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“Pampered and Relaxed on the Lake” 5 of 5 stars
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Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid, NY 12946   |  
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Ranked #5 of 31 hotels in Lake Placid
White Plains, New York
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“Pampered and Relaxed on the Lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We celebrated our anniversary here with a long weekend and it was really a wonderful trip. Because it was winter and not a lot of snow accumulation (Whiteface Mt. is 9 miles away) the Inn was pretty empty. We stayed at the Lake house across the street from the main building and we had the entire house to ourselves. Not a single other person was staying there during the time we were there. Check in was a breeze. We drove up to the main building, checked in, and then drove across the street to the small parking area that is provided just for guests of the Lake Houses.

When we got to our room, the one minus that I would give Mirror Lake Inn is for the decor. It is pretty outdated all around, but the carpet especially. It was this thick shaggy dark green which really could have used a major upgrade into the 21st century. Other than that, the room was very clean and spacious. There were 2 small seating areas, one a love seat along one wall and another, a table and 2 chairs in front of a window facing the lake. There was also a gas fireplace and a very small TV. The bed was comfortable, the closet was very tiny, not much place to store clothes. A refrigerator and bar sink was also in the room. The bathroom was immaculate. A little on the small side, but hooks and shelves for storage. We had chocolates and a bottle of Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice laid out for us, which was a nice touch since I am expecting. We also had turn down service with chocolates and a poem each night.

We ate breakfast each morning across the street at the Main Inn building. The one downside was all the stairs to climb up to the main building. This could be an issue for some. On the positive: every single staff member we had contact with was so friendly and personable. It really stood out to us. Everyone greeted us, asked if we needed anything, jumped to seat us and bring us pretty much whatever we asked for and with a gracious attitude. There were always fresh-baked cookies at the front desk and each time we walked by they would put one or two in a little to go bag for us.

I would describe breakfast as very good. For the price tag we had higher expectations, but it was delicious nevertheless. The selections varied each day, but there was always an omelette station and the orange juice was fresh-squeezed. We also had dinner there and it also was very good. We ate at The Cottage and we loved it! It was jam-packed at 2 in the afternoon. Food was delicious! We also used the spa and pool. The pool has a neat waterfall and was definitely a favorite. All in all we had a great experience at the Mirror Lake Inn. Compared to other luxury resorts we have stayed I am still on the fence if it was a good value. The staff was amazing and the lake views from our room were just beautiful. It wasn't at all crowded and I think that is what made us feel so at home. I think had the Inn been filled to capacity we might not have had as much breathing room. We would definitely go back if the Inn offered better packages.

Room Tip: The Lake houses across the street from the main building are quiet with beautiful views.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Stayed here for an overnight ski trip. Everything here was to die for. Booked a travelzoo rate and got a cloudsplitter room overlooking the lake. Room was fantastic, pool and hot tub were great for relaxing. My wife had the signature massage which she raves about all the time. We had dinner and drinks at the cottage which was very good. Service was outstanding. We went to Whiteface in the morning and were doing first tracks which started at 730 am. So we needed breakfast before the restaurant opened. The restaurant staff kindly helped us with a continental style breakfast which was waiting for us in the lobby that morning! Its fun to be at a hotel which goes out of its way to help you out! Will definitely go back if I travel to Lake Placid again!

  • Stayed February 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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barnegat, nj
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We went for a couple's getaway from Friday till Tuesday of New Years weekend. The hotel seemed like it was at capacity, but they handled the crowds well. Every single staff member that we encountered was more than pleasant. They always asked if they could be of assistance. I do agree that the price tag is not cheap to stay here, but you definitely get what you pay for. Since it was only the 2 of us, we stayed in a regular room, but Marcy was the category, which is the best of the standard category. The room was in the Mountainview building and on the 4th floor, so it had a beautiful view of the lake. The hotel was still decorated so it was very pretty. They just received over a foot of snow the day before we arrived and it snowed a little every day we were there, so it really made it such a winter wonderland. The hotel's location is superb, right at the edge of town. We walked into town for shopping, lunch and the movies. It was freezing while we were there but it is a great location to town. We enjoy martinis and the Taste Bistro bar was a great location for them. We ate there 2 nights and the food was just as good as the martinis. We also ate at the Cottage one night and Jimmys 21 one night. No complaints in the food/drink department. We treated ourselves to an 80 minute couples massage at the spa in the hotel and it was wonderful as well. Great amenities in the spa area. The indoor pool and jacuzzi was great as well. I dont recall seeing pictures on line for this area, but it was very nice and large too.
We look forward to going back to Mirror Lake in the near future. Keep up the good work!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Short Hills, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

I just came back from a four-day stay at the Mirror Lake Inn. Our group consisted of 4 adults and 5 teenagers, and we all had a great time. From the moment we arrived there, everyone who worked there was pleasant, helpful and eager to ensure that we had a positive experience. We had four rooms and they all had breathtaking views of the lake and the holiday lights - 4 days of on and off snow did not hurt in terms of creating a winter wonderland. Definitely sign up for the breakfast plan. It was delicious, fresh, and as fast as you wanted it to be. We had dinner at The View one night and would have eaten there more often but we wanted to check out other restaurants in the area. Cookies in the lobby and tea served in the afternoon were another nice, cozy touch. After eating dinner on New Year's Eve at another restaurant, we came back for champagne in the lobby, balloons, hats, etc. They think of everything here! We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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leeds
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Nice place. Oak paneling in the library after a lovely breakfast to read the papers.Lovely view from the restaurant across the lake. Good food and a relaxing time. We went in early winter and it was pituresque.

  • Stayed November 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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oakville
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6 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Perfect way to prepare for the holidays...a mini getaway ...relax in the spa, swim indoors while watching the snow fall, dream by the fire,sip champagne in the bar overlooking the lake...if you prefer the outdoors, strap on your snowshoes or head to the ski slopes.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

I just wrote a review about the bad experience we had at The View restaurant in this hotel. Therefore my overall rating for the hotel could never be more than Average.
The hotel itself is an old charmer; loads of history, well maintained, beautiful view, very nice and helpful staff. But... at this level (four diamonds, paying over $ 600 for a good size suite) one can expect a little more. Old charm is nice if it comes to the classic high quality furniture but the bathroom in our suite was in need of an update; at this level I do not want to climb into a (true, huge) jacuzzi to take a shower under a fixed shower head. Showers should be thermostat controlled as standard at this level. Although it is winter I did notice the old style air-conditioning
I realize the dilemma for the owners but I think they need to bring the hotel up to standard if they want to maintain the high ratings.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 77 Mirror Lake Drive, 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 Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Lake Placid
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Lake Placid
#3 Family Hotel in Lake Placid
#4 Romantic Hotel in Lake Placid
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Lake Placid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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The distinguishing feature of this inn, which has been in business since 1924, is that all 131 rooms have a view of Mirror Lake and the Adirondack Mountains. ... more   less 
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