We planned our Lake George trip only a couple of weeks in advance and having never been to the area we relied heavily on the trip advisor reviews and we were not disappointed. There are 4 basic lodging options in this area - the large chain hotels which are near the highway / not even close to the lake, the luxury resorts on the lake which are VERY expensive, the motels in town - some of which don't even have a view of the lake, or the family type resorts on the lake. The Flamingo is in the last category. This is on the lake, with a few different room options. We stayed in a 2 bedroom efficiency with a living room and a kitchen area. We arrived mid-week and early in the day, but Laura and George were able to accomodate us and get us in our room within 30 mintues. We enjoyed the lake beach in the meantime.
The accomodations were VERY clean, the outside of the place is well maintained. This is not luxury - but since we spent only a couple of hours a day other than sleeping in our room it wa a perfect fit. The price was very competitive.
The lakeside beach is perfect for families of all ages - an "enclosed" swimming area for little kids, and an elevated dock for the older kids to jump off. There's a dock and two "decks" set higher and over the water with chairs, umbrellas and tables. The teens from a few different families all became friends after a day or two and decided the deck was their place to hang out in the eveing. The deck is a great place mid-day to keep an eye on your older kids and late afternoon for snacks or drinks.
The kitchens have everything needed for basic cooking needs, plates, utensils, pots & pans, so we made breakfast almost every day. Outside all of the rooms are tables, chairs, picnic tables, and grills. Many families had dinner onsite & in the evening you can smell the aroma of grilled steaks, burgers, ribs, sausage. As a mom of teens I spend more time in the kitchen than I like anyway - and since this was my vacation too we ate dinner out every night - but it would have been super easy to grill a few burgers for a low-cost alternative.
Following the advice of others on this site we brought inflatable tubes & floats, beach towels and additional bath towels. After one afternoon at the beach we bought some clothesline and tied our tubes together and to the dock so we could completely relax into the lake and not worry about floating away. Taht was one of the best parts of my vacation - the floating every afternoon. As for towels - the towels at the Flamingo are on the small side, but every other day the staff comes in and replaces them. They don't clean & make beds in the efficiency units which was fine - but we could have used a small vaccuum for the grass the beach sand that gets tracked in. I'm sure they would have run the vaccuum one day if we had asked, because everything we asked for they were very quick to provide - no matter how big or small.
George, the owner, is on site all the time. The place is well run and the staff is nearly invisible but always around. Before Labor Day weekend began I noticed one of the staff cleaning all the grills - and there are probably 30+ around the property.
We found that AT&T gets limited cell reception on site (only on the decks over the lake) which was disappointing to my teenage daughter initially - but by the end of our 5 nite stay she commented that it was a good thing beucase she woudn't have met the other teens if she had been texting all the time. Apparently Verizon worked jsut fine becuase my offie blackberry kept getting emails (darn). The Flamingo also has WiFi which worked wonderfully until Labor Day weekend arrived. Not sure if there was too much volume but we didn't miss the internet for two days.
A quick story about the service at the Flamingo - Friday night a group of 20-something guys who had been drinking for a while began to get loud - not aggressive or scary - just dumb and loud. They were staying in the room next to ours and they were outside our hanging out. They woke me up and int he next 10 minutes while trying to decide how to handle it I heard one of the Flamingo staff people come over to them and remind them that this is a family place and people and their kids are trying to sleep and it's the middle of the night - please break it up and call it a night. I didn't even have to make a call - a calm, in-charge, reasonable management person arrived and saved the day (night). The people at the Flamingo anticipate what their guest will need and want. Super.
They also have two pools (delightful - not at all crowded), two ping pong tables, a volleyball court, horseshoe court, and two playgrounds for little kids. The kids of all ages were out every evening and it was really a pleasure to see families all out and doing stuff instead of inside in front of a TV.
Finally, there's a fishing boat (catch & release) that operates from their dock. Jason bought the boat from George (Flamingos' owner) a few years ago and you can tell he takes pride in his business. He's a friendly, helpful, knowledgeable guy. We went out one evening from 4 - 8. While I'm not a fisher myself, my husband and kids had a great time (caught numerous fish) and I really enjoyed the gorgeous sunset on the lake.
As we drove away early Monday morning my husbnad commented that this was probably our best family vacation ever (we've done Disney, Hershey, Williamsburg, Gettysberg, etc.) and the kids (11 and 14) asked if we could come back next year. THAT's a successful vacation.
We do plan on coming back now that we've discovcered Lake George and the Flamingo. Just delightful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Combine a mountain and shore vacation! Enjoy our private sandy beach, 2 pools, playgrounds, BBQ, and other family activities. Choose from our Standard Rooms or 1, 2 or 3 Bedroom Housekeeping Units with Kitchens. Enjoy our clean, comfortable spacious property. Conveniently located in Diamond Point, midway between Lake George Village and Bolton Landing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Resort On Lake George Hotel Diamond Point
- Flamingo Resort On Lake George NY - Diamond Point