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“Mediocre and Overpriced Food”

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The Inn at Erlowest
Ranked #1 of 26 Lake George B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Brooklyn, New York
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Mediocre and Overpriced Food”
Reviewed July 13, 2008

This is a review of the restaurant, not the hotel rooms. The restaurant is in an impressive 1890s mansion on the shore of Lake George, with impeccable decor and white linen tablecloths. The food quality seems to have deteriorated since my last visit a few months ago, with the menu now offering a combination of home runs and near misses. Also, the portions are very small, so don't go there if you're very hungry. The lobster bisque appetizer ($14) is presented with a puff pastry crust - a nice touch, but the small serving of soup was not remarkable. The Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cake is actually more of a small crab croquette, not a classic Maryland crab cake, and is made with cheaper brown claw meat instead of the more expensive lump crab that the menu promised. (For the best crab cakes in the Lk George area, go to Brunetto's). The Tomato, Scallion & Bacon Gratin that was to accompany the crab cake was missing, making the $16 appetizer more of a two-bite canopy. The $16 beef carpaccio appetizer and the $56 filet mignon entree were well-prepared and the portion sizes were more generous than the other dishes on the menu. Most disappointing was the size of the $35 black cod entree - this would have been an average sized appetizer in any other restaurant. The service was good, so if you're goal is to impress your dining partner, the Inn at Erlowest may be worth considering, but for a consistently well-prepared upscale meal, you may want to find somewhere else. Much of the staff seems to have changed recently, so perhaps this restaurant is just going through a temporary learning curve.

  • Stayed July 2008
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Manhattan
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Reviewed January 7, 2008

My boyfriend and I were in need of a relaxing vacation and we could not have found a more beautiful place! After a few days with both families for the holidays called for ALOT or R & R. And that is exacly what we got. We arrived at night, and were met by Marie, who was the sweetest and most wonderful host! She showed us to our room and it could not have been more perfect! We stayed in the Mountcalm room which had: a beautiful king size bed with satin bedding, a jaccuzzi that overlooked Lake George, a fire place, and just an amazing view. We went snowshoeing and snowmobiling near by which was great fun. But we were always so excited to get back to our room. Every morning we were served a gourmet breakfast that is included in your stay. The french toast was out of this world and Sarah was such a sweetheart to us every morning! We were talking about getting married at my boyfriend's Dad's house, but were so impressed with the estate and the service, that we are seriously considering our wedding! If you stay here, I promise you will not be disappointed!

  • Liked — The room and the service
  • Disliked — There were a couple of flies in the room
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Sparta, N.J.
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2007

My husband, and I just returned from a weekend getaway at the Inn at Erlowest in Lake George, N.Y. It was quite a treat for us, since we had not seen the improvements that the new owners have made since 1999. The Inn has been exquisitely redone, and every corner is a visual wonder. The staff is very professional, yet unpretentious. They all do their best to try and make you feel comfortable. We especially enjoyed our dinner. The staff, whom are most efficiently run by Larry, were all great. The food was of the highest quality, and we both agreed that it was very upscale. My husband and I are both very careful about our diets, and we found the kitchen to be able to revise our dishes to our health concerns, without any loss of flavor. An after dinner drink, made by Terry, and enjoyed by the outside fireplace, was very romantic. The bedrooms are absolutely gorgeous, ( yes I was able to peek at a number of them), each of them have their own special touches. It was very apparent to my husband, and I, that the owners, Cheryl and Dave have really been working very diligently to create a very special place for couples to go and be able to rest and enjoy. Of course, having the backdrop of Lake George is a great help, but we are very pleased that it seems that someone finally has a vision of excellence for this area.

Stayed October 2007
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Goshen, NY
1 review
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Reviewed July 6, 2007

I shared a wonderful birthday dinner for my friend, Jeannie, with her family and mine. The food was impeccable! The service left nothing to be desired. We were met by our Maitre D, Marie, She introduced us to the bartender, Terry, who shared stories with us about the Inn. Our waitor Grey, and our wine expert, Larry met our every need. Larry sang "Happy Birthday" to Jeannie. He was one of the members in "Firefall".

I cannot disagree more with the comments that I've just read about this place.The town houses that were built on the grounds were beautifully done. They do not hide the lake. We had stayed here for 6 consecutive years in the small cabins. Cheryl , the new owner, has brought top notch improvements to the property. She has maintained the history, and the integrity of this beautiful mansion. I am an interior designer, and I was very impressed with the work that their designer did in the entire place.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys great food, and who loves great service. Everyone made us feel very welcomed. To enjoy fabulous food in a beautiful setting, served by friendly professionals is a treat that you should all experience!

