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Wildwood on the Lake
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

We just spent two nights at the Wildwood. Our room was rustic, cozy and super clean. The beds were very comfortable and the layout - with a fully stocked kitchenette - was great for traveling with kids. We thoroughly enjoyed the indoor pool and kindness and hospitality of the owners. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

We had very mixed feelings about this motel. It was fun in a dated, Kitschy sort of way. the rooms are fairly clean but tired and in need of an update. But the views of the lake, firepit and outdoor space are fantastic. We tried to spend as much time outside as possible. Also, the walk into town was longer than I expected (probably because it involves a steep uphill climb!). So the location was more on the outskirts than expected. Also the woman at the front desk wasn't very welcoming.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank TravelSarahH
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felixFelix, Manager at Wildwood on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2012

We are glad that you found the grounds here @ The Wildwood on the Lake a motel & cottages to your satisfaction. Sorry that the unit Lakeside 128 with the new beds, bedding, carpet and updated bath did not bring the same satisfaction. I was under the impression you enjoyed your stay as that was the response when asked. Yes, Main Street is a 1/2 mile. Here in the Mountain Village of Lake Placid, we feel one of our best offerings is the fact that we are not in the middle of town.
Thank You and Safe Travels
Petra Weber

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Reviewed 25 September 2012

I hope this is helpful for you fellow travelers. I was tempted into leaving a derogatory review or not leaving one at all. That's how annoyed I was at Petra, the manager of the hotel. But after three weeks, I'm compelled to get it off my chest. I'm going to be objective. I owe it to "Trip Advisor" and the countless people who participate in leaving reviews.
First of all Stephan was very helpful. He took my reservation over the phone. And although he was fairly new to the job. He was friendly and was able to change my room to a better view of the lake. The maid was also friendly.
The beds are too soft. The comforters look old. Pillow are uncomfortable. The rugs look dirty and need replacing. Typical budget hotel.

Petra which I met briefly the night I checked in, was unsmiling and unwelcomed.
The next morning I woke up to a beautiful lake view from my balcony. The room was very old and needed updating twenty years ago. But it was cozy for the price.
The lake was great. I wasted no time in going out on the canoe with my girlfriend. The conoes and row boats are included at no extra charge.
At night we had our own personal barbecue on their grill near the lake. And after we joined other hotel guest around the fire pit by the lake. It was alot of fun meeting people and gazing at the stars by the fire pit. We couldn't have been happier .
The location was great too. Right across from large chain pharmacy, Howard Johnson and fast food. It was also very near to main street to Lake Placid.
In the morning we had coffee and muffins at the front desk.

Now for the bad. As I mentioned earlier, My first impression of Petra was not very positive. But I barely discussed it with my girlfriend, since I'm a good Christian boy. And I give people the benefit of the doubt.
I had a several encounters with Petra in my five day stay. She was dismissive and barely helpful. Rarely making eye contact and always looking agitated. On one occasion I went to the front desk to ask for directions and information about a nearby attraction called the flumes by the locals. A place by the river where you can jump in the water. There was this cute elderly woman with a accent at the desk. So I asked her about it. She proceeded to ask Petra about the flumes who was in the adjacent room to the front desk about fifteen feet away. Petra proceeded to talk to me from adjacent room until the elderly lady who looked like family called to her in disbelief and sighed with emotion. She finally extracted herself from the room to inform me she had no idea how to get there.

We went over to Howard Johnsons next door for brunch and asked them for directions. The staff at Ho Jo's was terrific. The printed a map for us and we where on our way.
We found the flumes about twenty minutes later. Shortly after parking and hiking down to the river. Low and behold there was Petra with her daughter sitting on a large boulder at the rivers edge. She acknowledged me an said she had asked for direction herself and it was a last minute desicion to go there. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. And why would I. I was actually enjoying myself at the hotel and Lake Placid was just beautiful . Bad Karma Petra..

I'm not saying your going to have a bad time here. It's just simply my experience.
We where on a two week vacation thru out the Adirondack mnts. , Saratoga Springs and Catskills. Great experiences and many good people. Don't forget to climb the summit of White Face mountain. It was our most memorable time.
God bless

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Frank R
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felixFelix, Manager at Wildwood on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2012

Thank you for your comments. We welcome the positive, wish to hear the negative and will make sure the truth is told as this enables everyone in making a choice. Your experience of getting directions, straight down Route 86 to the bridge just past The Hungry Trout to the local swimming hole called The Flumes, are useful to readers and contributors. I will add that this is a mid-summer adventure and if you like warm water this is not the place for you. After a rain event it is not somewhere we'd ever send a guest for safety reasons. I cannot say I feel happy that my wife and child feature when use of names of you, a customer who came with a registered guest, isn't allowed in response. However rules are rules and we hope our response, based on facts and what we want to write, make any doubters keep us on the list of lodging options when staying in Lake Placid.

Your travel partner booked the room and was upgraded by Petra to accommodate other guests requests and make everyones stay as best possible. This was extended by the registered guest one further day so we feel we succeeded in providing affordable and comfortable accommodations. We make every attempt to maintain a level of
"welcome" at our Family owned and operated business of 40 years. Guests can rest assured that cleanliness and sleep comfort remain of paramount importance to us, carpets are cleaned regularly and where necessary are replaced. Investment in curtains and bedspreads is a cost of doing business and these are not old. Every room has extra pillows and should you find those still uncomfortable please ask for alternatives wherever you stay.

Happy travels people and we look forward to meeting you at The Wildwood.

Stuart Hemsley
Resident Management

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Reviewed 25 September 2012

I had recently spent a week in Lake Placid on a professional conference. I stayed the majority of my time at the Crowne Plaza. After the conference we decided some R&R was in order. My fiance and I priced hotels and agreed upon Wildwood. Needless to say I was completely suprised and satisfied.

The lobby was a quaint rustic lobby with Fireplace and coffee and friendly staff. They offer all types of rooms from your basic motel room to a deluxe room and even cabins, all situate on the end of Lake Placid.

We opted for the Deluxe room with a huge jacuzzi tub for two, a beautiful fireplace and patio overlooking the lake. The room was decorated perfectly right down to the knobs and the light fixtures. The price was equivelent to what we would have paid for just a room downtown.

The grounds provided an area where a family could picnic or just play in the sun either in their large yard, or by taking one of their complimentary canoes, rowboats, paddleboats or Kayaks out on the Lake. There was even a fire in the fire pit by the lake each night.

Their pool is a man made pool with water from Lake Placid trickling down a waterfall and ending in their own "pool" and little beach. All fenced in with children's toys galore.

I forgot to mention the indoor pool and hot tub.... We will be back

If you are traveling to Lake Placid and looking for a quality place to stay, Wildwood is it.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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1  Thank Linda L
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

I picked this motel for its location to my nephews wedding venue and It was perfect for me. It was also within walking distance to town and the many shops, and also close to many excellent hiking spots. The rooms were modest and spacious and very clean. The view is beautiful, of the lake and white face mountain. You can take out their free kayaks and canoes onto the lake which is peaceful and relaxing. The staff was friendly and helpful and when I return to the area I will definitely return to the Wildwood, and you cant beat the prIce. There's a small restaurant just across the street named something like the... Sourdough. Its small and quaint and the owner bakes all of the fabulous breads and everything for that matter. Try the brioche it was excellent.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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