After much consideration of properties from which to base our exploration of the Finger Lakes, we chose La Tourelle and are glad we did.
As many travelers have discovered to their grief, picking a hotel on the basis of web sites and Internet reviews can be an iffy process. The first thing we noticed upon arrival at this hostelry was that La Tourelle’s photo representations of its facilities and rooms were somewhat less attractive than the reality, a welcome relief from the use of fish-eye lens to make tiny rooms look large.
Our deluxe fireplace king room was delightfully roomy with a small, but large-enough-for-two balcony, luxurious bedding, a large bathroom with twin sinks, high-end shampoos/lotions, really good air conditioning and fast Internet. The staff was quite welcoming, offering an afternoon wine tasting. While the Finger Lakes in summer are not inexpensive and bookings were high, the accommodations were – considering their price and plushness – a good value.
La Tourelle’s location – at the top of a hill overlooking the lake – was good, near enough Ithica’s restaurants and convenient for day tips to Seneca Falls, Geneva and Watkins Glen.
The only, well, odd thing about our stay was a 10:15 call on our first of our three mornings from housekeeping inquiring as to whether or not we wanted out room cleaned that day. We’re not early risers and since our stay included two subsequent nights the 11 am checkout time didn't apply, so we rather sleepily said, ‘Yes, we want our room cleaned.’ ‘Then call us when you leave so we can come in,” the housekeeper demanded. Granted, this approach is preferable to the New York City model of vacuuming and talking loudly outside late-rising guests rooms until the premises are vacated for cleaning, but golly, not everyone on vacation wants to hit the ground running at 7 am for a breakfast and brisk hike.
Still, a very good property with on the whole excellent staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you're looking for a getaway that offers deluxe accommodations; fabulous food; great wine; a destination spa and adventure experiences all nestled in the gorgeous New York Finger Lakes wine region, you've found it! La Tourelle's 54 deluxe rooms have dreamy pillow-top mattresses to ensure a restful night's sleep. You'll need that sleep if you plan on touring the wine trails; visiting the museums; taking a hike in any of five state parks, or participating in the numerous adventure excursions available in "gorges" Ithaca. After experiencing all that Finger Lakes wine country has to offer, you'll really appreciate getting pampered at August Moon Spa. We offer all the services you expect from a destination spa, plus we have two Tranquility Rooms where you can relax and enjoy cuisine from our "farm-to-table" menu at The Bistro. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Tourelle Hotel Ithaca
- La Tourelle Resort And Spa