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“Peaceful and beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
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Garnet Hill Lodge
39 Garnet Hill Rd, North River, NY 12856   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 North River B&B and Inns
Guilderland, New York
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“Peaceful and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

The lodge is multiple buildings, spread out a bit. We stayed in the tea house, in a top floor room with a king sized bed and a single bed. Very quiet, peaceful, and comfortable. You can walk or drive uphill to the main lodge and restaurant. The main lodge overlooks the lake at a distance. To get to the lake, it would be a long walk so you'll probably drive down to the private dock area. The room rate is affordable considering it includes an incredible free breakfast and free use of the boats at the dock for as long as you want, including the day you check out. We used a two person kayak for a two-hour exploration of the entire length of the lake. Got up close to a loon and heron. Very beautiful and relaxing, plus great exercise. No competition from noisy motor boats. Colors should be spectacular in the fall. Lodge has special events that are worth finding out about. We used the lodge computer for internet because our cell phones were not getting a signal. Dinner in lodge also great, although separate charge. Ping pong tables, games, foosball table, TV room, all good for family/group relaxing in lodge. Far enough away from town to be a complete getaway, so plan on eating at the lodge dining room rather than driving into town.

Room Tip: top room of tea house (I think it was #32) was good, and didn't have any of the problems mention...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Don P, Owner at Garnet Hill Lodge, responded to this review, September 1, 2013
Dear LMomNY,

Thank you very much for your informative and complimentary review of Garnet Hill Lodge. Your observations are helpful and give a very good idea of what the lodge is like for just about everybody who stays with us.

Thank you again,
Don Preuninger
Owner
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

The availability of mountain bikes, kayaks, canoeing, trails, beach, hiking trails, indoor ping pong, pool table etc were all great. The views from the lodge were awesome. Definitely hike to the Hooper garnet mine on the property- collect real pieces of garnet! Nice bonfires at night with smores available from the lodge. Food was good at the lodge restaurant. My two kids, ages 8 and 6 had a blast.

The negatives all involved the room. Although very spacious, it needs significant improvements. There was mold all along the bottom of the shower curtain and in the grout. The room ceiling tiles were sagging in areas but looked clean. Not as nice as I expected. We are frequent travelers and use trip advisor to help guide us. Hope this was helpful to you.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Don P, Owner at Garnet Hill Lodge, responded to this review, September 1, 2013
Dear LoveParis,

Thank you so much for your nice review of Garnet Hill Lodge. I'm glad you had such a great time with all the activities and extras that we provide. As for the improvements that are needed, we are totally with you on that as well. As owners for the last 20 months, we have worked very hard to improve the interior and exterior features of the Log House, Birches, Tea House and even the Ski Shop. Clearly we have not accomplished all that we need to as of yet. But it is a process that will continue as long as we are owners to make the lodge better and better each season. By next summer I'm confident that you will notice many significant improvements and renovations.

Thanks again,
Don Preuninger
Owner
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Garnet Hill is a rustic Adirondack lodge overlooking Thirteenth Lake. Our friends, my husband and I stayed in the Tea House, a 4 room cabin just a short walk or drive from the main Lodge. The setting was perfect- surrounded by trees, and afforded us great privacy. The room itself was sparsely furnished in rustic Adirondack style, which was fine. However, there was only 1 mirror in the room, mounted high over the bathroom sink. Being a petite woman, I couldn't see beyond my forehead, ( not exactly conducive to good grooming). Also, during our several night stay, housekeeping changed the bedding only once, and did not replenish soap, tissues or other toiletries throughout our stay. A little more attention to the rooms would definately bring the resort to an overall rating of five for me .
The Lodge itself is really cozy with a magnificent view of Thirteenth Lake. Lovely music is piped in and on Saturday night, Don, one of the owners , provides nice piano music . The staff is friendly and helpful . Breakfasts ,( included in your stay) are full and varied, served on the enclosed porch overlooking the Lake. Dinner is served in the dining room and a limited menu is available in the Pub nightly.
The trails surrounding the property are great for hiking, ' must be amazing for x-country in the winter. Some chairs and plenty of canoes, kayaks, & rowboats are available down at the Lake. Overall, this is a relaxing and comfortable place for the outdoor lover, providing easy access for adventure, or just doing not much of anything.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

