The Statler Hotel receives fifth consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award

Mar 05, 2015

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Ithaca, NY - For the fifth consecutive year, the Statler Hotel at Cornell University has received the AAA Four Diamond Award, an honor given to upscale establishments that offer an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail. Less than four percent of the 59,000 AAA-rated lodging and dining establishments throughout North America earn the award.

The Statler is one of only fourteen lodging establishments in Central and Western New York to receive the honor, and it is the only such hotel in Ithaca.

Located in the heart of the Cornell campus in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region, the Statler Hotel is not only a first-class property, but also a teaching hotel—operating in concert with the School of Hotel Administration (SHA) at Cornell—where SHA students apply classroom learning to practical experience. More than 200 student employees work alongside seasoned professionals across all hotel and restaurant operations.

"It is an honor for the Statler to receive its fifth consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award," said Rick Adie '75, Statler Hotel general manager, himself an SHA alumnus. "We are afforded a unique and compelling opportunity to operate our innovative hotel, in partnership with the School of Hotel Administration in the center of the Cornell University campus. This award validates the tireless efforts on the part of the entire Statler team to make the most of that opportunity. I am immensely proud of all our students and staff for consistently working to ensure an incomparable guest experience."

The Statler Hotel bears the name of SHA's seminal benefactor, Ellsworth M. Statler, a self-made millionaire who founded the largest hotel chain of his day. The idea that a teaching hotel would greatly enhance SHA's educational value proposition dates back almost to the school's founding in 1922, but it wasn't until 1950 that the 36-room Statler Inn was completed. In 1986, it was demolished in favor of the 150-room Statler Hotel, which also boasted three restaurants, banquet rooms, and a conference center. The Statler Hotel is currently undergoing phase two of a major renovation which will be completed in April. The first phase, completed in 2010, updated all guestroom décor and amenities.

About the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University
The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research, and industry advancement. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field. For more information, visit