First time at Sagamore and Lake George area. Wife and I traveled with 4 & 6 y.o. children. Very easy drive up from NYC (4+ hrs but only one highway - 87). Hotel and lake area are both picture postcard beautiful. Property was fully booked but amazingly did not feel like it. Like many resorts, you have to be thoughtful of timing at a full hotel by getting down to breakfast early (around 8a), getting a few pool chairs, and planning in advance those things that are most important to your having a good time (special dinner, tennis, Morgan cruise, spa, etc.). We enjoyed sunny/warm weather but I can imagine that things could become more difficult with a full resort's worth of people crammed inside.
Enough of the preamble - here's the deal:
*Room rates are expensive and the only time I felt like we were not getting enough bang for the buck was - oddly enough - in the rooms (especially so since we did not spend much time in them). Décor is dated, which is ok given historic nature of hotel, but no extra outlets at desk for laptop or other electronics, no movie channels (or pay per view) for kids or grown ups, and swapping out two old armchairs for a more modern loveseat/ottoman would have made the room more comfortable. King suite was perfect - kids slept on sofa bed in separate room and master bedroom was large. Amazingly, did not hear other guests while in the room. Maybe just lucky, but did not seem to be a raucous crowd.
*Food was priced on par with what we pay in NYC for meals out - not cheap but not outrageous resort prices. Quality was good but may not wow a foodie. Biggest disappointment was selections on kids menus. The usual suspects: chicken fingers, hot dog, sliders, mac-n-cheese. We don't ban these foods at home but we also do not feed it to our kids every night. A little creativity in offering fruit/veggies, quesadillas, turkey meatballs, or other items would have made us happier.
*Pool area was very good. Three pools (small, large, covered) offered some variety for us and kids. All had shallow ends for kids and big/covered were large enough for kids to horse around, throw balls, and still give room for adults that wanted to be left alone. Notwithstanding some people's experience, there really are enough chairs for everyone but not everyone can sit on the 50-yard line. The hotel does a good job trying to prevent people from claiming a handful of chairs early and then not using them for hours. Witnessed one woman really giving the business to two helpless teens working at the property for enforcing the rule. She had staked out 5 chairs and when she showed up a few hours later, wondered why they were not still available. She browbeat them enough to get chairs and then proceeded to use only one of them as the rest of her family was too busy enjoying the property. Advice: chill, take two chairs, and don't have a cow if you're off on the side.
*The Morgan cruise may not wow the kids but adults will enjoy the history and the beautiful scenery. The Rec is a terrific activity complex and is a perfect way to get out of the sun/pool for an hour or two and keep the kids busy (mini-golf, Ping-Pong, rock climbing, movies, basketball, billiards). A slightly larger play area with Lego, Erector Set, etc. would be a nice addition. Croquet, horseshoes, and other outdoor treats are sprinkled around the property and fun for (city) kids that have never seen these games. Next year we'll fish, jump in the lake, kayak.
*Staff was present, helpful, and friendly. We felt very secure on the grounds and let the kids roam a little freer than we might at other resorts. Pleasantly surprised how friendly and conversational the other guests were. Kids played together with adults participating or hanging around the periphery chatting away. If you are from the tri-state area, it will not take long to find a connection (two degrees of separation).
*Took advantage of nearby Bolton Landing on a few occasions as a diversion. An easy 10-15 min walk from the hotel building to the main drag which has the typical small town pizza place, ice cream shop(s), restaurants, toy store. About 1/2mile from one end to the other. Food is fair quality and prices are NYC variety but Smallville feeling makes it worthwhile.
Bumped into the general manager (Tom G.), who manages to run a property, respond to almost every TripAdvisor comment, and stop and chat with us for 10 minutes while I am sure on his way to some kind of urgent resort matter. Tom and his team appear to work very hard to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone.
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