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 It is pretty outdated all around, but the carpet especially.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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mirror Lake Inn Resort And Spa
- Mirror Lake Hotel Lake Placid
- Mirror Lake Resort