Big Moose Inn is situated on a beautiful lake just outside of the town of Inlet. We were on a motorcycle trip through the Adirondacks and stayed for two nights.
We rented the jacuzzi suite room, which had a comfortable bed, but was otherwise very sparsely furnished, and the only chair was an oversized stylized one that wasn't very comfortable. The building itself was very old and run down - worn carpets, no real sound insulation between rooms (we could hear our neighbor snoring all night, and the next night had a family - or a herd of elephants - above us and could hear every footstep, the TV, and radio all at once), and definitely not the luxury experience the website might have one believe. The tub was great, and shower worked well, although the towels were very small.
We had dinner in the dining room that night - very friendly service, and good food - but the dining room was loud, with larger groups of folks becoming quite tipsy and shouting at the top of their longs. This continued well into the night, with drunk party-goers (either guests or visitors from around the area, not sure) shouting and laughing right outside our window until the vacuum cleaner went on at 11pm and seemed to encourage them to leave. The next night we ate in the tavern - Craig, the bartender, was so friendly and kind - and it seemed a little less hectic. In the tavern a bigger and more diverse menu is offered than the dining room, with excellent burgers and specials. All in all, the food and drink menu was the best part of the Inn.
Except - the breakfast. It's what you'd get at a Super 8 motel - sugary cereals (we had granola but it was very sugary also), some sort of cold pastry, and small containers of yogurt, and makings for toast and such with a single toaster on the table. We opted to go into Inlet the second morning and have breakfast there!
Unfortunately, the run-down condition, the noise from vacationers bent on drinking late into the night, and the general lack of soundproofing really means this is NOT the place to go if you want a quiet, relaxing Adirondack setting in which you can wind down. It's a great place to go if you want to party with a large group of friends, though, as long as you don't need quiet to sleep.
Overall not worth what they charge, in our opinion, but we did appreciate the friendly dining staff and the use of the watercraft (excellent hikes and paddle routes in abundance).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- he Big Moose Inn is located on picturesque Big Moose Lake in the central Adirondacks. This peaceful and relaxing setting is a perfect summer getaway that allows you to feel at home without all of the extra stresses of your daily life. The Adirondack Mountains surrounding the Big Moose Inn offer great summer fun, especially on it's bountiful lakes mid-summer. After a day of hiking, horseback riding, boating or Adirondack fishing, kick off your boots and sit by the Big Moose Inn fireplace or wood-stove and enjoy the ambiance, the food, the ale and our Adirondack lake country inn. This peaceful and relaxing setting is the perfect Adirondack getaway that allows you to feel at home without all of the extra stresses of your daily life. Amenities: • Complimentary Continental Breakfast (typically includes baked goods, jam, fruit, and coffee) • Free Hi-Speed Wireless Internet Access • Complimentary use of Canoes, Kayaks • Complimentary Dock Space • Swim Beach • TV/DVD/Keurig Coffee Makers • Family Friendly • On site Lakefront Casual Fine Dining Restaurant and Tavern Sorry, no pets allowed. For boarding options please call. During the warm summer months you can cap off your day by relaxing on the porch in one of our rocking chairs. After the sun has set you can mingle with the other guests next to our bonfire and listen for the sounds of the loons on the lake. The Big Moose Inn offers free use of our canoes and kayaks to all of our overnight guests. If a game of checkers is more your speed, why not enjoy them on our floating gazebo dock, one of three docks the Big Moose Inn offers our guests. Check us out on Facebook for additional summers specials. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Big Moose Hotel Eagle Bay