Turning Stone Earns Prestigious 2022 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Awards for The Lodge, Skana: Spa, TS Steakhouse and Wildflowers
Turning Stone is distinguished as the only resort in New York to earn four Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Awards, and the only resort in the state with honors in every award category: Hotel, Restaurant and Spa. In addition to being named the #1 Spa in North America earlier this year, Skana Spa remains the only Forbes-rated spa in New York outside of New York City. Only properties that meet Forbes’ extremely high hospitality standards, the most stringent in the industry, are able to achieve a Four-Star rating.
Oneida Indian Nation Homelands (April 26, 2022) – Forbes Travel Guide, the global authority of hospitality and luxury travel, today announced Turning Stone Resort Casino is among an extremely elite group and is being recognized for its unparalleled guest experience and portfolio of world-class amenities. Turning Stone is distinguished as the only resort in New York to earn four of Forbes Travel Guide’s coveted 2022 Four-Star Awards for The Lodge, Wildflowers, TS Steakhouse and Skana: Spa. Forbes praises all four of Turning Stone’s Four-Star rated venues as “exceptional properties that offer high levels of service and quality of facility to match.” After being named the #1 Spa in North America by Spas of Americas earlier this year, Skana: remains the only Forbes Star rated spa in New York outside of New York City. Turning Stone’s elite restaurants - Wildflowers and TS Steakhouse - are also the only Forbes Star rated restaurants in New York north of New York City. Only properties that meet Forbes’ extremely high hospitality standards — the most stringent in the industry — are able to achieve a Four Star rating, which has established a global benchmark for luxury travel.
Forbes Travel Guide rates properties in more than 75 different countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. With only 558 hotels, 112 restaurants and 193 spas in the world to achieve a Four-Star rating, Turning Stone continues to be distinguished as one of the most prestigious properties in the world.
“Providing exceptional guest service and premier amenities is part of our DNA and is foundational to everything we do,” said Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter. “This recognition from Forbes Travel Guide and being distinguished among an elite group of the most exceptional resorts in the world remains our barometer for maintaining the highest standards of hospitality and guest service.”
“Travel has come back strongly, and the resilient hospitality industry is creatively rallying to accommodate the increased occupancy demand for most regions,” says Hermann Elger, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “While the industry faces some lingering issues, the 2022 award winners proved ready for those challenges and more, demonstrating the best that luxury hospitality has to offer.”
The Lodge has become synonymous with premier hospitality and exceptional experience for guests visiting from around the world. Forbes describes The Lodge as “Upstate New York’s answer to high-end hospitality” with “luxurious with sleek and spacious interiors” and notes that with all suite accommodations, it’s “a stay that’s a little more like home.”
Led by Turning Stone Executive Chef Ron Ross, TS Steakhouse Chef de Cuisine Ray Wells and Wildflowers Chef de Cuisine Joseph Kolo, TS Steakhouse and Wildflowers offer a culinary experience unlike anything else in Upstate New York.
Forbes describes TS Steakhouse with its breathtaking views and amenities and “one of the best see-and-be-seen places” and the touches of Oneida Indian Nation culture throughout the restaurant “adds a touch of authenticity to the high-in-the-sky culinary experience.”
Considered one of the most renowned and celebrated restaurants in New York, Forbes describes Wildflowers as, “Upstate elegance with seasonal flair,” and with its subtle lighting, it has “a romantic ambience and a quiet place to enjoy your evening.”
Forbes touts Skana Spa's peaceful setting as “oozing tranquility from the moment you enter the front doors…to the time you leave.”
The Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards follow an historic year of recognition for Turning Stone by the most esteemed and trusted names in hospitality. Upstate New York’s most awarded resort was recognized by Spas of Americas, naming Skana: the No. 1 spa in North America, by Golf Digest as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the Americas with its Editors’ Choice Awards, Peach Blossom, TS Steakhouse, Wildflowers and Pino Bianco were awarded OpenTable’s 2022 Diners’ Choice Award, and Turning Stone also earned accolades from AAA with three Four Diamond Awards. Additionally, Conde Nast Johansens honored Turning Stone with its elite Award of Excellence and the resort was ranked as one of USA Today’s Best 10 Casino Hotels.