the argos inn – beauty restored
While staying at the Inn, the following are changes we've made to meet NYS guidelines in our collective efforts to mitigate coronavirus...
Based on executive order, New York state will be requiring travelers from states or territories with significant rates of transmission of Covid-19 to either quarantine for two weeks upon arrival OR follow strict guidelines to "test out". Therefore, if you are a guest traveling from one of these states, you will need to have successfully exited quarantine/testing protocol prior to your visit to Argos.
Please visit the New York state website for further info here:
We have built an outdoor bar & expanded our outdoor seating to serve you and the public in the safest manner we can. Bar Argos is open every day from 5-10pm. Bar guests are not allowed inside Argos Inn.
Again, to serve you and the public in the safest manner we can, you'll find that staff primarily are working outdoors or remotely. Please ask staff, or call our Guests Services number at 607-319-4437, for any questions or requests.
Housekeeping will not be attending to your room during your stay at the Inn. Ask staff, or call our Guest Services number at 607-319-4437, for fresh towels or any other room amenities you need.
We have built an outdoor key box for your check-in safety. You'll receive further information in the Arrival Email sent to you on the morning of your arrival.
Since we are all presented with ever changing information & regulations, please feel free to call us to inquire
about the specifics of our policies and operation in present tense.
We are doing our best to update the website.
A phone call will likely provide you with the most up-to-date information.
Staying at the Inn Standards:
Check-in & Check-out Policy
Check-in is 4pm. Check-out is 11am. We are currently unable to accommodate early check-ins or late check-outs. If you are unable to vacate your room by 11am, a fee of $100 will be charged by noon. If your stay goes beyond noon, the next night's full room rate will be charged to the credit card on file.
The first night of your stay is charged as a deposit at the time of your booking. Unless you book at a 'non-refundable' rate, you can cancel your booking up to 48 hours prior to arrival and receive a full refund.
Absolutely no smoking is permitted in guest rooms, public spaces or outdoor public spaces other than the designated smoking area. The designated smoking area is on the rear graveled patio, in the back of the house. If it is found that a guest has been smoking in a prohibited indoor area, a $250 cleaning fee with be charged to the credit card on file.
We are unable to accommodate pets at Argos Inn, excluding service animals. A $250 cleaning fee will be charged to the credit card on file if a pet is discovered on premises.
We are unable to accommodate children under 12 years of age at Argos Inn. We are a unique property that is not well-suited for children.
There is parking available on-site for one vehicle per booking. 'Overnight Guest Only' signs reserve spaces for you. You're welcome to park anywhere available though.
Coffee, Tea & Snacks
Automatic espresso maker, tea selection and snacks in the first floor solarium are available for free for hotel guests. Complimentary coffee and tea are in hotel rooms also.
Failure to return any guest room key issued during your stay will result in a $50 lost key charge, to be applied to the credit card on file.
About The Inn:
The Argos Inn is a beautifully restored, nationally registered historic mansion in the heart of Ithaca, NY. The hotel is a modern take on a classic inn, meticulously decorated with whimsically refurbished antique french furniture and a collection of 20th century artwork, including original masterpieces by Salvador Dali, Joan Miró, and a plethora of other internationally and locally known artists.
Enjoy an award winning cocktail at Bar Argos’s zinc parlor bar or relax on the back patio under the floating chandeliers and moroccan lanterns. For food or a late night drink head next door to the Argos Warehouse with it’s custom-designed 20’ green velvet couches and vintage copper bar.
While a guest at the Argos Inn, your time away will be filled with beauty, whether you are venturing out the front door into the colorful Ithaca landscape or relaxing within the warmly textured plaster walls of the Inn.
It is our goal that our guests, whether locals or travelers, will feel a touch of the exotic, that magical feeling of being in a far off place with all the comforts of home.
The central downtown location of the Argos Inn is ideal for visitors seeking convenient access to Cornell University and Ithaca College. The Inn is just steps from The Commons, Ithaca’s pedestrian shopping and dining thoroughfare. Ithaca is also a launching point for the Finger Lakes Wine Trail and is surrounded by magnificent waterfalls and famous gorges.
In 2017, The Argos Inn won the Preservation League Of NYS award of Excellence In Historic Preservation; it is the first building in Ithaca to receive this honor. Their press release states:
“Built as a private residence and contributing to the East Hill Historic District, this property had been used for office space for many years and was in poor condition in 2009. The building has been given new life as a boutique hotel and gathering space. The restoration employed local artisans to restore or fabricate intricate architectural details that were lost or covered over – including more than a mile of millwork. The Argos Inn has created living-wage jobs in compliance with a low-interest loan secured from the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency“
The Argos Inn also received Historic Ithaca’s Preservation Award in 2014.
The historic renovation of the Argos Inn showcases the building’s meticulously restored wood, stone, plaster, brick, and glass details . Rejuvenating these classic architectural elements makes the space feel fresh, new, and vibrantly alive.
The Argos Inn is a LEED (Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design) certified building. Contributing green building features include: geothermal wells under the parking lot which provides the heating and air conditioning, low wattage LED bulbs, low VOC building materials, low flow faucets, and a variety of energy efficient building materials.
The property was inhabited by two different families of Ithaca Presidents from when it was built in 1831 until it was turned into apartments in the 1920's.
In the 1940's, Roy Park turned the property and the neighboring warehouse into the world headquarters of Duncan Hines Foods. From the 1960's - 2000's a variety of other business occupied the building such as a hair salon, accounting firm, Buddhist publishing company, and various non profits.
In 2009, Avi Smith purchased the property from Unity House, spent four years renovating the building, then opened it as the Argos Inn in late 2013. Avi grew up on a strawberry farm ten minutes from the Inn, then lived in San Francisco for ten years before moving back to Ithaca to purchase the building.