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“Leave School Age Kids at Home!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Chelka Lodge on Lake George

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4204 Lakeshore Drive, Bolton Landing, NY 12824   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Bolton Landing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Massachusetts
1 review
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Leave School Age Kids at Home!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2006

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.

  • Liked — The location and the accessability to the lake
  • Disliked — Not kid friendly at all
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't bring school age children.
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hudson, OH
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2006

Room was clean, neat, freshly painted; grounds well maintained; clean beach; great water; friendly owners; breakfast with home made muffins - delicious!

Seems to be full-up with guests all summer with many repeat customers - tells me a lot that is positive about the place.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2005

checked on internet and spoke with owners. Was told the place had been updated. I believed that because it is supposedly rated a triple A hotel. We had reservations for a week in the carriage house. Stayed one night and checked out the next morning. The carriage house was DIRTY and DISTUGUSTING! Furnishings literally broken, falling apart, carpet was filthy! Ceiling tiles falling out, kitchen so bad you wouldn't even touch the cabinets! Don't rent without seeing a place. Many in the Lake George area very OLD and in need of severe updating!

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Additional Information about Chelka Lodge on Lake George

Address: 4204 Lakeshore Drive, Bolton Landing, NY 12824
Location: United States > New York > Bolton Landing
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Bolton Landing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
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 
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