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City Lights Bed and Breakfast

1319 Mecklenburg Rd , Ithaca, NY 14850 USA (Show map)
27 Reviews
$125 - $225
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Hosting weary travelers since 2002, City Lights Bed and Breakfast is an interesting and enchanting place, located just one mile west of Ithaca, NY. We offer incredible views, cozy bedrooms, roomy suites, healthy breakfasts, & lots of room to stretch your legs. We welcome children of all ages, and are pet friendly. City Lights Bed and Breakfast is housed in a beautiful 1860's Greek Revival Farmhouse, surrounded by over 7 acres to stroll, picnic, or play. Our romantic garden has panoramic views of Cornell University, Ithaca College, and the grand hills that surround Ithaca, NY. There's ample parking, wireless internet access, multi-room suites with private baths & separate entrances, and a "home away from home" feeling unlike any other bed & breakfast!



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Services4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.8

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Petite Suite best suited for chidren

2.8 on July 24, 2013

Our Ithaca stay was enjoyable, and the owner of this B&B is very nice and helpful. Our stay would have been greatly improved by a more ergonomic room. The attic-level Petite Suite has an uneven floor, three 4' high closets that force the user to bend down; a minuscule bathroom sink with a huge shelf just over it that prevents comfortable use and is a lead-banging hazard; a left nightstand mounted too high for use; and a kitchenette with uncomfortable stools and no sink stopper. Also, every bath towel originally left for us was mildewed. I would respectfully recommend that the owners try living in this suite for a few days, in order to understand what improvements would make it a truly nice place to stay.

Innkeeper Response
We are so sorry you did not enjoy your accommodations. It certainly is a unique environment. We hope that all guests will speak to us directly when they are having a problem, we are often able to change rooms/suites if needed, to better suit each guests specific needs. We have so many repeat guests that request the Petite suite, I never thought about making any changes, I will certainly take a look at these recommendations. The towels are doing much better now that the heat and humidity have given us a break! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

Great spot

5 on June 13, 2013

Wow! Colleen, the owner, has a special spot in Ithaca, NY. I highly recommend it.

Relaxing and Warm

5 on January 19, 2013

Colleen was a wonderful host and the room was very comfortable. The perfect place to relax & socialize for several days.

City Lights

5 on December 14, 2012

City Light is only 2 miles from Ithaca City Centre, but is located in a quiet part of town. Its spacious suite, clean facilities, delicious breakfast , quiet location, plus good and personal relationship is what you can never get from chain hotel.

Never knew such love!

5 on August 07, 2011

Staying at the Inn of the City Lights one to three times per year for the last 8 years has been ever more an experience of very genuine and high-quality hospitality and love-based service!

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Location Type

Finger Lakes Region, Water Falls, State Parks, Museums, Theatre, Watkins Glen Race Track, Airport, Countryside, Small town, Village, Wine country


Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.) 60 miles

Directions to property:

Syracuse Airport is on Rt. 81 North, so head south out of the airport, then travel on rt. 81 south for about 30 miles until there are signs for Cortland, Rt. 13 and exit 12, towards Ithaca. Take a left off the exit and travel south on rt. 13, through Cortland, and then through Dryden. Head into Ithaca, looking on the right for signs for 79 west, following those to the right, up the hill, 2 miles, and we are on the south side of the road at the top of 79 west, just west of town.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Corning Museum of Glass, Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, Seneca & Cayuga Wine Trails, Women's Equality Museum, Seneca Falls, Palentological Research Institute, Taughannonck Falls, Trumansburg, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, DVD Player, Parking, Wedding Facilities , 7.5 acres to stroll, hike, or jog, Children & Pet Friendly environment., Private & semi-private baths., Sunken Gardens with magnificent views!, Close To "everything" in the Finger Lakes!

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4-5:30 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Lots of room for kids to play.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes We charge a non-refundable cleaning fee.

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: During major events, we require minimum stays.
  • Deposit Amount Required: We ask for a major credit card number to hold the reservations, and ask for a minimal fee for major events & holidays (graduations, july 4th, reunions, holidays).
  • Cancellations: We require cancellation no later than two weeks prior to the day of arrival for regular dates, and TWO MONTHS minimum prior to major events & hoidays. We will charge full price on the credit card for those cancellations made AFTER the requested period.



Aaron & Collin

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Resident Pets

1 Dog

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Full breakfast on wknds, Continental Plus wkdays

  • Time Served: 8-9:30am
  • Serving Location: Large Country Kitchen..., "In-suite" as agreed upon., Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Vegan, as requested., Must inform please.

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1319 Mecklenburg Rd , Ithaca, NY 14850 USA (Show map)

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