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963 Friends Lake Rd, Chestertown, NY 12817-2104
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#2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Chestertown
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Friends Lake Inn is a luxury Adirondack hotel offering romantic lodging and two on-site dining options; our fine dining restaurant and welcoming taproom featuring regional beers. Guests are treated to a full made-to-order breakfast each morning.
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Breakfast available
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mamster61 wrote a review Aug 2021
Syracuse, New York13 contributions1 helpful vote
This is a well-run property with nice, rustic accommodations and good food. The staff is wonderful. We stayed in the Lake Placid room, which was spacious and had an especially nice bathroom with clawfoot tub and steam shower. However, we never would have chosen this property for our getaway had we known there was no access to Friends Lake. The photos on the website are extremely deceiving. There is essentially no view from the Inn of this lake, which is across the street, down a long gravel road, and largely obscured by a private home. You can walk down the buggy road and look at the lake, but you can not sit there, swim, or launch a kayak/canoe. The reservation form includes a disclaimer to acknowledge their pool (never mentioned or pictured on website) is closed, but really should acknowledge that they have no lake access. The Inn is a 20 to 30 minute drive from other lakes and anything else you might want to do.
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Date of stay: August 2021
morr316 wrote a review Aug 2021
New York City, New York230 contributions93 helpful votes
The Friends Lake Inn provides a rustic environment that is very comfortable. The room had its own fireplace (not so helpful in a heat wave, but I'd imagine very nice in the winter), nearby to a nice town and good hiking. Breakfast comes with the room, with a nice selection of simple but tasty dishes. The restaurant for dinner is a nice room, a little dark, that provides the atmosphere for a more formal meal, but there is also an informal bar. Internet service in the rooms is spotty -- don't rely on it if you really need it. Service is uneven -- some of the folks at the front desk can be abrupt and brusque, but others were nice enough. Overall, a very nice stay, with some room for improvement.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Andy C wrote a review Aug 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
The inn is nice enough. I have no really negative comments but we aware their website is terribly out of date. The most important thing you need to know is they DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO FRIENDS LAKE!! I have no idea what happened, but they no longer have lake access, Friends Lake is a private lake and the inn does NOT have access. Also, the pool is closed, if that's important to you. A couple of other notes. We stayed in the Lake George room. Nice room and comfortable, but it smells like a fireplace. Not like smoke, but like a fireplace. They do have a real wood burning fireplace in the room. That's a really nice feature, but I'm guessing someone who stayed in the room didn't understand the damper and the room - well smells like smoke. Also, the Lake George room is on the 2nd floor, which saves a bit of stairs, but the room above has VERY CREEKY floors. When the guests above you use the bathroom in the middle of the night, you will certainly know it. Our relatives stayed in the "Cabin" across the street. Again, a nice place, but be aware there is no take out from the restaurant, oh - and breakfast is not included with the Cabin. Not a huge problem, but our relatives are elderly and it was not possible for them to walk back and forth across the street to the restaurant, Please understand, I'm not being critical, just want folks to understand some minor issues. The trails behind the cabin are not very suitable for hiking. They may be fine in the winter for snowshoeing, but they are overgrown and not maintained. Overall, the inn is fine. The staff was very friendly and the restaurant is very good, Do not rely on the website for accurate information, They seemed surprised to hear that their website was so out of date. That surprised me! I was really looking forward to using their kayaks and doing some fishing on the lake. Would I stay there again? No. Not because the inn is bad, but if I'm going to the Adirondacks, I want to be on a lake, or at least have access to a lake. It was really disappointing.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: Lake George room smells like smoke and the floors above the room are very creeky!
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Ellen B wrote a review Jul 2021
Albany, New York3 contributions2 helpful votes
We had such a fantastic time at the Friends Lake Inn! The staff were all so friendly and welcoming, from the first phone call (thank you, Betty). Our room- the Cedar Room- was gorgeous. With a screened-in porch and the most comfortable double tub! Plus a full breakfast for around $200/ night. We used the canoe and kayaks the Inn provides to paddle around the beautiful, quiet Friends Lake. We white water-rafted at Beaver Brook Outfitters- who were great!- only a few minutes away. We also enjoyed the nearby Adirondack Cafe. And the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves, also in Pottersville, was amazing. 2 nights away, just 90 minutes from Albany, felt like such a great escape. Thank you to Julie, Betty, Jeff, Mimi and Sarah who all worked so hard to make our experience so good. And thanks to Anna at the ADK Cafe, and the chef who makes the she-crab soup that you HAVE to have.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: The website gives great information to figure out what room to choose- which have balconies, etc.
