Last year stayed at High Peaks - this year Golden Arrow. Pros and cons to both but next year likely to go back to Golden Arrow. Recall though that my review of High Peaks is one year old so I cannot say what has changed there.
1) Golden Arrow has a beach. Sounds silly but traditional chaise lounges surround the beach and if the weather is sunny, it is stunning. Beach is great for kids. Big bucket of sand toys and towels available. Also a little hut with drinks and snacks.
2) More water craft: High peaks had a few, but 'launch' was into deeper water as opposed to off a beach. Beach seemed safer for little ones and those unsteady. GA also had stand up paddle boards, kayaks, rowboats, peddle boats. High peaks had some of those but no stand-up paddle boards
3) Indoor pool. GA has indoor pool which is a plus on off days. High Peak's pool is outside.
4) Waterfront Rooms: Both have glorious waterfront rooms - would recommend getting those at both hotels. The one negative to High Peaks though is that they are across the street from the hotel so if you need the front desk you need to call or go across the street. I did have an issue, however, and there was someone at my door very quickly. At GA you are right there. The lobby is gorgeous and the staff very friendly (true at both)
5) Dog friendly: Both are dog friendly and our rooms did not smell of previous 'guests'. At high peaks I was able to have a dog on the ground floor of the waterfront rooms which was terrific because I could go right outside with the dog. GA's dog floor is the 3rd floor (which is on the lobby level in the front but third floor up in the rear - hotel is on hill). On balance, I think I like the 3rd floor better. While it was more of a hike to get to a dog acceptable 'relieving' spot, the balcony provided a wonderful place for the dog to just sit outside and watch the world go by without needing supervision.
6) Rooms: I believe that even in the waterfront category there are different rooms at both hotels so I can only vouch for mine: High Peaks room was bigger and had a spectacular bathroom with standup glass shower, full tub (may even have been jacuzzi, can't remember), lots of counter space and gorgeous tile and fittings.. GA room was a little smaller and our bathroom was disappointing with a typical bathtub with shower curtain and very little/no countertop space.
7) Fireworks: This year we were not there for the July 4th fireworks but both hotels offer spectacular venues for what are really great fireworks.
8) Both are great locations but GA is more in the center of town so the walk to get anywhere is shorter. High Peaks is right on the edge of town.
9) Parking: With both 'in' town there is little need for a car is your are staying in town - big plus given how difficult parking is on the main street. High Peak Waterfront parking is on the same side of the street as your rooms (makes sense). Parking is difficult for the hotel to monitor and on July 4th we had to park in a lot across the street because guests were having friends and took up all the parking spots. On other days it was hit and miss but you generally could find a spot. Again, was not at GA on July 4th so can't vouch for what goes on on that day, but while it is the craziest setup ever for parking, it seemed to always have ample parking, which in our case, ended up most times being on the same level as our room, just down the hall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “The Only thing we Overlook is the Lake.” Surrender yourself to the untouched beauty of the Adirondack Mountains at the first resort in the United States to receive the Audubon’s Society highest Platinum Eco Rating for Hotels. It’s a place to renew yourself on the serene shores of Mirror Lake, and a place to thrill yourself, just moments from the famed Olympic Village at the heart of Lake Placid, New York. We are proud to offer Deluxe Accommodations as well as over 20 different kinds of suites and specialty rooms. All of our rooms are 100% smoke free, our lake front rooms above ground level have private balconies, and the ground level rooms have large glass doors leading out to a patio. Don’t forget your pup because we are a Pet Friendly resort. The Golden Arrow has an indoor pool, steam bath, two whirlpool hot tubs, and sauna. There is also a private white sand beach that is the perfect place to take in a magnificent panorama of the Adirondack Mountains. In the summer there are complimentary kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats available, we also have an authentic Italian Gondola that can be taken out for a minimal charge. In the winter you can ski, skate, and even take a dog sled ride on Mirror Lake right out our back door. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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