The Lodges At Blue Water Manor
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Ok, but overpriced
When we checked into the blue water manor, we didnt expect the "Ritz", we were quite happy with our stay, even though we have to agree with some of the other comments other people have stated:
1- rooms need work, as the others have stated, one outlet near the bed seems to be all that feeds the whole room including the bathroom. There is some extremely unsafe wiring conditions in this room.
2-Rooms very much in need of facelift, "Rustic" is putting it lightly.
3-Activities for the kids were limited to a number of broken playground toys.
4- Don't expect the pool to be heated, even though it states this on there web site. The owner stated he would not heat the pool in July and August. This would be fine if it were outdoors to gain some heat from the sun. It was bitterly cold, and located in a building that needs a definite facelift.
In closing, comparing it to most of the other resorts in the area, its probably better than most, it has a "movie night" every night in the main building which seemed like a great end to the day for the kids, an outdoor movie night on a huge movie screen, a musician that sang by the bonfire one night that was fantastic! The food was above average, the service was not. the waitstaff is ok even though there is a language barrier. The waitstaff seemed overwhelmed with large parties and began neglecting us, family of four.The choice on the menu is very limited. Breakfast( pancakes,french toast, eggs) dinner( fish, chciken, beef, pasta). During our stay a huge playground set was installed , which was great for the kids. As much as others have complained about this resort, the owners bend over backwards for you, the nightly activities are great, we spoke to others who have stayed previous years and things have slowly been improved over every season. I overheard people checking in on a nightly basis checking out of other resorts because they said they were " dumps". Improvement is needed here, but the owners only have this place a few years, it was in shambles when they took it over.We found this out from others who were here the first year.
Would never return
I have been a travel agent for over 15 years and can honestly say that this is the worst hotel I have ever seen. I can't imagine that anyone writing the positive reviews that I have seen actually went to the same hotel. The rooms were downright disgusting. The bedding was dirty as was the carpet and everything else in the room. The A/C blew out warm air at best. Our room was right next to the restaurant where there was a big contruction zone so if you walked a few feet too far after exiting our door, you could have been seriously injured by falling about fifty feet down into a huge gaping hole The pool area was like a horror film. It was just awful. I wouldn't take off my shoes while walking in there and the game room consisted of a few broken video games. I can't believe that people actually stayed for more than one night. We were supposed to stay for a week, but checked out after one night and went to the Holiday Inn. I showered with flip flops on it was so terrible. I can only hope that the new owners will do something. I saw many possible safety hazards in regards to wiring and in steps throughout the property. The dining room for people on the meal plan is depressing and dismal. The family movie night advertised was a video played on a big screen TV next to the front desk. The website seemed like it was talking about a different place. I read a lot of references to the owners by name and they did seem to know quite a lot of the guests very well. I don't know if they were friends, I can't imagine anyone being a repeat guest. The Bates Motel would probably be better. My husband and I joked that the Pet Spa that my dig was staying at was probably nicer. The location would be nice if they bulldozed everything and rebuilt. Could not give a honest review of any other recreational activities other than the indoor pool because we stayed only about 16 hours. We never even saw the beach. I could not imagine staying a second longer in the room.
Great rustic place
Hi all, ok lets be honest, and give a correct review. Rustic is the word. The staff is great. all needs meet, friendly place. We arrived late in the night,
with no reservation. The first cabin was very rustic, the suite"rustic suite" was very comfortable. The room grows on you. I had a very relaxing sleep. The advice we got from the staff was excellent. The pool and spa was nice. The extras by the dock were good if you like water stuff.
I have to say that the 4 days we spent there, were almost the one of the best times my family has had. We are 2 adults with 2 kids. Many different things to do in Lake George. Fun for all.
The best part of all is that everyone was friendly, meet many nice people. Will be keeping in touch with 2 very nice families, maybe friends for life. The place felt good.
two things to remember
1 -go for the meal plan.
2- watch out for attack cat.
