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Lake Placid Lodge
Ranked #10 of 32 Hotels in Lake Placid
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 11, 2009

Lake Placid Lodge is an exceptional resort. Its key attraction is the warmth, friendliness, and graciousness of its staff, and the quirky, sometimes amusing rusticity of its buildings and furnishings.

The people at Lake Placid Lodge understand the importance of making a good first impression. We were greeted in the small reception area with champagne, always a promising beginning. Champagne flutes in hand, we were given a brief tour of the property, while Keith, the front office manager, parked our car and single-handedly brought all the luggage from the trunk -- including loose items like jackets and running shoes we had tossed in at the last minute -- to our cabin. Keith described the amenities in the cabin, taking care to point out that there was no charge for the snacks (chips, cookies, pretzels) or pop and juice in the small fridge. He explained that they wanted us to feel like guests in someone's home. The check-in process, which is minimal (most information is collected when the reservation is made) was conducted in our cabin, another in a long series of nice touches.

We stayed in Birch cabin, conveniently located just steps from the main lodge building. Like almost everything in the lodge, our cabin had a charming, rough-hewn look to it. Inside, the cabin had a pleasant, woody, smoky, soapy smell. The king-sized bed and some of the chairs, for example, were fashioned from branches. Everything was sturdy and well made, however. The chairs were very comfortable to sit on, and the bed was one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in. The focal point of the room was a huge stone fireplace, already laid with wood and kindling when we arrived (the fireplace was prepared every evening as part of the turn-down service). Our cabin had the luxury of two bathrooms, one with a deep tub and the other containing a large shower with two separately controlled heads. Hot water arrived in the shower almost instantly, and the pressure was strong enough to strip paint. Between the two bathrooms was a small storage room containing the fridge, coffee-making supplies, and shelving and racks for clothes. Perhaps our favorite feature of the room, apart from the stunning view of Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain, was the spacious porch, including a tale and two chairs, and a comfortable, relaxing porch swing.

One amenity not included in the cabin, or in any room at the lodge, is a TV. That's a welcome omission: it reminds you that you're surrounded by natural beauty, and that your time would be better spent contemplating, reconnecting, and enjoying. During our stay, the nights were quite cool, so a roaring fire was all the entertainment needed.

We had diner in Maggie's Pub the first night of our stay, and in the Artisans Dining Room the next. Pub guests can order from the Artisans menu. We stayed at the lodge in summer, so all our meals were served outside, on a large, curving, heated verandah. A blanket was thoughtfully provided on one chair at every table for ladies with bare shoulders. Food at the pub was very good, and dinner at Artisans was excellent. Artisans is a popular dinner spot for people staying at cottages around Lake Placid (many of whom arrived by boat), so reservations are essential. Before dinner drinks were poured generously. The wine list probably contains as many pages as the Lake Placid phone book. One minor complains about dining at Lake Placid Lodge is that the menus are fairly small and did not vary. We stayed for only three nights, so the lack of variety wasn't a problem, but I think I would be inclined to eat off the resort during a longer stay. Breakfast, which can be taken in the restaurant or delivered to the cabin, is included in the room price.

Service at the Lake Placid Lodge is uniformly excellent, and in fact the quality of service is what separates the lodge from other resorts I've been to. Staff never seemed rushed or hurried, and always had the time for a brief, friendly chat. Lake Placid Lodge must be a great place to work, because all staff members seemed happy and relaxed. Nevertheless, service was always efficient. Everyone we encountered was warm and friendly without being intrusive.

Lake Placid Lodge is a very quiet place. The loudest thing you'll hear is the odd motorboat on the lake; next to that, maybe birds chirping and leaves rustling. Even during meals, guests seemed to speak softly as if they didn't want to disturb the hushed tranquility of the place. It's a great resort for reading and thinking, but definitely not the place to go if you like boisterous parties.

The resort has various watercraft available for guests. Each afternoon, a one-hour tour in a large mahogany boat was available at no charge, and private tours were offered as well. One morning we decided to take a small electric boat out for a spin around the lake. We didn't have to sign anything (other than the blanket waiver we signed when we arrived) or leave a deposit.

Lake Placid Lodge is a great place to recharge the batteries. It is expensive, but the quality of service and attention to detail make the price worthwhile.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2009

We recently visited the Lake Placid Lodge after it re-opened and while the new structure is nice, but without the charm of the old place, we couldn't get over the annoying noise coming from one of the huge generators on the property. It is a loud hum that ruins the placid nature of the property. It really bored into my head, especially in the middle of the night. I couldn't sleep.

Otherwise the service was fine, the location fantastic, and the the town great, but they need to fix the generator noise.

Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2009

My husband and I just returned from spending four spectacular days at the Lake Placid Lodge. We were fortunate to take advantage of their re-opening special package, which included free dinner and wine of our choosing one of the evenings we were there. In addition, the hotel upgraded us to a beautiful cabin with sitting area overlooking the lake two price levels above the one we requested. The refurbished lodge is absolutely exquisite. My husband and I are architecture and design buffs, and we think the lodge should win awards for its beautiful, Adirondack style design, including furnishings, sculpture and paintings.

We enjoyed kayaking and motor boating on the lake and hiking. There is a lot to do in the area, especially if you are lucky with the weather.

