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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A perfect getaway for my family. My 5 children had a blast at the Cascades water park. The hotel staff was wonderful and accommodating. Our rooms were very clean and had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. We enjoyed breakfast and dinner on our deck. The walking trails were beautiful . We definitely will be visiting again very soon.
Came here last summer for the first time and enjoyed our week long stay enough to come back again this summer. We are actually still checked in, leaving tomorrow. Acorn restaurant menu has been reduced from last year (e.g. no pizza) and also a reduced staff. Its too bad really because we found the food decent, the selection good and the prices reasonable last year. Not so this year. Menu reduced, and many nights there was only 1 staff absolutely run off her feet waiting tables. Our order got mixed up last night, and I don't fault our server. It simply wasn't fair. In short, it looks like the folks running the Acorn have cheaped out. The rest of the Lodge was as expected, with the maid service good and the indoor waterpark meeting all of our expectations.
The hotel is nice but overpriced. The waterpark is very small for the amount you pay for a room. Brought my two teenagers there for a quick weekend getaway after losing their Dad just a short time ago and was very disappointed. The people who work at the adventure center are very nice but the zip line and aerial course are not worth the money. Tried to explain that I was charged more than I was quoted and just got passed off the next person. Better off going to Great Wolf or Aquatopia.