We have been visiting the Mirror Lake Inn for about 15 years now, with our most recent stay being April 22-25, 2012. I am currently in withdrawal from leaving the MLI -- if only the rest of life worked the way it does when you're a guest at the Mirror Lake Inn!
This is a family-owned place positioned on a hill facing Mirror Lake, at the end of the main business district of Lake Placid. So while you feel like you're on a quiet Adirondack lake (you are), you are also within walking distance to "downtown" Lake Placid. But the location is a small thing in comparison to the other aspects of this place.
When you walk into the lobby, the first thing that hits you is the spectacular aroma from the fireplace mixed with the relaxing herbal scents from the spa below. They say that the sense of smell strongly triggers our memories, and when I open their front door and take my first breath of this intoxicating scent, I want to cry I'm so happy. The inn is older and furnished with some vintage (antique?) furniture -- not opulent, but impeccably maintained. The front desk staff is always bright, efficient, and welcoming. As other reviewers have mentioned, chocolate chip cookies are offered at check-in, tea time, and even when you are leaving, but I have to disagree with my fellow travelers and say that, while it's great that they offer them, the chocolate chip cookies are probably one of the only disappointments here. One of the cool additions to the front desk is the proud display of the Olympic bronze medal the owners' son won in the 2010 Winter Games.
All of the rooms have balconies/terraces and face the lake. They are always some of the cleanest and best maintained rooms ever (I don't know how they get the bathroom grout so sparkling and flawless). I love that they automatically include an empty mini-fridge (no pesky mini-bar items) so that you can fill it with your own beverages and snacks. Housekeeping is attentive and nearly invisible -- regardless of when you leave your room, it's magically all fixed up when you return. The only complaint we have about the room is that the wireless internet service (for which they charge) did not work very well at all -- it was quite frustrating to have it constantly disconnect in the middle of my husband's phone meeting where he needed to be online. The front desk did refund our internet fee and buy us breakfast, but we would have preferred a wireless connection that worked.
All of the staff seem to be happily committed to making you feel cared for. For example, on a previous winter trip our car had trouble starting in the parking lot and a maintenance guy noticed this, brought us some "dry gas" additive, and stayed until the car started up, all without us asking! On another occasion we were having breakfast with some friends and one remarked to his wife that he wished his bacon was more crispy -- the waitress happened to hear this and immediately delivered another portion of crispier bacon. On another visit I asked a server at the View restaurant if they would be offering a spectacular banana cream pie I had enjoyed on another trip there. The server checked with the kitchen and regretted that their banana delivery had not occurred. Later on, someone came up to me and said that they went to the grocery store and bought bananas and would make the banana cream pie just for me -- it was delicious (I had it for several days) and made me feel wonderful!
And then there's the spa . . . it's on the lower level, and is nicely outfitted with a steam room, a whirlpool, simple yet narcotic showers, dark wooden lockers, etc. The spa staff is pretty much excellent to a person. Nobody "phones it in" -- they all are serious about their treatments yet relaxed and easygoing in their manner. I'm partial to the Mirror Lake Classic massage (Swedish) and the Four Layer Facial (the only facial I like anywhere), and my husband feels that they have the best hot stone massage. They tout their Maple Sugar Scrub, but I had it once before and felt the sugar grains were not as exfoliating as the traditional salt scrub, although my husband did mention that I smelled like a doughnut after I had that treatment (not a bad thing). Magically, attendants make sure that there is never a shortage of clean towels or clean shower stalls. Details like plastic bags for your wet swimwear are placed in each locker (that was actually a suggestion of mine one year and they did it).
So what you have here is a beautiful setting, a staff that anticipates your needs, a carefully maintained property down to the last detail, an excellent spa, and just an effortless experience. If only the rest of life worked like it does at the Mirror Lake Inn!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The distinguishing feature of this inn, which has been in business since 1924, is that all 131 rooms have a view of Mirror Lake and the Adirondack Mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mirror Lake Inn Resort And Spa
- Mirror Lake Hotel Lake Placid
- Mirror Lake Resort