooms, each with it’s own bathroom. She said that we had been upgraded and that if we stayed in the main house we would only have 2 beds (not even rooms) and 1 bathroom. A gross misrepresentation of what we paid for. Here is where I will interject just a bit of speculation, I believe that Diane overbooked her property and tried to disguise this poor lack of property management by describing the s-hole we were banished to as an upgrade. She said that while the event room area isn’t normally included in this space, we would be more than welcome to use it and the shower. She stated that she would return to clean it shortly, as it had recently been repaired after several years of not working. I also requested that she bring down a garbage bag, as there was no bag and no garbage can for us to dispose of anything. I also let her know we would be joining her for breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday. She said we would need to pay a $10.95 fee per person for breakfast, something which her Airbnb listing says is included. I agreed to the cost, she requested that we come at 9AM both days. She then left. I never saw her again that day, despite a reminder text requesting the garbage bags. I had already given up on the shower being cleaned at that point. It is very obvious that cleanliness is not a priority at this location, despite the COVID-19 clean promise they also advertise on their Airbnb page. We enjoyed our first night in this Villa, despite the heat (no AC). We spent time outside until 10PM, at which time we turned off all exterior lights and made our way up to the hot tub located just outside the main house. The hot tub is beautifully maintained. We returned to our rooms at midnight and were in bed by 12:15AM. At 8AM the next morning I received a text from Diane letting me know that “due to unexpectedness” she would be unable to provide us breakfast and that the guests in the room at the end of the hall had complained that we were too noisy. She also asked if she could call me. While on the phone with Diane, she let me know that the other guests complained of noise at midnight, which is when we were arriving back at the Villa. I did let her know that we were returning from the hot tub and preparing for bed at that time, and that we were in bed 15 minutes after that. She said that we should be aware that “there should never really be any noise of any kind above a whisper and absolutely no noise at all after 8pm”. She also insulted me by saying “I assumed rules like these were just common knowledge, but I guess not.” In fact, there are no rules listed on Diane’s Airbnb site at all. Much of our time was spent outside of the Airbnb, as the temperature indoors was too hot midday. Over 24 hours after our arrival, we still had not been provided with a garbage bag or can. When we complained to Diane about the service and accommodations she said “you should be grateful for the gift you received”. She also asked us if we’d like to just leave, without a refund. We told her we would be staying, that we were still unhappy, and that we still needed that garbage bag. She also told us that we would need to clean the kitchen before we left, the kitchen that was dirty when we arrived. I let her know that all of the dishes had been present upon arrival. She had the nerve to call the kitchen “well used” in her review of us. That kitchen was dirty, but it was in that state when we arrived and I would be leaving it as I had found it. We ate every meal out, nothing was prepared in that kitchen. As the weekend went on, we were in need of additional toilet paper. Cumulatively, we had received 1 roll for 5 women, with a Friday through Monday stay. I sent Diane a message requesting toilet paper at 9AM and again at 3:45PM. Sometime after 4PM she replied, letting us know that additional toilet paper could be found in the room connected to the first small room. We used a butterknife to pop the eye and hook lock on that door, as this is the door that only locked from the outside and we didn’t have access to. On our last evening there, we returned to the Villa around 10PM. Upon entering, the smell of dirty dog was pungent. No dogs had been seen. We made our way to bed. At 3AM we were woken up by the sounds of the voices of other guests. These guests were utilizing the common room located just outside our divider, they were also using every single light in the room. Much to my dismay, my shutter door doesn’t really block light or sound, so I laid awake in my bed made of wicker. The guests returned to their rooms around 4:30AM. At 6AM we were woken up again, this time by the barks of the dirty dog in the room at the end of the hall. In summary, we were duped. We spent $1,750 for 3-nights at this location. $250 of that was a cleaning fee, something surely not happening at the Cayuga Lake Inn. We were treated like garbage and made to feel unwelcome. I will never recommend this location to a single person I know. I have no doubts that this used to be a beautiful location, but it is horribly maintained. Diane’s knick-knacks and open books line every surface in the rooms. You can write messages in the layers of dust on the tables. If you’re reading this Diane, your common room table says “Hi, Diane!” I'd love for you to go check. Wipe it while you’re there, you can use the paper towels we brought from home. Stay away from the Cayuga Lake Inn. Beware of outdated positive reviews. There is no one working at this location except Diane, and she sucks.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Rubytuezday wrote a review May 2021
Buffalo, New York36 contributions26 helpful votes
The owner was just delightful & treated us like family. She was cheerful and sweet and made many recommendations on things to do in the area. We loved the hot tub under the stars and wow did we see stars as far as the eye could see. The accommodations were all lovely and the common areas were very charming and clean. There was plenty of coffee and tea, and the parking area was abundant. The lake is a bit of distance, so the property doesn't sit exactly on the lake, but you have a view of the lake from most rooms and most of the common areas. I would definitely return and I would recommend this place to my friends and family.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: If possible Upgrade to a Lake View or to the Lake Front Villa
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Andrea P wrote a review Mar 2021
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Diana was so wonderful and accommodating. She made me special gluten free breakfast with the help of her chef Mike. She also helped with reservations, taxis and sightseeing suggestions. The room had a beautiful view, double balcony and view of the entire lake with the twinkling lights of Ithaca across the lake. The food was excellent and will impress the foodies. It was perfect place to relax and reboot the soul. The music was romantic classics always playing in the common area and begging to be danced to. For the artists, the view for painting or writing was magnificent, and the vibe perfect for any story setting.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Room Tip: Best view on the 3rd floor king bed with jacuzzi. in room.
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David wrote a review Jan 2021
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Much advertised is inaccurate. Food was odd and tasted like it was thrown together without thought of how flavors actually taste. Pleasant staff but bc it is only one host asking for personal accommodations felt unavailable.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Room Tip: Nice view. Very quiet.
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$176 - $254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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a cayuga lakefront hotel ithaca, a cayuga lakefront bed and breakfast
LOCATION
United StatesNew YorkFinger LakesIthaca
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cayuga Lake Front Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Cayuga Lake Front Inn?
Nearby attractions include Taughannock Falls State Park (4.1 km), Cayuga Lake (3.6 km), and Overlook at Taughannock Visitor Center (4.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cayuga Lake Front Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Cayuga Lake Front Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Cayuga Lake Front Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cayuga Lake Front Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Glenwood Pines Restaurant, Falls Restaurant & Catering, and Inn At Taughannock Falls.
Are pets allowed at Cayuga Lake Front Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cayuga Lake Front Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and German.
Does Cayuga Lake Front Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.
Is Cayuga Lake Front Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.