The William Henry Miller Inn

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

About

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.

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Overall
5.0

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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5

Best B&B experience ever!

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.


You'll be in heaven

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 !


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!!


My Comfortable Retreat

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.


A memorable respite

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!!


a wonderful winter stay

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.


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Rooms & Rates

The Sanctuary

A bright corner room with a massive Queen bed. Windows overlooking church steeples and rooftops. Private bath with whirlpool tub, separate shower and double vanity.

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

The Library

Queen cherry sleigh bed, built in bookshelves, gas operated fireplace and spacious sitting area with a pullout sofa bed. Private bath with shower.

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

The Dane's Room

Dane's Room has a King bed and a wonderful European armoire. Curl up with a good book in one of the best comfortable chairs you'll find anywhere. Private bath with whirlpool tub and shower combination and double vanity sink.

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

The Quarters

Quiet corner room with Queen bed and private hall. Room darkening shades make for an excellent nights rest. The private bath is equipped with shower seat and grab bars for safety.

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

Top of the Stairs

Third floor room with Queen Mission bed as well as single bed. Beautiful vistas and even a telescope to help you enjoy them. Private bath with shower. Top of the Stairs has capabilities of accommodating three guests. (Additional rate applies)

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

The Turret

Third floor room with Queen bed and a single bed. Charming space in the alcove in the top of the tower portion of the house. This room has a private bath with shower. The Turret has the capability of accommodating three guests. (Additional rate applies)

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

The Retreat

Butter yellow third floor room with high Queen four poster bed. Comfortable sitting area with lots of bright southern exposure windows. Private bath with a corner shower.

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

The Garner Suite

Located directly behind the Inn and with it's own private entrance, the Suite's main room has King bed, flat screen TV with DVD player and a Keurig coffee maker. In the sitting room, the sofa becomes a Queen pullout bed and has its own flat screen TV. Very large private bath with two person Jacuzzi; separate shower; double vanity sink and bidet. The Garner Suite has the capability of accommodating up to four guests. (Additional rate applies for each additional guest) Well behaved dogs are welcome in The Garner Suite with advance notice. There will be an additional charge of $25.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Aurora in The Carriage House

Located directly behind the inn in The Carriage House, The Aurora has it's own private entrance. A very quiet room featuring a Queen bed and private bath with walk in shower. This room is handicapped accessible and meets all ADA guidelines.

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

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Location

Location Type

Downtown, Urban, Wine country

Airport

Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.) 65 miles

Directions to property:

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. Tompkins County Airport is just ten minutes from the Inn and is serviced by Delta; American (US AIr) and United

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, Tours, University, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Electric vehicle charging, Fax Machine, Fridge, Movie library, Parking, Piano, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access, iPhone docking station , 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, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

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

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3PM to 8PM
  • Check Out:: 11AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Most weekends require a two night stay. At certain times, three nights
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Cancellations: Seventy-two hours prior to your stay. 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
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Katie Arthur

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dogs

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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Meals

Breakfast

Full

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

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.


Recipes

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