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Inn on Columbia

228 Columbia Street , Ithaca, NY 14850 USA (Show map)
4 Reviews
$145 - $365
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Located in downtown Ithaca, Columbia is just minutes from Cornell University and Ithaca College, as well as a short drive to many state parks and wineries. Built in the 1830's Columbia provides gracious accommodation to travellers from all over the country and around the world. Offering fireplaces, decks, skylights, whirlpools and custom designed furniture, Columbia is more than a B&B, it's an experience of unequaled quality. Whether you are travelling for business, pleasure or a college-related function, we are sure that you will find Columbia is a welcome retreat from the busy pace of everyday life. Bear in mind that there are five colleges within half an hour of Ithaca; please call us as far in advance as possible for availability and rates.

Rooms & Rates

The Gazebo

The Gazebo is a flight of fantasy. With its spacious and secluded interior, fireplace, marble bathroom and oversized whirlpool the Gazebo is an exotic retreat. The suite is air conditiioned and has a TV and stereo in the bedroom. This is the perfect space for a honeymoon or other memorable celebration.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Guest Room in Main House

This accommodation is the only guest room in this building so you can be assured of plenty of privacy and quiet. Newly renovated, this room offers an excellent work space, in room TV, air conditioning and an abundace of sunlight. Twin beds are also available to better suit your needs. The downstairs living room features a fireplace and is the perfect place for relaxing.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Carriage House

The Carriage House features a private living room with fireplace, work space, TV, VCR and stereo, fully outfitted kitchen, air conditioning, bedroom with queen bed, and private bathroom with shower and whirlpool. The extra space and the sofa bed make this an ideal choice for a traveling family.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

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  • Guest room4.0
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Dining4.5

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Inn on Columbia is a beautiful, clean, relaxing place to stay

5 on January 19, 2014

The owners' aesthetic sense and culinary ability made our stay at the inn exceptional. Breakfast included was gourmet, and cooked to order, making it easy to eat gluten free. The clean, beautifully furnished, warm, comfortable room on a snowy night in Ithaca was private and quiet. We walked to the commons for dinner, and the owner's recommendations were excellent. We will return. Amazing value for the winter special/procrastinator price!

A Wonderful Stay

4.8 on February 26, 2012

This was our first trip to Ithaca to visit Cornell. Our stay at Inn on Columbia was wonderful. The owners are professional, attentive, and friendly. Breakfast both mornings was delightful and would rival the finest restaurants. The location was close to dinning and shopping at Ithaca Commons and very convenient to both Cornell University and Ithaca College. We will stay again.

Exquisite Style & Attention to Detail

4.8 on February 18, 2008

From the moment we set foot on the property, it was clear that the owners have an exceptional sense of style. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the decor is a delightful mix of old and modern. Lights are on motion sensors and timers. Off-street parking is available for the guests. We stayed in the main house, so our experience was quiet and surprisingly secluded. There was plenty of hot water, the towels were luxuriously soft, and the body wash provided smelled like biscotti! The Inn is only a couple of blocks from Ithaca Commons -- about 5 minutes, if you're walking. In addition to a plethora of fresh fruit, juice, coffee/tea and muffins, we were served a full breakfast (which tasted like it was straight out of Cook's Illustrated or Food & Wine). Our hostess was very accomodating with alternative choices for those with unique dietary needs or allergies.

Nice place to stay, for a college town

3.2 on January 23, 2008

The room was nice but the curtains let in alot of light and street traffic was alot noisier than I thought it would be. The breakfast was a generous box of fruit and baked goods. I might stay there again but only if they were having a special on the prices again.

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Location Type

Cornell, Ithaca College, State parks, Airport, Beachside, City, Downtown, Lakeside, Wine country


Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.) 55 miles

Directions to property:

Take I-81S to US-11 to NY-281 to NY-13S. NY-13S will take you into Ithaca. Stay on NY-13 until the RT-96B junction. Tak RT-96B to South Aurora Street.Tun right onto South Aurora Street, drve for two blocks and turn left onto Columbia Street. The B&B is in the first block on the left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Urban Inn

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Wedding Facilities , satellite TV, close to nature trails, deck, gardens

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Table Tennis, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Check Out:: noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited smoking allowed outside only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes children are welcome in specific accommodations.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes $25.00 pet fee per stay in specific accommodations.

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night stay required on certain dates
  • Deposit Amount Required: No deposit required. Reservations are guaranteed with a Visa, Master Card, AMEX or Discover but payment is not required until check in.
  • Cancellations: If the reservation is cancelled within two weeks of the guest's arrival a 20% non-refundable deposit will be charged to the guest's credit card. Should the reservation be cancelled within two days of the guest's arrival the entire reservation will become non-refundable. Exceptions apply for graduations and holidays.



Kenn and Madeline Young

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

Kenn is a designer/architect from Cornell University. Madeline is a chef who has worked in restaurants in Chicago and Ithaca.

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Light or full breakfast. Inquire at booking.

  • Time Served: 7:30 to 10:00am
  • Serving Location: guest kitchen, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , vegan by request, glutenfree by reques

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228 Columbia Street , Ithaca, NY 14850 USA (Show map)

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