My husband and I stayed at the Deep Dene and got a cottage that was right on the lake. The woman (Mary?) at the front desk was very nice and pleasantly answered our questions. The room was great and exactly what we needed- clean, reasonably maintained, etc. Truthfully, it did not look like a unit that had been through an entire vacation season. If it hadn't been for some very minor evidence (thanks Liza for carving in the wall that you'd been there in 94) you wouldn't have known we weren't the first people to stay the unit. We stayed for about a week, and had one of our best vacations in the area. We watched the sunrise, barbequed, played tennis, made margaritas and s'mores. What more could to overaged kids ask for??
My only complaint about the Deep Dene is the behavior and lack of consideration of some of the people who stay there (see above comment directed at Liza). Seriously, the staff at the Deep Dene is not there to pick up the stuff you've left on the beach and other common areas, or repair deck chairs and the trim on the boat house that you've jumped all over. This kind of behavior is unfortunately not exclusive to Deep Dene.
Speaking of people, be aware as a previous poster stated- there are alot of units on this property (check the property map they provide online). This means if you like sleep, you probably won't get as much as you're used to. This place is very active into the night, and not everyone realizes that they're standing right outside your bedroom when they're having a conversation. Additionally, this also means that things can get a little crowded. Since we were there after Labor Day, we were able to pretty much do whatever we wanted; peddle boats, tennis, pool, etc. (Apparently some schools go back later, because they were at about 30/40% capacity that week.) At the height of the season, activities must be at a premium.
I have recommended Deep Dene to my neighbors who have children (and don't get alot of sleep to begin with anyway!). There's plenty of places for them to play, explore, and run around safely, including two playgrounds, ping pong, volleyball, etc. Deep Dene is definitely a kid and family friendly place.
As for the Lake George area, you either like it or you don't. I won't spend too much time on it here (there's another forum for the area). Its a beautiful place with countless activities that appeal to different tastes, age groups, and family/group configurations. There are plenty of great restaurants in various price ranges. Check out menumart.com for list of what's out there. Personal favorites- The Silo ($$ breakfast) Mr B's Subbs Queensbury ($ lunch) House of Scotts in Bolton Landing ($$$ dinner in a great town for strolling) and Martha's Dandee Cream for ice cream. The Log Jam is great for prime rib as well. The town of Lake George does have tacky souvenir stuff, but the park is a great walk to take just before you leave town, and the Taste of Poland ($$$) is great if you like crepes. In the 9 years we've been going there, the staff in the restaurants/activities we've gone to have been consistently nice and accomodating.
So go and enjoy. Just remember that you're not the only person who's there on vacation, and treat the people in the area who are providing recreational/food & beverage services the same way you'd like to be treated. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Depe Dene Resort is an 1800's Scottish Estate situtated on 11 acres. There are 87 different cottages, townhouses, and rooms/suites along the shores of beautiful Lake George with an array of options to meet your group or family’s budget and needs. Our Resorts boasts a 270 degree view of Lake George as well as the largest, privately owned beach on Lake George with paddle boats, kayaks and row boats. The Original Estate House, built in 1860 is available, featuring 11 bedrooms, 7 1/2 baths, three Jacuzzis, a solarium as well as numerous observation decks overlooking the lake. We offer arts & craft classes for children and give parents a worry free chance to relax. New this year: Yoga classes, private Kung Fu and Self Defense class by the lake are available by appointment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Depe Dene Hotel Lake George
- Depe Dene Lake George