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.
How to Get There
I'll start my review with the fact that everything was perfect in our stay, absolutely 5/5. we were 6, couple with 4 children.
The hotel was great, we ordered the rooms with hotels.com and the rooms were spacious with a kitchen, comfortable beds, large balcony and fireplace. When we arrived there was a wedding in the lobby and the general manager welcomed us and arrange a fast check-in. it was perfect since we drove all the way from Niagara falls through Watkins Glen state park. We had a varied dinner at the hotel restaurant (salads, burgers, chicken, etc...) The food was excellent and the prices fair.
Me and the children entered the water park (at an additional cost), my wife and my daughter used the pool with the hot tub because they were tired (no charge).
The water park is not huge but great for activities with the kids, contains fast water slides, a pool with basketball (I had a great time playing with my son basketball in the pool) and other great activities for the kids. At night after we spent energy we ordered cakes which were delicious in the hotel restaurant.
In the morning we had a wonderful and varied breakfast at the hotel (extra charge) and we all went to GREEK PEAK which belongs to the hotel to ride on the mountain coaster. It was a great experience, the kids really enjoyed it. Unlike Europe, they emphasize safety.
In summary, we really enjoyed staying at the hotel, the hotel staff were very nice, the hotel manager was very kind and nice, excellent restaurant with great a service, as mentioned, we had dinner, breakfast and even ordered cakes. we paid extra charge but it was worth it with fair prices.
The water park was excellent for us.
Definitely a place we want to go back to.
Indoor outdoor hot tub and pool were great. Proximity to paid activities such as arcade, large indoor waterpark with wave pool, mountain coaster, ziplines, skiing and tubing(when it's snowing) couldn't be much better and free things to do in the area includes beautiful waterfall hikes, winery and brewery tastings, restaurants and movies.
The rooms are a little pricey for the off-season but the staff here is fantastic. They responded quickly to an issue we had with the fireplace in our room. Most of all, they were able to accommodate a food alergy (gluten), which is something that doesn't always work out. Here it did!