Hope Lake Lodge & Conference Center Review

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480 Family Reviews
2177 Clute Road, Cortland NY 13045
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Editor’s Review of Hope Lake Lodge & Conference Center

Set in the heart of central New York's snow country, Hope Lake Lodge & Conference Center is a fun-filled getaway for families, offering a weatherproof indoor escape along with easy access to four seasons of active outdoor fun, including winter time skiing, tubing and snowboarding at Greek Peak Mountain Resort -- a Finger Lakes family favorite since 1958.

Opened in December 2009, and overlooking Greek Peak and the Virgil Valley, the five-story Northwoods style water park resort offers 106 condominium-style accommodations, available in nine configurations. Select units offer family-friendly features like bunk beds, living rooms and full kitchens.

Hope Lake Lodge bears a striking resemblance to the Great Wolf Lodge
... more chain, with its Northwoods decor and massive indoor water park (41,000-square feet). But this family-friendly resort has a few additional tricks up its sleeve that sets it apart from its competitor: its brand new Adventure Center (2011), which lets kids and adults find their thrills on high-adrenaline zip line rides through the forest or hurtling down the hill at 25 miles-per-hour in a mountain coaster; and the Greek Peak Ski Resort, where wintertime visitors can slip and slide in snow tubes, snowboards or skis down the slopes.

Recreational activities and a childcare center are offered at both the Lodge and the adjacent ski resort, and those looking for expanded entertainment options can schedule a visit during a special event weekend. Regularly planned activities range from children's theater productions to food and wine events, and holiday times bring with them a fresh array of family fun, like laser tag and clown appearances.

While there's plenty to do and see beyond this resort -- with the Finger Lakes' wineries, scenery and activities beckoning -- you'll find that you (and your kids) can easily spend your entire visit enjoying the charms of the resort. Especially if your kids love to splash as much as mine do! less
Our Editor Loves
  • Year-round water park fun
  • Easy access to Greek Peak Mountain Resort and outdoor family adventure
  • Sizeable suites with full kitchens
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  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Skiing
  • Water Sports
  • Horseback Riding
  • Water Parks
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  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
Our Member Reviews 480 Reviews
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Penny1058
Great Family Vacation
Reviewed on 08/17/2014
All rooms have a full kitchen and bunk beds are available. There are room accommodations for small families to groups. Indoor water park included in stay and all ages can have a great time, including adults. The water is very ...
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gertiekc
Family Fun
Reviewed on 08/13/2014
Wonderful location for a family get away. Water park isn't the biggest, but perfect for our 8 year old. The wide open spaces surrounding the hotel are a great place to just get out and have fun in. The room had a ...
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Reflecting a back-to-nature ambiance, accommodations at Hope Lake Lodge fittingly embrace the surrounding scenery. Guests enjoy views of scenic Greek Peak in one direction and the picturesque Virgil Valley in the other. Light fixtures, wall art and decorative pillows feature wildlife images like bears, birds, moose and fish. Abundant woodwork and rustic furniture smartly contrast with fluffy duvets and gleaming appliances. Distinctive touches, like bunk beds and "bear cub" footstools, provide a special welcome to junior travelers.

Hope Lake Lodge is an all-suite hotel, with spacious rooms that offer a fireplace (or fireplaces in larger suites), and nice-sized kitchens equipped with refrigerators, stoves, microwaves and dishwashers, along with all the basic cookware and dishes. Accommodations are available in nine layouts ranging from 426-square foot studios which sleep up to four, to large two-bedroom, three-bathroom suites which sleep up to 10.

The hotel's studios are the smallest suites, including a bed, kitchen with eating area, foldout couch, and a full bath. The largest suites, measuring in at 1,277 feet, include a patio or balcony, two bedrooms and three baths -- perfect for a larger group.

Loft and bunk bed rooms with multiple bathrooms are a great option for larger families and those with older kids. Families traveling with smaller children might consider a single floor or traditional layout. Bunk beds feature a partial rail and a flat-screen TV on the upper bunk. Reduce the likelihood of sibling squabbles in advance by scheduling a mid-stay bed swap.

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