$86 / night
Total guests, Nights

The Alley House - 5 star Hotel Alternative near Cornell University! – Home 5391229 B&B

  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

The Alley House - 5 star Hotel Alternative near Cornell University! – Home 5391229

  • B&B
  • 1 bedroom
  • sleeps 2
  •  min stay varies

Key Info

  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Save on Midweek and Last Minute Bookings! Cornell Hotel School '82 hosts one bedroom apartment with private entrance only 5 minutes to Cornell. Walk to Sapsucker Woods! Surrounded by majestic maples and pines, you will rest comfortably on this peaceful dead end street. Decorated with original impressionist art of Cornell landmarks by artist Pen King. Private entrance off large deck overlooking deer grazing in the back field. Private kitchen with induction burners, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster and all your dishware and cooking needs. Assorted breakfast items allow you to prepare and enjoy breakfast at your leisure. Perfect for extended stays, college business trips, long term visits to the Industrial park or to house visiting relatives. Fluffy loveseat to enjoy cable on the flat screen or stream from your computer. Queen bed with stocked study area and over sized reading chair.Superior to a hotel room - you will not be disappointed! Graduation is rented by the week only with Ithaca College graduation only available.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
  • 1 Full bath


  • Wireless Internet
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

While the Tompkins County Transit bus stops at the end of our driveway hourly, most our guests prefer to have a car.

Interaction with guest

We are available to answer questions but the suite is totally self contained. Guests check in and out at their leisure.


Check in time: 03:00, Check out time: 12:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

We are pretty relaxed, enjoy yourselves and leave it as you found it. The suite is not appropriate for parties but if you'd like to have a few friends on the private deck feel free.


About the owner

Chris F.
Average reply time:
1 hour 42 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
08 Dec 2019
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English





Very Good
15 reviews

Very Good

“Excellent cozy apartment!”

Reviewed 31 Aug 2019

Thank you Chris for the relaxing time I spent in your cozy apartment! I slept sound and nice. Thank you for the ingredients for me to prepare good breakfasts! I'd greatly recommend this beautiful… More

“Convenient Location to Cornell”

Reviewed 24 Oct 2018

We had good privacy and it was convenient to reach Cornell and downtown Ithaca by car. Overall, it is a good value for the money. One thing I would want to let other guests know is though it looks to … More

Response from the owner I’m sorry you smelled a musty oder, I can’t imagine what it was. We book at 94% occupancy rate and out of 86+ reviews I’ve never hear this before. Perhaps all the rain we’ve had in Ithaca this autumn has produced a damp smell but we run a dehumidifier. We have a perfect score on cleanliness and have achieved the status of Superhost. Please contact me and let me know what could have been cleaner and I will inform the cleaning staff. We pride ourselves on providing a spotless environment.

“Super convenient to Cornell, clean, and lovely!”

Reviewed 23 Oct 2018

This is a small, tidy, and private one room rental. The owners are very responsive and are kind to leave waters, juice, and muffins for the renters! I look forward to being back!

“Anniversary Weekend”

Reviewed 11 Oct 2017

My husband and I traveled to the area for our first anniversary. The alley house was easy to find and a nice quiet street. Loved the extra special accommodations the personal touches of leaving us muf… More

Response from the owner Thanks for the great ideas! We will add or personal recommendations to the tourist books and brochures already provided. We use a professional cleaning crew so I will check and see what's going on with the bathroom, every surface is clean and sanitized multiple times a week as we are fully booked during the high season.

“Cozy Country Delight”

Reviewed 17 Aug 2017

Loved this cozy little apartment tucked behind the owners home. Perfect location near enough to downtown Ithaca but far enough away to be out of the student hub-bub. Enjoyed waking to the sound of b… More

Response from the owner I'm so glad you got to hear the pileated woodpecker! Being down the road from Cornell's Lab of Ornithology brings a multitude of wildlife to the property. Guest who wake at 6 am often see our twin fawns eating in the backyard! Thank you for your great review and please consider us again when traveling to beautiful Ithaca!

“Quiet retreat in wonderful neighborhood”

Reviewed 11 Oct 2016

We spent a week at the Alley House while visiting the Finger Lake region of NY. Home was comfortable, clean and fully equipped. Quiet and relaxing with a side yard deck to enjoy the serenity. So mu… More

“Delightful accommodations”

Reviewed 26 Sep 2016

On my recent visit to the Ithaca area, I chose to stay at Alley House. The accommodations were comfortable, spotless and delightful. The added niceties were a pleasant surprise and made my stay a li… More

“Hard to get a good nights sleep”

Reviewed 8 Sep 2016

Bed was super comfortable but window AC was too small for large bedroom and couldn't cool off the room especially since there was a huge gap under door so air escaped into kitchen. Plus the AC wa… More

Response from the owner I'm sorry your stay was unsatisfactory. The Alley House is well represented in our ad and I offered to refund your money before you stayed when you didn't realize there was not separate sleeping accomadations for your son. I did purchase an air bed and pump for him at my expense. The other concerns, refridgerator size, noise, water are new complaints for us...our previous 56 guests have not mentioned these. I'm sorry you had to spend two nights in airports and your luggage was lost for six days and on top of that your accomadations were not to y

“Peaceful little place with everything we needed”

Reviewed 10 Aug 2016

We really enjoyed this little half house within walking distance of Cornell Lab of Ornithology.. The surrounds are lovely, quiet and leafy green. Chris and Cindy have provided everything that is neces… More

Response from the owner We had Kestrels in the backyard this week! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us and it was handy for your work at the Lab of Ornithology.

“Warm, clean, peaceful and cozy!”

Reviewed 14 Jun 2016

Thank you, Chris, for hosting my mum and sister while they were in Ithaca for graduation week! The apartment was beautifully decorated and we were so appreciative to find a well-stocked kitchen and ba… More

Response from the owner Thank you Alina and congrats!

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How do I find more info about the property?

You can get in touch with Chris (the owner) through the contact form on this page.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to send the owner a message.

What if I have questions before I book?

Send Chris (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

How do I contact Chris (the owner)?

Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to view Chris the owner's contact details or send them a message.

What's the difference between 'Book your stay' and 'Contact the owner/manager'?

Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online and send Chris (the owner) a booking request. You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then

Or send Chris (the owner) an inquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

What is a booking request?

When you pay online through the Ready to book? form, a booking request is sent to Chris (the owner). You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

How do I know my booking is safe?

To book this property you need to pay through the Flipkey website. Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection. This means that in the unlikely event that you’re prevented or denied access to the property when you check in, we’ll offer a full refund for the stay.

Find out more about booking safely.

How do I know what it will cost for my stay?

Simply enter your dates in the Ready to book? form to calculate the cost of your stay.
Click Book now to see a full breakdown of the price.

You can also request a quote from Chris (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my vacation?

Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Chris (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your booking.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call Chris (the owner) before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage your booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

Go to Manage your booking to view all your booking details, pay the balance of your booking or cancel it if you need to.

How do I pay the balance of my booking?

You can pay the remaining balance of your booking at any point. Simply go to Manage your booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage your booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I withdraw my booking request?

You’ll need to contact Chris (the owner) to do this. Send them a message in Manage your booking or through the contact form on this page.

How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I make changes to my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your booking page. To change your dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Chris (the owner) a message.

If Chris (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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