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April G wrote a review Jun 2021
Rutherford, New Jersey52 contributions7 helpful votes
We went to Friends Lake Inn to celebrate my husband’s birthday and Fathers Day, and ended up making great memories and friends. Before making reservations, I emailed back and forth with Dawn to ask about using our kayaks and her response was quick and enthusiastic. Making reservations was effortless with FLI user friendly website featuring bountiful photos and information about the Inn, the Lake and surrounding areas. Because the temperature was going to be a little chillier than expected, I changed my reservation the day before to a room with a gas fireplace, which was likewise easily accomplished with a phone call. We arrived at about 645 on Friday and were greeted by both Betty, at the front desk, and Courtney, who was one of our lovely waitresses for the evening. After checking us in, Betty invited us for a brief tour and provided a history of the Inn. The inn was tastefully decorated and well appointed with comfortable and plentiful chairs and sofas spread about in the common areas. Betty then took us to our room, Saranac Lake. I understand why it’s the owner’s favorite. Set on the corner of the second floor, with a screened in porch to watch the sun rise over the lake with some delicious coffee, the room is spectacular. The bed is like sleeping on a cloud with luscious linens and robes that feel of velvet on your skin. The gas fireplace took the chill out of the room quickly and the exposed wood walls and ceiling give it a classically Adirondack feel. The bathroom is so luxurious and immense with its double sinks, deep soaking clawfoot tub and steam shower. The white towels were plush and plentiful. An abundance of closet space and a sink in the room makes this choice of room that much more comfortable. We quickly changed and headed down to dinner at The Bistro where we enjoyed wonderful creations by Josh and Nester. Delicious roasted tomato soup and PEI mussels for appetizers. The bison skirt steak was marinated to perfection and the margarita flatbread with basil, tomatoes and mozzarella was perfectly flavored. We sat outside for dinner and Betty kindly offered to start us a fire in the outdoor fireplace on the patio when it started getting chilly. Courtney and Nicole were our delightful servers both nights. They were very attentive without being intrusive. They made good suggestions from the menu and wine list (which had a wonderful variety of flavors and cost- something for every palate), and were so friendly and fun. Friday night Ashley made delicious concoctions at the bar and was warm and amiable. On Saturday, Jeff (the GM) manned the bar until Courtney and Nicole took over. They did an awesome job multitasking, keeping everyone enjoying drinks at the bar happy, while running food for those still eating. After the kitchen closed on Saturday night, we all sat around the bar laughing and telling stories among the guests and staff. The atmosphere felt comfortable and cozy, like being with old friends. Breakfast, brought to us by Julianna (which is included with the overnight stay) was as beautifully presented as it was delicious. And the coffee was heavenly. And Julianna kept it coming with a smile. The lake access is a short walk away. They have kayaks and a canoe for guest use or you can bring your own. There are Adirondack chairs by the lake where you can just sit and enjoy the view and a picnic lunch. We spent Saturday exploring the lake, hiking trails and outdoor space. We were fortunate enough to get the chance to spend time with Alim, the owner, during our stay. He is a great conversationalist, interesting, well traveled, smart, funny and kind. But the thing that impressed me the most was his genuine concern that his staff was happy so that they could provide a wonderful experience for guests of the Inn. Hats off to you Alim for providing us with a magnificent visit to the Adirondacks with great amenities, food, wines and people to make the experience so memorable. We can’t wait to come back. Thank you for a wonderful weekend.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Friends Lake Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Friends Lake Inn?
Nearby attractions include C&C Snowmobile Tours (1.5 miles), The Crossroads (4.3 miles), and Rustic Charm (2.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Friends Lake Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Friends Lake Inn?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Friends Lake Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Friends Lake Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Main St Ice Cream Parlor, Odd Duck, and The Bullhouse.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Friends Lake Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Friends Lake Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting North Creek Depot Museum (8.1 miles).
Does Friends Lake Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.