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Friends Lake Inn

Chestertown, NY 12817 USA (Show map)
4.5
123 Reviews
$275 - $550
per night

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About

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.

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Overall
4.5

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining4.7

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Hidden gem in the Adirondacks

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.


Nice place, bad bed

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.


A little inn with great potential.

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.


Excellent Customer Service + Food

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.


Wonderful place to stay and dine

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.


Lovely get-away

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.


Friends Lake Inn our go to destination for a romantic getaway.

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!


Excellent Experience

4.8 on April 29, 2014

We had a wonderful time celebrating Arbor Day at Friends Lake Inn - the Fieldstone suite was perfect - enjoyed the fire place, the jets in the tubs and the porch with easy access to the sauna and pool (brrrrrrr - too cold for the pool just yet!). The food was super and the wine list was enormous. Service was top notch. Would definitely recommend it for those times when you really want something very special. CAPL in Greenfield Center NY


Good, But Not Great.

3.4 on April 01, 2014

On our last stay, we spent one night in Ledgestone and one in River Rock. The rooms were beautiful, charming and the fireplace was wonderful and cozy. In Ledgestone, the mattress was ridiculously uncomfortable, and I am NOT a picky sleeper. What was more disappointing was the presence of mold and wood rot in both bathrooms. You would think that for $500 a night, the bathroom would be pristine. With that being said, the food and service were lovely and I will most likely return. However, I do think that their prices are a little high for what they offer in terms of room accommodations.


Delightful Respite at Friends Lake Inn

4.6 on March 20, 2014

Everyone we came in contact with was professional, courteous and friendly. The owner is on site and mingles with the guests. A special treat was the wine cellar tour conducted by the owner and enjoyed with other guests and a sort of "meet and greet" with wine provided by the innkeeper.


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Location

Location Type

Lakeside, Mountains

Airport

Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County)

Directions to property:

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Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

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

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

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

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Policies

  • Check In:: 2pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: 12 years old and over
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Deposit Amount Required: A 50% deposit is required for stays of 2 or more nights.
  • Cancellations: Due to our intimate size, cancellations affect us significantly. A last-minute cancellation gives us little chance of filling space due to our remote location. For these reasons we uphold a strict cancellation policy. If a cancellation is made 14 days or more prior to your arrival date, you may elect to receive a refund of your deposit less a $40.00 processing fee, or apply the entire amount towards a future stay within the next year. If a cancellation is made less than 14 days prior to your arrival date, no refund will be possible regardless of the reason, as we will have turned away many other potential guests.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Tammy Breymaier

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

2 Dogs

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8-10:30, Sundays 8-12:00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Monthly wine dinners, Special Holiday Menu


Deals


Special Package

Romance In The Adirondacks

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.

Ultimate Massage Package

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.

Adirondack Extreme Package

Looking for a little adventure? This one night lodging package includes a full breakfast for two, three-course dinner in our taproom or main dining room, and two tickets to the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course. This elevated obstacle course includes zip lines, suspended bridges, slides, nets and an ariel surf board! After a busy day, be greeted by our signature turndown when you return to your room. Starting at $439, see our website for details.

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Details

BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection

963 Friends Lake Road , Chestertown, NY 12817 USA (Show map)

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