Don't waste your time.
A few weeks ago we stayed at this hotel. We know that Lake George does not have any resorts that are incredible, except The Sagamore in Bolton Landin ( which happens to cost about $400 pernight, yes quite pricey ), but we expected decent rooms for the money we paid. The rooms were terrible. They were dirty and old with shabby bathrooms and poor working airconditioning. At time we had mosquitoes in our room and other various insects. The meals were okay, but seemed to be quite repetitive and not didn't look appetizing. The hotel claimed to offer fun activites for my children. When they got to lake, they were very dissapointed to find out that the boats were broken and that the only activity that was available was fishing.
I wouldn't recommed this hotel to anyone with a family or a people that are looking to have a fun time without leaving their hotel.
Overpriced is the Word
I stayed here for 4 nights in a 2-room "suite" with my wife, son, and nephew. We had the meal plan included.
Although the food was above average (not great), I felt like the staff was told to "cut corners" by the owners. We observed one night my son's uneaten salad placed to the side. The next night, we found that one of our salads was lacking olives and tomatoes. It seemed like this was recycled from the night before, and the guests who were given said salad removed the olives and the tomatoes, which were not even replaced. If you're going to do that, at least cover your tracks! Also, the breakfast offers only the same 4 options each day.
The suite was old, with old-fashioned sinks, small and uncomfortable beds, a nonfunctional remote, and easy entry for bugs.
The owners seemed to cater to larger "regular" groups, neglecting single families. These groups also seemed to be given extras not available to us.
To sum up, it is not even close to being worth the price ($81 per person per night). In hindsight, I should have stayed at a basic hotel closer to the village of Lake George and ate meals at the numerous restaurants along route 9. I would have enjoyed the variety.
Charming, but rustic - know what you're in for & have a great time
I would give the place a 3.5 (slightly above average), but Trip Advisor won't let me.
The place is not the Ritz, but the owners and staff will do anything for you. They remember everyone's name and will stop to help at the drop of a hat. Activities on the water are plentiful and the food was a lot better than we expected it to be. We were there 3 nights and ate Prime Rib, Roast Loin of Pork, and Stuffed Mahi-Mahi (sure beats burgers and dogs!). Beautiful views, an unbelievable bar and fun stuff away from the Lake [tennis, pool, basketball, playgrounds] add to the charm. We went with 5 other families and had a ball.
If you can put up with meager accommodations (in fairness, they are fixing the places up one unit at a time), a very small beach, and paying a little more - you'll be ahead of the game. The waitstaff in the DR is all foreign, so it causes whimsical confusion (could frustrate the weary) but they are super polite and try their best to accommodate.
BWM has crazy potential and Danny and Ellen have a vision. I met them for the first time on Friday, so I don't want you to think I'm gaming this review. They were in the bar Saturday night having fun with friends, but making their rounds to say hello to all of their guests. They have big plans for this little place.
You can fix up rooms, but you can't buy hospitality and friendship - it's inherent at Blue Water.
Be Warned: This Place Is a Rip-Off!
First, I have to say that there is a review for this hotel dated July 4th that make it sound like a nice place.....they could not possibly have stayed in the same facility....or the owners wrote the review. It is possible that the cabins are better, but I wouldn't take a chance on them given the room we stayed in. The other two reviews are very similar to our experience.
This is a copy/paste of an email I sent to the owners of Blue Water Manor, and I'm spreading it around the internet as a service to anyone thinking of staying here. Lake George is a beautiful, wonderful place, with many fine places to stay...this simply is not one of them.
Here is the email I sent to the owners of Blue Water Manor:
My girlfriend and I stayed at Blue Water Manor this past weekend and I wanted to let you know our feelings about the lodging provided.
First, we were very excited about going away and your website heightened our enthusiasm to get to Lake George. Second, the weather could not have been any better during our stay. It clearly was the nicest weather weekend of the summer, so far.