The service at the hotel was uniformly excellent, in a low key, unpretentious way. Our only very minor quibbles: There were long waits and confusion about reservations several nights at dinner. It would have been nice if the chef (who was amazing--He came over from The Point.) varied the kind of muffins and jams at breakfast. Also we are not a fan of down mattresses, which we find kind of lumpy. It would have been nice if the hotel could lend guide books of hiking trails rather than just provide pretty sketchy trail descriptions.. But, again, these are very minor complaints for a resort experience which is one of the best we've had.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2009

one of the nicest hotels i've ever stayed in. absolutely fantastic!! rustic, luxurious, comfortable, balcony and fireplace in my room, incredible views of lake placid and very romantic!! also the location of a previous victoria secret catalog shoot.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 24, 2009

This place is fantastic. The new main lodge is stunning, classic; no rustic kitsch to be seen. And yet the hotel feels and looks very much a part of its setting, the Adirondacks. My husband and I travel all over the world and have stayed in some pretty nice places, but I’ve never seen any hotel with such superb service and décor. Our room in the main Lodge was splendid, with a huge hand-carved bed that was literally the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in. We had a stone fireplace that had always been set and lit by the time we came back from dinner. And from our private porch there was a sweeping view of Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain. The details are amazing here – the walls look like they’ve been hand-waxed; the art on the walls is the real deal, the antique furniture seems like it has been collected from all over the world; and it all works together. We went in the winter, and there was two feet of snow on the ground. We had a great time skiing at Whiteface and snowshoeing on trails through the woods, but our favorite experience was sitting outside by the Lodge’s bonfire at night, by the frozen lake. The staff brought us hot drinks and blankets, and we sat with two other couples and traded stories for hours! The friendly hotel dog, Maggie, acted as a foot-warmer. We’ve already booked another weekend – with one of the couples we met. I’m always partial to hotels that don’t allow tipping and the Lake Placid Lodge is one of them. And it’s a small thing, but the fact that all the food and drink in the minibar is complimentary, and that they have fresh fruit and a bottle of wine waiting in your room when you arrive – we felt like we were actually welcome. I can highly recommend the Lake Placid Lodge.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2009

My wife and I just came back from two nights at the just reopened Lake Placid Lodge and we were blown away by the place. We had been thinking of going away to St. Barts for a long weekend but with everything going on in the world we decided to take a drive up to Lake Placid. We were there years ago before the fire and just loved it.

The newly reopened Lodge building was incredible. The food and warmth of the place were like nothing I have ever felt or tasted at a hotel before. We stayed in a cabin about 10 feet from the frozen Lake. The views were breathtaking. There are no TVs anywhere at the property so it was a great way to get away from all the bad news you see every day.

After the two days, we were recharged, rejuvenated and ready to face the world again.

Although John the manager was great I think our favorite employee was Maggie, the hotel golden retriever who always came by with a wagging tail. We will be back.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2009

Lake Placid Lodge: An Adirondack Relais & Chateaux Resort & Hotel ...

Regardless of which room or cabin, one stays in at the Lake Placid Lodge, it is an unforgettable experience.. The Lodge is a Relais Chateaux which is like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval in hospitality world! Actually, it’s the highest seal of approval!
From the moment you step into the lovely newly-restored lobby of the main Lodge, you are greeted by friendly helpful staff that are there for YOU, the “patron”. We recently spent a weekend at the Lodge and can attest to the delicious, 5-star treatment each day. For those of you unfamiliar with the Lodge’s history, the main Lodge was destroyed by fire 2 years ago. Well, it has been restored to its original splendor and more, thanks to the creative Chrisitie Garrett and her husband, David; both of Garrett Hotel Inc. We stayed in Buck Cabin affording a view of the Lake. Decorated in Adirondack style furnishings with the most wondrous beds in the world, we were able to ski right out our door onto the lake and then into the woods. It was heaven. There is also a skating rink on the lake.
The bedrooms in the main lodge were designed by artists commissioned to create the bed and accompanying furniture…as a result, there are 30 individually designed bedrooms beckoning occupancy!
With the excellent epicurean’s skills of Chef Kevin McCarthy, each meal was an adventure, accompanied by wine from their carefully stocked wine cellar. Anyone who reads the Wine Spectator would definitely find this a tasty adventure. One can also have a romantic wine tasting dinner in the wine cellar!
I just can’t rave enough about this magnificent place…a National Treasure ….so beautifully appointed with lovely paintings, furnishings that beg my description. You have to go there to experience it. You will NOT be disappointed, believe me.
The Lodge---in Lake Placid, New York…..-877-523-2700

Joan from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Lake Placid Lodge

Address: 144 Lodge Way, Lake Placid, NY 12946-1273
Location: United States > New York > Lake Placid
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Lake Placid
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Lake Placid
#8 Romantic Hotel in Lake Placid
#10 Family Hotel in Lake Placid
Price Range: $583 - $1,197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Lake Placid Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lake Placid Lodge is a beautifully handcrafted Lodge nestled in the Adirondack mountains, situated on the shores of Lake Placid. The Lodge offers among the finest accommodations and dining in a truly comfortable, rustic, yet refined setting. Pamper yourself in the new Main Lodge, the private cabins or in the newly remodelled Lakeside suites, all offering gorgeous views of Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain. Artisans restaurant offers wonderful dining on the deck overlooking Lake Placid. Maggie's pub offers a relaxed setting serving both lunch and dinner. ... more   less 
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