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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I liked the laid back vibe, spacious rooms, cleanliness, wine & cheese, and will definitely stay again when we are in town again!! There is a trailhead near the hotel if you are into hiking. Check it out!
My wife and I found this beautiful hotel for our 17th anniversary and wife's 65th birthday and couldnt believe how clean and beautiful the room and all the staff were. Cameron and his team took care of us like family and the bistro spa and steakhouse on the premise are second to none. We will be coming back to this gem! Undoubtedly the best time I could have imagined we love this place and recommend to all.
The staff worked hard to make sure we felt at home. The hotel grounds, room, bistro, and bar were comfortable and quaint. Love the family run business! The Bistro served a top of the line breakfast and was a great way to start our mornings.The hotel was close to many restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Perfect for a couples getaway, but would have been just as suitable for a family vacation. We wish we could have stayed longer!
Thank you all La Tourelle family and employees. From the minute I had the door opened for me I just had a warm welcome. The fireplace was a nice relaxing area. Loved the wine reception and other customers, everyone there were friendly . Enjoyed visiting with the other customers dogs also. The Bistro breakfast was unique to us, made for each individual. Thanks also to Phoenix for a soothing massage. The spa area was very nice. The spa gift shop was well put together. Thanks for the staff on the snow and blowing night when there was no food delivery service for letting us share their dinner. Our room was spacious, clean and inviting.
Have been staying at LaTourelle for years. Our experiences have been exceptional. Feels like our home away from home in Central New York. Got married there and had a wonderful time......Staff is great and creates an inn-like atmosphere. Love the evening wine tastings!