Friends Lake Inn

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

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


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

Our favorite place!!!

5 on July 21, 2015

Our visit to the inn this past July was the fourth time we have stayed at Friends Lake Inn. We love the place. The accommodations are wonderful, the service is exceptional and the grounds are relaxing and beautiful. The restaurant is fabulous, and Tammy & John Breymaier and their staff do everything to make you feel at home and welcome. It is our favorite place to get away from the world!

Fantastic stay in the Great room at Friends Lake Inn

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.

Relaxing weekend

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!

Friend's Lake Inn is a Pleasure

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.

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.

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Location Type

Lakefront, Mountains


Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County)

Directions to property:

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.

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, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • 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.



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Full Breakfast Included

  • 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


Special Package

Massage Package

Enjoy a one night stay in a romantic guest room with a Jacuzzi. Package includes spa basket, two luxury robes, 2 one hour massages, three course dinner for two, and signature turndown service. See our website for details

Hike & Raft Special Package

Adventure awaits with our OK Slip Falls Hike & Raft package! Enjoy an intermediate level hike to the top of the OK Slip Falls where you will enjoy a picnic lunch and stunning views of the falls. Then you?ll hike to meet your raft guide for a float trip down the might Hudson. Come back to the inn for a 3 course dinner at the restaurant, while your room receives are signature turndown service. A full country breakfast is included. Available Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. See our website for details.

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