We wanted to stay at the Lodge on the Lake to make it easier to attend the Victoria Justice/Big Time Rush concert with our kids. Our son has a disability and has some difficulty adapting to new places/crowds so our primary goal was to avoid the parking lot mess and subsequent meltdowns. When we initially checked, the prices were high and there was a two-day minimum stay. When my husband tried to secure a one night reservation, he was told to check back which he did twice without success. On the Tuesday before the Sunday night concert, he was able to convince the booking clerk to give him a room for one night. The cost sounds wild ($312) until you factor in a few other details. The room comes with dedicated parking (at the hotel, or, if you prefer, right at the amusement park) and TWO days of park admission. For a family of four, that is a significant savings. The hotel room itself was average. The pull out couch had some tears on the upholstery and there was no table to sit at. On the plus side, the room had a small fridge, lots of storage space and a really clean bathroom with the sink unit outside the toilet/shower-bath. The pool was clean and lovely--not too big up to five feet--with a lifeguard on duty, towels, and standard plastic loungers. The lobby featured a snack bar with pizza ($18.99 for a standard large), snacks, and breakfast items (yogurt, packaged Danish, cereal cups) at convenience store prices. The whole zen of the décor is Great Wolf Lodge wannabe, but what sets them apart is the service. All of the staff were pleasant and helpful (from the booking clerk to the maids who found a small souvenir item we'd left behind and emailed us to find out if we'd like to pick it up). The beds were a bit on the soft side but serviceable. The walk to the park is about five or ten minutes (depending on the pokiness of your group). Getting to the concert venue and back was a breeze. Because we were so close to the park, we got In before the crowds the next day (admittedly light because it was a Monday) and breezed through the lines.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Darien Lake Theme Park Resort is New York State’s largest theme park and water park vacation destination, with more than 100 rides, shows, attractions and a 20,000-capacity concert venue. Darien Lake is home to the Ride of Steel, one of the signature coasters in the northeast, SplashTown water park and award-winning entertainment. Darien Lake Theme Park Resort provides accommodations featuring the Lodge on the Lake Hotel, Brown Bear Cabins and 1,000-site campground. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Six Flags Hotel