The Lodge on the Lake is right on the actual lake for Darien Lake theme park, so it's definitely convenient for your park adventure. It could, however use a bit more amenities.
Overall, the rooms are very clean, good and functional. We had a basic room with two queen beds, but still coveted the fancy rooms with a built-in bunkbeds in a mini kids room. We decided ahead of time that we were likely to spend more time in the them park, and very little time actually sleeping, so didn't opt for the extra. It was tempting, though.
There is a small snack bar that sells mini packages of cereal for fending off starvation at an early hour, but it would be far better if there were an actual restaurant at the hotel. It is, after all, a family park....and kids get up EARLY when they're excited! The only on-premises restaurant is within the theme park, and doesn't open until 8am for a buffet breakfast. As a result, we had breakfast #1 in the Lodge from the snack bar (Woody's Cafe) when it opened at 7am, then waited until 8am for the opening of the Beaver Brothers restaurant for breakfast #2. It would truly be beneficial for parents to be able feed their early-rising kids a bit earlier than 8am....and, hopefully, at the hotel.
There is a courtyard pool at the hotel, which is actually a great thing. Yes, there's an entire waterpark at Darien Lake, but a hotel pool allows for a bit of a calmer pace that's also adult-friendly. Additionally, there's a large chess set just outside the fenced pool area, some checkers available in the lobby, and WiFi throughout the hotel.
It was kind of surprising to see Tim Hortons coffee offered everywhere in the park, but perhaps it was a nod to the large numbers of Canucks that seem to fill the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Darien Lake Theme Park Resort is New York State’s largest theme park and water park vacation destination, with more than 100 rides, shows, attractions and a 20,000-capacity concert venue. Darien Lake is home to the Ride of Steel, one of the signature coasters in the northeast, SplashTown water park and award-winning entertainment. Darien Lake Theme Park Resort provides accommodations featuring the Lodge on the Lake Hotel, Brown Bear Cabins and 1,000-site campground. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Six Flags Hotel