Great white bed, great view, choice location A review of Hampton Inn & Suites Lake George
When I sank into the wonderful king sized bed with classy, white down bedspread and FIVE dreamy pillows I feared I would just sleep all weekend. But when first light revealed a mountainside of peak fall foliage right outside our window, we knew we had found the perfect location to launch leaf-peeping road trips (just off the Northway and about a block from the turnoff to Prospect Mountain and four hours from Manhattan).
THE ROOM: This Inn is so new that it seemed we were the first to use the room. The colors are dark woods and forest greens and golds. A small microwave and a small fridge allow you to warm all those yummy leftovers from the nearby restaurants. There is a desk with ethernet and high-speed Internet connection; a generous array of good-quality bath products and enough towels; a state-of-the-art heating/air-conditioning unit. A large wide screen TV, sofa and coffee table complete the furnishings. We could have used a reading lamp by the couch and a shaving/make-up mirror in the bathroom.
STAFF: The front desk staff was at the caliber of a boutique hotel, even though every room was booked. Employees seemed enthusiastic. When we needed something in the room we got prompt, cheerful service. There were enough luggage carts to serve guests, which really makes a difference.
LOUNGE AREA: A double-sided welcoming fireplace divides the check-in area from the Hampton breakfast area that doubles as a lounge at night. Fresh-baked cookies, apples and bananas were often available. Coffee and teas were available at all times. In the evening, a number of guests congregated to watch the giant TV above the fireplace or to play cards or enjoy delivery pizza at the comfortable tables with club chairs. An unstaffed bar was stocked with glasses, so we bought a bottle of wine at the liquor store a few blocks down the road (there was a terrific selection) and sat around with other guests watching the baseball playoffs.
BREAKFAST INCLUDED: As a low-carber, breakfast was not sufficient for me, since no meat or eggs were served either day. There were cereals, fruit, hot waffles, yogurt cups, bagels and spreads and breads, certainly enough for most people. And there were breakfast places just down the road, including McDonald's.
POOL: All three days we enjoyed the Hampton pool, warm enough and big enough (depending on how many kids were there). Indoor only, it seemed about 30 feet long and 15 or 18 feet wide, to a depth of nearly 5 feet. There was a standard hot tub and clean towels (not quite large enough) in abundance. The exercise room adjacent to the pool area had three machines, all state of the art - a stationery bike, a treadmill and an elliptical - along with a TV and remote control.
Just outside the pool room at the rear of the hotel was a sunny outdoor patio with lounge and Adirondack chairs that faced a woods. At night, it made for peaceful stargazing.
ENVIRONS: Yes, it's worth driving to the top of Prospect Mountain, and Gore Mountain and Fort Ticonderoga are not too far. The trip along Lake George is magnificent and by-way detours through Schroon and Loon lake areas are delightful. We also promised the folks at the Barnsider Smokehouse BBQ, across the road from the Hampton Inn, to mention that not only was their food terrific, but they treated us like absolute royalty as we camped out at the bar to watch the Yankee game.