We stayed at Paradox Lodge between Christmas and New Year based on trip advisor reviews. I do not normally like B&B's but my partner convinced me to give it a go.
We arrived late after driving through the snow from NYC and the welcome was very warm, especially given that we had arrived in the middle of dinner service. Nan took the time to show us to our beautiful room in Cedar Lodge, the little gas heater was lovely and the collectables that adorn the room give it a nice personal touch. The shower was amazing, great water pressure and the spa bath was also a treat after a snowy day. There is bottled water in the fridge and a coffee machine in the entrance to the lodge. The rooms are all spotlessly clean and house keeping staff are fantastic for example when they noticed my toothbrush on the bathroom bench they provided a toothbrush holder, it was these little things that made us feel welcome.
On the downside: Noise coming through the floors was very loud, every footstep and creak was heard. The bed was not comfortable unfortunately, feather toppers make the bed a little lumpy and the flannelette sheets were great when I was 10 but they were not that great as an adult, itchy and scratchy. To give credit I am sure that if we had said something the host would have provided different linen but we did not. A hint would be to ask for cotton sheets.
We had a few queries about local services and Nan was very helpful, getting on the internet and looking up ski bus times etc for us with no issue.
Breakfast was percolated coffee and fresh juice, fruit (with salt on it - a little odd) and a choice of eggs or pancakes / waffles. There was nothing to special about breakfast but it was OK. No doubt there will be a rebuttal from the owners re this comment, but honestly it was not special or unique.
The thing we found a little odd is that Red seemed to get offended easily, now I may have focused on this but we found him a little odd on the first night with some of his inappropriate comments to my partner. We ate dinner in the restaurant the first two night but after the second night I simply couldn't manage the truly massive serves, they were so big that I felt ill just seeing them coming out of the kitchen. The food was actually quite nice but the size so off putting (for example the second night my dinner took 2 massive plates - 1 of vegetables and a huge bowl of pasta). I cancelled dinner for the next three nights, this was met with a muttered "you can't sell coal in Newcastle" from Red in the kitchen, when challenged he just said oh nothing. We decided to leave a day early, due to poor snow quality the first response from Nan was there's no refund. I was aware of the refund policy, which actually says no refund if the room is unable to be resold. But these odd little bits of behaviour did not make us feel particularly welcome and made both a little difficult to approach with any issues.
Overall if you are looking for a unique lodge with loads of trinkets and nick-nacks (including lots of stuffed animals) and are used to B&B's then Paradox lodge is for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paradox Lodge and Cedar Lodge guest rooms all have private bath and rates include a full breakfast that is cooked to order. The Cedar Lodge rooms all have king amenities with the Pisgah and Jenkins rooms having gas fireplaces and decks. All guests have access to the lake front and free boats. Breakfast is served in the dining room in the main lodge (Paradox). We also have a full bar and guests can relax in the living room in front of the fireplace. Our restaurant now serves private dinner parties and special events with advance notice and a minimum of six guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradox Lodge & Cedar Hotel Lake Placid
- Paradox Lodge And Cedar Lodge