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The Point
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Saranac Lake
Reviewed 4 June 2012

Beyond any hotel/resort experience you can imagine! Not Disney World, by any means--but pure heaven for a small group of adults (22 at most) who can take advantage of the setting, the rooms, and most of all, the staff. We have never, never, never, been to a place that is so warm, welcoming, accommodating, and all around wonderful. Best of all, they welcome pets, so our 65 pound shepherd mix looks forward every year to her vacation as well!

Room Tip: No bad rooms--just larger and smaller.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 May 2012

The Point is by far the best lodging experience I have ever had. We stayed in the boat house and were in awe the whole time.

Everything is included when you stay at The Point. Food, drinks, recreation, etc. We found everything to be top-notch and were often surprised by the staff with extra touches.

One afternoon we were hanging out in a lean-to on property which we had not mentioned to anyone. After about 20 minutes in the lean-to, two staff members show-up with a small picnic and champagne. Very unexpected and a great example of what makes The Point unique.

One evening we chose to dine in our room for dinner rather than join everyone in the dining hall. This was a very romantic experience and the service was second to none.

Cannot recommend the place more. If you have a chance to stay here by all means do!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank LetsGoGuy
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

Just returned from The Point. We went with close friends. It was a very unique experience. You will have a fabulous time but must be able to embrace the concept. The Point is the old Rockefeller Adirondack camp. Beautiful property. Well maintained. Champagne flows through out the weekend. There are four well equipped bars throughout the property. Snacks from tuffled popcorn to cookies are supplied at a moments notice. The staff seems to have a six sense for your needs and desires. The rooms are well appointed but have an old school worn feel to them. The bathroom is fabulous and I could have remained in the claw foot tub all weekend.
What makes the place unique is the family dining style all weekend. Our fellow guests were all well behaved and interesting. However, they were a cast of characters. We dove into the socializing mode with full force the first few meals but by the Saturday it was tiresome to maintain the coversations through the 6 course dinner! I suggest that you try to steal some moments to yourself and ask for small tables or a picnic for lunch or maybe take breakfast in your room. The food is fabulous (we are foodies and extremely picky). The wine list was tops.
Hope to return.
If you love the idea of Downton Abbey meets the Adirondacks run don't walk.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper avoid the rooms over the Pub. In the main building, Mohawk seems to be t...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank rdkflk
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

For anyone heavily into the 1920’s “camp” experience, this place will blow you away.
We were here for 2 nights for a close friend’s wedding, they have been here 4 times and have raved about it for a few years, so we were highly looking forward to the experience.

All the rooms in the lodge part are now with redone bathrooms that are beautiful! The radiant heat floors in the middle of winter are a great plus! The rain shower is very relaxing. We were told the main lodge rooms were redone sometime in November. We took a tour of all the other rooms in the lodge and all are gorgeous. We had the Iriqouis and it felt a bit crowded and dark, I do not recommend this room. The rooms that are not attached to the lodge itself still have the old bathrooms, but my understanding is that these will be replaced soon. We did see the work in progress at The Boathouse, stunning!

The service was wonderful, we loved that our dog was allowed everywhere and was treated like part of the family. Our dog was given great meals and even ice cream as a treat each night. She truly adored everyone.
The kitchen was immaculate each and every time I went in. The chefs are funny, and very talented! My one regret is that we did not have a chance to make some homemade pizza with them, I heard it is a great experience!

On the night of the wedding, we had a stunning 9 course meal, well thought out with perfect wine pairings. The wedding cake was incredible. The whole wedding ceremony done at the point itself was wonderful, the weather cooperated beautifully on the two days we were there. The backdrop was remarkable!


Meals were very good. The coffee is superb! Our car was filled with gas for us for the trip back home. We were also given a choice of having lunch there or a boxed lunch, we chose the boxed lunch.

Its a place in which has many happy return clients. Everyone was enchanted with The Point.

Room Tip: Iriqouis is the smallest of rooms and do not recommend, too dark and too much furniture for such a s...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Maria C
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

Having never been to this wonderful place on earth, ‘The Adirondacks’, being able to breathe and experience its tranquility and stunning beauty as guests of ‘The Point’ was truly a decadent experience! What a truly marvelous place to relax and get your karma back in balance!

We took the air shuttle from Boston to Lake Saranac, and were picked up at the airport by one of The Point’s delightful staff, ‘Amanda’. From the (very small) Lake Saranac Airport we drove through the tree laced Adirondacks Mountains (uh, hills) and finally came to the quietly unmarked private road that leads to the even more private ‘Point’ gate. You just immediately know you are about to enter a very special and serene place as you approach the grounds.

Once we had arrived at the groomed and pristine estate, we were welcomed with champagne and a tour by The Point’s Camp's Manager, Megan and Asst Mgr, Cameron; these professionals treat you like you are family. And yes, THAT is the quintessentially unique element that The Point promotes… the concept that all its Guests are special, and ‘Family’. Each staff member was a delight. From the seasoned ‘Point’ Staff to the returning guests and the ‘newbies’ (us), you will be greeted, treated like royalty, and yes, you will be stunned by the simple little ways that they seem to listen, hear, know, and then employ all your most special wishes…. seamlessly!

