DCC is a great place for young families. And as long as you're not hoping for much privacy this is an excellent choice. Positives: the cottages are authentic Adirondack style (brought back memories of staying at my Aunt's mountain house as a child in the '60s), there's a central grassy yard with jungle gyms for kids, most cottages have their own deck with table, chairs & unbrella, the beach has a great dock with built in seating, for many cabins parking is right next to your door. Unfortunatley some of what I really liked about this place also contributes to it's drawbacks: the cottages are very small. VERY small. The seating in the living room area is not enough for a family with teens. The shower stall is TINY. It's not possible to pick anything up if you drop it and shaving my legs was a challenge. But there were charming details that I really loved - oldschool trestle-style table & benches in the living/kitchen area, door latches on bed & bathroom doors, knotty pine paneling through-out. The cottages are also VERY close to eachother. While dining on your deck you will hear your neighbor's child screaming in the shower (since it's tough to bathe toddlers in a tiny shower), and when you're using the bathroom you'll hear your other neighbor's kid singing on their deck. We got to know all of our neighbors (didn't have much choice since we were so close) and we enjoyed that element - but you should know about it in advance. Since I like to sit out on the deck in the early morning in loungewear with my coffee I had to be very cautious about being modest since people walking to the lake on the path are passing by within 2-3 feet of you while sitting on your deck.
A huge advantage is the the kids can play together in the grassy yard while parents prepare dinner & enjoy a glass of wine afterwards. My teens really enjoyed it becuase the closeness of the place allowed them to hang out with the other teens until midnight (which we'd otherwise never allow). But there were not alot of teens.
Some reviews compalined that there's only one A/C unit and it's in the living room - but I have to say, it was sufficient - and my husband likes the A/C set so low that we have icicles hanging form our chins.
This place is PERFECT for families with young kids for another reason too - the beach is super-shallow. Shallow like you're up to your knees until you're 20 feet out. Parents of toddlers & preschoolers will love this place since it's a dream for watching your kids. For us it was tougher - we couldn't get into deep water at all.
By the end of the week we had become friendly with the other families there as my teens loved being with their little kids and the freedom to hang out at night. My teens want to go back next year but as adults we are not convinced. We'd like to find a place with a little more privacy, relaxed living room seating for 4 adults and a shower large enough to pick up my razor if dropped. It'd also be nice to used the bathroom without hearing my neighor's chatting quietly on their deck.
We wish we had found this place years ago when the kids were preschoolers as it is a PERFECT fit for families with little ones. Perfect. And all of the families we met with young children plan on going back next year.
PS - the place is clean, they supply kitchen wear for cooking & serving. They do not provide bathtowels - but John is VERY clear about that in the confirmation email. The BBQ grills are for charcoal and John sells charcoal, light fluid & firewood. But you can get all of those at much lower cost at KMart.
Overall the place was really nice. We did have a nice time - the kids were happy. We only wish the cabins were a tiny bit larger and farther apart and that there was deeper swim area at the beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lake George Cottages, Cabins Hotel and Suites. Lake George NY Family Vacation Resort. Kitchen Facilities, BBQ Grill, Spa, Fitness Center, Boats, Docks, Charter Fishing, Private Boat Tours, Kayaks, Row boats, Playground, Game Room, Basketball, Ping Pong, Private Beach, Level Grounds, Magnificent Views & Much More. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Diamond Cove Cottages Hotel Diamond Point
- Diamond Cove Cottages Lake George, NY - Diamond Point