Located in the heart of downtown Ithaca and within walking distance of Cornell, The William Henry Miller Inn was called "the place to stay" by The New York Times. Built in 1880 by Cornell's first architecture student, all rooms have their own personality; private baths; wireless Internet access and all amenities. Our Carriage House features a pet friendly room and Aurora, a fully accessible guest room. We love food! A full breakfast features a choice of two main dishes and all homemade breads and an evening dessert buffet is the way to end the day. Coffee and tea are always available. Parking is right next to the Inn.
5 on August 10, 2016
My boyfriend and I just spent two nights at the William Henry Miller Inn on our first visit to Ithaca. It was part of my 60th birthday present trip to the Finger Lakes. We had read the reviews and were prepared to be pampered, but the WHM Inn really surpassed our expectations! The location is perfect for exploring the downtown area on foot and even the Cornell campus, although we didn't make it that far. The breakfasts were inspired and I loved having some choices, which is not always the case at B&Bs. At night, we hurried home from dinner to see what surprises awaited us at the dessert buffet that Lynette sets out each night. The Inn itself is beautiful with each piece of furniture carefully chosen and there's a story behind each one that Lynette would love to share. She's a charming host who has really thought of everything to make you want to come back again. I hope we can because it was wonderful! My companion agrees that the WHM Inn has a special feel to it that is incredibly welcoming. It's not fussy like some places that are showcases for antiques, but a place where people can relax, socialize (or not) and enjoy the special ambiance of being in a hip college town.. Thanks to Lynette for creating such a welcoming experience for her guests.
5 on July 24, 2014
I've stayed at the Ritz Carlton & the Four Seasons - the William Henry Miller Inn is better. Read any review on this site & you'll know why. I'll just add that Lynette, Dave & her staff could take over any restaurant or hotel in New York City & garner fabulous reviews. The breakfast served will make you happy to be alive. Lynette & Co. have thought of everything for their guests - from beach towels to printed directions to anywhere you might want to go. If you need a place in Ithaca or even if you don't - GO !
5 on July 08, 2013
We recently returned to Ithaca to visit a retired Cornell professor and his wife. Our stay at the inn was convenient, comfortable, and very enjoyable. From the moment we were greeted upon our arrival until our departure, we felt pampered and well taken care of by Lynette and her staff. Our room on the third floor was very cozy. We loved it. Breakfast on the porch was relaxed and delicious.
5 on August 24, 2011
What a marvellous place! We began our honeymoon with a three night stay and could have easily never left! Our hostess was so nice and accomodating. She even offered to come pick us up when we we were lost looking for a restaurant! She had great advice and maps and information available. Everything was thought of from the desserts and 24 hour coffee and tea availability to Qtips in the bathrooms! The water refill station was environmentally friendly and the computer with internet very helpful. The staff was extremely friendly and the food was unparalled. The location was perfect for exploring Ithaca on foot. Next time we would plan on hanging out at the inn more because it was so charming and relaxing. We stayed in the Quarters (one of the least expensive rooms) and it was perfectly lovely. The room darkening shades were particularly helpful for a restful stay. When we return to Ithaca we will have to stay here!
5 on August 14, 2010
My wife and two friends recently had a 2 night stay at The William Henry, on our drive down to Boston. If you are looking for a B&B with all the extras this is the place for you. Lynette the owner has only one aim in mind, to provide a great customer experience to anyone who visits. The rooms are all individually themed and spotless, the breakfasts are a real culinery delight, where else would you get ripe melon, with a lime sorbet and a dash of margarita, followed by a dijon infused egg, with rosemary, pork and apple sausages? Lynette has plenty of local knowledge and advice, which is really useful when you have a limited time in Ithica. Her sense of humour is brilliant and she really makes you feel at ease from the minute you walk in. Added to that are the delicious home made cakes and desserts left out for you when you return from a night out in the Town. Thanks for a fantastic couple of days Mike & Jill Crowther
5 on July 13, 2010
Have stayed at this Inn 3 times in the last 4 years and would not stay anywher else in Ithaca. The Inn has become a destination in itself. Lynnettte, the owner is a wonderful host. On this most recent trip, I took my elderly parents who rarely stay at B&B's. This was a special treat for them and Lynnettee made them feel right at home. They are hard to impress, especially when it comes to food, but Lynnette's breakfasts and late night deserts won them over. (It helps that she has a first floor cottage where the stair-adverse can also enjoy the experience). A great house in a central location, a block away from the heart of downtown, with a great staff.
5 on June 22, 2010
Have stayed at the William Henry Miller Inn many times, and every time I am there, I am so impressed with the wonderful breakfasts and the rooms. Each room is elegantly furnished and unique. Best of all are the nightly desserts- each one is a treat. We always skip dessert in the local restaurants in order to try the WHM Inn offerings. In my book, this is the best value in Ithaca and a top-notch place to stay. It is so conveniently located to the Cornell campus and to the downtown of Ithaca- all walkable. Highly recommended!!