Stayed July 2007
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Quincy
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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Reviewed July 5, 2007

We stayed at the Inn at Erlow West this past July. We stayed for 3 night’s total. We booked the luxury suite the Schuyler room, named after a famous General Phillip Schuyler. The room was magnificent.
It had a beautiful king sized bed off the sitting room. The bedroom (open to the room) had great light, windows, drapes, Bose radio system and great antique closet. The sitting room was as big as most living rooms and had a television and DVD player. Not to mention the bath room was about 30 sq ft with great counter space, standing shower, and a large jet tub.

We also enjoyed the full breakfast provided to us that was included with the room charge. Breakfast consisted of about 6 choices, and the dinning area was lite perfectly.

The hotel had a private balcony (for upstairs quest only) that was just steps from the room and overlooked the lake. The hotel also had an immense veranda (with tables and a large outdoor fireplace) that looked over the estate (some condos and the general grounds) and looked directly upon the lake. The veranda was perfect for enjoying a glass of wine and chatting at night. My significant other and I also enjoyed the private waterfront area (most quests enjoyed the pool area), but we took advantage of the lake and privacy of the lake front point. The lake front point had comfortable lawn chairs, just steps away from the lake.

All in all, we were very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. If you are looking for 4 star quality accommodations, but not the cookie cutter “look & feel” of a general hotel, this is your place. The service was great, the staff was attentive and courteous, and the overall setting was very romantic. Keep in mind; the suites are rather expensive, around $300 a night in the high season, but worth every penny.

  • Liked — The Room Comfort
  • Disliked — Cost
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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new york
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2006

Inn at Erlowest was our 2 night stay in July. The interior of the Inn is a delightfully restored old mansion. Views from the upper balconey, which is open to all, are wonderful. Lower patio has seating and an outdoor fireplace. Restaurant and bar on premises- both are open to those who are also not guests of the Inn. The pool is quite a ways down the hill towards the lake from the Inn. The Inn is up on the hill, so for those who want easy access to the pool, or the lake, keep in mind there is a 5 minute walk down hill.
While there are condo units rented by families down the hill in front of the Inn, it was still pretty.
However, with all those units using the same pool, because it is part of the property of the Inn, there was no room for my husband and I, because the families took up all the space. So we layed out right next to lake on provided lounge chairs...good enough for me.

  • Liked — The outdoor patio and ambience of the interor of Inn
  • Disliked — Pool is inconveniently located and price is too high for Inn
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed June 25, 2006

Stayed 2 nights at the Inn. The bed was very comfortable and fresh. The room was nicely decorated. The day we arrived the tub had a few dirty spots in it. They quickly came up and cleaned the tub.(I know things like that happen.) The rest of the room was very clean. The breakfast was not good. The table cloth was dirty. We could not eat the pancakes.They were too heavy and cakey. The maple syrup tasted like sweet syrup not like pure maple syrup. We asked for well done bacon the second day. It was came the same as the first day, not crispy. One afternoon we had a glass of wine. We asked for crackers, cheese or bread to go with the wine... I even offered to pay for it. The owner checked with the kitchen and they could make us a "cheese platter" but it would take an hour to make it. No crakers or bread was available. We sat on the beautiful deck (construction around us) and drank our $10 /glass wine. I think the owners could change just a few things to make it a truley impressive inn. Now, it is JUST an expensive motel that includes breakfast. Not a unique INN.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Property: The Inn at Erlowest
Address: 3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George, NY 12845
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Location: United States > New York > Lake George
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Lake George
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Inn at Erlowest 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on 15-acres on the shores of Lake George, The Inn at Erlowest is a stone Queen Anne revival mansion constructed as a private residence in 1898 and converted into a 10-suite bed and breakfast in 2001. The Inn offers a blend of elegant rooms, exquisite dining and everything that Lake George offers to guarantee a time remembered. A quaint bar accompanied by a fine dining restaurant provides guests a memorable dining experience. Complimentary breakfast is included and a wide range of welcome amenities are offered for an additional fee. Lounge areas are available for the quiet board game, reading or conversation time. An expansive patio and accompanying deck complete with a magnificent outdoor fireplace connect the indoor experience with the outdoor views of Lake George. Rooms includes elegant furnishings, antique furniture, king size bed, down pillows and Penhaligon’s bath amenities. Each suite offers other unique features that vary suite by suite. Rooms can include one or more of the following features; a fireplace, sitting area, spa tub and shower, and lake view. At The Inn at Erlowest there is free Wi-Fi access and reserved, free parking. A fitness center along with complementary kayaking is combined with two beach areas and an outdoor heated pool. The Inn is located between Lake George (2-miles) and Bolton Landing (8-miles). Interstate I-87 (The Northway) is a 5-minute drive connecting Erlowest to area shopping and activities. The Albany International Airport is 48 miles away. ... more   less 
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