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.
How to Get There
La Tourelle was a warm, welcoming place. We stayed on 4th and 5th June 2019 in a large, comfortable room. We ate at John Thomas Steakhouse on 4th June. Great food. We had seen the reviews that it was expensive but coming from South Africa with a weak currency this was Expensive!
Next day was budget day. We attended the complementary wine tasting. Scott (the owner) was a great host and plied us with locally produced wines and gin! Our budget dinner was takeout Chinese - Scott left instructions to open up the Bistro for us to eat our takeout in style.
The highlight of our stay was the invite from Scott to listen to his band GoGone practice in the old yellow barn over the drive. He described the music as a cross between Dire Straights and Bob Dylan. We felt very privileged to be there ... what a great evening! I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to my friends!!
We stayed here during Cornell Graduation weekend and everything was excellent despite the crowds. Great rooms, great service, and the lobby bar features local wine and spirits which were fun to try.
Bistro restaurant serves a great breakfast. Much better option than any of the chain hotels and one-offs in Ithaca.
My sister is getting married and she booked a pre-wedding get away. I was skeptical of the booking choice since it was a 4.5 hour drive for a 2 night stay. My skepticism quickly changed to surprising delight. Hotel was charming, service was exceptional and the food in both the bistro and steak house located on the property was outstanding (had the best prime rib I have ever had in the steakhouse). The steakhouse was a little pricey but after all it was a steakhouse and in my opinion worth every penny. I had a breakfast sandwich both mornings in the Bistro. It was offered with bacon and asked if I could substitute with sausage. They said no problem. It was the move. The sausage had some unique flavors and was crazy delicious on optional grilled cheddar jalapeno sourdough bread with egg and american cheese. It was so good I ordered one to go when we were leaving. Many wineries located close by that all offered reasonably priced tastings. I will look forward to making that long drive next time!
I’ve stayed at La Tourelle several times in the past few years, and each time it’s been excellent. First, it’s nice. Nice rooms, well maintained, and very clean. Comfortable beds. Second, the bistro is excellent. We get breakfast whenever we stay, and everything we have gotten has always been great. Plus, they’ve added more options to the menu, so there are some better values. Last, the value for the room is great and the pricing is consistent. Overall, a great place to stay and eat. (It’s so convenient to be able to eat right at the hotel.)
I should add that sometimes we hike in Buttermilk Falls State Park, which is accessible from the grounds.
We just stayed there for a bachelor/bachelorette getaway and we will definitely be back..Rooms are spacious and nice. Staff was very nice and there is a 5 o'clock wine happy hour with Cameron, the bartender. Cameron is great...he also drove us to dinner one night. The Steakhouse is amazing and you will not be disappointed if you enjoy a good breakfast. We couldn't wait to go back again this morning. My only disappointment was we didn't book the spa earlier because it was booked. It looked beautiful. We definitely will be back. My brother who is a critic when it comes to hotels and food,tried to book another night tonight but there was no availability.