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“Great location, incredible views, the rooms were first-class” 4 of 5 stars
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High Peaks Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   2384 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946   |  
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Ranked #6 of 31 hotels in Lake Placid
Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great location, incredible views, the rooms were first-class”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I recently spent a long weekend in Lake Placid, NY. I had never visited there but always wanted to see it. We stayed at the High Peaks resort. It is beautiful, the staff was extremely helpful and very pleasant, the check-in process was great. I believe they renovated in 2008, and it is incredible. While we were relaxing in our room, we were watching Home and Garden TV and my friend and I both mentioned that the bathroom in our room is something you would see on HGTV. The rooms are extremely well decorated and laid out, the have plenty of room, there are plenty of plugs, a refrigerator, plenty of lights, great view of the lake, easy to get from the parking lot to your room, service was wonderful, they have indoor and outdoor pools. We went to the indoor pool and it was great - not your typical "hotel pool." The restaurant in the hotel, "Dancing Bear" was much better for dinner than it was for breakfast. My dinner there was good - my breakfast was just OK and seemed expensive at $33 for two people! But otherwise - the lobby bar is awesome. The location is great - right at the end of Main Street and easily accessible to everything - nothing is really more than a 10 minute walk away in downtown! Highly recommend!

Room Tip: The resort is divided between two buildings. We were there in November and I'm not sure if the...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Fairfield County, CT
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82 reviews 82 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

A nice mid range hotel with a good restaurant and bar. For the many families taking their kids to Lake Placid's hockey tournaments this is a great hotel. The hotel has easy access to the center of town. It is probably 3/4 mile to the Olympic ice rinks so you essentially have to drive to the rink. The hotel has free Wifi which functions OK. You have to log in every time your phone or iPad snoozes. You can see the Lake from most rooms although the view is average.

Room Tip: There are two hotel buildings. We had a $50 / night additional charge for staying in the main / newe...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We spent two days of our honeymoon here, and wished we had spent more!

Check-in was a breeze, and the ladies at the front desk were very helpful. This was the first time for either of us in Lake Placid, and they gave us maps and hiking suggestions to help us plan our adventure for the next day. Upon getting to our room, we were first struck by the view. The sun was setting behind us, and the sight of the silhouette of the mountains against the darkening sky with the day's last glimmer on the lake below was breathtaking! Then we noticed that there was a nice gift of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us on the table with a card congratulating us on our recent nuptials! This was an unexpected treat from the hotel!

We found the room to be very spacious and clean. Ours had a king bed and a sofa. There was a desk as well as two little tables for the sofa and a dresser that also concealed a refrigerator. Even with all this, there was plenty of space to move around.

The bathroom was impressive. It was very large with a granite vanity, plenty of towels, and the most toiletries I have seen in a hotel room -- even mouthwash and the crown jewel of all hotel bathroom freebies -- a sewing kit! :) And it was all Bath & Body Works stuff, which meant not much to me, but seemed to impress my new bride. However, the best part of the bathroom was the shower. It was huge with both a fixed shower head above, and a handheld shower head that could both operate at the same time. With the stone tiles on the wall, it's like bathing in a warm waterfall each morning!

The hotel is in a great location -- just above Main Street -- and it's a short walk to its shops and restaurants. All rooms in the main building seem to have balconies and views of the pool, and the mountains in the distance. From the higher floors, you can get a better view of the mountains, and you can also see Mirror Lake. All of the Olympic venues are within about a 20 min drive. The hotel does have watercraft that the guests can use (I think for free) on the lake, but we did not take advantage of this. The lobby is large with a nice fireplace that was going when we came down for the complimentary cookies and lemonade they spread every afternoon for the guests.

We ate at the resort's restaurant, the Dancing Bears on our first night. It was fairly reasonably priced, and they gave us a lot of food. We split a half order of steak nachos and a burger. We got out of there for a little over $20 and had leftovers for a snack for the next day. The next evening, we ordered a pizza from room service, which arrived hot and tasty in 30 minutes -- Domino's can't even guarantee that any more!

Overall, we had a fantastic stay! Resorts like this are usually beyond our budget, but since it was our honeymoon, we didn't mind spending a little more. However, the experience, from the room to the service to the views, was well worth everything we paid and then some. I wish we could come back to the High Peaks Resort soon and often, but it will probably be a while before we can return. Maybe for an anniversary trip in a few years...

Room Tip: For the best views, get a room on the 5th floor. We were told #510 through #512 had the best views.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clayton, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Very much enjoyed our stay at the High Peaks Resort. We got our room through Priceline at something like $124 per night, at an off-peak time for Lake Placid. We could have gotten a lower rate elsewhere, but decided to splurge a bit and we weren't disappointed. Our room had two double beds, a very nice bathroom, small fridge, etc. and some nice decorating touches.

The common areas were very nice and included indoor and outdoor pools, an exercise room and a spa. We had one lunch in the hotel restaurant, the Dancing Bears, and it was fine.

The front desk staff were very friendly, courteous and accommodating. I had to send a fax and they took care of that at no charge. Coffee and newspapers were available in the lobby with comfortable furniture to relax in and a nice fire in the fireplace. Cookies, put out at 2:30 each afternoon, were not to be missed.

Overall, in my opinion, a great place to stay (proximity to village can't be meet; park and walk). I would recommend it my friends.

Room Tip: Rooms on the courtyard have a great view of the lake and the mountains.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Columbia, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

My wife and I stayed here one night. The room was clean and very nice. Breakfast was good (didn't eat dinner in the 'world famous' Dancing Bear). We were just off peak for color, so thought the room was overpriced even at the AAA rate of $170. The view was ok, but you're not lakefront, though I had the impression we would be. From what I could tell, all rooms had balcony and some kind of view. I should've pricelined it. We also had some hallway noise due to kids hockey tourney in town, but they quieted down early enough (10ish). Overall, a very nice hotel, but for the season a bit overpriced.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thiells
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Friendly and helpful front desk staff. Lobby is beautiful, spacious and large. The rooms are well kept and many have great views. The restaurants are nice with fresh food. Be warned, this entire area, soup to nuts, is quite pricey all around. The hotel is in a great area close to town, many nice places within walking distance. A generous selection of wedding venues. The no-smoking anywhere rule was a bit annoying, especially since many of the rooms had balconies. The lake and activities offered are nice. Generally a very pleasant place.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rowayton, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

This place is great. Centrally located to town, has a pool on the lake and kayaks and a dock on the lake. Our room walked right out to lake. Our room was a nice size, clean and the bathroom was clean and big as well. The lake was clean, we went kayaking, swam and lounged by lake. I also love that allow dogs of all sizes (only complaint is that you can't leave your dog unattended). You walk right out and you are in town of lake placid. There is also a great walking/running loop right outside the hotel that loops around the lake.

I am already planning my next stay there.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
High Peaks Hotel Lake Placid
High Peaks Hotel
High Peaks Lake Placid
Address: 2384 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946
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Location: United States > New York > Lake Placid
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Lake Placid
#4 Family Hotel in Lake Placid
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Lake Placid
#5 Romantic Hotel in Lake Placid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — High Peaks Resort 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking the shores of Mirror Lake and conveniently located on Main Street, High Peaks Resort is a modern Adirondack retreat. Guests enjoy magnificent views & direct access to all the opportunities the High Peaks region has to offer, not to mention a rejuvenating full-service spa and unique dining options including the world-famous Dancing Bears Restaurant, Lake Placid's Celebration Destination and Outdoors at Dancing Bears, which boasts Lake Placid's most stunning outdoor patio. ... more   less 
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