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“Beautiful lake, outdated and run-down building”
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Big Moose Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Eagle Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Middlebury, Vermont, USA
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful lake, outdated and run-down building”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

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).

Room Tip: If you book here, and want quiet, ask for a room not facing the lake - most of those rooms overlook...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Uden, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2013

Ummm, very small rooms, hotel made of wood is 110+ years old. Walls so thin that you can hear everything (everything!) in the next room. Good full bar. Helpful bartender. Room for 3 kids with a 3rd bed was too small. Breakfast mediocre. Restaurant reasonable.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

We spent a travelzoo voucher weekend at the Inn and were very disappointed in the accommodations. Our room, a queen lake view, had not been renovated in at least 40 years. Old worn carpets, dated, sparsely furnished room, tea towel sized bath towels and thin walls were the most annoying part of the room. There were no bedside tables, no where to put luggage, and a 12 inch TV. The Big Moose could be great if only the owners would spend some money upgrading the basics. I would not stay here again nor would I recommend a friend to stay here. However, the shining spot was the restaurant. We had a great meal, and throughout the weekend had excellent service from all the staff, from the bar tender to the servers. I wish it would have been a better experience as the surrounding area of the adirondack mountains was beautiful.

Room Tip: Apparently there are some renovated king bed rooms. If you stay here, be sure to book one.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

My husband and I just returned from spending the weekend at the Big Moose Inn. It is beautifully located on Big Moose Lake, with easy access for kayaking, swimming, or boating. The food was delicious, and the restaurant staff were all very friendly. Now for the not so good...the Inn itself is "worn", not rustic. We stayed in room 15 , and definitely would not recommend it. It was outdated, hot, and very noisy! Some of the other rooms did appear to be in better condition. We also were disappointed that the continental breakfast was only available starting at 8 am, and very limited; lacking any fresh fruit! Overall, we enjoyed ourselves , and would return, with upgrading to a King room.

Room Tip: King Rooms were nicest!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auburn, New York
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

This was the perfect place to visit with family and friends! We wanted to bring our friends traveling from Germany to the Adirondacks to enjoy some of the natural beauty the United States has to offer. We are so happy that we chose Big Moose! The owners of the Inn are friendly, accommodating, offering above and beyond service!! Each morning started out with a lovely continental breakfast on the porch. We enjoyed the use of canoes and kayaks,(included in our stay) and hiking at its finest. Dinner at the Big Moose Inn was fabulous! Please read restaurant reviews, the food is truly delicious...a pleaser for everyone! We enjoyed evening views from the porch and camp fires in front of the Big Moose Lake under starry skies. We even had the pleasure one evening of a Scottish bag pipe player playing " Amazing Grace" under the moon lit sky. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and plan to return some day!

Room Tip: Simple, comfortable rooms with a gorgeous view in room 19! We had 10 people in our party and stayed...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Lockport, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2013

Went for the weekend to relax. We did exactly that! We ate in the bar area of the hotel, and the food was wonderful. The inkeepers were very helpful, and we very much enjoyed sitting on the wonderful porch, looking at the lake, and watching the hummingbirds!

Room Tip: definately get a lake view!!!!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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North Augusta, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2013

The Inn itself was dated. (Carpet everywhere) The room was extremely small but had a great view. It only had one chair in the room which had pet hair on it from a past guest. The television was small (14” or less). Our room was extremely warm at night, I believe the central air unit was shut off at night (note: the temperature during the day was hot and humid outside 95 Fahrenheit) I inquired about this to the owner and she was to look into it and I asked if the air could be on for our second nights’ stay. Nothing changed the next night I woke up sweating and opened the window allowing humid air in (no fan, 2 sleep deprived nights). Stand up shower in the bathroom, water flow stopped 5 times during morning shower. Put the “DO NOT DISTURB” sign on the door knob while we went for breakfast leaving my wife’s purse in the room just to return to the room made up.
We ate at the on- site Tavern 2 evenings, the staff were very friendly and the meals were very good. As for breakfast it was a below average continental (certainly not what we expected). Use of kayaks and canoes was great feature. Thankful we had a travel zoo voucher and didn’t pay full price!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Big Moose Inn
Address: 1510 Big Moose Rd, Eagle Bay, NY 13331-2107
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Region: United States > New York > Eagle Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Eagle Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Big Moose Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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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