I'll get to the 1/4 star deduction later - The Lake Placid Lodge delivers 5 stars on most every level, and this review is one of high praise for this outstanding hotel. I don't think there is a bad room on the whole property, or one without the incredible view of both Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain. You just have to decide how you want to enjoy that amazing view - from the deck of your 2-room suite (perhaps a bit less private) or from the water's edge in your very own Adirondack chairs perfectly placed outside each of the (more private) cabins, or perhaps from the top floor of the lodge itself, with the advantage of an elevator to take you there. (The lakeside suites involve a bit of stair climbing, and might not be best for someone with mobility issues.)
So, what are the details that earned it my 1/4 star deduction? Just a few small missteps, but when you are paying over $1000 a night, (including an additional resort fee) you really shouldn't find anything lacking. Here is what was: the room came with both an electric kettle -for making tea (nice selection!) and wonderful hot chocolate - and a Keurig coffee machine, but no sugar, cream, or spoons/stirrers/utensils. They also provide a lovely pouch of homemade granola and milk in the fridge to go with it, but no bowl to eat it from (and again, no spoons). I had to phone for these, and they were delivered immediately - the Lodge is incredibly responsive. But curiously enough, this oversight was repeated each day; it obviously isn't part of housekeeping's checklist. I finally just used the handle of the fork which had been delivered with the great afternoon snacks they bring to the room (more on these in a minute). Also, the robes were missing from the room, and had to be phoned for as well. At this level of accommodation, I also am used to the bathroom amenities being replaced after being used, but to my surprise, this wasn't the case, (along with face towels). Hopefully, these few tiny glitches will be addressed so that the Lodge will continue to garner the 5 stars it absolutely deserves.
With the exception of the above oversights, the attention to detail is otherwise phenomenal. The combination of luxury and idiosyncratic Adirondack decoration make these some of the most charismatic and comfortable hotel rooms I've ever experienced. The quality of the linens,towels, and down comforters; the placement of lights and fans and heat lamps; fireplaces already laid with wood and paper for effortless lighting, shawls for extra warmth slung over the backs of chairs - everything is fabulous and well thought out. The design of the bathrooms (in the suites, where we stayed) couldn't be more comfortable or spacious: separate toilet room, double sinks, huge soaking tub, and enormous separate shower (with 2 heads including rain) make the bathroom first class.
You are welcomed with champagne at check-in, welcomed to the room with a bottle of wine, and each mid-day a lovely box of 3 different snacks is brought to the room to tide you over until you go to dinner. And those snacks change each day: Day 1 was trufffled cheese, poached pears, and candied nuts; Day 2 was parmesan, olives, and pecans, and so forth. When you come back to the room after turn-down (which is a full service), you will find the BEST freshly made cookies on the pillow, also different each night. You are truly spoiled!
After a wonderful and quiet night's sleep, you can eat breakfast (included) until 10:30, and it is fabulous! Pick up a copy of either the New York Times or the Wall St. Journal (they have plenty of both) and choose your table, most of which have that incredible view. Eating out on the porch is totally comfortable even on colder mornings, because of the well-placed heat lamps, and if it is still too chilly for you, every other chair has a soft, warm shawl thrown over it that you can wrap around yourself. The breakfast starts with a basket of various pastries, all freshly made and different each morning, and then you can choose from a large menu of made-to-order items; even if you stay a week you won't get tired of this breakfast every day. Then head out to the lawn and settle into a lounge or Adirondack chair, and soak in the view. Or get yourself out on the lake, and take in the vista while kayaking or paddle-boating; they provide every possible means to get you out there! If it's raining, head to the quirky and wonderful bar room and play pool, or choose from one of the many games and puzzles and books to be found on shelves around the room. And don't leave without ordering a drink from the bar - the cocktails, although expensive!, are creative and well-crafted.
This place is very special, but may not be for everyone....although I hear they are finally going to install televisions in the rooms, so maybe that will make the difference and it could be for everyone. That might be a shame, however, as now it feels elegant and exclusive; it might feel less so with TV blaring from every room instead of a quiet appreciation for this remarkable location - no other hotel can even come close.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lake Placid Lodge is a beautifully handcrafted Lodge nestled in the Adirondack mountains, situated on the shores of Lake Placid. The Lodge offers among the finest accommodations and dining in a truly comfortable, rustic, yet refined setting. Pamper yourself in the new Main Lodge, the private cabins or in the newly remodelled Lakeside suites, all offering gorgeous views of Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain. Artisans restaurant offers wonderful dining on the deck overlooking Lake Placid. Maggie's pub offers a relaxed setting serving both lunch and dinner. ... more less
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