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Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 31 Hotels in Lake Placid
New York
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161 reviews
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“Best hotel & restaurant we've ever been to!”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

We stayed for a weekend for our 47th anniversary and were treated like royalty. First they upgraded our room (it was possible because they weren't at full capacity for our stay), then they sent a bottle of great champagne on ice to our room, our view was unobstructed of Mirror Lake. The first night we were there we ate in The View (their dining room) and I had the most delicious filet mignon I've ever tasted (my husband really liked his short ribs too). Their onion bread was wonderful too. I wasn't feeling well on the second evening and the chef made me (it wasn't one of the soups listed) a vegetable soup and sent it to our room with some of the onion bread I liked so much. What service!! Plus, daily at 3:30pm they serve tea and cookies in the front sitting rooms near the main lobby and you can relax in the library/game room or in a little cubby off to the side. When we left they gave us cookies to take with us for the road. The wkend was superb. Certainly not cheap but superb......... We had no complaints what-so-ever. Thanks to the entire staff. (side note....... the owner's son Andrew "Wild Horse" was a medal winner at this winter's Olympics in Soshi.

Room Tip: This is the 4th time we've stayed here and each time it has been perfect. We have brought my par...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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MLI, General Manager at Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 12 May 2014
Thank you for being our guest! We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and felt like royalty! Happy 47th Anniversary again! We hope we have the pleasure of your return!
Sincerely,
Carl Gronlund
General Manager
Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

I was here years ago and stayed in a similar room, except now the noonmark rooms have been redone and have a much more upgraded feel to them. Gone is the upscale motel feel, now the rooms have sliding glass doors that open where the balcony was. This allows for plenty of light and makes the room feel longer. The bathrooms felt nicely upgraded too. I liked the tiny sink outside of the bathroom with a small fridge underneath. We stayed in room 541 which is in the mountain view terrace and a short stroll from the main building plus there's a walkway so you don't even need to go outside.

We ate in all three restaurants and never had a bad meal. I like the cottage across the street a lot as it has a great adirondack vibe and amazing food. The view from our table was overlooking the lake, doesn't get much better than that.

We spent some time in the pool and my wife said her massage was really good. I liked the sauna and hot tub and surprisingly, we were the only ones in there. The weight room has some older machines in it but the gym has most of the things people would need. The staff was also very helpful. My only gripe about our time here is seeing a bill for wifi- it's the only place that I've stayed in the US that still charges people for this- please get with the times MLI! Other than that, this place is the best for adirondack charm and perfect spot to unwind.

Room Tip: The old noonmark rooms have been redone and are much more upscale now. Room 541 in the mountain view...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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MLI, General Manager at Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 12 May 2014
Thank you for being our guest! We’re happy you enjoyed your romantic getaway and the renovations that we’ve done to the guest rooms and balconies. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback on the extra space, brightness and views. We look forward to your return!
Sincerely,
Carl Gronlund
General Manager
Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
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Syracuse, New York
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

We had a great time at the Mirror Lake Inn. The staff is very friendly and the service was good. The breakfast at The View was delicious and convenient. The Cottage across the street has good food and great atmosphere. We would definitely come back again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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MLI, General Manager at Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 12 May 2014
Thank you for being our guest! We are glad that you felt the staff are friendly and the service is good! We hope we have the pleasure of your return.
Sincerely,
Carl Gronlund
General Manager
Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
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Lynn, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

We were very excited to visit Lake Placid and see all that it has to offer. Mirror Lake seemed like a nice place to stay and offered what we like- good food and a spa. The location was really convenient.

I need to get this out of the way, the only truly strange thing about our stay was when we awoke the morning of checkout, there was a bill under our door for taxes, fees etc. amounting to $75. We travel a lot and have never had that happen before. Typically, we pay everything up front and thought that was it when we paid almost $600 for 2 nights. We understood what the fees were for but inquired upon checkout why they bill you separately. After 3 deer in the headlight stares from the people behind the desk, we decided that would be our first and last stay here. One person actually said "let me look into that and see what they were for". I pointed to the bill and explained to her what they were for. Not the answer I was looking for and a sour way to end our nice trip.

The room could use a little updating with the flooring but definitely had that mountain feel to it. We stayed in the terrace building. It was difficult to get from our building to the main building. By the end of our stay we had it down but did take some wrong turns during our stay.

Food was pretty good- although we did like the restaurants in the area, we tried the hotel's 3 restaurants. The cottage was great for lunch and had really unique decor. We had pizza and nachos. The only this that was "off" here was the dueling music. The bar played club music while the dining area played alternative rock. The problem is that it is one big open space. View was great!

We had breakfast in the View restaurant 1 day. Nothing special, I'd recommend eating at the Breakfast Club down the street instead.

Dinner at Taste was delicious. Megan was our waitress and she was very good to us. She was training for the Olympics so it was great to hear about her schedule and what she hopes to do. She was very informative on the area of Lake Placid as well.

The spa was ok. I should have asked for a tour of the "sanctuary" before I booked a treatment. Nothing really special. I should have done the pedicure instead, which does not permit you access to the spa sanctuary. My massage was really nice, MaryBeth was the masseuse, I highly recommend her. Book your treatments ahead of time if you want to get exactly what you want.

