Great for a winter getaway
My wife, teenage daughter and I spent three nights at Hope Lake Lodge right after New Year’s. The drive from New York City, via Binghamton, took about 4 1/2 hours. The place seemed like Winter Wonderland — there was more than a foot of snow on the ground, and it snowed almost continuously while we were there. Our top-floor two-level room with loft area (and separate bathrooms and TVs) was more than adequate for the three of us, and was furnished with a full kitchen and gas fireplace.
Although designed primarily with children in mind, the indoor/outdoor water park was quite impressive, featuring a wave pool and a variety of slides. A high point of the experience was sitting comfortably in the outdoor part of the hot tub while snow fell on our heads. The resort also features a full-service upscale spa and a fairly well-furnished fitness center.
The only notable inconvenience was that, although the food is good, the resort’s restaurant is the only dining facility within several miles. (The alternatives in Cortland include a decent Mexican restaurant, and there are more possibilities in Ithaca, some 20 miles away.)
All in all, a restful getaway vacation and positive experience. Would definitely consider going back.
Submitted by martymorell on TripAdvisor on January 12, 2013
A Nice Get Away
My family has been wanting to get away to a “water park”. I saw a Groupon for HLL and decided to go for it! I have 3 kids ranging from 3-11, so finding a family get away is challenging to appease all ages.
We checked in on a Saturday (the check-in time is late for a family traveling from PA-we stopped to visit family in N. Pitcher to not have to wait around) without problem and our family suite was big enough to accommodate the 5 of us. We brought food and supplies, since we had a full kitchen to eat breakfast in our room and dinner one of the nights we stayed. We went to Price Chopper to get food and drinks after we ate at Applebees.
The water park was great and kept the kids busy for a couple of hours. Sunday was not as crowded to go. We went in the morning and then again went after 6 pm on Sunday night. I felt confident letting my older two go on the slides and around the park, b/c there were many life guards that were on duty and they did their jobs efficiently. I stayed with my youngest and the older two would check in with me sporadically. My kids also enjoyed the arcade. The only complaint that I have with the arcade was when we were there, a lot of the games were out of order.
My oldest and I went Ziplining together!! The staff was great and the experience was wonderful. We also went on the roller coaster…..very fun! I highly recommend doing both!
This was a nice 3 day get away that my kids are still talking about! We will definitely return! Hopefully, you will run a Groupon again soon, so we can come back!! The package was perfect for our get away long weekend!
Submitted by specialkk10 on TripAdvisor
My family of four spent the weekend 11/2-4. We loved the lodge as soon as we pulled up. We were greeted by a very nice valet/ bellman who unloaded the car and parked it right away. Check-in was quick and easy. The room was gorgeous and very clean. We had a corner suite which made getting to the waterpark easy. Although small, the waterpark was fun, clean, and relaxing. The kids loved it as well as us adults. The outdoor pool and hot tub were great. We ate breakfast and dinner at the lodge two times each. The food was very good and the staff nice and efficient. We loved the Adventure Center. The guides that took us on the ziplines were a lot of fun. Overall, my family really enjoyed staying here. It is a great family destination!
Submitted by Kelly B on TripAdvisor on November 4, 2012
An Epic Birthday Trip
I’d like to start off by saying that we had a wonderful time and created memories with the family, that even time can’t take away. The person who held my hand through the whole process, was a reservations rep named Laura. She took great care of me and my family and made sure that we had the best possible accommodations and experience she could provide.
The hotel is Beautiful, and very well thought out. The extra bathrooms and full kitchen were in full use for the trip. The water park was great for old and young alike. The outdoor activities were PLENTY. We zip lined, mountain coaster, Aerial ropes course, horse and buggy ride and more things than I’d like to type out in this review.
5 stars all around thank you too the staff and especially Laura our customer service rep. I would have back out of this trip if it wasn’t for you and all your help. Thank you for saving me alot money and taking a bunch of it at the same time I highly recommend this lodge as a weekend vacation for ANYONE 2yrs old to 90 yrs old!
Submitted by Dustin Tex on TripAdvisor on November 3, 2012