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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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!
Some hotels say they're pet friendly but roll their eyes and grudgingly stick you in a basement room, far far away. Here, they have a pet friendly wing, on the ground floor with a separate exit, pet beds, etc and they were very welcoming. Rooms were excellent, fire crackling in the cozy lobby, easy parking, beautiful view. Would love to go back!
What a pleasant surprise La Tourelle turned out to be. A really charming place to stay in the Finger Lake region of NY. The owner Scott and his family make you feel right at home and the adjoining spa and bistro are both excellent. It is very close to Buttermilk Falls State Park and the hiking is excellent. It is also pet friendly which is a plus. We old definitely stay there again in the future.
I took a last brief get-a-way with my elderly mother from Northern PA to Ithaca for two nights and we found this lovely hotel. The woman at the front desk intuitively assessed my mothers health and placed us in an easy and beautiful room which my mother loved. Our second night we ordered a nice dinner from the restaurant brought to the main lobby where we ate in front of the roaring fireplace while others drank wine at the charming bar. It was a lovely stay.
The location is out of the city.
The room was good. Comfortable bed. A lot of pillows, huge bathroom, many books.
Free WiFi work well.
They try to make family atmosphere and it's feel good.
There's a corner in the lobby with hot & cold water coffee, tea and some cookies for free 24 hours.
Reception open till 22:00
Breakfast was good. You can choose few options from the menu.
They have steakhouse there.
We choose this hotel because of the spa & sauna. We wanted to spent some time together but we were surprised to find that they have different saunas for males and females so finally we spent our time to look for spa that we can stay together.