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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 |
Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
Chic and Cozy Downtown Charmer
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Best Luxury Airbnb in IthacaCharming Cottage on Cayuga Lake | 2BR, 2B
Charming Cottage on Cayuga Lake
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Best Airbnb in Ithaca For CouplesThe Cascadilla Flat - 1 BR Downtown |
Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
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.

What Past Guests Have Said: “My girlfriend and I stayed at Andrea’s place for a quick weekend trip and it was absolutely lovely! It was so warm and cozy and incredibly close to everything in downtown Ithaca. Not only that but, she was very helpful and friendly and any question that I had she answered within the hour to help me out. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend that others come stay here, too! :)”

“Andrea’s place is very tastefully decorated, cozy, and homey. I felt very at home her during my three day stay! I would definitely stay here again and recommend to others!”

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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 apartment with great views.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Balcony makes the stay- Great view, clean place. Would recommend.”

“This place is so cute! It’s so comfortable and cozy. The view is gorgeous. Hadi was very quick with responding which was nice. I definitely recommend this place for a quick stay in Ithaca. Plus location wise is perfect and parking is available and easy.”

“Hadi was a great host, the place was clean and the view was beautiful. You will not be disappointed.”

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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.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Good place to stay in Ithaca. And when street parking was full, it wasn’t too difficult to park in the back!”

“David’s place was perfectly located to Ithaca College. Parking and access was easy. Everything was extremely clean and well decorated. We were very comfortable during our stay. I would highly recommend this place.”

“Everything was great! We really enjoyed the place. Very comfortable and roomy. We also felt the location was very convenient. We’d stay here again in the future, if available.”

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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.

What Past Guests Have Said: “This is a special place! The location overlooking the waterfall cannot be beat. Listening to the sound of the falls as we were falling asleep was perfect. The place was nice and had everything we needed. The hot tub was amazing too. Thank you!”

“This Airbnb is a beautiful piece of property, the perfect get away. The view is astounding and the hot tub a great amenity.”

“Georg was very hospitable and the stay was wonderful. Beautiful location, would love to come back!”

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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.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Beautiful cozy space with a great view and walking distance to lots of places to eat. Loved it!”

“Very clean! Great location – easy walking access! Simple but cozy, and had everything we needed. Loved waking up to view of gorge. Hosts were super responsive via messaging but private enough that we didn’t even meet during stay. Hosts also gave us a thorough listing of restaurant choices in town – very helpful. Would definitely come back and/or recommend.”

“Cozy, comfortable place in a great location. Beautiful view of the gorge, but still close to downtown.”

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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.

What Past Guests Have Said: “The apartment was perfect for us, we had a great stay! A charming space with all the essentials. The location is fantastic, we took several hikes in surrounding areas and enjoyed every minute of it. Calyn responded to any questions promptly and provided any help we needed. I highly recommend the Cascadilla flat, and would come back when in the area!”

“Calyn’s place is in a great location, walking distance to the commons and Cornell. We loved being able to step out the front door and into the gorge. A bike rack in the bedroom was a nice perk!”

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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.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Super stylish, super great location, really great if you’re planning on going on a wine tour. Loved the fire place and the porch too.”

“Great location and great views. Thank you for your hospitality!”

“I really enjoyed my experience here. There were no problems whatsoever. Zeke and Kris did a really great job in making my stay a comfortable and noteworthy experience.”

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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.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Amazing house. Very clean and close to many restaurants and shops. Loved all the touches in the house and it was very clean. Lots of amenities. I would 100% stay here again!”

“This carriage house was so lovely and really quite perfect! It was cozy and completely equipped with everything we needed. I couldn’t have been more pleased by the look and spaciousness and location. What a treat!”

“The space is well laid out and it was absolutely spotless. It’s in a great location close to the Ithaca Common. Check-in was exceptionally easy. It was very private and quiet.”

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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.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Peggy’s house is right on the lake and has its own private dock with chairs and tables available, as well as kayaks. In a good location, very close to downtown Ithaca and it is a very quiet area. I would stay here again!”

“Peggy is a great host and the boat house is an absolutely beautiful stay. I would recommend going here for a getaway.”

“Peggy’s place is located in beautiful Cayuga Lake. It is pleasant, clean and relaxing. Would recommend!”

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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.

What Past Guests Have Said: “We loved, loved Jes’s place! It was the perfect respite away from NYC. First of all, the view is worth the stay alone. It was the perfect spot for reading/napping/sunrise watching. Everything else in the AirBNB was comfy and thoughtful. We had everything we needed. Also, you truly cannot beat the location to all the restaurants and public parks and the wineries. I can’t wait to go back!”

“We had a wonderful long weekend getaway. Great location close to hiking trails. Beautiful lake views. Sparkling clean.”

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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.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Amazing view , beautiful place and area”

“Beautiful home overlooking the lake. Well equipped!”

“Beautiful house by the lakeside. Great host. Takes care of the every detail for your comfort.”

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Historic Mansion at Fountain Place

Historic mansion Airbnb in Ithaca, NY

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Type: Entire Home (7BR, 5B)

Location: Fountain Place Downtown

Superhost: Yes 

Price: $$$

If you’ve ever dreamed of living like royalty, this Airbnb in Ithaca may fulfill all of your fantasies! Sitting just next to downtown, this sprawling historic mansion is something out of a fairytale.

With a stone exterior and massive grounds, this is an ideal group stay for large families or friends.

Though the house is huge, it still has a distinctly homey ambiance, with a bright sunroom full of plush couches, a gigantic kitchen stocked with anything you may need, and large bedrooms with serene views.

Be sure to curl up in the library on rainy days or kick back in a porch rocker when the sun is shining… This place really has it all!

Why We Love It: Huge historic mansion next to downtown with lots of outdoor space.

What Past Guests Have Said: “We absolutely loved the place. Even though it’s in downtown, it’s away from the common noise – very serene. It’s also located very conveniently to some of the Ithaca trails and gorges / waterfalls that are very nearby. We utilized every bit of property- backyard for our playing, patio for camp fire, sun room etc. Sarah was very prompt in addressing all our questions and making recommendations. Will recommend this property to anyone trying to look for a weekend getaway in 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.

What Past Guests Have Said: “A perfect cottage on the lake. Keith is a wonderful, accommodating hosts. Check in was smooth, everything was as expected. We will definitely be returning!”

“Keith has a wonderful house, and quickly responded to any questions we had during our stay. The location was perfect, and not far from downtown Ithaca.”

“This is a little slice of heaven! And yes, those 85 stairs are exactly as described!!! But the descent is worth it! It’s a beautiful little cottage; yep, it’s a cottage, exactly like you would expect it to be. Keith was a gracious host, quick to respond to our needs. Oh, and he makes some killer salsa… be sure to bring chips.”

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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.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Will’s place is a charming cottage near walking and wine trails with a gorgeous view! Our daughters and I enjoyed kayaking (provided by our host), swimming and hiking, not to mention the beautifully peaceful deck encircled by a potted garden of flowers and vegetables! Will was the perfect host and even greeted us with local and homemade snacks that we really enjoyed!”

“Will’s place is amazing. The scenery from his deck is breathtaking. Will is a great host: very responsive, kind and generous. I highly recommend staying at his place.”

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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.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Amazing house: very large (we were 2 families with 5 kids), stylish, well appointed, and clean home. It had everything we needed, all we had to do was fill up the fridge and enjoy their amazing kitchen. This could be our dream house.”

“You will have plenty of clean well stocked bathrooms and cozy bedrooms. The kitchen has everything you could need!”

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