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“Great vacation spot” 5 of 5 stars
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430 Canada Street, Lake George, NY 12845   |  
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Ranked #5 of 88 Hotels in Lake George
River Edge, New Jersey
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great vacation spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

The Balsam Motel, on Canada Street located in Lake George, NY, is an attractive place to stay while visiting the area. Its location is set back from the hustle and bustle of the town and the rooms are comfortable and clean. Your car can stay parked the entire visit because restaurants, the lake, and activities in town are within walking distance. Visit the Balsam . . . you will enjoy the experience!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Bethel, Connecticut
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

this was a "getaway" trip for us this time, and again George and Suzanne were as gracious as our many times before. don't think of going anyplace else. this was about our 12th stay here and we are in walking distance of all lake George activities, we have a view of the lake, the public beach is 500 feet away! yet it is off the beaten path. thanks again Suzanne & George for a very enjoyable stay. Pete ,Nancy & Cora.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Troy, New York, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The Balsam Motel is one of our favorite places to stay every summer! The motel is always clean, quiet and only a short walk to the village and restaurants. The owners are extremely accommodating and treat you like a family member. We have been staying at the Balsam Motel for many years and look forward to many more to come! Thank you George and Suzanne!
Dean and Kristen

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yonkers, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We had a wonderful time .You has been the best place to stay.
Balsam Motel recommended it because a clean , quiet and the owners are friendly If you need anything, information or just wnat to have a nice talk George and his wife are there for you. The Cottage are beautiful. Located about 1 minute walk from the lake you can even beneficiate of a little private beach. The Balsam's also has a great pool and is a quiet & safe place for all the family. It's located about a 10 minutes walk to the grocery & downtown (main activities). .Thanks for everything . We will see you next year. Thanks Carol

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

What can I say, first word that comes to mind is "friendly". When you arrive the owner "George" greets you and takes time to bring you to your lodge and go around it with you. If you need anything, information or just wnat to have a nice talk George and his wife are there for you.

The lodges are nor new, but comfortable, clean and have al the ammenities you need to have on vacation. Located about 1 minute walk from the lake you can even beneficiate of a little private beach.

The Balsam's also has a great pool and is a quiet & safe place for all the family. It's located about a 10 minutes walk to the grocery & downtown (main activities).

Frankly if you are lucky enough to be able to get a room, I assure you that you will have a pleasant stay. Sure it's not the Ritz but who cares, friendly, well priced & well located is better that the glitz!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

I will start with the positives. SPARKLING, CLEAN POOL. CLEAN SHEETS. VILLAGE LOCATION. FRIDGE AND FLAT SCREEN in room. Now the negatives. The carpet was in bad shape. None of us would dare walk on it barefoot. The mattresses had stains. The towels had hairs embedded in them. Loose tiles on bathroom floor. The initial appearance of the room was very drab. This motel is pet friendly and it shows. I know this is not the Georgian Resort down the street, we happen to prefer smaller, rustic, hidden spots when we travel, and there are several better options than this place. Oh, be very careful with their billing procedures. All is not as it seems. Worked out in the end, but getting a straight answer was tough to do. Beware of Suzanne, she is not a happy person.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

I stayed at The Balsam in August. We go to Lake George every summer and this summer we made sure to return to The Balsam. Last year we stayed somewhere else and we wished we were at The Balsam! It is clean, calm, quiet, and woodsy. The owners are so friendly and they help you with everything you need. If you want crowded, commotion, and kids everywhere- do not go here. If you are looking for a peaceful experience in Lake George- The Balsam is your place.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Balsam Motel & Cottages

Address: 430 Canada Street, Lake George, NY 12845
Location: United States > New York > Lake George
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Lake George
#21 Family Hotel in Lake George
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Balsam Motel is a family run motel. Whether you choose the privacy of our own cottage or one of our motel rooms, our Lake George Village location gives you easy access to shops and attractions. Our secluded wooded setting is the perfect place to unwind and have a barbeque. We strive to offer you the best and friendliest accommodations. ... more   less 
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