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The William Henry Miller Inn

303 North Aurora Street , Ithaca, NY 14850 USA (Show map)
9 Reviews
$175 - $280
per night

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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.

Rooms & Rates

The Sanctuary

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Library

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Dane's Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Quarters

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Top of the Stairs

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

The Turret

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

The Retreat

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Garner Suite

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".

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen


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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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  • Guest room5
  • Services5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness5
  • Dining5

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Highly recommend

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.

wouldn't change a thing!

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!

You have to stay here - it's amazing

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

What a pleasure.

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.

Best B&B I've Stayed At

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!!

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Location Type

City, Downtown, Wine country


Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.)

Directions to property:

We are ten minutes from The Tompkins County Airport (down Route 13 South to Buffalo Street. Left on Buffalo Street seven traffic lights) From Syracuse, Route 81 south to Cortland. Then to Route 281 and Route 13 South. Follow Route 13 South to Buffalo Street. Left on Buffalo Street seven traffic lights.

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Off street parking, Ironing done for guests

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Library, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3PM to 8PM
  • Check Out:: 11AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Most weekends require a two night stay. At certain times, three nights
  • Cancellations: Seventy-two hours. If canceled within that period, we will make every effort to rebook. If we are unable to rebook the room, one night will be charged



Katie Arthur

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

1 Cat , 1 Dog

About the innkeepers

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.

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  • Time Served: M-F 7:30 to 9:30 Sa&Su 8-10
  • Serving Location: In good weather, front porch, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten free, Lactose intolerant

Signature Dish

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.


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303 North Aurora Street , Ithaca, NY 14850 USA (Show map)

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