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Ithaca, New York is more than just a college town. Nestled along the south end of Cayuga Lake, this town is a charming place to visit if you’re looking for a low-key vacation. Add an Airbnb in Ithaca to your itinerary and you’re ready for the perfect getaway!

Whether you want to stay in downtown Ithaca, in the thick of all the action, or if you prefer to stay out by the lake for more nature vibes, Airbnbs in Ithaca are a great option to get comfortable and home-y during your stay. 

Here are 15 of the best Airbnbs in Ithaca, New York, for every budget and type of traveler!

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Best Overall Airbnb in IthacaLakeside Lodge West - On the Lake |
Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
Lakeside Lodge West - On the Lake
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Best Budget Airbnb in IthacaChic and Cozy Downtown Charmer |
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Chic and Cozy Downtown Charmer
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Best Luxury Airbnb in IthacaHistoric, Bohemian-Inspired Downtown Flat |
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Historic, Bohemian-Inspired Downtown Flat
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Best Airbnb in Ithaca For CouplesThe Cascadilla Flat - 1 BR Downtown |
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The Cascadilla Flat - 1 BR Downtown
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Best Airbnb in Ithaca For FamiliesPrivate Cayuga Lake House (Pet-Friendly) |
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Private Cayuga Lake House
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15 Best Airbnbs in Ithaca, New York

Chic and Cozy Downtown Charmer

Chic and Cozy Downtown Charmer

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Northside Neighborhood in downtown Ithaca

Superhost: No 

Price: $

For an affordable stay in a great location, look no further than this cute and cozy home in the Northside neighborhood. You’ll just be a short walk away from all the action in downtown Ithaca. 

This one-bedroom apartment is attached to the home but has its own private entrance, ensuring your privacy and convenience. The look of the apartment is definitely chic, with interesting decorative touches such as cool artwork and interesting patterns and cushion covers. 

It’s a great spot for a solo traveler or a couple. You can relax in the living room and there’s also a cozy but functional kitchen that’s tucked away plus a small dining table. 

In terms of value for money, this Ithaca Airbnb can’t be beaten!

Why We Love It: Stylish stay at an affordable price.

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Ithaca Falls Getaway

Ithaca Falls Getaway

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Collegetown, overlooking Cascadilla Gorge

Superhost: No

Price: $

Nestled amongst tall trees and lush greenery, this studio apartment is especially notable for one key feature: the balcony that overlooks Cascadilla Gorge. Can we say views for days?

This quaint Airbnb has enough room for four people, thanks to the queen bed tucked away in a corner and the couch in the living room that converts into a bed. Whether you’re a couple or a group, you can relax in the living area, or head outside to take in the views from the balcony. 

If you need to work, there’s a work desk for you where you can get focused. There’s also a functional kitchen, should you want to stay in and cook. 

The studio is simple but offers a comfortable, relaxing stay. 

Why We Love It: Simple aparment with great views.

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Designer 2BR House Located Downtown

Designer 2BR House Located Downtown

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Type: Entire Home (2BR, 2B)

Location: Downtown Ithaca

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

If you want to be in the centre of town, then this stylish Ithaca Airbnb could be the one for you. What’s more, it’s an affordable pick that can house up to four people – so have your friends or family join you on your trip!

Situated within walking distance to the Commons, this home is beautifully decorated with white and black accents, plus a little touch of wood. The house is pretty spacious so you can have a relaxed stay.

Coffee-lovers, you’ll be glad to know they have both a Bonavita coffeemaker and Nespresso machine, and you can head to the back patio to enjoy your morning brew. In the second level, you’ll find two well-appointed bedrooms. 

This is an awesome budget pick for families or friends traveling to Ithaca.

Why We Love It: Perfect spot for families or groups, without breaking the bank.

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Ithaca Falls Bar Apartment

Ithaca Falls Bar Apartment

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: At the top of Ithaca Falls

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

Situated in the second floor of a home, this private apartment is an affordable Airbnb for couples or solo travelers. 

This cozy spot has a seating area to lounge in and also a kitchenette where you can prepare drinks and simple meals. The bar seating by the large windows is a great spot for breakfast or even catching up on a bit of work before you start exploring the city. 

The highlight of this Airbnb is definitely the great view of Ithaca Falls that you get from all the windows. And when you want to check out the town, you’re just a short drive away from major attractions. 

Why We Love It: Cozy apartment for one or two persons, with gorgeous views of Ithaca Falls.

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“Urban Cabin” Apt in Town & Gorge

"Urban Cabin" Apt in Town & Gorge

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Near Six Mile Creek, a 7-minute walk to the Commons

Superhost: Yes 

Price: $

Want to be nestled in nature during your stay in Ithaca? Then check out this “urban cabin” that offers a tranquil stay. 

