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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La Tourelle is an amazing place - a country inn with all the trimmings, and something we don't often see in America. The rooms are spacious with wonderful furnishings, and some have fireplaces. The bar and bistro are everything you want. This is a long-time family-owned property, and they really care for it and for their visitors. BEST PLACE IN ITHACA!!!
Always the good points first:
The room was large, clean.and quite with good sleep quality on nice beds.
Large grounds, which we unfortunately did not have time to explore.
Now the rest:
The driveway is essentially non-existent, deeply pot-holed in summer, do not even try it in a low slung vehicle. Can't imagine what it's like in winter. Parking area is similarly pot-holed, but not quite as badly.
As you turn off the road there is a restaurant, that we did not visit.
Past the restaurant is the hotel, and past the hotel and down the hill looks to be a boy scout camp. It's a strange conglomeration of facilities and non of them really seem to strike the right chord.
Bathroom was outfitted in 1950's style, with 1950's (hopefully reproduction) hardware with a color scheme my wife said was grey, but I could never figure out what the color was. Teeny, tiny bathtub, very limited shelving for our things.
To get to the parking area you need to drive a short but narrow section of drive between cars and the building. No big deal during our first check in, but when we returned after dark we were greeted by a car poorly parked, back end hanging out, rear hatch open and someone sprawled feet well out into the driveway on one side and a golf cart with lights turned on so bright they were blinding on the other side. Neither moved as we approached and we had to very carefully thread our way in between. Then as soon as we had parked, the golf cart took off like a bat out of hell, circled out car and disappeared down the hill. We saw the next morning the the car was a Subaru Forester, still hanging out in the drive.
Check in was fine, but to get to the rooms we were required to weave our way through the bar area past a loud older ex-hippy looking crowd mobbing the bar for their free glass of wine, No-one moved as we tried to get through with our luggage. Quite the scene and quite unpleasant.
If you are a rude, inconsiderate, Subaru driving, older ex-hippy I predict this is just the right place for you. But that's not us and we most certainly will not be returning,
If you are visiting Ithaca College, there is a Country Inns & Suites about half a mile down the road, but we saw no other accommodations in the area,
My wife and I just stayed at this property. An extended family runs the hotel and they make you feel like one of there own. Hotel is located in a rural area just outside Ithaca with beautiful lawns, gazebos and seating areas. Great restaurant is immediately adjacent to the hotel for evening meals. Cameron runs the bar and provides a large finger lake wine selection, as well as suggestions for hiking and wineries.