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Review of Sara-Placid Motor Inn

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Sara-Placid Motor Inn
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Saranac Lake
Montreal
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29 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“You won't regret staying here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

A wonderful place to stay if you're visiting the area. Right by lovely Flower lake, this motel is a great place to stay if you want to visit the Lake Placid - Saranac Lake region, but don't want to pay an exorbitant tourist-trap rate. This motel is wonderful; very clean, well-maintained, with charming decor both in the room and outside on the lawn, comfortable beds, flat-screen tv with cable and HBO, free wi-fi, mini-fridge and microwave, hair dryer, coffee maker etc. It basically has all the amenities one could want in a motel and more. The owner Steve was very nice and greatly accommodating. Will definitely be staying here again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank daeva
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SaraPlacidMotorInn, Owner at Sara-Placid Motor Inn, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Thank you for staying with us and for taking your time in providing a review of the Sara-Placid Motor Inn. We hope to see you again in the near future. Steve/Owner
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Sugar Land, Texas
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79 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

Escape the high prices in Lake Placid, drive ten minutes and stay in Saranac Lake! We've stayed in hotels all over the area, and the Sara-Placid is a favorite. The rooms are large and clean. Flat-screen TV on the wall...big, comfy beds...double sinks (one a good height for kids or for a seated vanity)...good shower pressure...and a great fridge with room for larger drinks and fruits/veggies. A little table and chairs is great for cards, work or munching a snack. Plenty of surface areas to stash bags. There's a little gazebo beside the lake, with Adirondack chairs as well as paddle boats and canoes. Congenial host runs it - very accommodating - and the prices are reasonable. We'll be back!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Louisacat
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SaraPlacidMotorInn, Owner at Sara-Placid Motor Inn, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Thank you very much for staying with us. I see that you provided several reviews on establishments in the area. I enjoyed reading your detailed possitive review of the Sara-Placid Motor Inn. We hope to see your family again in the near future. Steve/Owner
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

if you are looking for a place to stay in the lake placid or saranac lake area, sara-placid motor inn would be a very good choice. outside of the expensive resorts and hotels, the adirondacks offers basic motel accommodations geared toward families and outdoor enthusiasts. many are dated and in need of repairs. sara-placid is clearly run by people who work hard to keep their facility up to a high standard. everything in our room appeared to be new including the carpet and the beds (which were very comfortable quality mattresses). the room was very clean with no lingering signs of previous guests. the motel is situated on a small pond and accross the street from lake flower. saranac lake is well situated to explore some of the most beautiful areas of the adirondacks and has a nice selection of dining opportunities to suit most tastes and price ranges. if you are looking for a nice, clean place to stay in the adirondacks i would recommend sara-placid.

Room Tip: we stayed in the basic motel room with two double beds. i would expect all of these rooms to be the...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bobby N
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SaraPlacidMotorInn, Owner at Sara-Placid Motor Inn, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thank you very much for taking your time in writing a review. It's always makes my day to read reviews, especially positves ones. Steve/Owner
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Peterborough, Canada
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

We decided to stay in Saranac Lake rather than Lake Placid and glad we did. The beds here were very comfortable and the rooms very clean. A bit pricey at $130/night but given that it was high season for leaf watchers probably not bad. Lovely location too.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 1cdscanada
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SaraPlacidMotorInn, Owner at Sara-Placid Motor Inn, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The $130 rate in which your family paid was comparable or a little lower than other hotels in the area. The area was in peak leaf season, and as such, room rates are also peak. Thank you for understanding and thank you for your possitive comments. Steve/Owner
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Marietta, NY
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

My husband and I traveled for a weekend get-away to Saranac Lake. Before we went, we checked out a number of motels online. Half-way to our destination, we remembered that we had left home without our reservation printout. When we arrived at Saranac Lake we stopped in at the Sara Placid Motor Inn, since we were certain this is where we made the reservation. The poor owner couldn't find our reservation information, but since he had rooms available, he put us down for two nights at a reduced rate. He even upgraded us to a room with a king bed. The room was clean and pleasant with free wi-fi, a comfortable bed, nice restroom, flat screen TV, cable, fridge and microwave. We also had a nice view of Lake Flower, which was a quick jaunt across the street. After we were settled in, we received a call from the motel we had actually made the reservation at! We explained the situation, but the other motel was going to charge us for the night, which really was fair since we screwed up. We decided to move the next night, only because the other hotel would cut that first night's charge in half if we stayed the next night. The Sara Placid owner was completely understanding, even offering to give us a free night if we decided to stay a third night in town. He did not have to be so accommodating, but was. I was sorry to leave the Sara Placid Motor Inn, since the motel we moved to was less than stellar. When we return to Saranac Lake, we will make it a point to stay at the Sara Placid. Reasonable rates, nice room, great host.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BarbHMarietta_NY
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SaraPlacidMotorInn, Owner at Sara-Placid Motor Inn, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure talking with you and your wife, during your brief stay. Hope to see you both again. Steve/Owner.
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Vernon, New York
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33 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