Suitable for a single traveler or a couple, this one-bedroom apartment is in a 1920s house that overlooks Six Mile Creek. You’ll be soothed by the sounds of the creek and engulfed by the lush greenery around the house. 

The interior of the Airbnb features lots of wood, echoing the nature outside its doors. There’s a small kitchenette and dining table as well. It’s a cozy cozy vibe. 

The real star is the huge deck. Stretch out with some yoga, enjoy some tea, or just sit and relax with a book. Whatever you decide to do, this peaceful atmosphere will rejuvenate you! 

Why We Love It: An Airbnb stay that has you close to nature.

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The Cascadilla Flat – 1 BR Downtown

The Cascadilla Flat - 1 BR Downtown

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Downtown Ithaca, 5-minute walk to the Commons 

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

Bright and airy, this newly renovated Airbnb in downtown Ithaca is the perfect place for a couple’s getaway. 

This spacious apartment will feel like home. There’s lots of space to relax in the living room, and you can whip up meals in the small but fully-equipped kitchen. The space is dotted with plants, bringing some nature inside. For a relaxed afternoon, chill out in the window seat with a book and cup of tea. 

At night, retreat to the bedroom to get a good night’s rest on the queen-sized bed. 

PS: Don’t miss the trail to Cascadilla Gorge that starts just across from the house!

Why We Love It: Beautiful home in downtown Ithaca, perfect for couples.

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Lakefront Loft with Private Dock

Lakefront Loft with Private Dock

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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2B)

Location: Along Cayuga Lake, an 8-minute drive to the Commons

Superhost: No

Price: $$

If having a lakeview is high up your must-have list, then check out this Airbnb. Located along Cayuga Lake, you’ll be only an eight-minute drive from downtown Ithaca while still being able to enjoy the serenity of the lake. 

This lakehouse is a loft space that has large windows, allowing the sunlight to stream in… and give you views of the lake! With three bedrooms, there’s enough space if you’re traveling in a group. Lounge in the living room, cook up some meals in the kitchen, or just chill out and lie in the hammock on the deck. 

There’s also a private dock. Some previous guests have gone kayaking or you can just relax there with a drink to enjoy the lake!

Why We Love It: Bright loft with huge windows, with views of the lake plus a private dock.

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Renovated and Charming Carriage House

Renovated and Charming Carriage House

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1.5B)

Location: Henry St John Historic District

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

This modern and stylish cottage is ideal if you’re planning a getaway with your partner. Located in the Henry St John Historic District, it’s not too far from the action as it’s only three blocks away from the Commons. 

This home dates back to the 1880s but the recent renovations means that it’s fully kitted out for an ultra-comfortable stay. The color scheme of white and greys give it a clean, minimalist feel. The living room has cozy couches to lounge in and the kitchen has all the supplies you need to get your cooking on. 

The bedroom is spacious, with a large bed, wood furniture, and an armchair tucked in the corner. 

Overall, this is a solid Airbnb pick if you prefer a modern-style home.

Why We Love It: Historic home that’s been renovated with modern amenities and a contemporary look.

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Ithaca Boat House – Cottage on Cayuga – Lower Unit

Ithaca Boat House - Cottage on Cayuga

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Along East Shore Drive

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

Bask in this lakeside retreat by booking this Ithaca Airbnb. Situated right by Cayuga Lake, this apartment is the spot for a quiet getaway. 

This Airbnb is the lower unit of a house and it has everything you need for a great stay. You’ll have all the comforts of home here, with a cozy living room. The couch opens up into a queen-sized bed so this place can sleep up to four people in total. 

If you’re the self-catering type, there’s a full kitchen here and a dining table where you can enjoy your meals. The bedroom has a queen-size bed where you can catch up on your sleep. 

The location can’t be beat as you’re right along the edge of the lake. If you want to spend time outside, there’s a deck, swing, and picnic table where you can chill out. 

Why We Love It: Lakeside house, with all the comforts of home.

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Lakeside Lodge West – On the Lake

Lakeside Lodge West - On the Lake

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Base of Cayuga Lake, a 5-minute drive from downtown Ithaca 

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

Wake up to views of Cayuga Lake in this Airbnb in Ithaca! This home, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, offers magnificent views of the lake everywhere you turn. 

Part of the host’s larger lake home, this standalone, private apartment is your little retreat where you can relax and unwind. There’s a full kitchen for your use, as well as a living room where you can lounge about. You’ll love the duo of chairs that face the windows and give you a whole view of the landscape. 

The bedroom is spacious and has a small balcony that overlooks the lake as well. 

If you’re not in the apartment, spend some time on the lakefront, swimming, kayaking, or just hanging out on the deck. 

