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518 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850-3815
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#3 of 8 in Ithaca
The Dorm Hotel values experience above all else and is designed for guests who want an affordable yet luxurious feel. The Dorm Hotel is minutes from Cornell’s campus, restaurants in college town, the commons, gorges and trails. Our boutique hotel features a self-pour craft beer and wine bar, a grab-and-go market, and 31 cozy rooms that boast room automation and their own private bathrooms. A perfect choice for budget travelers and campus visitors in Ithaca and around the Finger Lakes region.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
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Air conditioning
Private bathrooms
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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emgsoccer wrote a review Apr 2022
Media, Pennsylvania77 contributions14 helpful votes
The hotel is quaint. The decor is Cornell centric. We had a large 2 bed room that had a sink, stovetop, microwave, and a little table for work. It is a techie room with automatic shades and a mini split AC unit. Unfortunately, our HVAC didn't work, so they gave us a space heater for the weekend. The common area has these cool draft system that allows customers to pour their own beer and wine. Note that during our stay, only red wine was available wine. There is no maid service. The beds are extremely comfortable.
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Date of stay: April 2022
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Many rooms have direct outside access which is extremely convenient. The basement rooms have such.
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Mitre100 wrote a review Feb 2022
New York City, New York35 contributions66 helpful votes
This small hotel has a cute gimmick: the rooms are made up to look like a stereotypical dorm room. It's well done, and the rooms are generally clean and well-appointed, though very small (like dorm rooms, I guess). My issue was with the service and the amenities. Lots of what they advertise on the ground floor was shut down. And they designed the rooms to have the thermostat helpfully right by the bedside on the side wall, which is fine except it had a digital readout that kept me up all night. Unlike a digital clock, you couldn't turn it away or put something over it - it was stuck on the wall. Additionally, the pillows were way too thick and only came in one variety. Pretty bush league stuff. Also annoying is that I was very clear that I was coming late at night and they were just as clear that wouldn't be a problem and they'd leave my room key in a special lockbox with a code that they gave me. Well, on a winter's night, the code did not work and I was stuck outside. Luckily, a guest let me in and I called the number the hotel had helpfully given me in case of any problem - the guy answered and said he'd be right there, which he was in about 5 minutes. When he arrived, he checked to make sure I was correct about the code (which I was) but then seemed far more concerned with finding out who had let me into the lobby than in apologizing for leaving me out in the cold. He gave me a new key and was pleasant enough, but his reaction to a very annoying screwup (we had called twice to tell them I'd be coming in late) left a bad taste in my mouth. If you're visiting west or central campus, the location is great and the rooms are fine, but that's about it.
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Date of stay: February 2022
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled
Response from David Gouldthorpe, Other at The Dorm Hotel
Responded 13 Feb 2022
Thank you for reviewing us! We're glad that you enjoyed our unique "Dorm" design and that our rooms were clean and amenable. This building used to house Cornell Law school students 100 years ago, hence the Dorm Hotel name. As for the focus on how you got in, the reason we asked about getting inside the hotel is that our doors lock automatically every night in order to provide extra security to our guests. Courtesy is very important to us, but safety is even more so, and so we were attempting to see if there was an underlying issue which had to be resolved to protect the welfare of our guests. For a similar reason, we close down our alcohol taps after-hours so that a staff member is always present when the drinks are available. We wouldn't want any unsanctioned parties happening that would disturb our guests. We always do our best to resolve each issue the best we can. In this case, we made you a new key after you called our emergency after-hours number. We're sorry to hear that your stay with us wasn't as pleasant as we would have liked. As is, we are not a full service hotel, and we have to close the front desk at night so that our team can rest, which is why we have an after hours check in process after 10pm. As a family business and boutique hotel, we don't have a pillow menu or a restaurant onsite, but we do have a grab and go market, some awesome beer and wine on tap and affordable prices in a great location. We work hard on this unique product and want to provide a cool experience at a great price point vs other options in town. We try to do our best in explaining what we are and what we offer. We won't satisfy everyone's taste, but we have had many guests satisfied by our boutique-level services. We are always happy to accept calls and questions about what we do offer.
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jrs127 wrote a review Nov 2021
Dansville, New York69 contributions16 helpful votes
Yes, the beer taps in the sitting room with fireplace did get my attention, but the cute, dorm style rooms were very nice. I still use a phone to arrange trips, not a tech guy, and the lass that answered was most helpful, and I opted for an extra day to see more of the area. Indeed, Beth and the owner, Robert, who lives there, treated me like family, and I had a very pleasant stay. I used to manage many restored homes, and this place equaled or exceeded my high standards, super clean, no frills, just right, and did I mention very reasonable price. My purpose was to interview a nearly 105 yr old WWII vet, and see the sights, which I did. Just a wonderful four day trip in so many ways, I hated to leave, but will be back for the vet's 105th birthday party in December !!!!!
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Date of stay: November 2021
Room Tip: Rooms in the back are away from the street, but it was super quiet.
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Dan S wrote a review Oct 2021
Joplin, mo2 contributions
Great place right on edge of Cornell campus. New construction, fun theme, well equipped. Microwave, frig, coffee maker, electric range, owls, mugs, silverware. All we needed. Also a very smart TV. Self-serve craft beer in the living room. All in all a great stay. Thanks!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled
Havefuneatwell wrote a review Oct 2021
Delaware108 contributions110 helpful votes
I recently spent a night at the Dorm Hotel and I couldn’t have been happier. It is a boutique hotel which is steps from the Cornell campus and a short walk to Collegetown and its must do, CTB. As many others have mentioned, the concept is to recreate staying in your college dorm as a fully functional adult…while being clean and luxurious at the same time. It works flawlessly. I stayed in a Sophomore room with a queen bed. Super clean with plenty of space. Modern touches include automated thermostat and blinds, ceiling AC unit, and a large flat screen TV with screen casting. The wall decor, blankets and pillows are nostalgically decorated with Cornell memorabilia with even a Big Red Bag tossed in for good measure. The communal space on the ground floor features couches, a high top table, a large TV, a place to buy college staples like ramen, and the best feature of all, a self-pour beer and wine bar (pay by the ounce). There is also free coffee in the morning. Overall, this place is tough to beat and offers a terrific value for the experience. It’s a no brainer if you’re visiting Cornell and even the Ithaca area in general. I spoke with the Rob, the owner, a few times. Super nice guy who went out of his way to be helpful. I have no doubt this place will be extremely successful in the future. Best of luck!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled
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$157 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesNew YorkFinger LakesIthaca
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Dorm Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Dorm Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Ithaca Falls Natural Area (1.0 km), Cascadilla Gorge Trail (0.4 km), and Ithaca Waterfalls (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Dorm Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Dorm Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at The Dorm Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Dorm Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Dorm Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Just a Taste, Mahogany Grill, and Collegetown Bagels.
Is The Dorm Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Ithaca.
Does The Dorm Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Is The Dorm Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.