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Luxury has a new name in Upstate New York: The Lodge at Turning Stone

The latest addition to the 10-year-old Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort and Casino, the Lodge gives guests a new level of luxury and attentive service rarely seen in any hotel, let alone one in a rural setting away from metropolitan areas.

Turning Stone Resort and Casino The 98-suite hotel is the embodiment of the dedication to guest service at the resort, and signals to guests that they are in for an exceptional experience.

Even before the first guests check in, The Lodge will be adding to its luxury. Construction is set to begin in May on a destination spa with signature treatments. It is scheduled to open before the end of the year.

The Lodge is positioned adjacent to the lush expanses of the finishing hole of Shenendoah Golf Club and the first tee of Kaluhyat, the Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course that made a name for itself in its opening season last year. The clubhouse, which echoes some of the lines of The Lodge, is close at hand, and guests of The Lodge will be able to sit on their balconies and have a breathtaking view of the courses.

With hints of the Frank Lloyd Wright era, the architectural style of The Lodge also blends contemporary lines with references to the great camps of the Adirondack Mountains north of the resort, distinguishing it from all other buildings on the resort grounds. Careful attention was paid to imbue the four-story hotel with a human scale. Contemporary furnishings harmonize with natural materials to convey a sense of modern, easy elegance.

From its pitched metal roof, the hotel’s façade features wooden balconies with glass balustrades establishing additional layers to the structure, breaking up the building’s mass and providing human scale. Glass walls form shear corners for the building and lend a modern and expansive feel to the design. The glass is coupled with the more rustic cultured field stone piers and cedar shiplap covering the facade.

The Lodge features two guestroom ‘wings.’ These intimate wings embrace a great lawn that terraces down to a lake and golf course beyond. The shape of the building was specifically selected to enhance the guests’ experience of the landscape by framing views for guests from both public and private spaces. The gentle yet distinctive angling of the wings provides 20 different guestroom configurations, each with its own unique view of the landscape. In addition, the plan breaks down long hotel corridors and establishes a more residential feeling and scale.

A number of curved elements throughout the building soften its sleek modern lines. The curved porte cochere announces this design feature, while a barrel vaulted roof defines the public spaces of the hotel. In addition, a wall of curved glass in the Great Room provides dramatic views over the lawn.

The heart of The Lodge, the Great Room invites guests to lounge by the majestic fireplace that anchors the room, enjoy stunning views across the landscaped grounds and golf course or relax in one of several cozy seating groups. Guests will feel at home relaxing with a good book here, or chatting with friends.

Each of the 569-square-foot suites include ceilings nearly 10-feet-high in the spacious living room and separate bedroom, joined by a pair of elegant wood and frosted glass French doors. Guests enter the suite through an intimate foyer with natural wood floors. A mini-bar is housed in a millwork cabinet topped with granite rests in a niche. The living room features flexible, comfortable seating in a classic contemporary style.

All of the suites open onto expansive balconies, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding The Lodge.

In the bedroom, the bed is flanked by glass-topped wooden side tables resting below simple yet elegant wall sconces. The bedroom includes an overstuffed lounge chair and ottoman, as well as a television in a custom-designed millwork cabinet.

VIP suites, located at each corner of the hotel, boast a separate dining room, additional powder room and private terrace with hot tub.

The height of luxury at The Lodge is available in the Presidential Suite on the fourth floor. This 2,900-square-foot duplex features two bedrooms, two full baths and one half-bath, two fireplaces and an expansive terrace. Although amply proportioned, the Presidential Suite is grand without feeling cold. The freestanding stone-clad fireplace dominates the double-height living room.

The Lodge also boasts a 65-seat restaurant and a 750-square-foot lounge in which guests can relax. The restaurant features classic American dishes with an emphasis on luxurious ingredients and unsurpassed tableside service.

The Lodge was designed by a team from Brennan Beer Gorman Architects of New York City, Mario LaGuardia, partner in charge. Brennan Beer Gorman Monk Interiors did the interior design.

Others working on The Lodge included:

Edward D. Stone Jr. Associates, site planning and landscape architects;

DeSimone Consulting Engineers, structural engineers;

And, Steven Fuller, P.E., Inc., mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers.

Turning Stone Resort and Casino is located in Verona, New York, about 30 miles east of Syracuse.



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