The 9 Best Lake George Hotels of 2020

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The Sagamore – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"If you're feeling particularly active, try sailing, fishing, swimming, kayak lessons, or sunset cruises."

Dunham’s Bay Resort – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"The grounds of the hotel are home to an eatery, a playground for kids, and even a private beach."

Canoe Island Lodge – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"There is a sand volleyball court, a quiet, wooded trail, and a kids' program, so the parents can get away for a few hours."

The Inn at Erlowest – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"The posh, 10-suite inn is a Queen Anne mansion founded in 1898 and located just three miles from Fort William Henry."

Most Kitsch: Tiki – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"The hotel has fun and quirky tiki hut accommodation and a luau-style Polynesian dinner show that runs during summer months."

Fern Lodge – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"Included in your stay is a hearty breakfast and an evening of hors d'oeuvres with wine, either fireside or by boat."

Best Rustic: Blue Water Manor – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"Despite the rustic setting, all accommodations come with air conditioning and heat, Wi-Fi, a coffee maker, and a mini-fridge."

Best Luxury: Highlands Castle – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"Highlands Castle is perfect for events—like a wedding or family reunion—since the entire space can be rented out."

Best Bed and Breakfast: The Boathouse – See Rates at TripAdvisor

"Most rooms have a lake view, and all come with a complimentary, three-course breakfast to prepare for a day on the lake."

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Best Overall: The Sagamore

The Sagamore

The Sagamore

The impressive Sagamore on Lake George has been expertly hosting guests in Bolton Landing for over 100 years. Built in 1883, this classy resort is set on a private island on the lake. It has 350 elegant rooms and condos, multiple restaurants, an acclaimed Donald Ross hillside golf course, and a spa for massage therapy and body treatments.

All rooms at the Sagamore are smoke-free and come with a flat-screen TV, a kitchenette, air conditioning, and an expert concierge service. On-site is a state-of-the-art fitness center with a huge range of equipment, an indoor pool, jacuzzi, and lounge. You can also swim in a 10,000-square-foot outdoor pool overlooking Lake George.  

If you're feeling particularly active, you can venture onto the lake in other ways, including sailing, fishing, swimming, kayak lessons, or sunset cruises. Food options include everything from casual pub grub to the elegant La Bella Vita. But you can rest assured that all dining options use fresh and local ingredients.

02 of 09

Best Budget: Dunham’s Bay Resort

Dunham’s Bay Resort

Dunham’s Bay Resort

While Lake George is not exactly known for being a budget destination, affordable rooms can be found. Dunham’s Bay Resort happens to be a great choice for this, in particular.

Open May through October, the location rents out relatively inexpensive wood cabins with air-conditioned bedrooms, but no heat. On the grounds is an eatery, a playground for kids, and a private beach.

The One-Bedroom Adirondack Cabins include a 32-inch flat-screen TV in the living room, a second TV in the bedroom, a stove, coffee maker, toaster, full-size refrigerator, and pots and pans. The option to self-cater will also help you cut costs because you can choose to eat-in as opposed to going into town to dine.

Affordable food options at the resort include Dunham's Bay Resort's famous Buffalo chicken, pesto, or Philly-cheese pizza. The resort has an indoor heated pool with jacuzzi, a firepit, grills, a tennis court, horseshoes, and bocce ball. 

03 of 09

Best for Families: Canoe Island Lodge

Canoe Island Lodge

Canoe Island Lodge

If you ever wanted to stay on a private island, you're in luck: Canoe Island Lodge is located on one. It happens to be one of the oldest Lake George family resorts, having opened its doors in 1946. And, Canoe Island, where the all-inclusive space lives, was originally owned by the American Canoe Association in the 1800s.

The resort has a range of water-based activities, so you'll never be bored. It is less than a mile across the lake, so guests can use a rowboat or canoe, but there is also an easy shuttle to-and-from the mainland multiple times throughout the day. The space also offers a sand volleyball court, a quiet, wooded trail, and a kids' program.

Room rates include many resort activities and a meal plan, which, in-season, includes breakfast and dinner, and, off-season, features breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Kids will enjoy swimming, sailing Lake George in custom sailboats, going on cruises to scenic spots along the lake, basketball, ping-pong, and tennis. 

04 of 09

Most Historical: The Inn at Erlowest

The Inn at Erlowest

The Inn at Erlowest

The Inn at Erlowest can be found on a sprawling, 15-acre estate on the shores of Lake George. The posh, 10-suite inn is a Queen Anne mansion dating from 1898, located just three miles from Fort William Henry and 12 miles from West Mountain ski area.  

One of the standout rooms is the Saint Sacrament, which got its name from Father Isaac Jogues, who described Lake George as Lac du Saint Sacrement— the Lake of the Blessed Sacrament. This room comes with an alcove with a window seat perfect for lounging. A two-person jacuzzi is in the sitting area, with a separate bathroom with a tiled shower.

