What a lovely hotel to return to after a day on the slopes or skating on the frozen lake or just walking around town. The main reception area is similar to 4 star resorts with a cozy and inviting fireplace and wonderful bar area and very pleasant reception hosts. At about 2 PM they put out a vat of hot chocolate and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies free for the taking. There is always a blazing fire in the fireplace and large enveloping chairs to relax in.
The location is perfect for exploring all there is to see and do in Lake Placid, just walk out the lower level doors and you are immediately on Main St. There is an hourly free shuttle to Whiteface Mountain leaving at 10 minutes past the hour starting at 8:10 AM.
The rooms are fairly typical hotel rooms, ours had 2 queen beds, and large flat screen TV, 3 dresser drawers and a balcony with 2 chairs and a table overlooking the (outdoor) snowcovered pool area and onto Mirror Lake and all it's activities. The Bathroom is fantastic with the most amazing shower with Rain head and a hand held shower plus a bench all done in local stone and "rainshower" glass doors. Beautiful!! Amenities in the bathroom are plentiful and replaced when needed, including lots and lots of towels. There is access from the room floors to the covered parking lot and parking is free. Wifi is also free in the rooms but when everyone has returned from their days outings the connections are sketchy.
The only negative I have to say is the Housekeeping in the rooms. When we arrived there was a "turtle Fur" on the floor behind the big leather club chair and blue and green jelly beans in various locations on the floor. The weekend staff seemed too busy to do the room and when they arrived at 4:30 PM asked if we REALLY needed our room cleaned....we said NO, it was too late for that but we did need clean towels which they handed to us and left. The weekday housekeeping staff where there bright and early and did a lovely job.
All rooms face the inner courtyard and have a balcony. The Fitness center is acceptable but a little small as is the indoor pool and hot tub. The Restaurant, Dancing Bears has an OK menu and the best meal I had was the Lobster Roll with amost a full lobster in the salad.
One note....there is no indication that room service is available and it wasn't until the last day that I discovered by calling the front desk....yes indeed it is available. The hotel needs to put something in the room besides the restaurants abbreviated menu saying this service is available and what hours it is available. There is no "button" on the phone to go directly to the room service people, you have to use a button called Hotel Services...who knew???
Would I stay here again the next time we're in Lake Placid....YOU BET!!!
- 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