I stayed at the Lake House - which is affiliated with the High Peaks Resort-from December 17th-19th. I took the train from Saratoga and arrived at the Lake House around 4:00pm. Check-in was entirely seamless, as John Driscoll (aka Johnny High Peaks) had everything ready for me, including my Olympic Sites Passport that I had indicated to the staff there that I wanted at the time of my reservation. John was so sincere in his service and helpful with all of the questions I inevitably had as a result of being a first-time tourist to the area. When I got to my room I was overjoyed -it looked out right onto Mirror Lake and was impeccably clean. The resort has apparently undertaken some substantial renovations, and they have done a wonderful job. The room had both a modern and rustic vibe that synced perfectly with the rural, snowy setting. My room led out onto a little deck, which was great for quiet reflection while looking at the lake. I went upstairs to the hotel bar, and my experience at the Lake House got even better. John was there with the bartender, Kevin, who is the most competent and adroit bartender I have ever experienced. They brought me up to speed with recommendations about what to do, how most efficiently to do it, and where to eat. I really enjoyed their company and they really made me feel like they enjoyed mine as well. This bar is a total gem and would undoubtedly be a place I would frequent if I were a local.
The activities I had planned to do while in Lake Placid didn't go off as planned bc of the weather, but these two guys really salvaged my stay. Even though it was dark before 5pm, the light in their hearts illuminated the entire town and the entire experience for me.
I also had the pleasure of interacting with Jon Wright, a front-desk employee at the High Peaks, who, after hours, answered more of my questions about the facility, the local shuttle and trolley services, and who also made great breakfast recommendations.
Bill, also a High Peaks employee, was around at various points throughout my stay, and he, too, was gracious and sincere and helped me feel at home.
The location of this hotel is perfect for traipsing around Lake Placid-whether you'd like to take a leisurely walk around the lake or do a little holiday shopping -and the service I experienced here is not unlike the experience I have received at 5 star hotels around the world. This will be the only place I ever stay when I come to the area. Other resorts and hotels may get more publicity or recognition, but service of this caliber is hard to come by. Thanks again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1961, Lake House has been part of the Lake Placid community, with its rich Olympic history and beautiful, natural surroundings. We welcome you to share our home – as well as our trails, lakes and slopes – whether this is your first trip to Lake Placid or an annual tradition. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lakeview Motor Hotel Lake Placid