We had a number of disappointments regarding our lodging, however, that we wanted to bring to your attention. Our immediate reaction was that the room was very poor. For a lake front room, we really thought the amenities would be much better than they were, especially given the cost of the room. Even with breakfast and dinner included, given the accomodations, the value overall seemed very, very poor.
Specifically, here are our observations in regard to the room:
1) The room appeared very tacky. This may be the worst lodging experience in my life (I'm 48 and have been in plenty). If it's not the worst, it's easily very close, and I tend to stay at places that are above average and pleasant. My general standard is a Holiday Inn that's ten years old or newer...or recently renovated (to give you the yardstick I tend to use).
2) The bathroom was depressing, with peeling paint on the ceiling, old fixtures, and an area between the edge of the blinds and the window where people could look in while we were using the bath...especially the toilet. To make matters worse, people gather at night outside the bar just outside the bathroom window, so it's not like there's no one out there. We had to put a blanket over the window for privacy.
3) There were very few hooks to put towels on, and I was afraid to put anything on the floor. The medicine cabinet is the very old style and appeared dirty inside.
4) There wasn't enough room to put what two people need in a bathroom in...no counter space and no vanity, period.
5) There was no outlet in the bathroom! Impossible to blow dry hair.
6) Bathroom lighting was very low.
7) Water pressure and water quality were very good.
8) No shampoo was provided...at the cost of this room, that seemed very very cheap.
There were also issues with the bedroom, as follows:
1) There is very, very little sound insulation between rooms or between the inside and outside. You could CLEARLY hear conversations that were not loud coming through the walls. Conversely, I'm sure we could be heard.
2) The room's decor was very, very, very dated and very depressing to stay in.
3) There was only one wastebasket in the entire unit.
4) The wall outlet had a plug that was fitted with black electrical tape...it appeared to be a fire just waiting to happen.
4) There is a 3-in-1 outlet plugged into a regular wall outlet that the air conditioner is plugged into....again, another fire waiting to happen and I'm ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE this is a violation of local and state fire codes (which I'll bring to their attention).
5) The telephone was very difficult to use and cell phone reception is spotty.
6) The mattress was greatly uncomfortable and I woke feeling very sore.
7) The comfortor was horribly stained and seemingly not cleaned for a very, very long time. We had to remove it and throw it in the 'closet' because it was so disgusting.
8) The headboard was not even attached to the bed and had to be removed by me so it wouldn't bang into the wall.
9) The front curtains were insufficient to provide decent privacy. Thankfully we were toward the end of the building. I could easily see into the other rooms at night, even when their curtains were closed, because they are so thin. $10 blinds would go a loooong way.
10) Overall suggestions: These rooms are in an ideal location and could be a great assest to your facility if they were updated and raised at least to minimumly acceptable standards, which they were far below in my opinion. Had we had 'acceptable accomodations' our stay overall would have been much brighter.
1) During our first dinner, my girlfriend found...and ate...a hair in her salad that obviously wasn't hers.
2) The food quality, not considering hair in the salad, was generally fair...not great, but not nearly as bad as the room was. Personally, I would have rather eaten at one of Lake George's many great restaurants than stay here.
3) Very few people here speak English as their first language, and it make is a bit difficult sometimes to communicate. I was told the staff are from eastern Europe on a student exchange program, but to be honest, it seemed somewhat like a slave labor camp to me, with both staff and patrons the slaves. I will say the staff seemed very pleasant despite the language problem....but the owners seem like they'll keep your last penny. I'll also say that the politeness cannot overcome the disaapointing accomodations here.
Other general comments:
1) We thought there was a beach here and were disappointed to find none.
2) It appears that you guys are fixing the place up little by little. I wonder if any of the other rooms are any better.
3) The decks along the water feel like you will fall through them in some areas.
4) The Stone Tavern is a pretty nice place. The gigantic stone fireplace is EASILY the nicest feature of the entire facility and a work of art. The food was fair to good, but the atmosphere was good to great.
