the argos inn – beauty restored
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’ long 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 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 that is also so close to 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 parking lot to provide heating and air conditioning, low wattage LED bulbs, low VOC building materials, low flow faucets.
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, account 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.