Just returned from a quick, two-night spring break getaway with our two daughters (8 and 5), and overall, it was about what we expected. We arrived at 2, check-in was immediate and our room was ready, even though check-in formally wasn't until 4. We went to our room and found it to be spacious and clean. We quickly changed and went down to the water park.
The water park is obviously the main attraction to staying at the lodge, and overall, I would say we got the most out of it. The biggest issue for us was just how understaffed the park was. There was no one checking wristbands at the entrance (then why state you have to keep them on for the length of your stay?) and no one to prevent young kids from entering on their own (then why state no one under 13 may enter without a parent?). I would say the park needed several more lifeguards to attend everything adequately - particularly the raft rides, where only one lifeguard was allowing people onto the three different rides, when one more lifeguard up there would have made the wait minimal and have the process run much more efficiently. I am also assuming that the lack of staff is what often kept one of the raft rides (either the family raft ride or the two individual raft rides) closed. When there are so few rides, to have any of them closed for any amount of time is a huge issue. The raft rides themselves are not great - all of them are completely dark for the entire ride. Considering their role, I don't think it would be age discrimination to point out that I question the ages of some of the lifeguards, as some were so old, I would worry about them hurting themselves if they did have to take action.
In addition to removing the evident rust and mold, and some paint touch-ups, what the water park would benefit most from is a separate pool for kids to simply swim on their own, rather than just an area where people use to enter and exit the lazy river. The lazy river does move swiftly and during the entire length of my stay, I never saw any of the lifeguards intervene despite extensive rough housing going on.
As for everything else - the room showed some age, with a broken lamp and paint peeling. I'm still trying to figure out why the shower would have a shower curtain that does not reach to the tub, because water was dripping onto the bathroom floor. Ate at Johnny Rockets one night, and while the food was good, again, there were so few servers, that some people were waiting up to 30 minutes despite there being plenty of empty tables. If you have the chance and are willing to take a short drive directly out of the Lodge entrance, check out Docksiders restaurant, great food and nice people right on the edge of Lake Glen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ready for a fun-filled stay in the Lake George area you'll never forget? The Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park is a 200-room family suite lodge near Lake George, a resort featuring an incredible 38,000 sq ft indoor water park with attractions designed to make every age group smile. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark Hotel Queensbury
- Six Flags Great Escape Lodge And Indoor Waterpark
- 6 Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark
- Great Escape Lodge
- Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark Queensbury, New York - Lake George