Hope Lake Lodge & Indoor Waterpark
What We Love
- A Finger Lakes getaway in central New York, with a spa credit and a suite for up to 10Experiencing the 500 feet of slides at the only water park in central New York
- Riding the adventure center’s mountain coaster, while youngsters go on a guided hike or scavenger hunt
- Renting a kicksled or a mountain bike, depending on the season
- Exploring the Finger Lakes region, including the waterfalls and neighboring Greek Peak Mountain Resort
What To Know
- Some suites have full kitchens stocked with dishware, pots and pans, a full-size fridge, stove, and dishwasher
- Valet parking is complimentary
- Free WiFi is available but often spotty
Some hotels make a splash, and some leave the splashing to you. Hope Lake Lodge & Indoor Waterpark is the second kind, a family-friendly getaway complete with more than 150,000 gallons of water, a wave pool and more than 500 feet of slides. Measuring 41,000 square feet, the namesake indoor waterpark is the only one in central New York and the Finger Lakes region and is maintained at 84 degrees Fahrenheit, year-round. For older swimmers, an indoor/outdoor heated pool is also open year round, as is an indoor/outdoor hot tub.
If you get tired of the on-site aquatic excitement, switch it up, perhaps with a dryer activity. For the younger set, the Bearfoot Den Activities Center hosts pizza parties and leads hikes and bonfires, while teens and adults can try the ropes course, mountain coaster, zip lines and Euro bungee at the adventure center; also on hand are seasonal mountain-bike and kicksled rentals, a children’s arcade, a nine-hole disc course and a spa. Or, keep up with the aquatic adventuring, but off this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner’s generous grounds: There only happen to be 11 Finger Lakes in the area – and more than 100 waterfalls within a half-hour drive, plus beautiful wineries nearby, too.
The Hope Lake Lodge accommodations number 106, referencing the rustic setting, through touches of stone and timber. Each room holds an en-suite bathroom, along with your comfortable bed; suites are complete with a kitchen and fireplace, with a DVD player for your flat-screen TV.The Split Rock suite is a one-bedroom, two-bathroom accommodation with two queen beds. The spacious, two-bedroom, three-bathroom Cedar River suites offer two connecting rooms, three separate entrances and three separate sleeping areas. On the fifth floor and promising great views are the High Falls and Eagle’s Nest suites. The High Falls suite is a one-bedroom loft with three bathrooms, while the Eagle’s Nest suite is a one-bedroom, two-bathroom, loft-style abode with a jetted tub. The one-level, two-bedroom, two-bathroom River Rock suites all boast a balcony, and a locking door separating the suite’s two sides.
No going hungry at Hope Lake Lodge – there are five eateries here, including one that opens from morning to evening and offers late-night bites, to boot. This restaurant, Acorn Grill, offers sandwiches and other old-fashioned American eats, but you’ll also find local game on the menu. Head to Bobcat Lounge for a seasonal drink in a sports-bar setting, Edgewater Café for quick snacks beside the water park, Trax Pub & Grill for wood-fired pizza and mountain views and Taverna for cafeteria-style fare by the fireplace. At all hours of the day, feel free to order grub directly to your room, as well.
Set in the main elevator lobby, Waterfalls Spa is a calming wellness retreat, inspired by the principles of feng shui. Its therapies incorporate essential oils, clays and wildflower extracts, and its chromotherapy treatment areas include massage rooms, a Vichy shower room, a suite with a two-person infrared sauna and a two-person balneotherapy tub. Beauty services, too, are on the menu – you can complement the glow from your Decléor-inspired facial with a cut or color at the Aveda salon.
The Finger Lakes are a famously scenic region in central New York, and you’ll be perfectly placed to explore them, as well as the more than 100 waterfalls around nearby Ithaca. There’s plenty of shopping in the area, and winter visitors will enjoy fabulous skiing next door, at Greek Peak Mountain Resort (accessible via Hope Lake Lodge shuttle), or scenic walks at Virgil Lake. This is assuming you make it out of Hope Lake Lodge at all – with the 500 feet of slides and 150,000 gallons of water at the year-round water park, along with the mountain coaster and ropes course at the adventure center, the family-friendly retreat gives you plenty of reasons to stay in. If you need even more, take advantage of the seasonal fleets of mountain bikes and kicksleds, the nine-hole disc course and the children’s arcade and activity center.
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We just returned from the Christmas Extravaganza Weekend with another family. This was our first time at the resort and we had a blast! The resort was decorated beautifully and there were so many activities for the kids... sleigh rides, real reindeer, Santa, movies, crafts, etc. The kids also enjoyed the water park and the outdoor pool which was not busy at all. The food was also delicious! My only complaint is that our room (402) didn't have hot water. It was luke warm. We are looking forward to our next visit!
Hope Lodge was like walking into a Hallmark Movie. The decor was beautiful! The staff was wonderful! We had a awesome weekend celebrating my sons 14th birthday! From the heated outdoor pool and hot tub, the sleigh ride, the Christmas activities and the food. Not to mention the ski mountain and the adventure park! We did a weeks worth of activities and fun in one weekend! Definitely will come again!!
This is our second time visiting and will not be our last! Our family really enjoys this experience from the water park to the lodge. We hope to try skiing as the kids get older. The rooms are clean, offer ample space in a 2 person suite for 10 people to stay. It's a quick walk to the water park and we enjoyed a quick drive into town to get some amazing wings at Bricks, a local restaurant. There is also a great tasting room in Cortland as well. We will be back for sure for future visits! We are already planning our next year's trip to do the water park, skiing and stay in the lodge.
Had a fantastic time over Thanksgiving. Waterpark was a huge hit. Had seen poor reviews of Acorn Grill on Yelp, so we were hesitant to try, but did get room service and it was great. Staff was friendly and helpful.
Don't put snacks and drinks in the room if they are not complimentary. When providing a voucher for food make it very clear that it has to be used in 1 order and no change or balance will be given. Overall, great experience. Our son enjoyed his birthday weekend.