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.
- 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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