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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Erlowest Hotel Lake George