What We Love
- An upscale hotel and spa in the Finger Lakes, with a cozy fireplace roomHiking through the state parks and to Taughannock Falls – taller than Niagara
- Exploring the property’s 70 picturesque acres
- Receiving a treatment, using a product with top-grade local maple, at the spa
- Dining at the bistro or at John Thomas Steakhouse
What To Know
- The hotel hosts a free wine reception (with cheese plates) each evening
- Beds are extremely comfortable thanks to plush pillow tops
- Free WiFi can be hard to connect to in guestrooms – if you really need it, head to the lobby
Ithaca is gorges, the saying goes. The Ivy League college town has a bounty of dramatic ravines, fed by equally impressive waterfalls. Your time in this Finger Lakes destination will likely center around such attractions, from Cascadilla Gorge, whose lower creek descends 400 feet over its nine cascades, to Taughannock Falls, whose main cataract drops a stunning 215 feet – making it taller than Niagara. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, La Tourelle puts you within easy reach of these, plus Ithaca’s five state parks, wineries and museums.
However, this 70-acre escape in an outdoor lover’s paradise also offers quite a few reasons to stay in. Its 53 accommodations are generously appointed with mini-fridges and pillow-top mattresses, while the lobby holds leather sofas, a wood-burning fireplace and complimentary fresh-baked cookies. At the wellness center, facials, massages and waterfall-inspired therapies are dispensed, using luxurious products that incorporate grapes from local vineyards and top-grade maple. And between the two eateries, comprising the bistro as well as John Thomas Steakhouse, you’ll find breakfasts, lunches and dinners that will have you indulging all your cravings and, ahem, gorging on farm-fresh, seasonal American favorites.
Fall asleep on a pillow-top mattress in your accommodation, one of 53. Other features of your cozy Deluxe Fireplace King room include a mini-fridge, Wi-Fi, a double-headed shower and coffee service; you’ll get a seating area with chairs and an easy chair, too, for catching up on work or the news, as well. Best of all, these abodes, situated on the first and second floors pho the property’s newest wing, also boast a cozy gas fireplace and a bathroom with a jetted tub.
Amenities- Air conditioning- Alarm clock- Bathtub- Complimentary local calls- Telephone- TV with remote control- Iron and ironing board?- Hair dryer
The Bistro at La Tourelle serves breakfast each day, lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends, all meals highlighting what’s fresh and local. Expect American favorites, like omelettes, pancakes, sandwiches and pasta dishes. For dinner, John Thomas Steakhouse serves up filet mignon, T-bone and strip steaks and more, in a farmhouse from the 19th century.
August Moon Spa unites the wellness traditions of the East and West, while adding a special Ithaca touch – many spa amenities incorporate grapes from local wineries and top-grade maple from the area. Each day, you can enjoy these, in a massage; a facial; or, in another Ithacan reference, a therapy inspired by a local waterfall or Cayuga Lake. From 4 to 8pm on Tuesday through Thursday, there’s a designated Tranquility Hour, with discounts on treatments.
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 many dramatic gorges and falls of Ithaca (including Taughannock Falls, taller than those of Niagara). There’s plenty of shopping in the area, too, and winter visitors will enjoy the area skiing terrain. Head to Cornell for a look at Ivy League living; also consider following the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, home to an array of award-winning wineries, breweries and cideries.
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My fiancee and I stayed here for one night, looking to learn more about the hotel as we are having our wedding in the area next year. The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful, and the room met all of our expectations. While it has all of the traditional amenities of a hotel, it has the feel and personal touch of a B&B. The surrounding property is very beautiful and conveniently situated right next to Buttermilk Falls State Park.
So after that wonderful over night stay and then massages and dinner across the way mornings are worth it here stay and go Eat we’ve always dole bring the basket to our beautiful Room and it’s always yummy and gets nothing but better they could
Very well GO full scale meaning Room service and all but I like how they keep it cozy and surreal yet magical and kind it’s a great place drink some Wine night B4 eat some local Eghs next day or Bakery stuff it’s best! We love this whole hidden yet well known spot shall we call it from relaxing to pampering to drinks and Great eats!
Just another great trip. Excellent accommodations. The rooms are very comfortable. The brunch is great. And, the price is very reasonable price. Finally, the service is wonderful—very friendly and helpful.
We booked a room at La Tourelle to visit a family member in Ithaca. The size of the room was great. The bathroom was a good size and the best part of the bathroom was the self controlled heat. The bed was comfy and the pillows were great!! Although my husband kept banging his toe on the bed platform. We were in a room with a door to another room. The person in that room was a very early riser and there was not much of a sound barrier so we were awakened every morning earlier then we would have liked. Also I would say the carpet needs an update. Overall it was a very nice stay.
Room is quite dated, bed is super soft, few outlets in rooms (no available plugs except in bathroom!) and, one evening, loud lobby noises prominent in our room. On the plus side, they had complimentary chair massages tonight, and they back up onto buttermilk falls state park.