My husband and I stayed in Room 2 at the Haus in July 2012.
This is a fantastic location in Lake Placid - right in the middle of town, and super close to EMS where you can buy/rent everything you need for an active summer weekend.
Lake Placid is a bit old fashioned, both in terms of food and lodging, so a clean modern place in a great location is a great addition, and provides a more city-styled option (most places are Adirondack-styled and the execution is usually more miss than hit).
The Haus is lovely. Nicely decorated in simple modern-style furniture with high ceilings and big windows. The Adirondack style is brought in with old skiis placed artfully around, and some black and white photos. We had a 1 bedroom condo with a pull-out sofa, and the place had new appliances, a nice kitchen, pretty bathroom with Aveda shampoo/conditioner etc. We looked out over main street, and our place did not have a balcony. We noted that there are lake-facing condos that do have balconies (which would have been nice) and one with a little garden, that we will try to get next time.
The condo is not air-conditioned but there is a window unit in the bedroom, which we found a bit weak, especially because we couldn't choose to open the bedroom window. The living room-kitchen part of the condo, which has many windows, gets a cross-breeze and has a terrific ceiling fan. The bedroom could use a fan, or a more powerful a/c unit.
The shower worked well and the bath had jacuzzi jets, that spewed a little black goop when we first turned them on, but the problem self-corrected (I ran a second bath).
The place was very quiet. We were unaware of the other guests at all.
The Haus has no restaurant. We ate breakfast in the condo and used it to make lunches for our daily excursions (grocery store nearby). The condo had a limited number of plates and cutlery, but pretty well everything we needed.
We found the reservation system a bit odd. We confirmed by email but then needed to print, scan or fax back a signed form. I was really busy at work when we booked, and found this unnecessary as they already had our credit card information, and email information. We also found the owners a bit difficult with respect to a change to our reservation date (originally booked Friday through Monday, and changed to Thursday through Sunday, to deal with a work issue).
Parking is a hassle in Lake Placid and the Haus does not have parking. They give you a parking permit to use in the municipal lot down the street, and you can load in front of the Haus on Main Street. The permit must be returned when you check out at 11:00 a.m.. On the Sunday we left, we planned on going kayaking from 10am-2:30pm but learned that on Sunday, you cannot pay for parking in the municipal lot or on the street prior to 1pm, so we had to park fairly out of the way in order not to get a ticket. We asked the owners if we could use the pass until we left Lake Placid at 2:30 pm on Sunday, and they said no.
Vegan food in Lake Placid - food is mainly meat/fish based, with lots of ski-town style restaurants that were not suitable for vegans. For a town on a pretty lake, very few restaurants have patios overlooking the water. Most patios are on the road!
We ate at the pizza place (Ere's) in the buiding (they made a vegan pizza and rather sad salad with iceberg lettuce). They have a small patio overlooking the lake and little park.
We also ate at Cowboy just out of town. They had vegan ideas, but execution was a bit weak (sloppy black bean burger and undercooked yams in the Thai-style stirfry). The patio (on the side of the road leading into town) has a woodstove.
We had really huge burritos at a place on Main Street but can't recall the name.
The local grocery store stocked every vegan staple we needed - and we noted lots of Amy's frozen food as well.
As for activities, we hiked 2 days, including a day on Mt. Marcy, which was fantastic. We kayak'd the last day. We rented from EMS (who were so helpful) and portaged the kayak from Mirror Lake to Lake Placid, which is a lot quieter, and much bigger. The portage is hard to find, but doable. Would really recommend it. The guys at EMS will tell you where to have lunch without trespassing!
- Also Known As:
- The Haus Hotel Lake Placid
- The Haus Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our 10 Lake Placid apartment suites are each unique. These all new, large units have a modern Alpine design and amenities including jetted tubs, large flat screen TVs, bedroom A/C, and stainless appliances in FULL-SIZE* kitchens.Our Main Street, lake front location gives you a lovely “downtown” aspect of our quaint village. Please browse our rooms on our site (TheHausLP) to find the perfect layout and fit for your trip to Lake Placid.Make The Haus your Lake Placid hotel home away from home.Every suite at The Haus is equipped with:• FULL stainless steel kitchen*• Hardwood floors• Whirlpool bath• 38″ flat screen TV*• Bedroom air conditioning*• High ceilings• FREE Wi-Fi• Modern Adirondack designFour units feature large, private balconies overlooking Mirror Lake and the Mountains; ideal for a summer breeze! Most have views of the High Peaks and Olympic Venues.Unique to the area, this vacation rentalis not to be missed.The Haus On Mirror Lake is located in the village of Lake placid and conveniently located on Main Street, close to all shopping, dining, and activities. Our views are outstanding and the suites are spacious, perfect for your romantic getaway or family vacation to Lake Placid. ... more less
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