Oneida Indian Nation Homelands (February 20, 2019) – Continuing its legacy of exceptional guest service and world-class amenities, Turning Stone Resort Casino is proud to announce today it has again earned three coveted Four-Star Awards from the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide for 2019. Being honored for the third consecutive year are the resort’s Wildflowers restaurant and world-class Skʌ:nʌ́: spa, and for the fourth consecutive year, The Lodge, its Adirondack style all-suite hotel.  Skʌ:nʌ́: is recognized as the only Four- or Five-Star rated spa in New York, north of the New York City area, and Wildflowers is the only restaurant in New York, north of New York City, to earn a Four- or Five-Star rating.  Turning Stone remains the only resort in the Northeast to have earned three Forbes Four-Star Awards and three AAA Four-Diamond awards at one property.

Forbes Travel Guide rates properties in more than 76 different countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. With only 534 hotels, 152 restaurants and 217 spas in the world to achieve a Four-Star rating, Turning Stone continues to be distinguished as one of the most elite properties found anywhere around the globe.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by Forbes Travel Guide for having one of the finest properties in the world,” said Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Turning Stone Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter. “This recognition signifies our guest service and collection of world-class amenities are exceeding the highest standards of excellence.”

To determine its Star Award winners, Forbes Travel Guide’s highly trained inspectors anonymously visit every property they rate, evaluating each based on up to 900 rigorous and objective criteria and enabling guests to make the best, most informed travel and leisure choices. The only independent, global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, Forbes has been verifying luxury since 1958.

“We are delighted to celebrate the 2019 Star Rating winners, an outstanding collection of hotels, restaurants and spas that demonstrate a strong culture of service,” said Filip Boyen, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide. “In a time of information overload and fake online reviews, Forbes Travel Guide is the ultimate trusted source in luxury travel. Our objective, data-driven Star Rating list, features properties that achieved an impeccable standard of excellence in hospitality. We congratulate everyone associated with the prestigious properties recognized today.”

Wildflowers Restaurant

Now with its third Forbes Four-Star rating, more than a decade earning the AAA Four-Diamond rating, and many other awards, Wildflowers is considered one of the most renowned restaurants in New York. Forbes describes Wildflowers as, “Culinary art meets casino nightlife,” and “By day, the establishment buzzes with families and friends getting in a hearty breakfast before hitting the links or taking tennis lessons. By night, the space turns into a romantic hideaway tucked off the first floor.” Wildflowers’ distinctive Contemporary American menu boasts only the finest fresh ingredients, fresh catch seafood, perfectly prepared steaks and more.

Led by Turning Stone Executive Chef Ron Ross and Chef de Cuisine Joseph Kolo, the talented chefs at Wildflowers offer an assortment of variations and exceptional pairings for a truly unique dining experience.

Skʌ:nʌ́: Spa

Turning Stone’s Skʌ:nʌ́: spa also received the award for the third consecutive year, based on its soothing treatments and modern amenities. Forbes describes Skʌ:nʌ́: as “the perfect refuge from the bright lights and bold sounds of Turning Stone” and that it “oozes tranquility; from the moment you enter the front doors…to the time you leave.”  Its spa therapy, exceptional services and stunning architecture create the ultimate in relaxing experiences that fuse perfectly with Skʌ:nʌ́:’s unique American Indian cultural themes.

The Lodge

Earning its fourth Four-Star rating from Forbes Travel Guide is The Lodge, Turning Stone’s elegant and serene, Adirondack-style all-suite hotel. Home to Turning Stone’s other two exceptional venues earning this Forbes recognition, The Lodge is known for its perfection when it comes to pampering guests who visit from around the world. This exquisite hideaway combines luxurious services and privacy with easy access to the resort’s wide-ranging entertainment and dining options, delivering a unique and unparalleled experience.

To see the Forbes listings for Wildflowers, The Lodge and Skʌ:nʌ́:, and the entire collection of 2019 Forbes Travel Guide Star Award Winners, click here.


About Turning Stone Resort Casino
A renowned, award-winning destination resort in Upstate New York, the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino features world-class amenities including four hotels, two luxurious spas, five golf courses, more than 20 dining options, a 125,000 square foot Las Vegas-style gaming floor, a cabaret style Showroom, a 5,000 seat arena, and several nightlife venues. Conveniently located 30 miles east of Syracuse at NYS Thruway exit 33, Turning Stone was named “Best Countryside Hotel/Lodge” in 2017 by Condé Nast Johansens, and the #1 Best Gaming Resort in New York by Casino Player Magazine in 2018. Turning Stone has also earned the prestigious Forbes Four Star Award for The Lodge, Wildflowers restaurant and Skʌ:nʌ́: spa, Forbes Recommended Ratings for TS Steakhouse and, for more than a decade, the AAA Four Diamond Award for The Lodge, The Tower Hotel, and Wildflowers restaurant.

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