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Canopy by Hilton Opens First Property in New York State

Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown provides a one‑of‑a‑kind hotel stay near town’s universities

ITHACA, NY and MCLEAN, Va. - Canopy by Hilton, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) lifestyle hotel brand, announced today the opening of Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown. Owned and operated by Baywood Hotels, the seven-story, 131-room upper upscale property is located steps from Ithaca Commons and within minutes from Ivy League Cornell University and prestigious private school Ithaca College.

“We are pleased to open our 11th Canopy by Hilton property, in New York’s picturesque town of Ithaca,” said Gary Steffen, global head of Canopy by Hilton. “The hotel is set to become a local staple for Ithaca residents and the perfect venue for travelers who want to explore the eclectic college town and its natural wonders.” 

Locally Inspired Design

Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown’s design is inspired by the region’s lakes, waterfalls and forests, in addition to the local esteemed academic institutions. The hotel’s lobby, “Canopy Central,” offers exposed wooden beams and a central fireplace and the guestroom color schemes provide subtle nods to Cornell University and Ithaca College. 

The property features contemporary touches, including floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city and industrial-style lighting fixtures, as well as modern residential design and state-of-the-art technology in the guestrooms. Carefully curated artwork from Ithaca’s historical society is also featured throughout the hotel. 

Eat. Drink. Smile.

The ground-floor Strand Café, which is named for the famed Strand Theatre that stood on the site of hotel from 1916 to 1979, specializes in “New American Cuisine.” The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves items such as autumn harvest farms roasted chicken, house-made gnocchi and a curated collection of craft cocktails. 

Signatures of the Canopy by Hilton brand, the property provides guests with a welcome gift – a sample of local maple candies – upon check-in and hosts a complimentary evening tasting each night that showcases local drinks and bites. 

We’ve Got You Covered

Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown provides an array of amenities to suit guests who are looking to work, exercise and relax. Several include:

  • More than 900 square feet of meeting space that can host small meetings and intimate social events
  • A 24-hour fitness center with TechnoGym® equipment and free weights
  • Canopy’s signature Transfer Lounge with lockers and private showers for guests who arrive early or need to store luggage after checking out 

The Neighborhood

Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown is located at 324 East State St., within walking distance of many local destinations and a short drive from Ithaca Tompkins County Regional Airport. Nearby Ithaca Commons is a four-block pedestrian mall with more than 100 locally owned shops, restaurants, bars and galleries. Another walkable local attraction, Cascadilla Gorge (the reason for the “Ithaca is Gorges” city slogan) offers a trail to Cornell University, the historic Fall Creek neighborhoods, Ithaca Falls, the farmers market and Cayuga Lake.

As part of Hilton, Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown guests enjoy benefits of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for the company’s 17 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app. 

As a lifestyle brand that embraces its locale, Canopy by Hilton provides guests with authentic and unique local experiences. Each property is designed as a natural extension of its neighborhood with a connection to local art, food, drink and culture. Hotel team members are called Enthusiasts – Canopy’s local experts – and connect guests to the best of their neighborhood, offering recommendations for the best restaurants, shops, running paths and more. 

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About Baywood Hotels

Neil Patel— Senior Vice President at Baywood Hotels, based in Victor, NY— is the developer of The Canopy by Hilton in Ithaca. Patel was born and raised in Ithaca and is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration ’09. From the outset of this project, he’s been committed to delivering a unique hotel concept to the region that is diverse and experientially driven in its approach to hospitality.  Baywood Hotels --Established in 1975, Baywood Hotels, Inc. is a fast-growing hospitality management and development company, operating $1 billion in assets and employing over 3,000 associates nationwide. The company is headquartered in Columbia, MD and has regional offices in Denver, CO; Miami, FL; Rochester, NY, San Antonio, TX and Northern VA. In each of its regions, the private hotel ownership company is consistently recognized as an innovative leader in the hotel industry, focusing on product concept and development and the outstanding management of its assets. The focused vision, strong values and aggressive long-range strategy of Baywood Hotels has helped the company develop reputable and well-branded hotels in areas where Baywood has competitive expertise and partnerships. Baywood Hotels’ portfolio includes well-known brands, such as Marriott, Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group, as well as several independent brands. Contact us through Facebook or our website or connect with us on - LinkedIn.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 23 world-class brands comprising more than 7,600 properties and nearly 1.2 million rooms, in 126 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed over 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, was named the No. 1 World’s Best Workplace by Great Place to Work and Fortune and has been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for seven consecutive years. Hilton has introduced industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 190 million Hilton Honors members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.  

About Canopy by Hilton

Canopy by Hilton delivers elevated, boutique hotel experiences that immerse guests in the best of the locale. Inviting, sophisticated design, bespoke food & beverage and crafted touchpoints deliver a locally inspired, high-end and welcoming stay. The Canopy portfolio includes more than 40 open properties around the globe with 40 under development across 18 countries and territories. Experience Canopy by Hilton by booking at or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors appHilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Canopy by Hilton at, and follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.