Desperate for a mini-vacation, I ran off to Lake Placid for a 3-day stay at the Crowne Plaza. The hotel is on a hill above town but it's an easy walk down to the (tacky) shops and restaurants of the tourist strip. Getting back to the hotel is a different matter! There's a free shuttle (Lake Placid Xprss) that stops at the Crowne Plaza and various points around town, but the website still has last summer's schedule and it seemed to be operating randomly anyway (in theory, I think it runs every 20-30 minutes).
The hotel itself seems to be in excellent condition. The outside entrance was getting a minor facelift while I was there; the interior areas that I saw looked well-maintained.
I reserved a run-of-house room, and at check-in was offered the chance to upgrade to a lake view for an extra $10. I did, and got a 4th-floor (highest floor) lake-view king with a little balcony (with a couple chairs) and a fantastic view! Unfortunately, this also meant that when I opened the balcony door to get fresh air, I also got to hear kids running around on the lawn in the morning and adults chatting away (outdoor tables adjacent to the bar) at night. There's also no screen door, so beware of the enormous Adirondack mosquitos that may drop in for a snack!
No problems with the room itself; the king bed was extra comfortable and the room was spacious. There was also a sofa (might have been a sofa bed?), a little fridge and microwave tucked into the dresser, a flat-screen TV, and a coffee maker in the bathroom. The sign in the bathroom stresses eco-friendly practices like hanging up any towels you used but don't need replaced; I hung up my bath towels but they got replaced anyway. Oh well. There's a toiletry basket in the bathroom (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, face soap, and bath soap) and another by the bed (ear plugs, eye mask, relaxing scent to spray on your pillows).
All the staff I encountered were friendly and efficient. Parking is a little tight - plenty of room for this time of year, but it must get difficult during busy times.
I ate just once at the hotel, which wasn't a highlight. My meal was acceptable, but the menu was pretty much limited to various proteins on top of capellini pasta. I was surprised that the hotel doesn't have a little snack/essentials shop, considering how far guests would have to walk to the nearest convenience-type store in town.
All in all, I would probably stay here again should I return to Lake Placid. It's not as convenient for dining/shopping as the hotels right on the main street (the Crowne Plaza really needs to publicize the shuttle!), but that also means it's quieter and you're not dodging so many pedestrians when you drive out to the various Adirondack attractions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Center of village, overlooking lake, adjacent to Olympic Center. Family owned & operated. Quality & Meetings Service Excellence award winner. Highlights: 245 guest rooms and suites, many with Jacuzzis & fireplaces, 45 holes championship golf, 6 tennis courts, indoor pool & whirlpool, fitness room, extensive meeting space, private beach with paddle & row boats at the Lake Placid Club. Restaurants: MacKenzie's, Great Room Lobby & Bar, The Lake Placid Club Golf House, (year round weddings/special events, and seasonal for lunch) and The Lake Placid Club Boathouse. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Resort And Golf Club Lake Placid
- Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club Lake Placid Hotel Lake Placid
- Lake Placid Crowne Plaza