Suites come with Champagne, complimentary turndown service, and a farm-to-table breakfast. There are even some rooms that have elevator access, making it convenient for guests with disabilities.  

A memorable experience that the inn offers is to dine comfortably under the snow or stars in one of their heated Erlowest E-Gloos that can accommodate up to eight guests. 

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05 of 09

Most Kitsch: Tiki

Tiki

Tiki

Being marketed as “unique” might be an understatement for Tiki. Among the refined classic resorts along the lake, this one is a "Polynesian Paradise."  Located on Canada Street, the resort is just a five-minute walk to the Village. 

It has fun and quirky tiki hut accommodation and a luau-style Polynesian dinner show that runs during July and August most nights of the week. Grass-skirted performers doing the hula in Upstate New York is undoubtedly a surreal experience, but most guests just keep drinking Mai Tais and roll with it.

Tiki has a heated indoor pool, a 60-foot outdoor pool overlooking Lake George, a deck with a fire pit, a fitness room, and a kids' playground. Room options include a poolside, double Queen with an exterior entrance and full baths, a double Queen room with a balcony, or a family suite with walk-in showers and an outdoor patio.

06 of 09

Best Adults-Only: Fern Lodge

Fern Lodge

Fern Lodge

As the entire Lake George area is a traditional, family travel destination, if you're looking for a trip sans-kids, visit the adults-only Fern Lodge. The space is four miles from the charming Adirondack shops and restaurants of Chestertown, and the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves are just 15 minutes away. 

The Fern Lodge is ideal if you're looking for an intimate experience, since there are only five guest rooms. Amenities include King-size beds, stone fireplaces, and jacuzzi tubs, and all hotel guests can use the pool table, Honor Bar, the nine-person theater, and sauna fitness equipment. 

Included in your stay is a hearty breakfast, an evening of hors d'oeuvres with wine, either fireside or by boat, and a nightly turndown service with chocolate truffles. If you're looking for a bit more adventure, you can arrange a full-day white water rafting trip nearby. 

07 of 09

Best Rustic: Blue Water Manor

Blue Water Manor

Blue Water Manor

Sometimes all you want is an unpretentious stay in nature.

Blue Water Manor offers log cabins, cottages, and rooms—plus, free kayaks to go out and explore Lake George. This rustic, mountain lodge is located just 2.5 miles from Bolton Landing and 7.5 miles from Lake George Village. And, accommodations are set within six acres of Adirondack pine trees overlooking Basin Bay. 

Whether you're booking a standard cottage, one of the Glen Island Suites, Island Cabins, or Long Island Rooms, all spaces come with air conditioning and heat, Wi-Fi, coffee maker, and a mini-fridge.  

After getting out and about on the lake, you can return to a meal at the restaurant and bar, Tavern on the Lake. No pets are allowed on the premises, although registered service dogs can be accommodated. 

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Best Luxury: Highlands Castle

Highlands Castle

  Highlands Castle

Built with painstaking patience as a promise from a father to his son, the construction of Highlands Castle was a tedious process of laying more than 1,000 tons of local granite over decades.

In 2010, it finally opened to guests who wanted to experience a luxury fairy-tale experience with friends or family. Situated on a mountaintop with sweeping views of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains, the hotel is actually made of three separate mini-castles, just two minutes from Bolton Landing. 

A standout of the space is the Royal Bedroom: a lakeview suite for two people that comes with a Queen bed, a leather sofa for relaxing, and a bathroom with a hand-hammered copper bathtub and a rainfall showerhead.

The outside terraces are ideal for a sunrise breakfast, a long and lazy lunch watching sailboats on the lake, or a romantic, candlelight dinner. For a more formal affair, dinner can be enjoyed in the Great Hall dining room. 

And, Highlands Castle is perfect for events—like a wedding or family reunion—since the entire space can be rented out.

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Best Bed and Breakfast: The Boathouse

The Boathouse

The Boathouse

If you're looking for a unique bed and breakfast stay, consider the rooms and suites at the only lakefront boathouse on Lake George: The Boathouse.

Located in Bolton Landing, this turn-of-the-century hotel was built in 1917 for speed boat racer and Gold Cup recipient, George Reis, and is now run very hands-on by the current owners.  

Most rooms have a lake view, and all come with a complimentary, three-course breakfast to help give you the extra energy you need for an active day on the lake. If you're visiting in autumn, a private boat tour of the lake is idea, so you can see all of the leaves change colors.

Bolton Landing with its shops and restaurants is just a short walk away, and many guests take a day trip to nearby Sarasota Springs. An additional perk: Boathouse guests can also access the 18-hole golf course and spa at the nearby Sagamore Hotel. 

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