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“south meadow is lovely” 5 of 5 bubbles
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South Meadow Farm Lodge
Ranked #11 of 14 Lake Placid B&B and Inns
NY
1 review
“south meadow is lovely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2009

My husband and I,with a group of friends, have been staying at south meadow farm lodge for a weekend every year for the past six years. we enjoy the quiet, the proximity to mt van hovenburg cross country ski trails, the views from the large windows and the delicious home style breakfast.

the lodge is tastefully decorated with very comfortable rooms.


We recommend the lodge to anyone who enjoys the things that we enjoy.

  • Liked — comfortable rooms
  • Stayed January 2009
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank mjstbeck
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Canada
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2008

We're not the typical B&B type to begin with, but we have to say we were disappointed with the value for money and the overall atmosphere of the place. The location is great if you're a x-country skiier as the Olympic x-country ski trails cut right through the property, but besides that there wasn't much for the amount paid.

The rooms are very plain with no personal touches or charm to them to make it feel different than a hotel room. The owners did not seem to put much effort into making you feel welcome as it was quite obvious the Inn is just a second source of income for them, and not their livelyhood (their Maple Syrup Farm is where their passion seems to be). We were the only ones there all weekend but wondered why their road sign said "No Vacancy". They stated its because they don't want people driving up at all hours of the night, but we felt its because it doesn't really matter if they get the business or not. Breakfast was at 8am sharp so if you want to sleep in don't stay here. The breakfasts were fine, yet nothing out of the ordinary or special in our minds.

Its about a 10 minute drive outside of the town which wasn't bad but considering it was less inviting than a hotel we would suggest you look hard to find a place in town (I've stayed at dozens of middle of the road hotels during my business trips that made me feel more welcome).

Some things they could have done to improve it were: provide a little maple syrup token of appreciation (small bottle, maple sugar etc...) since that's their livelyhood, include TVs in the room (they state that on their site but I guess we glossed over that which was disappointing because we really wanted to relax and watch a movie one night), provide a set of glassware/teas etc... in the room so as not to have to bother the owners for them.

So for the two nights and $400US later we felt quite unfulfilled and would not stay there again. There were a few much nicer looking hotels in town with similar rates and no need to drive anywhere.

  • Liked — The trail system that cut through the property
  • Disliked — value for the money, didn't feel welcome
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Crobertsca
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Boston, MA
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2008

After hearing good things from friends, we were disappointed in our stay. We were looking forward to just being able to park our car and not have to drive anywhere, as the Lodge is right on XC ski trails and they advertise that they served dinner. When we asked about dinner, first we were told it was for a minimum of four people. When we said that 2 additional friends would be joining us the next day, the innkeeper claimed to have a meeting she had to go to that night. (As it happened, she stayed in the evening in question because "the meeting was cancelled," but she never offered to do the dinner in any case.)

Further dishonesty was around the availability of rooms. They knew we were trying to meet friends in the area at the last minute--we were told the only room available was the most expensive on the property and that all the moderate rooms were taken. When we arrived, all the moderately priced rooms were open and remained so throughout our stay.

In general, it seemed like the innkeepers were going through some sort of difficulties in their lives (e.g., every request was met with a grudging response, breakfast wasn't served on time, etc.), but even if this was so, it's no excuse for unprofessional behavior and dishonesty.

  • Liked — Lociation
  • Disliked — Unprofessional management
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 Thank Jon44
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Falmouth, MA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2007

My wife and I stayed here for the first three nights of our honeymoon and we loved every minute of it! The property is located in a beautiful meadow a few miles outside of the hustle and bustle of Lake Placid. The house is set back far from rte 73 down a long dirt driveway so it is extremely private and quiet. From our room (the Wild Flower room) we had an excellent mountain view. The house is also beautifully remodeled and very clean. There are no televisions in the rooms which my wife and I found to be an added bonus. Nancy cooks a tasty breakfast every morning and there was always good conversation around the breakfast table. Lastly be sure to check out the maple sugar shack that is on the property, we bought a whole case of syrup to share with family and friends! We definitely hope to return in the winter to cross country ski on the Olympic trails that are accessible from the back yard!

  • Liked — location and breakfast
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank David811
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Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2004

We stayed at the South Meadow Farm Lodge for the first time in January 2004, for a getaway weekend. We were delighted with every aspect of our stay. The owners were very accommodating, helpful, friendly. The lodge was beautiful, with breathtaking views of the nearby mountains. Breakfasts were hearty and delicious. The best part of the experience was that you can ski out the back door to the VanHovenburg Cross Country Ski Center, a world class ski center (ski passes included with the room). There are no TVs or phones in the rooms, which enhances the peace and tranquility. We had the Adirondack room which had a gas stove, king size bed, and private bath with shower and whirlpool tub. It was very spacious and comfortable.I thought the South Meadow Farm Lodge was a very good value, and would highly recommend it, especially if you are interested in a cross country ski vacation. However, this would also be a nice place to stay even if you weren't skiing. Its about a 10 minute drive from the village of Lake Placid.

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Property: South Meadow Farm Lodge
Address: 67 Sugarworks Way, Lake Placid, NY 12913
Region: United States > New York > Lake Placid
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Ranked #11 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Lake Placid
Number of rooms: 7

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