My family was assigned to Room 33 in the Teahouse. Upon entering, we were met with the smell of a musty basement. A dehumidifier was humming in the corner. The bedspread on the king bed felt unclean. The "jacuzzi" sits in a windowless, uninviting room (unfinished wood trim) which contains a door marked "employees only". That door happened to be open, and, indeed revealed a dusty old basement. A tiny adjoining bathroom is also windowless. It was difficult to locate our room number, because it is barely visible above the door. Also of note, a large beam is holding up one of the porches on one side of the building.

I chose Garnet HIll because of the fabulous words written by the many reviewers. Not only was this lodge disappointing, but the fact that people obviously write misleading reviews is a huge disservice to other people and to the credibility of Trip Advisor.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Don P, Owner at Garnet Hill Lodge, responded to this review, September 1, 2013
Dear artmec61,

Thank you for your forthright criticism of Garnet Hill Lodge. I apologize that your choice of a pet friendly room did not meet your expectations for our rustic Adirondack style lodge. We have made great effort to factually represent all of our rooms with current photos on our website and most guests feel we undersell the features. While the items you mention don't seem critical enough to warrant such a low opinion of your overall stay, we certainly take them very seriously. Although we're unable to relocate the Mechanical Room, we will label it as such for clarity. The popularity of the Tea House pet friendly rooms may be a reason why you sensed a bit of a mustiness in the room and is why we installed the high-efficiency dehumidifier/air cleaners in these rooms. The pet fee charged is in part for the additional time involved in changing out and fully laundering all bedding between guests (which includes the comforters) and a thorough cleaning & freshening of all surfaces. Even with this effort, we recognize that at times it may not be possible to get 100% of a dog's odor out of a room in a 4 hour time window from check-out to check-in...perhaps something other dog owners are able to over-look for the ability to have their "best friend" accompany them on vacation.

We have owned the lodge for 20 months and are continually working to refurbish and renovate the rooms, buildings and grounds. As for the railings outside, you probably noticed the new twig-work we are replacing the old railing with to create a comfortable deck space for our Tea House guests, that work will continue to completion before winter. As for your criticism of TripAdvisor and the reviews of our other guests, I can only leave it to the reader to draw their own conclusions.

Thank you again for your feedback,
Don Preuninger
Owner
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Kingston, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This was a really lovely place. There was an air of generosity throughout. We really enjoyed taking the mountain bikes on the well kept trails. The beach on 13th lake was immaculate, beautiful and very child friendly, though a bit crowded at times. Mondays, apparently, are the quietest days at the beach. Don't miss taking a quiet canoe ride on that gorgeous lake. The hike to the old garnet mine was also great. The breakfasts, included in the room price, were generous and delicious (one day we got wild blueberry pancakes). The restaurant was good overall. The town of North River, close by, was charming and also had some nice restaurants. The Owners were friendly, available and seemed very invested in our enjoyable stay. We will definitely be returning here. There is no fitness center persay, but we all got so much exercise here using the bikes, swimming and hiking.

Room Tip: The Tea House was less charming than the lodge, but perhaps better for families. The balcony rooms h...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Don P, Owner at Garnet Hill Lodge, responded to this review, September 1, 2013
Dear Jules648,

We appreciate your glowing review of Garnet Hill Lodge and the amenities included in your stay. Your observations and tips are very helpful and give a good sense of what things are like here. We will continue to refurbish and improve the "charm" of the Tea House rooms and hope to host you again soon!

