Ok...it's the Holiday season, you're in Lake Placid, it's snowing...the last thing you want or expect is for the hotel you are paying much to much for to taint your vacation. Now, I understand, I booked the hotel knowing the price. And, if it was anything like the web site makes it seem it would have been a wonderful splerge.
I'll try not to ramble, but long story short this place has rooms not much better than a fifty dollar motel, extremely snooty staff (who, by the way, are not very helpful, try to make you feel small, then let kids go screaming through the lobby and don't seem to notice the woman asleep by the public fireplace in only a robe and legs open-not even shoes and let large groups of abnoxious high schoolers take over with NO personal hygine), AND nickle and dime you for EVERYTHING. Room service has a per person charge. Two small cups of coffee no better than the awful stuff in the room costs nearly $5.00 with tax. The copy machine even charges you.
The rooms are NOT CLEARLY advirtised at all. Be sure to ask in precise detail (and even if you do, be prepared...the woman I spoke to led me on to believe it was much more. She spoke of a great view and fireplace and it wound up being one OR the other-good thing we chose the view...the fireplace is a crappy corner gas with a view of the pool roof). Their beautiful looking restaurant is on the other side of the lake with no transports and the one in the hotel's food is grossly overpriced and looked no better than a fast food chain. Pool area really needs some matinence or to be redone.
Good things (hey-it was Christmas, I tried hard to get past all the nonsense):
the lobby is really beautiful. Especially all decorated. But beware, even if the hotel is not so crowded, all guests seem to flock to the fireplaces. The bartender Lynn was great-very friendly and down to earth.
I think that's it for good. Any money they put in for rennovations all went to the lobby. Looks nice, but let's put some of that into the rooms, shall we?
Anyone thinking of going-unless you have limitless funds (in which I doubt you'd really stay there) and stay in the newer wing, don't. Go for the $69 motel down the street and you'll be much happier.
Let's face it, when you spend a good amount of money, especially for vacations that for most are few and far between, you really don't want to feel ripped off.
- 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
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