5 on June 12, 2010
I discovered the WHM Inn in the Ithaca phone book. I was on a college tour with our daughter, visiting Cornell. I copied the names of all the B&B's I could find to take back to Texas with me. On my second visit to Ithaca, I was able to book a room at this inn. Immediately charmed by the house, the warm fires glowing and the smells of delicious foods cooking I felt immediately at home. My room was precious; beautifully decorated with comfort and class. At the breakfast table the next morning, I was delighted with the selection of delicious foods, the people I met sharing the dining room, and Katie, the beautiful young cook who has worked there in some capacity since she was a teen-ager. Lynette, the innkeeper, is an amazing hostess. She knows what you need before you ask for it! I was spoiled by the time I left and immediately planned my next trip. By now, the trips were for ME, not just to see our daughter. My family has stayed there on numerous occasions. We have never been disappointed. With Lynette's help, we had a surprise 21st birthday celebration for our daughter in one of the parlors and surprisingly became huge BIG RED ice hockey fans, thanks to Dave and Lynette's contagious energy and dedication to this team. Coming from Texas, there was a lot to learn!! I highly recommend that you stay in this inn your next trip to Ithaca; for breakfast, sit at the table by the window where you see the activity of the world outside, the giant whirling snowflakes, the birds coming to the feeders, and the people on their way up the hill to classes. Then feel yourself becoming part of the WHM Inn family. You will be very happy that you found this gem, and as many of the people who come here, you will be back as often as you can.
5 on January 15, 2010
The hospitality Lynnette and Katie shared made for the most memorable respite. By the time I left I felt renewed and recharged -with gusto. My parents have been frequent visitors and now I know why! This is one outstanding Inn!!
4.8 on August 23, 2009
Stayed here Feb 2007. Hosts were personable, knowledgeable and available when needed. Location can't be beat. I stayed in a large, comfortable upstairs room with its own fireplace and bath. The Inn is a nice historic property, with wonderful furnishings; but not overly fussy. Breakfast was excellent, many choices and beautifully served.
The centerpiece of The Sanctuary is a beautiful carved Queen bed surrounded with lovely antique pieces. Windows are covered with original recessed shutters and the bath is quite large with a two person Jacuzzi; separate shower and double vanity.
Nightly Rate: $190 - $230
The corner gas fireplace is the perfect addition to a cool or snowy day. The bed is a Queen cherry sleigh bed and the private bath has a stand up shower. The room offers a wonderful spot to sit and read and enjoy the antique filled room.
Nightly Rate: $180 - $220
The largest room in the main house has a King bed, amazing Belgian birch armoire and good sized bath. This room has two chairs perfect for reading and a tub perfect for soaking.
Nightly Rate: $190 - $230
A quiet room at the back of the house, this room offers a Queen bed and private bath with shower. The shower has a seat and grab bars for safety.
Nightly Rate: $165 - $195
On the third floor of the Inn, this room was originally used for voice and music lessons for the children of the owners. Featuring sloped ceilings and interesting angles, the room offers an extra bed and individual heat controls. Television has a DVD.
Nightly Rate: $175 - $205
Since this room is on the third floor of the Inn, the west facing views are most pleasant. Guests love the extra bed tucked into the tower portion of the Inn and the bath is private with shower.
Nightly Rate: $175 - $205
The southern exposure of this room allows for a sunny atmosphere! The butter yellow walls add to the feeling. If you enjoy reading, this room offers a comfortable spot for a good book.
Nightly Rate: $175 - $205
Located in The Carriage House just behind the main Inn, this room will allow you lots of space. Ih the main room, a King bed with separate sitting room. A Queen pullout can be made up in the sitting room. The bath is a beauty! This room is "dog friendly".
Nightly Rate: $240 - $280
Quiet and fully handicapped accessible, Aurora is located in The Carriage House, just behind the main house. Decorated in shades of red and green, the room offers a private entrance and individual heat controls.
Nightly Rate: $165 - $195
City, Downtown, Wine country
Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.)
The Inn is located in the northeast corner of Aurora and Buffalo Streets--two blocks from The Ithaca Commons. We are just down East hill from Cornell University and one mile down South hill from Ithaca College.
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Performing Theater, Religious Services, Winery
Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Parking, Piano, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Off street parking, Ironing done for guests
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Library, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet
Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports
Cats , Dogs
You'll always hear music playing and we have two pianos that just loved to be played. Both Dave and Lynnette are very involved with the community and Katie is an Ithaca native who has been with the Inn since it opened in 1999. Lynnette was very proud to be named Select Registry Innkeeper of the Year.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten free, Lactose intolerant
The Miller Muffin
A homemade English Muffin topped with baked scrambled eggs (baked with butter, cream cheese and fresh herbs). The eggs are topped with smoked salmon and served with fresh asparagus and home fries.