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 travelers 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 traveling 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.
5 on October 12, 2015
My wife and I stayed at the Inn on Columbia for two nights in early October and thoroughly enjoyed it. We made a last-minute reservation and got a discount on our room. We were given a suite in a free-standing octagonal gazebo-style building, which had windows all around and a wrap-around deck. The room also included a fireplace, flat-screen TV, and a very large soaker tub. It was perfect for us, as we had a small dog with us, and other guests would not be disturbed by his occasional barking. The room was clean and the bed was very comfortable. The Inn itself was nicely decorated and had a welcoming atmosphere, Our hosts, Kenn and Madeline, were very friendly and helped us with dinner and sightseeing recommendations. The breakfast was excellent and generous, consisting of juice, coffee/tea, fresh fruit, homemade muffins and scones, and a choice of eggs, waffles, french toast, etc. I had read from other reviewers that the Inn could accommodate people with food sensitivities if calling ahead. As I have a sensitivity to wheat/gluten, I called ahead and Madeline provided excellent gluten-free muffins and homemade waffles. What a treat! There are many restaurants within walking distance of the Inn. The up-hill walk back helped to burn off some of the calories. In particular, I'd highly recommend Just a Taste, which is a Spanish-style tapas restaurant. There are so many things to do in Ithaca and the surrounding area that we just scratched the surface in our 2-night stay. We'll be back!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nightly Rate: $225 - $250
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.
Nightly Rate: $150 - $165
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.
Nightly Rate: $225 - $250
Cornell, Ithaca College, State parks, Airport, City, Downtown, Lakefront, Oceanfront, Wine country
Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.) 55 miles
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
Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Wedding Facilities , satellite TV, close to nature trails, deck, gardens
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wired internet
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
Kenn and Madeline Young
Cats , Dogs
Kenn is a designer/architect from Cornell University. Madeline is a chef who has worked in restaurants in Chicago and Ithaca.
Light or full breakfast. Inquire at booking.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , vegan by request, glutenfree by reques