We stayed two nights as part of a weekend package with the Santa's Workshop attraction. With the package you got two nights accommodations at the Hungry Trout with Dinner Friday and Saturday night and Breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Also, Santa's Workshop had set up entertainment for the kids each night.
When we arrived Friday afternoon precipitation had just started but I noticed that the parking lot was completely covered in ice....at first I thought it was a little odd but then started to think maybe that was the norm in the North Country.
Regarding the facility... it's a not a resort.... lets call it what it is... a roadside motel that happens to abut a river famous for trout fishing and has a restaurant and bar on the property but far enough away from the rooms that the property could be sub-divided and the restaurant sold off and no one would know any different.
So, this mixed precipitation comes down for the next two days and there is the owner Jerry (a very nice enough older chap) totally unprepared. I'm not sure if he was caught off guard by the weather or just didn't want to spend the money on salting and sanding the lot. He used what ever salt he had sparingly to try to coat the walkway to the restaurant but every time you left your room you took the risk of falling on your behind,
The room was clean and fine, but it was just a room. The Bathroom had upgraded fixtures and seemed clean. The pictures on their website make the place look more resort like than it really is.
So, as I said we had the room for 2 nights as part of a package with Santa's Workshop and then we planned on staying on our own another 4 nights. On Sunday the ice was so bad that they closed Santa's Workshop so around 11AM we headed to Lake Placid and did some shopping on Main Street which had no ice or snow on it.
I had booked my room in June and was quoted a rate of $109 a night but we were told by the people in the room next to us that they were paying $79 and night and Jerry even thought we were paying $99 a night...so I have no idea if they just pick prices out of thin air.
Sunday night after we return from Lake Placid we are unwinding and watching TV when the power goes out....well along with the power being out so was the heat. I sleep with a CPAP machine and none of us got a good night's sleep in the cold with my snoring.
The power finally came back at 6 AM and I discovered I could get a room at the Crown Plaza in Lake Placid, which is a real resort, for $11 more a night. So I walk in to the office and Jerry asks if we are leaving. I explained that I can't risk being without power and the use of my CPAP machine nor risk falling on the ice as I have already had 1 hip replacement. He was cordial but never offered to comp the room or give a discount....frankly, while I realize the weather was out of his control but when you rent a room you expect it to have power and heat.
That said...I don't know if I would go back there because there are a lot of other choices in the area.
- Also Known As:
- The Hungry Trout Hotel Wilmington
- Hungry Trout Hotel