Room Tip: Stay in the main building- it is very confusing finding your way from the other buildings.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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MLI, General Manager at Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for being our guest. We are very glad to read that you enjoyed the location, had a great lunch at the Cottage, a delicious dinner at Taste Bistro and that your massage was really nice.

We make it abundantly clear at check in that we want you to have a wonderful time while you are here and that we will do everything humanly possible and reasonable to cause that to happen if you let us know your concerns while you are here. We’re not in the business of selling beds, food or beverages, but in the business of creating memorable experiences.

We apologize for any confusion, but the charges were for your balance due. The two night deposit was based on the room rate only (taxes and gratuity additional). We do not charge the taxes etc. until your stay is complete. We have been billing this way for over 30 years and have never had an issue. We reviewed the charges with you at check in and your signature on the registration card acknowledges your agreement to these charges. All of the staff on the morning you inquired about your bill are extremely proficient and fully trained to answer the question you posed and in fact the desk agent that did answer your questions explained how we handle these final charges. Anytime a guest has a question regarding their bill it is our standard practice to pull up their bill and check to make sure everything is in order as it was in this case.

We are sorry you had difficulty finding your way to the main building. We provide signage directing guests to the main building and from your room all you needed to do was go down one floor, follow this hall to the end and go down one more floor. The reason why the property is somewhat spread out is so that every room has lake and mountain views. We designed the hotel with rooms only on one side of the corridor to provide each room with spectacular views. We are not sure what you are referring to regarding dueling music at the Cottage. We only have one music system and can only play one song at a time for the entire restaurant/bar.

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your massage and hope you took advantage of the steam room, relaxed next to the fire place while sitting in the whirlpool or in the sitting area.

We are sorry to hear that you will not stay with us again due to the one misunderstanding regarding your bill and especially since you seemed to really enjoy the rest of your stay.

Sincerely,
Carl Gronlund
General Manager
Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
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Long Beach, New York
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Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the Mirror Lake Inn to ski at Whiteface Mountain and couldn't have asked for a better place. Aside from being the cleanest hotel we have ever stayed in, the attention to detail was fantastic. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, and the location was perfect. The town is a five minute walk from hotel, so convenient, and Whiteface was a 15 minute drive. Each of the three restaurants had fabulous food, and when it was too cold to walk to town, we were able to stay on premises for food and cocktails. Overall, a perfect ski getaway. We will certainly come back here!

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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MLI, General Manager at Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 2 April 2014
Thank you for being our guest! We’re happy that you had a perfect getaway and enjoyed the food and service! Cleanliness is our #1 priority and we appreciate that you felt we were immaculately clean. We look forward to your return!
Sincerely,
Carl Gronlund
General Manager
Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
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Marietta, New York
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Below is the letter I recently sent to the Resort regarding our stay...

I wanted to let you know how wonderful our recent stay at the Mirror Lake Inn Colonial House was. My husband and I decided on Mirror Lake Inn for a romantic weekend away of pampering and being spoiled and the only thing that fall short from accomplishing this was we had to leave. We have been to the Mirror Lake/Lake Placid area several times, but never stayed at Mirror Lake Inn, we are disappointed we hadn't decided to stay at your resort sooner. We booked one of the Placid Suites, after all we were looking for a weekend to spoil ourselves, and were more than pleased with our choice. When we arrived we were warmly welcomed by the front desk attendant who checked us in and kindly greeted at the Colonial House to show us the suite and assist with luggage. The room was amazing, warm and welcoming. It was clean with amazing views of the lake and mountain. Requested service, room service, extra towels, etc were promptly answered. The complementary cheese platter, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries were greatly appreciated and fully enjoyed by the in-room fire and with a relaxing soak in the amazing whirlpool tub. I cannot thank you and your staff enough for the outstanding service, privacy when requested, cleanliness and overall great weekend. We are already talking about when we can get back and next time we will definitely be booking our stay for a little longer.

Room Tip: Although more expensive, the Colonial House offers amazing rooms, with amazing view. The bathroom i...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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MLI, General Manager at Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 2 April 2014
Thank you for being our guest! We are glad you had a wonderful stay and thought the room and service were amazing. We look forward to you staying longer next time!\
Sincerely,
Carl Gronlund
General Manager
Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We have stayed at the MLI several times from the craziness of Ironman Lake Placid weekend and New Years Eve to quiet, romantic, rejuvenating weekends in the spring or fall. The MLI has never disappointed us in service, lodging, food, etc. Everyone employee we encounter treats us like we are the only guest there.

The best part for us is the big lodge room where were we sit in front of the fireplace and read or play checkers, Scrabble, etc. for hours on end.

We can't wait til our next visit. Which just so happens to be next weekend!!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
Address: 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid, NY 12946-3802
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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 Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Lake Placid
#1 Business Hotel in Lake Placid
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Lake Placid
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Lake Placid
#2 Romantic Hotel in Lake Placid
#2 Luxury Hotel in Lake Placid
#2 Spa Hotel in Lake Placid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 131
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The distinguishing feature of this inn, which has been in business since 1924, is that all 131 rooms have a view of Mirror Lake and the Adirondack Mountains. ... more   less 
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