Why We Love It: Stylish and comfortable home, with unbeatable views of the lake.

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Private Cayuga Lake House (Pet-Friendly)

Private Cayuga Lake House

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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 1B)

Location: Taughannock Blvd

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

If you’re taking your furry friends with you on your trip to Ithaca, check out this pet-friendly Airbnb! Located by the lake, this home is great for families as it has three bedrooms and loads of space to hang out. 

This home offers great views of the landscape, including the lake, thanks to the many windows. Relax in the living room with a drink and just take in the stunning views. If you want to cook, make use of the full kitchen and there’s enough seating at the table for seven so no one’s left out!

The kitchen has sliding doors that lead to a lakeside deck, the perfect spot to lounge in the evenings. To access the lake, there’s a steep staircase leading down to it. Enjoy the private dock and private green area for your family. Swim, kayak, bask in the sun – do whatever you please! 

Why We Love It: Ideal lakeside retreat for families, with access to the lake and a private dock.

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Historic, Bohemian-Inspired Downtown Flat

Historic, Bohemian-Inspired Downtown Flat

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Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1B)

Location: Downtown Ithaca 

Superhost: Yes 

Price: $$$

Prefer to be in the thick of the action in Downtown Ithaca? Check out this stylish Airbnb that provides thoughtful touches and a welcoming atmosphere. 

This flat occupies the entire ground floor of a historic home. While the home may date back to the 1800s, there’s nothing outdated or old about the interior. With hardwood floors, white walls, and beautiful furnishings, this place is both stylish and comfortable. 

With two bedrooms, this home can sleep up to four people, making it suitable for families or friends. The bedrooms are very spacious and beautifully decorated. You’ll also love the main space of the home as it feels very open and bright. Little decorative touches and potted plants complete the look of the home. 

This is the spot to be for a dream stay in Ithaca!

Why We Love It: Uber-stylish apartment for an indulgent stay in downtown Ithaca.

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West Shore, Cayuga Lake, Ithaca, NY

West Shore, Cayuga Lake, Ithaca, NY

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Along Cayuga Lake, part of the historical “Cottage Row”

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

This vintage cottage along the lake is a quaint place for a getaway in Ithaca, whether you’re with family or friends. It’s located a bit further from downtown Ithaca (about a 15-minute drive) so it’s ideal if you prefer a tranquil holiday in nature. 

While the home only has one bedroom, it can accommodate up to six persons. The second level has a queen-sized bed as well as bunk beds, and the futon in the living room pulls out into a bed. There’s also an air mattress available, should you need it. 

The living room is homely, with cozy sofas and armchairs where you can relax. The kitchen is fully equipped, should you want to self-cater your meals. Choose your morning coffee spot: there’s one porch upstairs, another on the ground level, and there’s seating on the private dock as well. 

Why We Love It: A serene spot for a nature-focused stay in Ithaca, whether with families or friends.

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Charming Cottage on Cayuga Lake

Charming Cottage on Cayuga Lake

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Type: Entire Home (2BR, 2B)

Location: South end of Cayuga Lake 

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

For some rustic feels, check out this cottage that’s right on Cayuga Lake. With two bedrooms, this bedroom is great for families or groups as it can sleep up to four people. 

Surrounded on three sides by water, this is the ultimate lakeside retreat. The bedrooms here are tastefully decorated with comfort in mind, so you’re sure to sleep well. The ground level has a comfy living room that faces the water and there’s a large kitchen where everyone can chip in for the day’s meals. 

The highlight here is definitely the outdoor spaces that are just dreamy. There’s a huge deck with a grill, couch, hammock, and picnic table. The best spot is surely the seating at the end of the dock, the ideal spot to relax with a glass of wine as the sun sets. 

Why We Love It: Home-y cottage, with amazing outdoor spaces including a deck that extends into the lake.

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Chic Mansion

Chic Mansion

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Type: Entire Home (6BR, 4B)

Location: Downtown Ithaca 

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

If you’re traveling to Ithaca in a large group, relax in comfort and style in this massive Airbnb home. With six bedrooms and four bathrooms, this mansion (because it is indeed one!) offers you tons of space and amenities for an unforgettable stay. 

Located in downtown Ithaca, this historic 1830s home oozes style and charm. Decorated in a contemporary style with pops of color here and there, you’ll have fun exploring all the different spaces. 

The great room is where the main action takes place, with the bright living room, dining room, and spacious kitchen. If you need some quiet time, head to the second living room which also functions as a library or office. There’s also a mud room at the back that leads to the backyard area and patio. 

On top of that, the bedrooms are just gorgeous! 

This is an absolutely amazing Airbnb for groups, if you want to stay downtown.

Why We Love It: Stunning mansion home that offers a beautiful stay for big groups.

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