Inn on Columbia

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


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.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.6

October Getaway

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!

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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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. TV, AC, WIFI. This is the perfect space for a honeymoon or other memorable celebration.

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

Nightly Rate: $205 - $325

The Pet Friendly Room

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, WIFI, TV, AC. 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: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $145 - $205

The Carriage House

The Carriage House features a private living room with fireplace, double sized sofa bed, work space, TV, DVD, WIFI, 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

Nightly Rate: $205 - $325

The Red Room

Large guest room with the option of one king bed or a pair of twin beds, large private bathroom, AC, WIFI, flat screen TV.

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

Nightly Rate: $145 - $205

The Blue Room

Large king room with either one king or a pair of twin beds as well as an additional twin bed, private bathroom, WIFI, flat screen TV, AC

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

Nightly Rate: $145 - $205

The Green Room

Large guest room with either one king bed or a pair of twin beds as well as an additional twin bed, private deck, AC, WIFI, flat screen TV

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

Nightly Rate: $145 - $205

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Location Type

Cornell, Ithaca College, State parks, Airport, Downtown, Lakefront, Oceanfront, Wine country


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

Directions to property:

We are located in Ithaca's South Hill neighborhood, four blocks from the Ithaca Commons. We are a short drive to the Ithaca College campus and within walking distance to Cornell University.

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

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

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

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Microwave, Parking, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Wheelchair access, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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, 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: Outside only smoking allowed outside only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes children are welcome in specific accommodations.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes $25.00 pet fee per stay in specific accommodations.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night stay required on certain dates
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • 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.
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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, gluten free by request

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Hot Deal

The Last Minute Winter Escape

Regular Rate: $325 now $205 (37% Savings:)

It's cold outside but this great deal is hot!Enjoy a last minute getaway in your choice of any of our deluxe and beautiful suites. Your luxury accommodation offers a private living room with fireplace and TV, fully outfitted kitchen, bedroom with queen bed, private bathroom with shower and whirlpool, off street parking, breakfast and lots of privacy. This great offer is available on both Friday and Saturday nights. King and queen rooms are available for a great low rate of $145.00/night. Please contact the inn directly at 1 6072720204 to redeem this deal.

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Special Package

The Winter Getaway

Enjoy the beautiful Finger Lakes in winter with this great special! We have toasty fireplace suites for $250.00 or $205.00/night. Choose a large king room $175.00/night or a queen room for $145.00/night. Your stay includes breakfast, parking, free WIFI and TV. This special is good everyday, no minimum stay required.

The Procrastinator's Special

No need to plan ahead for this great deal! Call the day before you with to stay with us and pay just $145.00/night for any of our guest rooms, $205.00/night for deluxe suites and $295.00/night for entire houses. Regular rates from $175.00 - $365.00/night. Your stay includes breakfast. This special rate is good everyday, weekends, too!

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