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...
- 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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- Also Known As:
- High Peaks Hotel Lake Placid
- High Peaks Lake Placid