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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Loved the water park in the cold windy north it was warm and entertaining. The rooms were spacious and well equipped. Too cold and windy to ski but no worries everyone had a great time. Enjoyed our stay.
Had wanted to take grandkids to a indoor waterpark so this is why we pick Hope Lake Lodge. But didn't know the layout of your park thought the pool had some inside area to swim in. We were limited on what we could used with a 3 year old.
We purchased Day water passes in addition to a roomFor a night. Unfortunately, the water was too cold for our 2 year old so we were only able to stay an hour. I was hoping for a local warm water get away as February can be tough in NY. I would go back, but maybe when the weather is warm to enjoy the water park.
Great weekend to be with friends and to meet their families. Hope Lake Lodge is in a beautiful setting. The lodge from the outside is impressive! But they need to rethink their LEED certification - some things need to be corrected: the lighting in general is poor. Difficult to read the menu in their restaurant; in my room, lighting maybe each lamp 20watts. No light in the closet. Had to take my clothes into the bathroom ( which has marginally better lighting but not enough for my wife to adequately apply her makeup)to be able to change for dinner. Desk lamp 10 watts. I support energy saving, there are more lumens available with LED’s, but what they is terrible. Then the sink in the bathroom has needle spray coming out of the spigot (probably as a water saver) which when you wash your hands, your clothes get wet.?? Not smart. Also not hot water for two days. The toilet is low, that for anyone over a certain age, getting on it or off it is painful.
The good part is the staff is great! Service is wonderful and food is good! And good fitness center. Can see it is a great place for families, who probably won’t care about what bothered
us. But can’t see having any overnight business meetings. Not enough light in the rooms to do any paperwork. Hope they can correct these problems.
The lodge and our room reminded me of some of the lodges I've stayed in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Our room had all the amenities we could want. We left here and headed up to Stowe,VT. Our room there cost 3x as much and not even close as nice.