This was the first time I went away with my girlfriend and I found myself embarassed at what I brought her to because of the room situation. In hindsight, I greatly regret bringing the condition of the room to your attention. We noticed several people that looked at the room next to ours, walked away with unhappy expressions, and never came back.
Had I known the condition of the room before I registered, I never would have stayed here. Even if the room was acceptable, the cost seemed to be pretty high. However, when you combine the cost of the accomodations with the very low quality of the room, the overall value seems to be a horrifically bad value.
I regret that I won't be returning to Blue Water when we come back for Labor Day. I also plan to circulate these comments as widely as possible on the Internet to warn others of our experience here.
I do hope you will seriously consider either rehabilitating the rooms we stayed in, or at least discontinue renting them or at the very least be honest in your portrayal of them.
Very disappoiting - poor value
We went to Blue Water Manor with two other families. The trip was booked unseen by one of the other families. Our first "suite" was disgusting and we had to move. We did get moved to a slightly better location, but all of the rooms that our group had were old, musty and tired, to be kind. The doors had huge gaps to give the bugs easy entry. We had to leave notes to tell them what to clean or it wouldn't get done. The a/c were small, noisy window units, coupled with only full size beds made for a restless week. We had the meal plan and the food was decent, but we were gtting tired of the same breakfasts and overcooked peas & carrots every night for dinner. The property itself is in a great location and it's a shame they are not doing more - it has so much more potential - just cleaning up the overgrown bushes, fixing the railing and cleaning up the piles off broken up asphalt & logs would help make it look cleaner. The indoor pool/game room was scary - dirty pool, poor lighting, peeling paint & flooded floors were not inviting. The "game room" was made up of broken down video games sitting in puddles of water along with the decrepit ping pong table. The waterfront activites and the guys working down there were the only saving grace (though they need to throw out most of the broken plastic chairs) - they were very gracious and helpful. Even when the skiboat wasn't working (it's old and worn out, too), they tried to accomodate activities. The owners seemed to entertain their friends more than the guests and we felt like we were paying for their fun. The overall value is poor and I felt we were overcharged for what we received. There are many other nicer places and we toured a few of them so we know where to go next time. Look at other options in the area, you'll be much happier.
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Careful of Room Selection
We paid over 150$ plus tax per night for the worst room I have ever stayed in during 25 years of travel. The hotel does offer some nice cabins, but there are many older worn out rooms that were filled with people who had similar complaints to ours ( bad beds, electrical safety issues, old tv's, leaky faucets and tubs ). At least rooms bailed after the first night. This is a good place for couples if you rent the cabins or suites. Nice dock area, bar and overlook of the lake. Carefully inspect your room for "age" , inlcuding the ceilings and roof. In general, the place is getting a much needed overhaul - be careful and select the high end rooms. I would never go back.
Great Family Vacation!
What a great place to stay for a family vacation! We rented a 3 bedroom cabin and the rooms were spacious, immaculate and tastefully decorated in a warm rustic style. The kitchen/dining/living room have great views of the lake. We spent every morning on the patio with our coffees enjoying the beautiful views and scenery.
The staff are incredible. I now know what it feels like to be a celebrity. To say that they were attentive and responsive to your every need would be a gross understatement. Service - in every regard - was outstanding.
Dining at the Blue Water Manor was another surprise. We all expected the usual resort fare and we were blown away with the DELICIOUS meals served there. Our compliments to the chef!
One of the reasons we chose this resort was because of the activities it offered. We spent our time fishing off the docks, (catching mostly bass and sunnies), swimming, tubing, kayaking, (it's a glass bottom kayak and the kids loved exploring the lake with it), swimming in the pool, and joining in the nightly activities. They had different shows each night and "fun" seemed to be the keyword here when they booked the performers. The kids had their nightly activities too - movies, sing-along campfires and games.
We will definately be back again. Our compliments to the new owners - Ellen and Danny for running such a great resort.