TYRE — Construction workers are putting the finishing touches on another restuarant and the new hotel and spa at del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County.
The 205-room hotel and the Sociale Cafe & Bar will open to guests Saturday. The 14,000 square-foot spa is expected to open on the same day, although there's a possibility the facility's opening may be delayed an additional day or two.
Prior to opening day for the newest additions to the resort, The Citizen received a tour of the hotel, restaurant and spa.
Of the hotel's 205 rooms, 130 will have king beds and 70 will have queen beds. The rooms measure between 440 to 860 square feet, depending on the selection.
The rates for opening weekend are $398.99 for a superior queen room with two beds, according to del Lago's website. Later in the month, rates for a superior king or queen room during the week will range from $269.99 a night to $299.99 a night.
In addition to the standard rooms, there are 30 suites which can be expanded to 1,400 square-foot areas with two bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms.
Complimentary wireless internet access and a flat screen television will be available in each room. Other amenities include a coffee maker, hair dryer, refrigerator and safe.
Guests will be able to use the Intelity iPad hotel directory system to order room service and request assistance, such as an additional pillow or valet service.
Jeff Babinski, executive vice president and general manager of del Lago Resort & Casino, said he's heard many guests at the casino, which opened Feb. 1, say they couldn't wait for the hotel to open to the public.
With the opening of the hotel, Babinski touted the resort as a great place for a "staycation." And it should help those who travel from longer distances to visit del Lago.
"It's going to be a great addition ... It's a beautiful product and I think it's something the Finger Lakes and the region can be proud of," he said.
When the hotel opens Saturday, only the first three floors will be available to guests. The first floor connects the hotel to the casino. There are 82 rooms on the second and third floors.
The remaining floors will open at a later date.
Babinski said they've had guests in to preview the hotel. He even stayed a night there to test the experience and determine what, if anything, needed to be addressed.
Some changes needed to be made. For example, they heard that the water pressure and temperature needed to be adjusted. Babinski said the issues were minor.
Without revealing specific numbers, Babinski said the hotel's demand has been "very good." But he thinks it will increase over time.
"I think once people get exposed to the product and know that it's open, it's only gonna catch on and you'll see occupancy grow," he said.
The spa is on the first floor between the hotel lobby and the Sociale Cafe & Bar. It will be managed by Renee VanDeventer, who previously worked at Belhurst Castle in Geneva and Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles.
For guests, there are an array of features at the spa, including 14 treatment rooms, soaking tubs and private resting areas in the men's and women's locker rooms. There's also a sanctuary room where you can relax with your significant other, VanDeventer said.
The spa will be equipped with a boutique and a full service salon with manicure and pedicure chairs. The facility will offer the Aveeno therapy skin care line.
Adjacent to the spa is the wellness center with treadmills, free weights and other exercise equipment. There will be Pilates, spin, yoga and Zumba classes offered at the center.
For now, the wellness center will be open only to those either staying at the hotel or using the spa.
Sociale Cafe & Bar
With the opening of the hotel and spa will come another restaurant for patrons at del Lago Resort & Casino.
The restaurant, which will have seating for around 70 guests, will offer a "gastrospa" menu — a variety of entrees with a healthy twist. Some of the food options will include burgers, a raw bar and salads.
The current menu features a turkey burger, an "All-American burger" and shrimp avocado tartine. For dessert, diners can choose from a collection of treats, including several varieties of gelato.
Healthy beverages, such as juices and fruit smoothies, are also available. And Lavazza Italian coffee will be served.
The restaurant will join existing establishments under del Lago's roof. It's also located closest to the hotel, which will give guests an option to get breakfast, lunch or dinner throughout the day.