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Chelka Lodge on Lake George
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Bolton Landing
Reviewed 10 September 2011

We had stayed at several places on Lake George in the 80s and 90s but never at the same place twice due to dissatisfaction. Then somehow we were lucky enough to find Chelka Lodge and have come back for at least 10 years each summer. Dave and Judy (the owners for at least the least ten years) have made us feel like we have a home on Lake George. Sophie ( the most recent Lab) sat with me for a while and seemed to know us since we met her as a Puppy two years ago. Its always a pleasure watching the dogs enjoy swimming in the lake as much as we do. I wasn't surprised to see Chelka Lodge recommended in the Sunday Travel section of the NY Times a couple of years ago. It did make me worry that they would fill up very quickly for the summer. Thus when the annual Chelka Lodge newsletter comes in January, we decide immediately what our plans on for the summer and send our reservation in. The wonderful breakfast, convenient location, ample supply of beach front boats to borrow, very comfortable rooms, and unmatched Lake George views all combine for the most wonderful vacation anybody can have. We always look forward to the improvements Dave and Judy make on the property each year.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

Been going tp Lake George for 26 years and have stayed in a few different places. Chelka has the best location in a calm cove, and the best part is it does not have a steep hill to go up and down to get to the private beach. In all of the other places we had to use the car to go up & down. The room was clean and well kept, and the grounds are beautiful with a great view of the lake from everywhere.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

This was our 8th year of going as a family to the Chelka Lodge. The place is perfect for a family with a good continental breakfast and clean rooms - they do need a bit of updating though and if you are on the first floor you can hear the elephants walking around above you - beds are not to comfortable and the pillows are terrible - bring your own for a decent nights sleep. Dave is a gruf but Judy is a very personable. The dogs can be a pests and whne they are running around watch out!! They are the golden children that will nudge into your room, take a snack from your bag or pop a toy that they believe is theirs and you can forget about any renumeration from the owners.other than that the price is economical and it is one of the best places on Lake George for the value and location outside of the village of Lake George. Watch out for room 15 I think - its' haunted!! They won't tell yuo but it is.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

Because the view is gorgeous and the rooms are adequate, this should make for a lovely vacation spot. But the owners are a pair of cold fish and their bad mood seems to spread over the whole property. The staff are unhappy; they are nice to the guests but tense. The breakfast is carefully measured out and is all sugar - sweet muffins, sweet scones, sweet cereal, canned orange juice. Wireless is not available in the rooms but is free near the main office. The price is high considering what is offered. Again, it's really a beautiful place and I wish I could give it a better review.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

We have been staying at Chelka for our summer vacation for over 20 years. The owners, Dave and Judy, are always accommodating and friendly and responsive to your needs. The rooms are clean and spacious. They offer a beach area, shuffleboard, basketball, rowboats and kayaks. It is situated on a beautiful, quiet cove and we can see our docked boat from our room. Normally, the guests are quite respectful of others and keep a close eye on their children so everyone can have a pleasant stay.
This year a very large group took over most of the rooms at the lodge for a few days. We were told that they did not tell the owners that they were all together and there to attend a party. The place was suddenly overrun with what seemed like 50 extremely loud children who were running wildly while their parents were having fun, drinking, and not paying attention to the fact that they and their kids were very disturbing to other guests. Dave and Judy did their best to keep things under control. If you read a bad review of Chelka, it is probably from someone from this group. If they never come back, that is the best thing that could happen to Chelka! We know we will be back again next year!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

We enjoyed warm hospitality at the Chelka Lodge during our stay in the first week of August. The place is so beautiful that we really relaxed and felt "at home". We loved the beach, swimming, the kayaks, the dogs, the games and the view. We were impressed at the ability to use the variety of kayaks and games.

The owners were engaging and warm. They have made the place feel welcoming and they responded to our needs.

We have also been telling our friends what a wonderful place it was - peaceful, beautiful, wonderful staff and so many things for our girls to enjoy. Our daughters (13 and 9) LOVED it there. They picked up kayaking for the first time.

We hope to come back one day.

Andreas and Rallou Matzakos

Room Tip: Second floor for view
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

Once again spent 6 days at Chelka...........loved it...........the weather perfect......The owners two of the nicest friendliest people you could meet....accommodating to your every need.........this is the place you want to go for a relaxing quiet get away from it all week favorite thing...seeing your boat at the boathouse right down from your room............love it....

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Chelka Lodge on Lake George

Address: 4204 Lakeshore Drive, Bolton Landing, NY 12824
Region: United States > New York > Bolton Landing
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Bolton Landing
Price Range: £75 - £128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on beautiful Lake George, Chelka Lodge offers spacious motel and efficiency accommodations,and the water's edge is just a few steps from your door. Amenities include free use of rowboats, canoes, and kayaks, basketball, ping pong, and shuffleboard, sandy beach and sand-bottom swimming area. Beautiful lake views from every room. Complimentary light breakfast is served during peak season in our beautifully appointed lodge. AAA rated. ... more   less 
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