This was our first trip to Lake Placid. We have mixed reviews about the area but this is a hotel review so lets stay focused! Location is good but not great, meaning it wasn't water front. The main building is across the street from the lake, and they offer waterfront rooms at their waterfront building across the street for premium prices. Although, I'm amazed people are willing to pay what they do. Rooms during peak season go for $300/night, off season for $100/night.
These prices are comparable with other international destinations of similar settings such as Tremblant, Whistler, Lake Louise, and Lake Tahoe... Although, compared to those other places, Lake Placid is like the ugly cousin of a distant relative. Sorry cousin! But if you're just looking to recharge for a quiet weekend it'll get the job done.
The facilities are nice with an indoor pool on the 4th floor, an outdoor pool on the 1st floor, a medium size gym on the ground floor, and another outdoor pool at the waterfront building. The waterfront building is available to all guest and offers 2 small docks along with boats you can use for FREE. Don't bother renting from the guy across the street next to the waterfront building. Just use your room keys to access the building across the street.
Renovated rooms are well decorated and clean. My only complaint is that the television size seems a bit small for the room size, we've stayed in enough hotels to notice. A small bottle of shampoo, lotion, and a bar of soap is provided but NO conditioner; strange. Doors slam and hallway noise echoes which may affect light sleepers. But this does have a resort atmosphere so less drunken nonsense to deal with.
The Dancing Bear is a great all around restaurant and probably most renovated along the street. The entire area seems to be under going renovations including plenty of closed and empty store fronts along the main street. I get the feeling they're looking for a new type of client, from older quiet antique buying customers to a younger more energetic type. There are loads of antique stores that don't seem to sell anything and tones of T-shirt stores all selling the same thing at high prices.
Element Spa is attached to the hotel and the massage quality was mediocre. It was busy for hair and nail service due to a wedding. The Palace movie theater next door just switched to digital and was a lot of fun to go to for the entire family! It's a small old school theater with chandeliers offering 4 theaters playing new movies at 7pm and 9:30pm for only $7/person. Obviously they don't have the latest technology in sound and imaging but it was a fun experience. Cash only!
Parking is free and there's plenty of it leading off the 3rd floor. Complimentary coffee is provided in the lobby every morning (take one to breakfast) and bottles of water in the gym 24hrs/day, a nice touch! Management checked us out half way through our stay so when we came back the room keys were deactivated. It was a hassle and we luckily had our confirmations on the smart phone; a waste of time.
It's an average 4-star hotel that gets bonus marks due to lack of competition at this level. I would come back and recommend this hotel if prices stayed at $100/night but there are much better travel options at $200/night... If you get a chance, try The Cottage waterfront restaurant & bar, unique little place with reasonable prices.
- 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