So let’s talk about meals at The Point. Yeah, it IS a wee bit odd for the un-initiated, but dinner time is one of those ‘Family’ time experiences… only here you are seated with strangers - who by the end of the meal seem like dear friends. Honestly! While some of the visitors decided to dine alone - or with the known guests they may have come here with, we took the suggestion of our Rockefeller Guides and joined another family in the main dining room for an absolutely marvelous evening experience. What was quite amusing, and very wise, is that the Camp’s Manager, Megan, joined us for dinner. It became clear that as The Point clearly wishes its guests to experience the classical aura of times past; the VERY professional staff who eat with the guests are there to facilitate and promote conversation and good times. And yeah, it actually WORKS! What a delightful experience dinner time here at The Point is. It is a throwback to the period where chivalry was a way of social decorum; where gentlemen dressed for dinner and ladies wore their dress finery. In so far as we have sadly become accustomed to dining at even the nicest eateries that now encourage clientele to dress ‘casually’ (anything you want to wear but with a shirt and shoes), the point is surely a special walk in the ‘Past’.

Ah yes, and then there is the food. No, you just cannot ethically use the mundane and pedestrian term... 'food'. The very affable and brilliant strawberry headed Englishman Chef, Mark Levy... and his and marvelous kitchen staff will mesmerize your taste buds with culinary acumen! Seriously, this IS the truth! The connoisseur and the novice will alike be lulled into epicurean indulgence. And no, this is not a place where Florine Marks of Weight Watchers will advise the ‘weight conscious’ to come! This is rather a very special place on our planet where you should come to utterly unwind, and disentangle yourself from any and all forces of conflict and the taught ‘need’ for permission. Here you simply eat well (and decadently), drink (yeah, there are fully stocked open bar stations all over the property!), be merry, and uhhhh, don’t do much else... unless you want to.

When you combine the amazing and indulgent gourmet fare, the stunning sights of Saranac Lake, the Oh-Too-Cool little handmade polished teak motor boats that you can freely explore the entire Lake in, and the ridiculously beautiful rooms and suites at The Point, you will not be able to NOT fall stupidly in love with this place!

The Point was originally built in the early 1930s as Camp Wonundra—the mountain lake home of William Avery Rockefeller. It has been preserved – and splendidly restored – with the most indulgent of improvements that even the most well healed and well travelled visitor will greatly appreciate. It is indeed a blessed gift for the spirit.

Lastly, apart from only a few days of the year, The Point is NOT a place for the ‘young family’ to vacation. The accommodations at The Point are restricted to those eighteen years and older… and as such, it is a retreat from just about everything and anything that might otherwise intrude on your journey to this stunning escape from everyday reality.

So can you award Six Stars?!

Room Tip: Just let the staff know what you enjoy, and do not enjoy. They will take it from there. I recall cas...
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank DrThought
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

It is easy to see why so many of the guests at The Point are repeat visitors. This place is so special and so unique it seems nearly impossible to find an experience that might top it. We’ve been twice – a first stay in Trappers (very cozy & romantic) and the most recent stay in the Boathouse (exceeded expectations!). The attention to detail is amazing—from the towel warmers and the heated bathroom floors to the way the firewood is stacked in your room. I hesitate to give too many details of just how extraordinary this place is because I suspect that so much of experience is the element of surprise at the lengths the staff will go to insure that your retreat is amazing. While we will likely spend the next couple of years looking for that next great getaway venue, I suspect we will return to The Point a couple of years from now and agree that it still sets the bar.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank ncwriter3
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

The welcome is like to a home. The setting is magnificent. The cabins are dreams, the fireplaces, the views...

The beautyful Hacker Craft boat, the nice electric boats, the lunch cruises in the electric glass boat...

The dinner parties, yes they are parties, it is all in the tradition of the 'Big Camp Era'.

Food is good, sometimes excellent, service is the same.

The party dining does of course have its risks but pehaps more opportunities, you are dependent on the other guests.

On the negative; several of the bathrooms are getting old and worn, some of the rooms are worn but this they wear better. There is a definite need for upgrading here and there

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Address: PO Box 1327, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-7327
Region: United States > New York > Saranac Lake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Saranac Lake
Price Range: £1,590 - £2,683 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Point 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Point is a world apart. A Private, adult only, Adirondack estate on the edge of a shining mountain lake. A Great Camp of the Great North Woods, built by William Avery Rockefeller a century ago as his family’s private home. Today The Point is a resort like no other, a magnificent log retreat full of priceless art and fine antiques, where guests gather as the high society of the Gilded Ages once did at vibrant house parties deep in the forest. As a guest of The Point, the secluded, 75-acre property is yours, the days unfold at your leisure, and the staff anticipates your every need. Each meal is an event, each day an adventure, each night a celebration. It is simple, splendid, authentic. It is a perfect place. ... more   less 
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