Syracuse University has only one official color: orange. That citrusy hue is also the nickname of the school’s Division I sports teams, which duke it out in the nearly 50,000-seat Carrier Dome, the largest domed football stadium in the Northeast. Syracuse hasn’t only produced star athletes; other notable alumni include Vice President Joe Biden and authors Joyce Carol Oates and Alice Sebold.
There’s not a large number of lodging options in Syracuse, so finding cheap hotels can involve some searching. The motto of Syracuse University is “Knowledge crowns those who seek her.” Thankfully, when it comes to the area’s best hotels, you don’t have to do much seeking: here are three properties close to Syracuse University worthy of a crown.
Sheraton Syracuse University and Conference Center
From $143/ night
Location, location, location: previous guests have singled out this hotel for its excellent proximity to Syracuse University. Indeed, this property is hard to beat, sitting a mere 650 feet from campus, and 1,950 feet from the Carrier Dome. The Sheraton has all the necessary amenities: free wifi, cable TV, air conditioning and a private bathroom and fridge in every room. Past guests have noted the beds as particularly comfy. As the hotel’s name implies, there are on-site meeting facilities, as well as an indoor pool and fitness center. Traveling with a furry friend? They’re allowed upon request. (Additional fees might apply for this pet-friendly feature.)
From $179/ night
Formerly a temple and theatre, this 58-room boutique hotel blends retro and modern sensibilities, offering guests the opportunity to wake up in beautifully furnished spaces full of light and calm. (Also in each room: a refrigerator and a flatscreen TV.) Mornings get even better with a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Also free for guests are parking and wifi, with the former applauded by previous patrons for its convenience. This energy-optimized, eco friendly hotel is two minutes from Syracuse University by foot, while the Carrier Dome can be reached in ten minutes.
Jefferson Clinton Hotel
From $132/ night
Located one mile from Syracuse University, this property consistently receives high marks from guests online. The usual amenities are all here: fitness and business centers, free wifi and a 42-inch flatscreen in every room. Especially enjoyed by visitors is the fresh, hot breakfast served up daily, which includes an omelette bar with cooked-to-order eggy goodness. Or, if you’re just looking for a nosh, there’s a wine and cheese hour every Monday through Thursday. Should you stain your shirt, don’t fret: there’s free on-site laundry available. While waiting for your duds to dry, why not rent a bicycle for free and explore the city? If you’re more of a pedestrian than a cyclist, it’s only a two minute walk to the historic Landmark Theater.