Turning Stone Resort And Casino
What We Love
- Rate includes entrance for two to Lava nightclub (limited to Friday and Saturday nights only)
- The on-site activities — golf, tennis, an indoor swimming pool and spa
- Wildflowers, the upscale in-house restaurant
- Take advantage of the special events during the month-long 20th Anniversary
What To Know
- Better for singles or couples; there is no kids club
- Removed from the hustle and bustle of Turning Stone's famed casino
- Good for younger, active travelers
- No pets
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- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Amid the farmlands of central New York State, the Lodge at Turning Stone is a gem in an improbable landscape. On 3,400 acres of Oneida Indian Nation land, the 95-room all-suite lodge is built in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style and has a surprising sophistication that sets it apart from its party-loving Turning Stone cohorts. You don’t have to set foot in the casino to have a winning experience here. In fact, a benefit of staying in the Lodge is its seclusion from the hustle and bustle of the casino — Lodge accommodations attract a younger, more active crowd focused on just escaping it all.
Bed and Bath
The spacious accommodations really stand out. All 95 suites have large bedrooms, separate living areas, European bed linens and huge bathrooms. It’s worth upgrading to a Lodge VIP Suite, where visiting celebrities stay when they play the 800-seat cabaret-style theater in the casino, for the private hot tub and terrace overlooking the golf course. The dual dining room/living room, with its wide-screen TV, wet bar and gas fireplace will make you want to throw a party.
Golf is as big a game as Texas Hold’em here. The longest course of the five at Turning Stone is the Tom Fazio–designed Atunyote, which has hosted championship games on the PGA Tour. The huge Golf Dome means players can stay in top form even in winter. Skaná Spa, which connects to the Lodge, focuses on ancient American Indian healing traditions and has posh VIP suites with side-by-side soaking tubs, private steam and sauna areas and a shower for two. On the dining front, save one night for a special meal at the upscale Wildflowers restaurant and don’t miss the specialty steak Diane, which is flambéed tableside.
In the Area
Turning Stone’s month-long 20th anniversary celebrations kicked off on June 29th, offering exclusive golf tournaments, live entertainment, million-dollar bingo and more. For a more low-key excursion, Cooperstown’s National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an hour’s drive away, down sylvan country roads. Memorializing the greatest stars in the history of the game, this attraction is a mecca for fans. Or head about an hour east of the Lodge to Glimmerglass for a raft operas, cabarets, concerts, discussions and more in a picnic-friendly setting.
How to Get There
First visit. Very impressive place. The Lodge is a little more upscale, which was nice. One of the golf course is off property, but shuttle service is quick. Everything else is walkable, either outdoors, weather permitting, or via connected walkways. Casino is big enough where it didn’t seem overly crowded (saturday night).
I spent two day at this casino and it was not a place I enjoyed gambling or even felt I had a chance to win. Video Poker is my Love and the schedules were not conducive to a favorable profit. Video Poker is the best way of seeing what return could over a long period of play . I stayed at a satellite motel with bus service which great and the room was exceptional . . Parking was very good in the parking garage.
I’ve visited the lodge several times for spa service and stayed in the tower. This trip we stayed in the lodge and was well worth the money. The rooms so spacious and relaxing. The bar in the lodge opens at 5 and Emily is awesome. I loved the pickled green beans and she was able to help w the recipes. Teresa begins the bar was great as well. Will never stay in the towers again the pool hot tub is amazing and always love the spa service!
I keep coming back here because I love it. The Lodge is a little bit more expensive than the towers but I prefer it because of the pool and the spa. Depending on when you stay it can be around $350 a night. Sometimes you get better deals but not often. Suggestion to the manager: maybe offer a discount to frequent visitors? Just a suggestion, I will still stay... the rooms are consistently clean and well maintained. They offer a little drink and chocolates upon check in which is thoughtful . I do have to mention a specific person that works at the check in desk: Rebecca. I forgot to mention her in my last review. She remembered me from my last stay and she is just a genuinely nice person and a true asset to your company.
They offer coffee and tea in the morning in the lobby. The lobby itself is super comfy and has a lovely view. I do have one criticism : can you please offer soy and/or almond milk with the coffee? It's not a big deal to put it out and ALOT of people are switching from cows milk to soy and or almond milk. For health and other reasons. It would make a huge difference to me!! and probably other people as well. I suppose I could bring my own but that could be messy. I would prefer that you offer it. It is an emerging trend and we all want to stay on top of trends don't we?
The pool at the Lodge is one of my favorite hotel pools . It is usually empty, I have no idea why, but it is also well maintained and always clean.
The little gym has nice equipment and they always have water available and fruit.
The casino is a short walk away. I love the casino and the dealers are always super friendly and helpful. I have not had a single bad experience . Its important to me that dealers always share their knowledge. It may not seem like a big deal but it is. If a dealer isn't helpful I simply go to another table. Gambling can be fun as long you at least have an idea what you are doing. That's how I learned to play craps. All with the help of dealers.
One other thing I noticed which wasn't done before, they also have key only entry to the Lodge from the casino . This is a great idea. I like to feel safe when I am walking back to the Lodge from the Casino and I do. You key card yourself through the doors and half way back to the Lodge there is a security station , which isn't always manned but when it is , I feel better. Coming home from the casino late at night, you want to feel safe. Last time I stayed the doors were wide open and I was a little concerned about being followed. Please keep them locked all the time. Thank you.
Overall this is a really nice place to stay. It isn't cheap but to me it's worth it. There are more inexpensive accommodations off property. I don't know anything about them. They might be nice too?
I also need to give credit to the valet guys who get your car. They are all very nice and get your car pretty quickly. Make sure you tip them!!
I went to the Brantley Gilbert concert, the seats were good but the seats themselves were extremely flimsy and cheap. When someone moved In the row the entire seat moved. And they are all really squished together. The acoustics were not great and there was definitely something wrong with the sound. I still enjoyed the show. Idk what to do about acoustics and sound quality?
Great venue and will of course stay here again.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU PROVIDE ALMOND AND/OR SOY MILK AND I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER !!!
If your goal is to have a magical experience come to Turning Stone and stay at The Lodge. They made our 21st Anniversay very special all services provided with attention to the smallest details from Natalie at check (Thank you for your recommendations) the complimentary champagne to the awesome turn down service. The Lodge was immaculate and to experience the opulents, I felt like royalty. We enjoyed all what Turning Stone has to offer: the spa, the melt in your mouth dinning experience at TS Steak House, dancing at the multiple clubs, and ending our evening with scrumptious cocktails at one of the lounges. But, if you want to gamble they have that in spades. Truly a wonderful experience. We will be back!