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“Deep Dene is fine”
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Depe Dene Resort
Ranked #62 of 89 Hotels in Lake George
Reviewed September 24, 2005

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. :)

  • Stayed: September 2005
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Reviewed September 10, 2005

we left chelka lodge, Bolton Landing unexpectedly because it was filthy. The only thing we could find was the Depe Dene Resort that had a room. All I can say about Depe Dene is that resort should not be in the name. yes the room was clean and large enough. Bar b que grills ( good thing, cause the restaurants in the area were not very good) There is no maid or garbage service. Very in need of update. 85 units, tons of people and a very SMALL beach to share. 3 paddle boats free of charge to use. They were nice if you could get one! The row boats are in need of new oars as they are falling apart. Not very nice, but better than some of the other places we saw. I would not stay there again.

5  Thank kjmayb
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Reviewed August 27, 2005

We stayed at the Depe Dene at the advice of family members who have been going there for the past 12 years. It is what it is a beach resort, nothing fancy or glamorous it was one of the best vacations we have ever had; we rented a boat, lounged on the beach all week and made new friends!

My only suggestion would be to replace the carpet and maybe add a fresh coat of paint to the townhouses to liven the place up -- have we stayed in places that are nicer, absolutely but all in all we had a GREAT vacation - our kids can't wait to go back next year...

  • Stayed: August 2005
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5  Thank Elwood819
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Reviewed July 16, 2005

Everyone who is reading this! Do not.. I repeat DO NOT! Believe what everyone is saying about how terrible the Depe Dene was. My family had a great time. But, we didn't originally plan to stay there. We booked a motel up the road but it turned out to be a dump! Then we stayed at another one... Another dump! So we found the Depe Dene! We arrived and stayed for 4 nights.
I am the father of 2 kids and they even said, "That was our best Lake George expirience ever!" They had a lot of things to do. For example, they had paddleboats which anyone could take out for no charge. They had jet skii rentals for not much which was really fun. And most importantly the water, beach, and pools were very clean. But, another good point was the field in front of the big mansion. My kids played wiffle ball and other sports there.
We didn't see the room service much because most of the time we were either parisailing or go-kart riding or something. The room was clean, and there was no bugs or mold.
Overall the Depe Dene was great, and we had a fun filled time!

  • Stayed: August 2004
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5  Thank Telesco4
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Reviewed June 16, 2005

We go up w/ a lot of families from our area each year - not the most stellar accommodations, but do-able, IF you bring your own sheets, etc. Not exactly the Hyatt or Four Seasons - nevermind even a Holiday Inn or Marriott

Mind you, a tree fell down (and almost killed) some of my friends in a cabin a couple of years ago while they were sleeping - I guess the trees aren't looked after.

The staff IS rude, and very un-accommodating.

Cabins are nothing special, but this place serves our purpose - come up, have a good time, party, and pass out.

I would NEVER plan a family vacation there

BUT... as long as my husband and I have our "fun shoes" on, and no kids, and clean sheets - it's ok by me on a fun weekend! Live it up!

Stayed: June 2004
2  Thank Meri21376
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Reviewed June 13, 2005

We have been going to Depe Dene for many years now and will continue to go for as long as we can. We see the same families every year and have watched their kids grow as ours have grown. Our kids now bring boyfriends each year and hope to bring their families one day. We have planted flowers and plants and have watched them grow from year to year. Our beach suite is clean and nicely equipped. Towels are there for everyone and available when asked for. The staff couldn't be nicer and there are a thousand different things to do on the resort and in the village. I wouldn't trade Depe Dene for any other place I've ever been on vacation !!

  • Stayed: July 2004
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Hamilton Square N.J.
Reviewed December 18, 2004

I've read all of the negative feedback from the unsatisfied vacationers at th d.d. resort and must say that it sounds as though they were looking for accommodations at the sagamore. Our whole family vacations at the D.D. every year for at least the past 20 yrs.The staff are what i would say as polite to you as you are to them,so expect what you give them in return.The rooms etc. are very suitable for a great vacation spot. Any resort has its little problems,and a lot of them are caused by us, the inconsiderate vacationer.Do yourselves a huge favor and before you take any vacation start looking at the glass half full instead of half empty.The battle will be half won at that point and you'll be able to start enjoying your time there immediately.Bring your boat,bikes ,kids, in-laws, well maybe we won't go that far! This resort is in my opinion the best on the planet. Wake up just one morning and look out of townhouse#6's back door toward the lake which is about 50 feet away and you'll be doing what i do for 7 great days each year,wonder how i'm going to get 2 weeks next year.John, down at the docks is a great guy as are all the guys that work there.The wave runners that he rents there add to your overall vacation pleasure.If you have a boat he'll make sure that you have what you need.To those of you who didn't find this resort as pleasurable as i do,I'd just have to say thanks for making more room for more of our family and friends to join us ,as we now are up to around 50 people in our group to make a yearly trip to this little gem on lake george's coastline.Can't wait till july.

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Address: 3494 Lake Shore Dr, Lake George, NY 12845-6707
Location: United States > New York > Lake George
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Lake George
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Lake George
Price Range: $150 - $1,800 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Depe Dene Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 87
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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