My husband Ken just finished his 10th Adirondack Classic 90 Miler from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. This is the first time that we stayed two nights at the Sara Placid instead of just the last night. This was the best decision that we ever made. First, the accommodations at the Sara Placid are far superior to the place we had been staying in Tupper Lake and we were able to have the Jacuzzi Suite that is a wonderful room! My husband was so appreciative of having the jacuzzi after paddling over 30 miles in high winds, waves and rain and was chilled to the bone. We have staying in this suite before and let me tell you.....it is the best! Large room with large comfortable King Size bed and a large flat screen TV with cable and HBO. Of course there is also a nice size refrigerator and coffee maker not to mention that it is privately located. We always enjoy our stays with Steve at the Sara Placid and highly recommend that others stay there as well. It is only a short few minute drive to Lake Placid so the location is perfect.

Room Tip: We recommend any of the rooms and have staying in many but the Jacuzzi Suite is the best.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Debra S
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SaraPlacidMotorInn, Owner at Sara-Placid Motor Inn, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
Thank you for this, as well as your past possitive comments. Hopefully we will see you both again, in the near future. Steve & Linda, Owners.
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Syracuse, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

The customer service was horrible. We stayed over Labor Day weekend. All rooms were booked except for one in the Prescott House. The owner described the house as "gorgeous" and "bed and breakfast like". It was nothing of the sort. He also told us it was $99 a night (but later ended up charging us $109 a night). Our room contained a queen size bed with dirty sheets (we could tell they weren't cleaned because there were stickers on them from the previous users). There was also no trash can in the room and no bathroom. Everyone on the hall had to share a community bathroom (which also didn't have a trash can). We all used the same shower. There was soap and shampoo from the other users scattered in the shower. The shower was a clawfoot tub with plastic draped around it so the water wouldn't escape. The toilet didn't always flush either making it an interesting experience considering we were sharing the bathroom with strangers. And no fresh linens or clean towels were provided after the first night - only on the second night. I normally wouldn't mind but considering the sheets were dirty, this very much bothered me. Although we paid for two nights, we decided to leave after the first night. We said we'd pay the difference for a nicer room somewhere else, but again, the owner misquoted us giving us one price at first and then a higher price when we went to pay. So we stopped the transaction and decided to go to another hotel. The owner refused to reimburse us. He charged us for a two night stay anyway even though we stayed only one night and left at 9am the very next morning. He started arguing with us. We are not confrontational people. It was very uncomfortable. We left without ever getting reimbursed for that second night. We found a nice place to stay a few miles away in Lake Placid instead.

Room Tip: Go to a different motel
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank TravelBoyADK
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SaraPlacidMotorInn, Owner at Sara-Placid Motor Inn, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
Sorry that you were disappointed in your two room suite at the Prescott House. It Should be noted that I explained to you at the time you checked in that the property was at another location and did not have a private bathroom. You agreed to take the last room anyway. I explained that the $109 rate was per night based on a two night stay. No complaint was expressed to management until the following day. Your complaint was that a sticker was found on one of the sheets and the room had no waste basket. I explained that he should have complained at the time that he noticed the discrepancies. My inspection of the room the following morning revealed a waste basket in one of the rooms and nothing wrong with any of the sheets. In the future I recommend reporting problems when discovered, rather than the following day. Steve/Owner
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Property: Sara-Placid Motor Inn
Address: 445 Lake Flower Ave, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-2463
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Location: United States > New York > Saranac Lake
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Saranac Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful lake/mountain setting. Motel rooms, kitchenettes, housekeeping apartments, suites with private bedrooms, Jacuzzi Suite, bed and breakfast type accommodations and three lakefront cottages. ... more   less 
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Sara-Placid Motor Hotel Saranac Lake

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