Thanks again,
Don Preuninger,
Owner
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Hempstead, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

we were there as part of a small family reunion and loved the friendly, cozy lodge with plenty of areas for small groups to sit together and chat, indoors and outside. The location is stunning with a great view of the mountains and Thirteenth Lake, both from the Lodge itself (and rooms on that side) and the large, sloping lawn in front, where we had a campfire and made s'mores one evening, or the next, sat outside in the adirondack chairs with a cognac to watch the last glimmers of daylight fade from the sky over the mountains. We were only there two days so we couldn't do everything, but managed to fit in some mountain biking, some hiking, and a couple rounds of lake swimming (very nice swim area!) and kayaking. Our room was lovely with an amazing view, great beds, and was very clean and comfortable. Everything had a nice feel of country comfort without pretentions. Everyone on the staff was very friendly and accommodating, with kind words or funny stories to tell, and pretty much all of the guests start talking to one another so that you really feel like you're at a big family reunion even with people you just met! We appreciated the breakfasts (included) and the free coffee/tea service always available. We took all of our meals at the lodge, which had a nice menu: you have to wait a bit because they cook to order, but no one is in a hurry and that's just part of the family feel of the place. The food was good, the bar well-stocked and everyone relaxed and friendly. Our brief stay gave us many moments to hold onto for the year: of calm, quiet beauty in nature, as well as warm, sociable moments with family and friends, and rustic refinement all around. Can't wait to return.

Room Tip: We stayed in #9, which was wonderful on the lake side overlooking the big lawn,with a nice balcony...
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  • 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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Rochester, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I'd like to give the rating 4.5 not just 4. Our stay (3 friends out for hiking adventures) was wonderful. The Lodge was perfect - rustic with a touch of sophistication. Nicely decorated. Beautiful view. Trails available right from the lodge, so you don't have to get in the car once you are there!

Each night there is a bonfire (and usually marshmallows we were told, but not on the nights we were there). You can have breakfast (which is eggs cooked to order with one special) and watch the hummingbirds at the feeder. Coffee, tea and cocoa are always available.

The restaurant food was good, but not as excellent as we were hoping. Our meat and fish were overcooked, but acceptable.The wine selection was excellent and we made a good choice. Also, a nice touch, the staff allowed us a taste of one before we selected.

Desserts are excellent as arw the hors d'oeuvres. We loved the baked brie with raspberry maple compote - an hor d'oeuvres which could have been a dessert. The melon soup was also delicious.

Overall, the food and service in the restaurant were very good ++, but not quite excellent.

But the lodge itself, with the helpful and eager and friendly staff, beautiful views, secluded location, nice little touches (free land line because there is no cell access), free Internet, plenty of places to relax, really make this place something special.

The new owners are super. If you love the Adirondacks and like a little bit of luxury, you will love this place!

Room Tip: Choose a balcony room. It is easily worth the extra price and the view is spectacular!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: 39 Garnet Hill Rd, North River, NY 12856
Location: United States > New York > North River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in North River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Garnet Hill Lodge is a 4 season lodge and resort in the central Adirondacks. Situated on a gentle hill overlooking pristine Thirteenth Lake, Garnet Hill Lodge offers a storybook Adirondack setting for individuals, couples, and families to escape from the hectic pace of everyday life and surround themselves with the serenity of nature. Our guests can choose to actively engage in hiking, mountain biking, swimming, paddling a kayak/canoe... Or just settle into an Adirondack chair on the expansive front lawn with a good book if preferred. Winter opens up 50k of beautifully groomed cross-country ski trails, countless miles of back-country and snowshoe trails. As well as 15 minutes to downhill skiing at Gore Mountain. Our main Log House Lodge is reminiscent of an Adirondack Great Camp. The original structure was built in 1936 and offers a casual, friendly atmosphere with Bed and Breakfast guest service. Our location provides convenient access to many vacation activities, but best of all, it is a unique opportunity for couples and families to reconnect over wholesome outdoor activities. Our full service restaurant is open to the public and nourishes all our guests with freshly prepared, hearty lodge meals. ... more   less 
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