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La Tourelle Hotel, Bistro, Spa
Ranked #3 of 22 Hotels in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence
Baltimore, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
310 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Ecellent Stay”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

My wife and I stayed here over the Labor Day Weekend with our German Sheperd. The pet friendly wing was perfect. We had our own deck with acres of green lawn to walk our dog. The room was nice, big, and well appointed. It was very quiet too. The room was very clean and didn't smell of previous pet visits.The hotel has a happy hour in the lobbby from 5-6 pm featuring several local wines. We tried 4 of them and liked two enough to want to go see the wineries they came from. The first night we wanted to try the steak restaurant onsite. We had been on the road for 6 hours and didn't want to drive into town. I would recommend the restaurant as the steak was very good. We ate breakfast at their other onsite restaurant and it was very good also.
We didn't try the spa because we didn't want to lose a minute of sightseeing on this our first trip to the Finger Lakes with the weather being so great. We did do one of the recommended hikes to the little lake nearby and found the trail easy to hike. We can't say enough about how well the staff treated us and our dog. When I asked about paying for someone to walk our dog that we left behind one day because of the heat Ashley at the front desk walked our dog and wouldn't take any money for her services. You can't hardly find that kind of service anywhere in the US hotel system. It thoughtfulness like that that will bring us back next time we visit. If you want a friendly, classy and quiet place while in Ithaca it would be hard to find a better place than La Tourelle.

Room Tip: If you have a dog be sure and get one of the two rooms that have a private deck.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Carlisle, PA
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

We were looking for a room for one night during three days of wine tasting in the Finger Lakes. When I searched for rooms in Ithaca, most of the hotels were showing no vacancy. It wasn't until we arrived that we realized that it was the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen that was creating the shortage. We booked La Tourelle without any idea of what it would be like, but we were pleasantly surprised. The only downside was that we had to take a winding path to get there due to some bridge construction. The hotel was very informal. Someone greeted us at a small desk and directed us to our room, which was right off the "lobby." After we put our bags away, we went back out into that gathering area where a happy hour with free wine was in progress. I don't know if this is a regular custom, but it was a nice touch. Everything about the room was fine. It's large, and maybe not as soundproof as it could have been, but very comfortable. In the morning, we had breakfast in the little cafe across the lobby, and it was excellent and reasonably priced. There is a separate restaurant on the premises for dinner, but it seemed pricey, and there were better options in Ithaca.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, GA
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110 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2012

This old hotel does look a little tired, with a need for a new coat of paint and such things, but it's still passable. The bed was soft and fairly comfortable, the bathroom was basic and old, but fine. The floor in the room does not have carpet, but is rather more of a European style with fake hardwoods. It's a clean room. In the lobby, there is a small restaurant with some fabulous Brulee French Toast!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Syracuse, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2012

I just happened to come across this place on the internet while I was searching for a quiet getaway and the reviews were great and the photos and website were beautiful so on a whim my friend and I set off to relax. We stayin in the Paris suite and not only was it beautiful and clean but it smelled clean and everything from the bed sheets to the jacuzzi tub to the floors was sparkling and fresh. The staff was soooo friendly and helpful and Both Simply Red Bistro and John Thomas were friendly with great staff and great meals (even for us vegatarians). Both treated us as if we were royalty, very respectful and quiet when approching our table. I could talk forever about the place... the amazing spa services we had and the walk down the buttermilk falls.. but my suggestion is JUST GO EXPERIENCE IT YOURSELF :) Ive been home 1day and already booked 2 more trips one for this winter and one for next summer... im sure there are more to come as well.

Room Tip: I heard all the rooms had different but beautiful charachter but we will always book the Paris room...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We recently went to this hotel and stayed with our three children in the barn suite. It was nothing at all like the picture suggested. For the price point of this type of room, we expected a lot more then we got. The suite was tired, stuffy and dirty. The suite was very dark and little air coming through, the carpeting in the rooms leaves a lot to be desired, and had an oder to it. In fact, we all kept our shoes on the entire stay! The beds, although extremely comfortable, had bedding that needs to be updated or better yet...removed that so that just the fresh sheets that are changed between guests remain. The barn has potential...but it is definitely not there and the price does not reflect the type of accommodations that were provided. It felt like a major rip off and i would not recommend a stay in this room.

That said it seems that the rest of hotel and other rooms are of better quality. The location is beautiful. The grounds are very welcoming. The staff where helpful and very nice, and Scott really tried to address our concerns. With a little attention, the barn suite could be a great place to stay.

Room Tip: Stay in the main building.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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rochester, new york
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2012

Although the rooms are a little tired, La Tourelle is a lovely place to spend a night or two or three. The rooms are clean and spacious with many having a view of the pond, gazebo and neighboring countryside. The beds are very comfortable. There are several walking trails on the grounds. We were guests at the resort on a Sunday evening when a free wine tasting was offered between 5PM and 6PM. Seven wines from Finger Lakes wineries were featured and they all flowed freely. It was a lovely opportunity to learn about the area wineries and wines while mingling with the other guests. Only three miles from downtown Ithaca, La Tourelle is a pleasant haven from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the valley.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Astoria, New York
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

My husband and I booked a short stay here for our anniversary (which we mentioned while booking). When we arrived, they upgraded our room and gave us a free bottle of local sparkling wine for free. The room was wonderful. We also each had a treatment at the spa that was very professional and relaxing, and we both advantage of free steams/saunas that are available for all hotel guests. Grounds are lovely with nice hiking trails. I highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Tourelle Hotel, Bistro, Spa
Address: 1150 Danby Rd, Route 96B, Ithaca, NY 14850-9406
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Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Ithaca
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Ithaca
#2 Best Value Hotel in Ithaca
#6 Family Hotel in Ithaca
#8 Business Hotel in Ithaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Tourelle Hotel, Bistro, Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 54
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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