After settling into a very nice suite, I immediately went to the Native American-inspired Skana Spa where the assistant manager started my tour – and Michael Tompkins, Turning Stone’s VP of Hotel and Spa, finished it for me. The spa was quite impressive. Here are some aspects of the facility that made an impression:
I liked the entry with the breezeway and a river flowing underneath (snow and ice covered it the weekend we were there).
The Native American theme seems to have been used in a classy way for a change.
The welcome lounge mirrored the Oneida welcoming ceremony.
Loved the carpet on the floor of that lounge. It looked like wood chips but was really made out of some kind of rubber material.
The 3,000-square-foot VIP suite (spa within a spa) was one of the largest I’ve seen.
The disguised TV in the VIP lounge was really disguised. All I could see was a large, beautifully framed mirror (maybe five feet by five feet). If Michael had not demonstrated that one could watch TV on that mirror, I never would have believed it.
The staff seemed friendly.
The dream-catcher artwork (all individual) in each of the treatment rooms was unique.
Spa Café – love that.
Pool and fitness center – well done, although the fitness facility and the spa are on opposite ends of the building.
On the following day I would sample the spa. That night Peter and I had dinner…and Turning Stone was able to get us tickets to see Josh Groban. I admit that I didn’t know who he was, but Stacey in our office said he has a fabulous voice and that I should not miss the opportunity.