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“More than Meets the Eye” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort

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Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort
Ranked #5 of 31 Hotels in Lake Placid
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Westfield, New Jersey
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77 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“More than Meets the Eye”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2009

A quick glance from the street and this looks like a small motor-inn. We were pleased to learn, however, that it is a very large, well maintained hotel with brilliant views of Mirror Lake and a nice little beach.Plenty of convenient, hidden parking under the property.

We stayed in a Table Top Suite which was in a new wing. I can't speak for the other rooms, but this was a new, very clean, modern space. Very nice size and very comfortable. Very pretty lobby and great location.

Also note this is a place where it seems everyone is there with kids. That is a positive or negative, depending on your perspective.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2009

The Golden Arrow is the perfect vacation destination in Lake Placid - close to everything yet beautiful and restful. We reserved a lakeside room and requested any floor but the first floor which turned out to be a good choice because thats where most of the families with children were. This was our 40th anniversary and our children are grown, but this would have been a terrific place to take them. It was fun to watch the kids on the boats and kayaks which were supplied by the hotel. The room was nicely decorated and very clean. The terrace proved to be the perfect spot to have morning coffee or relax after a day of walking. We had a delicious lunch on Charlie's deck one afternoon and wanted to have dinner there as well but even though the restaurant was 2/3 empty, the hostess informed us there would be a wait to place our order as they were short-staffed. (We chose to eat at a restaurant across the street and were very disappointed with our meal there.) I would definitely return to Golden Arrow and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Plainview, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2009

My family has visited The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort for Eight straight summers. The Staff of the Hotel is very attentive to your every need. The ground are beautifully kept and the location on Mirror Lake is spectacular. We are looking forward to our next trip in August of 2009.

Dave Buchbinder
Plainview, NY

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2009

We stayed there during the middle of the week when the rates were lower, and had a great time. They have a beach with canoes and kayaks that you can use freely; it's a very relaxing and family-friendly (also pet-friendly) atmosphere. They also put a lot of effort in to being environmentally conscious, which we appreciated.

The main downside was that there was no breakfast provided, and the hotel restaurant (Charlie's) was pricey and did not have vegetarian options. But there are many other restaurants and coffee shops within easy walking distance.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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86 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2009

We returned again for a 3 night stay at the Golden Arrow and it was as beautiful and breathtaking as always. They had made some updates to the grounds, took out some old overgrown bushes near the beach and planted flowers, etc. Looks wonderful and fresh. The lobby windows had nice curtains on them that I didn't see on our last trip there. Our kids had fun taking the kayaks and row boats out. My daughter used the indoor swimming pool. I discovered a laundromat just a few doors down from the hotel and was thrilled as my kids generate tons of laundry in just a few days. The shops on Main St. are nice. Bass had some super great sales going on. Went to dinner twice at Nicola's. The food and service there was top notch and we weren't disappointed with our dinners, they were wonderful. One night we went to the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery on Mirror Lake Drive (within walking distance). They have a super great menu, great prices, hopping atmosphere and good service. We will be back again to Golden Arrow!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Midhurst, Ontario
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175 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2009

We stayed in the Colden Suite (room 111) because of the location and set up for our family. Just as the website describes, you exit the patio doors and you are almost directly on the beach. It was great for our two young children ages 3 and 5. The room was clean and comfortable although there was a strange skunk-like odour in the bathroom and the 2nd bedroom. We didn't report this. The bathroom is quite small for a family but we managed. The indoor pool is cold as everyone says but the kids managed by getting in and out of the hot tub frequently to warm up. The main negative for us was the noise level in room 111. It is located next to one of the entrances from the parking garage and outside of the secured hotel area. So anyone going in and out of the garage had two doors to go through and they were exceptionally loud. Unfortunately the horse show was on at the time and people were coming and going as of 5 am. Although we would recommend the hotel for the cleanliness and location we just can't recommend this room due to the noise levels. We never slept past 5 am - not the wake-up call we want while on vacation! We did report this issue and we were told they haven't had this complaint before. The paddle boats need some maintenance - would have been nice if maintenance came out in the morning and emptied the boats of water and prepared them for the day - we had to do this ourselves. There are plenty of sand toys for the kids - a nice bonus. Overall, a nice experience.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DruxFam
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GoldenArrow, Owner at Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, responded to this review, 14 July 2009
Thank you so much for your review. I actually am the person who checked you out on your departure date. When you mentioned the noise from the doors on that day, I thought it was such a helpful comment that maintenance is working on altering the door's swing to ensure that they shut silently. We think we have come up with a solution and are hoping to install it sometime this week.

As to the paddle boats, I am not exactly sure the dates of your stay, but now that we are into our peak season, we do have a beach attendant that tends to the boats etc throughout the day. I agree that guests should not have to take care of that. Your job is just to go out and enjoy the lake. We hope we will see you sometime in the future.
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New York
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Golden Arrow last Aug (2008) and LOVED it there!! We did have to switch rooms because of wanting a king size bed, and we had 2 double beds. So we stayed in 2 different rooms, but they were both very nice! We also did the gondola cruise and loved that part too. Although the crackers and cheese that we paid for to have were very stale. The gentleman that was the "driver" was very nice! We had a blast on during the ride. We have decided that we will return to the Golden Arrow every year for our wedding anniversary and we will be there 1 month from today! This time we have chosen to get a suite. I CAN'T wait to see it! I have recommened this resort it all of my friends and family. I think it is a BEAUTIFUL and friendly place to stay!!

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort
Address: 2559 Main St, Lake Placid, NY 12946-3305 (Formerly Golden Arrow Hotel)
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Region: United States > New York > Lake Placid
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Lake Placid
#4 Romantic Hotel in Lake Placid
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Lake Placid
#7 Business Hotel in Lake Placid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 166
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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