Less B&B than European-style boutique hotel (albeit with just three rooms), this completely revamped 1832 Greek Revival house on South Hill, near Ithaca College and Cornell, is a swank and stylish place to stay. It's owned by a married couple, the husband an architect (he did the revamping) and the wife a chef who cooks up Asian-fusion dishes and inventive breakfasts "when guests allow her to." Choose the room in the main house, with vaulted ceilings and skylights; the carriage house, with an outdoor deck, full kitchen, and living room; or the hexagonal gazebo room (the last two are detached from the main house, in the pretty gardens out back). No architectural detail has been overlooked, from automatic lights to custom furniture; the overall aesthetic is cool and modern. For longer stays, ask about rooms in several other houses similarly restored by the owners in the same neighborhood. If you're pulling into town with no shelter arranged, check out the "Procrastinator's Special" -- any unoccupied room is just $99 if reserved for that night.
- © Frommer's 2013
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- Highly Recommended 2010