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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Stayed at the Hope Lake Lodge because the HS team was in the State Championship games being played at SUNY Cortland. Our team won the State Championship!!! The other team staying here also won the first round (not sure of the Championship game results). I was told last year, the team staying here won also. Seems like all teams that want to win should stay at this hotel. The manager Brian, was hands on and did anything he could to make the stay perfect. The staff was accommodating and friendly.
Clean room with kitchen/dining area. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Nice water park option and picturesque inclusive pool/hot tub. Beautiful nature trail and lake in mountain setting. 15 minute drive to restaurants\Walmart. Water park passes expensive and not included in our stay. Loud room but staff accommodating to our concerns. Check for events (prom was the night of our stay). Excellent kids club playroom with toys, games/movies to borrow and crafts.
Have stayed here twice now. Will go back. The facility is just wonderful with a full kitchen which is very convenient and makes the stay more "homey". Loved the balcony that I utilized during a rain storm, which was memorable. The restaurant is very good and the staff is wonderful, not to mention the spa. Great self-care treat.
Decided to get away for a night and take my son to the great Greek peak water park. We decided to stay at the lodge as well. Visually this lodge is beautiful. The surroundings are great as well. I can’t put my finger on it but this place has a funny smell. Our room also had an odor but it appeared very clean. We arrived around 8 pm and hit the pool right away because my son is a fish. The pool is heated and excellent. When we got back to room it was late. Everyone passed out and I notice the toilet kept on running. Not waiting to wake everyone up I fixed it myself. We needed a few pillows and blankets so I called the desk. After an hour no one showed up. I went to the front desk and waited another 20 minutes and finally got them. The next day we went to the water park. This was fun. My four year old loves it and didn’t want to leave. Older kids I would guess would get bored here. There’s only 2 good slides for bigger kids, the rest are kiddie slides. I would say this place is a bit overpriced. Hunter our bellhop was awesome I must say. I will be coming again but probably just to go to the water park.
Very happy with accommodations and great full kitchen
View from balcony was nice and seating pleasant a truly fun place for family ish we had more time ther but in town for Cornell graduation
Valet staff was incredible