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
Hope Lake Lodge was a beautiful and the perfect wedding venue for us. We worked with Chelsea Flynn for the majority of the time.
Chelsea is an amazing planner who is super organized and lets no detail go unnoticed. She also dealt with my Type-A, marketing/production planner myself, and all along I felt like we were a team. She kept us organized during the crazy moments, and also calm!
Cocktail hour was such a hit, and we had it in the main lobby of the lodge. Reception was such a dream, with how the staff set up the room, turned over our gift table to the desert table. We LOVED how they came up to my husband and I at cocktail hour asking if we wanted a plate of all the apps served (heck yes, because we didn't get to have ONE). Our guests loved the food and service; Chelsea and team accommodated special Finger Lake wine, to have them uncorked on each table - another special detail.
Waterfalls Spa also did our bridal party hair and makeup. They were even ahead of schedule by 45 minutes.
Our guests made several comments to us (and still are) about it being one of the best weddings they've been to.
The lodge itself provided accommodations, entertainment, dining and an overall awesome experience. It was great to see our family taking advantage of the area; they loved the mountain coaster, waterpark, dining and the walking trails all around.
You really have an all-in package with choosing Hope Lake Lodge. Thank you Chelsea and team for an unforgettable weekend.
Went to Hope Lake Lodge labor day weekend. Check in is 4, we arrived @ 2 was told the room was Not Ready. had a reservation for Zip lining @ 4 and was told they would accommodate, no such luck After a 5 hour trip, we wanted to get settled. We were disappointed but respected the policy. At 4, the room was Not Ready. We went to zip lining (2 hr experience). Zip lining was amazing,if you are considering, Go for it! At 6pm, the room was Not Ready & the front desk manager offered no apology. After talking with hotel Manager, he was apologetic and told us honestly the room may not be ready for another 2 hours! He offered us complimentary dinner at the onsite restaurant & water park tickets to pass the time. Dinner was good, wait staff was pleasant & attentive. Finally, our room was ready at 8pm. we were headed to the room, when we received bad news-a death in the family. The hotel manager allowed us to cancel & check out in morning. They have a strict, no cancellation/refund policy so this was gracious. He did charge us for 1 night even though we didn't get our suite until 8pm. I was in no mood to debate. About the room, the high falls suite was clean, spacious & beautiful! It had 3 baths, spacious bedrooms, kitchen, amazing views from the balcony! I dare say it was almost worth the wait but 6 hours to check is unacceptable. I would definitely return since we did not get the full experience. In fact, If it were not for the issues with check in,this would have been a 5 star rating.
We just completed a charity drive for Hole in Wall Gang Camp, CT, with 12 old British cars. Our home base for 2 nights was Hope Lake Lodge while we toured Finger Lakes during the day.
Rooms, food and drink were excellent. Wait staff and especially Chelsea, party coordinator, went above and beyond!
Everyone loved the Lodge!
And best of all we raised over $11,000 to help really sick kids go to camp!