A hard review to write because there is so much to comment on. Go when you have time to retreat from the world several days, go for as long as you can, and go without trying to schedule your days. All is taken care of.
If it bothers you when a top hotel wants you to pay $8 for a bottle of water, go to the POint, because everything is included - the bars are open, you never have to agonize over whether to have that extra glass of water or sip of champagne. The staff, too, is plentiful and always happy to help. If you mention it might be nice to have lunch in the middle of the lake, they get it ready, and boat, lunch, red wine and chilled white, boatsman, and all are ready for you. No need to pay a fee, wait for enough people to sign up, or anything like that.
A word about the food. Dinners are four or five courses, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays, seven courses, all with good wines selected for each course. You can eat at a table with the host and other guests, or in your room, or in the kitchen, or wherever else you choose. The food is varied and imaginative, and well executed by a large kitchen staff. Not every dish was perfect, but I can hardly think of a single great meal where every single think has come off perfectly; also, I get the impression that the menu is always changing, so that you get to experience innovations as they occur. So while I could mention one or two things that perhaps I would have preferred to have been done differently, those are nits that don't need picking here. The seven course meal was puled off perfectly, and that is certainly a rarity. The menus were also well conceived and progressed very nicely.
Of particular note were the wines. I tend not to order wine pairings in restaurants because the choices are often lackluster, and quality is sacrificed for "fit". At the Point, the manager happens to also be an oenologist, and the wine choices were exciting. They were not simply quality wines well chosen: rather, they were interesting both in themselves and in the context of the menu.
I won't take time to go into details about the good sized rooms, the nice linens, the fire set in the bedrooms, and other things like that.
Bottom line is that it was a real pleasure to make a single payment (large, but no larger than you end up spending on vacation anyway), and to have everything presented to you, stress-free. We will be checking our calendars to see when we can get back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Point Hotel Saranac Lake
- Point Saranac Lake
- Point Hotel Saranac Lake
- The Point Saranac Lake, New York