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Adirondack Hotel on Long Lake
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Long Lake
Reviewed August 8, 2009

My husband and I planned a getaway in the Adirondacks on our way to visit relatives. We have visited most of the lakes in the region but we had never spent the night at Long Lake. We booked the hotel rather hastily and we should have looked at a few more web sites and viewed this site before making our arrangements.

On the plus side, the hotel is centrally located across the road from a pretty lake view. The second floor veranda was lovely for a respite. The restaurants were also good with good food, and the bar is available if a guest wants to hang out.

But the room was small, about 12 feet by 12 feet, without AC, phone, hair dryer or TV. We should have known this because the web site offered shared bath rooms and private bath rooms, a clue that this is a 19th century functional property, lacking in modern comforts. We booked a room with private bath and the bathroom had been renovated so it was OK.

So if you want this kind of experience, this is fine for you, but I prefer a little more spacious room with a TV. (they did have internet but no desk or table!) Also at $120 a night, I found the price ridiculous for what I got, even if it is the peak season.

The room was noisy from street traffic and the veranda was right outside the bedroom window.

The property had a charm about it from olden days gone by, but it was in a state of disrepair. The veranda needed painting, both floor and ceiling, and the balcony spokes were loose in a couple places. The wall paper to the third floor was pealing. The lobby and restaurants were very nice.

In summary, if you know what you are getting and you are fine with it, then stay here. Otherwise, come for dinner but find an adequate and clean motel room.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2008

We looked forward to our stay with a bit of trepidation as the web site lacked details like room photos. Trying to reserve wasn't confidence building as our first calls were either unanswered or came when the person with control of the reservation book was unavailable. But we wanted a hotel in the LL area rather than a motel or cabin, so we tried our luck.

Hotel personnel at check-in was a bit abrupt, but not quite rude (later clerks has better attitudes). The pealing wall paper on our way up to our 3rd floor room was also troubling.

But the room itself was OK. A step up from log cabin rustic. Mostly clean, save for the extra used plastic cup, smudged windows, and window screens with a fair accumulation of spider webs and dead bugs. The ensuite bathroom wasn't modern - exposed pipes, stand-up shower, etc. - but was most-importantly clean.

The saving grace was the lake view, which we greatly valued. However, it came at a price: the window left open for the July breeze (no A/C) allowed in the noise of 18-wheeler logging trucks engine-braking by the hotel at all hours - though somehow we got used to it. Second floor lakeview rooms have the added risk people chatting on the 2nd floor veranda right outside the window until all hours.

The downstairs restaurants (same menu and food, we were told, but different settings) were good choices. And the bar was definitely a bonus, with additional seating on the ground floor's front veranda.

Two recommendations:
- Helms Aero Service has float planes right across from the hotel that take 20 minute tours of the area you'll never see from the ground. A reasonably priced splurge never to be forgotten.
- Long Lake Diner / Owlshead Pub (one operation really) have great, though simple food, good beer, good service and a nice patio overlooking a pond.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank ckdalz
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Reviewed August 29, 2008

Quite an experience. We requested a room with a private bath. Was given a room on the second floor back. It had a strange smell so we opened the window to the noise and odor of the kitchen exhaust fans. They had another room on the third floor front. It was very clean. The only problem was it was a very hot night and we had to leave the window open to the sounds of the 18 wheelers going by on the main road outside. The rooms are very small (12x12). No AC, phone, TV or hair dryer. They had a ceiling fan and the third floor was just done over. Everything was very clean. If you had a room on the second floor front be prepared to have people seating outside your room on the balcony. We did and it had a beautiful breeze while we had our drink. Very nice restaurant and quaint old bar. If you want a rustic Adirondack Hotel this is the place.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank TheLoons
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Reviewed August 22, 2008

rustic hotel over looking long lake,sat nit bbq,s beach across the street, great place for kids, food is pretty good not far from lake placid,blue mountain museum,etc seaplane rides across the street also,great way to see the adirondacks

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled solo
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2  Thank briish
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Reviewed August 11, 2008

My family and I stayed in the 2 bedroom/2 bath apt. on the 3rd floor of this hotel. The room has beautiful views of the lake from all windows but the room itself was pretty lousy. 2 of the 3 showers that I took during my stay were COLD! The bathroom is completely out of date with the sink having 2 separate faucets (see photo), one for hot, one for cold, meaning that if we wanted warm water, we had to splash our hands together - UGH! The shower was very small and cramped - I don't think anyone over 200 lbs could fit in it. The area is beautiful but the hotel definitely needs to do A LOT of renovating! If you like rustic, maybe you'll like this place but during my cold shower, I was definitely wishing that a Hilton would be built in the area for my visit next year.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank EMILEYE
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Reviewed July 15, 2007

I had a wonderful stay at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake for 1 night on my way to Lake Placid. My room was small but very clean and the bathroom was newly renovated and modernized. There is no phone in the rooms and cell phone signals are almost impossible to get in the area but phone cards can be purchased for $5 at the bar downstairs and used on the phone located in the lobby. There is also wireless internet throughout the hotel. I was pleasantly surprised to find a Lake-front Victorian Hotel with some modern amenities! There were renovations being preformed on the hotel during my stay and I can only assume that this will even further improve an already great hotel!

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank traveller0074
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Reviewed July 11, 2010
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  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank SandraToupin
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Address: 1245 Main St, PO Box 355, Long Lake, NY 12847-2201
Location: United States > New York > Long Lake
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Long Lake
Price Range: $60 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18

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