First, let me say that this hotel is very well positioned in the heart of Lake Placid. It's not right on the street, but instead up a hill that sits directly over the main strip of Lake Placid and next door to the Olympic Center. We were all surprised how lovely the hotel was when we first arrived and, even before we exited the car, my kids were begging to stay here for our entire vacation (the second leg of our trip would be Montreal later in the week).
We were traveling with my parents, who arrived first and declined the extra $20 p/night fee for a "room with a view." We were automatically put in the room next door, so the offer wasn't given to us. So, my first impression of the hotel was one of beauty and luxury; my second impression came when I opened the door to the room and looked out the window onto a large expanse of black tar roof. We all laughed about it as it was comically bad - here we are in a land of beautiful vistas atop a hill in a lovely hotel, and our view is of a roof. Luckily, we weren't planning to spend our vacation in our hotel room.
Later, we realized that our view from our 3rd floor room was of the roof of the swimming pool, and the rooms in the two floors below us didn't even get a view of the outside! Their windows looked out into the pool room itself! If you have to go to bed before 9pm (when the pool closes), I suggest you make sure you aren't in one of those rooms.
There is a very lovely great hall in the front of the hotel that serves as a relaxing lounge area, bar, and dining room. It has a terrific patio with lots of chairs so that you can absorb the view of Lake Placid, Mirror Lake, Cobble Hill, and the surrounding mountains. This is a great feature if your room looks out over a swimming pool roof. We ate here for dinner twice during our visit. The chopped salad I had was terrific, although the service was hit or miss (terrific on our first night, and terrible on our second visit).
For breakfast, they have a typical buffet set up. If you wince at paying $12 for so-so scrambled eggs and other assorted buffet food, fear not: they have a regular menu with typical breakfast fare that you can order as well. It's not obvious that this is the case since they advertise the buffet pretty heavily and it seemed to us on the first morning that this would be all that was available. One member of our party actually preferred to hike down the hill to Starbucks first thing in the morning.
The other guests ran the gamut from a motorcycle gang out of Philadelphia, to Rugby players in for an international tournament, to hundreds of high school male and female Lacrosse players from all over New York and Massachusetts. It was always lively at the hotel! Family pool use was best when the lacrosse games were in session as the boys could be pretty rowdy later in the day.
Speaking of the pool, it's wonderful! It's so rare to find a hotel pool that goes 9' deep these days. I assume it's an insurance issue, but we were very happy to swim and play in water that was so deep. There is also a whirlpool, but we didn't make use of it (though it was funny to watch an entire boys' lacrosse team try to squeeze themselves into it all at once).
The pool area also has several tables and chairs in a dry area where you can look out over the pool without fear of being splashed. This was where my family and I enjoyed board games at the end of the day. There's also an adjacent fitness room that looks well stocked, but with all the hiking and boating, we didn't bother to make use of it.
Last of all, the basics. We had a room with two queen beds. It was clean, but quite dated. There was water damage on the wall near the window, but it was hidden by the drapery so it didn't bother us. There is a fridge and microwave cleverly hidden away inside the room, so keep that in mind if you want to do a meal on the cheap. The bathroom was average size and clean. The best part about the room was that the walls were quite sound proof. Despite all of the rowdy athletes up and down the halls, we heard nothing. Also, my own kids can get pretty loud at times, and my parents next door said they never heard a peep from us.
The staff was very welcoming and polite for both check in and check out, as well as accommodating when I went in search of quarters for the laundry facilities. Parking was super easy due to the two large parking lots right next to the hotel.
I'd definitely recommend this hotel to anyone whose plans include spending time in downtown Lake Placid. If your plans will keep you mainly in the mountains, there are probably cheaper options. Also, they seem to accommodate pets; we saw lots of dogs while we were there. My last tip: spend a little extra for the view!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Center of village, overlooking lake, adjacent to Olympic Center. Family owned & operated. Quality & Meetings Service Excellence award winner. Highlights: 245 guest rooms and suites, many with Jacuzzis & fireplaces, 45 holes championship golf, 6 tennis courts, indoor pool & whirlpool, fitness room, extensive meeting space, private beach with paddle & row boats at the Lake Placid Club. Restaurants: MacKenzie's, Great Room Lobby & Bar, The Lake Placid Club Golf House, (year round weddings/special events, and seasonal for lunch) and The Lake Placid Club Boathouse. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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