I knew I was in trouble when I called to ask specifics about the room I had rented and the first thing the owner said was "didn't you get your letter?" After I laughed in my head and said to myself "are you sure you want to be in the hospitality business?" I got the information I needed, the room had a refridgerator, but no microwave. When I asked how we could heat things for our kids to eat he grudgingly said "there's plenty of restaurants in the area". No duh, but would you bring 9 kids (that's how many we had with us and the three other families we were traveling with) out to restaurant three nights in a row?
Overall, the grounds are magnificent, with plenty of lounge chairs, two beautiful dogs that run freely (great for us, not so great if you have a dog phobic person/child with you), kayaks, rowboats, shuffleboard, ping pong, basketball. The problem is that when you use them you can't help but feel they ( the owners) wish you weren't. They clean up around you at the end of the day, and you get the feeling you're the guest at the party that's stayed too long. That actually kind of sums up the feeling-this lodge is the owners home (they must have told us that at least twice pointedly) and you feel less like welcome guests than unwanted intruders. An elderly couple or a family with babies might do very well here because they would keep to themselves, but school age children - the kind that run and play and laugh and occassionaly break things - are definitely persona non-grata at this place. They should just fess up ahead of time and say so.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on beautiful Lake George, Chelka Lodge offers spacious motel and efficiency accommodations,and the water's edge is just a few steps from your door. Amenities include free use of rowboats, canoes, and kayaks, basketball, ping pong, and shuffleboard, sandy beach and sand-bottom swimming area. Beautiful lake views from every room. Complimentary light breakfast is served during peak season in our beautifully appointed lodge. AAA rated. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chelka Lodge On Lake George Hotel Bolton Landing
- Chelka Lodge On Lake George NY - Bolton Landing