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Friends Lake Inn is a fully restored 19th century Adirondack hotel overlooking Friends Lake. Our Adirondack lodging offers an all-inclusive getaway with lake access and complimentary kayak rentals, miles of trails starting from the property, a Nordic Ski Center, and highly acclaimed dining. Seventeen luxury guestrooms all with private baths, some with jacuzzis, steam showers or fireplaces, welcome you to relax in style. Each morning guests start their day in our sunny lake view dining room with a hearty made-to-order breakfast. For dinner, guests can choose to dine in our elegant main dining room, perfect for celebrating special occasions, or enjoy a great microbrew and a more casual atmosphere in our taproom. The property also features lovely gardens and a pond, a heated swimming pool, and sauna. Friends Lake Inn offers an authentic Adirondack experience that is just over an hour from Albany and under for fours hours from New York City.
4.2 on November 01, 2014
The great room is such a cozy room with all the amenitys I hope to find at upscale inn. My wife and I have come back over the years and it is still our favorite place to spend a weekend to just get away and relax. The dining is superb and the menu is allways changing for the seasons. Wonderful place to visit in the Adirondacks, the prices are a little high but worth every penny.
4.8 on September 25, 2014
Enjoyable beautiful weekend from start to finish. Greeted with a smile and taken to our room where details of the inn were given to us. Looked out the door to a beautiful backyard with pond, flowers, woods, pool and sauna, plus had our own private porch. Fresh cookies were waiting for us in the room. Walked to the lake across the street and one day followed a trail through the woods. Quiet setting and friendly staff. The wine room was well stocked with a variety of different wines. Bistro was a great place to enjoy a drink or a fantastic meal. Dinner menu was amazing and the food was wonderful. Breakfast was served in a pleasant room with views of the lake. Kudos to the chef! We had been to the Inn approximately 25 years ago so it was nice to see how it has changed and the continuing changes that are still being made. New owners are doing great job with the Inn!
4.2 on August 31, 2014
Beautiful location, wonderful staff, an excellent kitchen, very nice facilities, pleasing accommodations and amenities. We really enjoyed the hiking trail, kayaking on lovely Friends Lake and our screened porch/balcony. Having an in-room massages by an excellent massage therapist was an especially pleasant start to our stay.
4.6 on August 26, 2014
We've stayed at FLI twice, and both visits were outstanding. A beautiful, historic building, close to hiking, the lake, and many other activities the ADKs have to offer. The staff, food, and wine selection are fantastic.
3.0 on August 20, 2014
A very nice place in a quiet setting. Dinner was very good as was the breakfast. My only complaint was the bed was well past its prime and very uncomfortable and the kitchen staff made quite a racket until they left around 12 PM.
3.2 on August 13, 2014
Our stay was amazing despite small things that I noticed since the sale of the inn. We always love Friend's Lake Inn and look forward to our stay. The food was amazing. The staff are very well trained and professional. The ambience of the inn is so beautiful. I did notice a few things that bothered me a bit in the room. It definitely was not up to the previous owner's standards as far as cleanliness. I notice the glasses that were put in the bathroom had dried water stains in the bottom. Almost like they were hand washed in the bathroom sink. I put on the beautiful robe after showering only to find a used tissue in the pocket. I could tell the robe was never washed as the tissue would have been more tattered. This was like someone put it into a waste basket. I was completely disgusted. We stayed in our favorite room and the bedding was updated which was nice. The bed is horrific though! The mattress is too small for the frame and it is so loud whenever you move in the bed. Overall the service was impeccable. However, it seems as though their could have been more wait staff, especially at breakfast. There was another party and the full inn for breakfast and only Two girls. As always, we had an amazing time at dinner with Joyce! So glad that we were able to see her again! Hopefully, a lot of the negatives that we experienced are just some bumps in the road with the transition of ownership.
4.6 on August 08, 2014
The customer service was unlike anything I have ever experienced, and the faux filet and chicken soup were outstanding. The rooms themselves are quaint and clean. The only downsides were the view from our room (gave on main street), and the price of the stay. The hiking behind the inn was average, but if you ask the staff will point you to some lovely trails in the Adirondacks. Would definitely go again.
3.6 on August 05, 2014
This rating system is seriously flawed. I had very high expectations, based on everything I had read and heard about the FLI. So when I say that things met my expectations, that is a high compliment, not a mediocre review.
5 on July 12, 2014
Our room was lovely, but the dinner food and service was amazing. I can understand why people may only go for dinner (that way, they can take their leftovers home with them!). The Friends Lake Inn staff make any special occasion extra special.
4.6 on June 26, 2014
We have stayed at Friends Lake Inn for our last five consecutive wedding anniversaries and we are always delighted with the choice! This year, our 19th wedding anniversary, was no exception. Thank you!
Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County)
I-87 North to exit 25, left on Rt 8W for 3 1/2 miles. Left on Friends Lake Rd, bear right at fork, turn right, Inn is on right.
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, National/State parks, Nature area, Trails for hiking/skiing on site, Outlet Stores, River, Ski area
Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , featherbeds, sauna
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet
Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, ice skating, snowmobiling within driving distance, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Whitewater Rafting
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Monthly wine dinners, Special Holiday Menu
Celebrate the season at Friends Lake Inn! Enjoy your choice of accommodations at our historic Adirondack hotel, ski or snowshoe rental equipment, three course dinner for two, signature turndown service, one dozen homemade cookies, 2 keepsake Inn mugs, and breakfast for two. Starting at $400 per couple, see details on our website.
Perfect for celebrating an anniversary, honeymoon, or just because! Includes a 2 night stay in a romantic guest room with a jacuzzi and rose petal greeting. Enjoy a picnic lunch for two, three course candle-lit dinner each evening, and full breakfast each morning. Turndown the first evening includes chocolate covered strawberries and sparkling wine, and the second evening includes luxurious bathrobes to take home! Starting at $1095.00, see our website for details.
Get ready to be pampered! Enjoy 2 nights in a romantic room with a Jacuzzi, full breakfast each morning, three-course dinner for two each evening, and (2) one hour hot stone massages. First night's turndown includes two signature bathrobes, chocolate covered strawberries, a deluxe bath basket, and rose petals strewn around your Jacuzzi. Turndown the second evening includes a split of champagne. Starting at $1370, see our website for details.