High Peaks Resort
What We Love
- The thrill of being in an international sporting capital and two-time Olympic city
- The restaurant, which served the 1980 Olympics and pours the coldest beer in Lake Placid
- The complimentary seasonal recreation equipment, like kayaks, paddleboats and cross-country skis
- The perfect location, on the shores of Mirror Lake and in the middle of town
What To Know
- Free parking and WiFi
- Some balconies are small and lack privacy
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
At High Peaks Resort, the hospitality runs as deep as the Adirondack Mountains run high. Around for a century, it shot to local-legend status back in the 1980s, during a certain winter Olympics – “Miracle on Ice” may ring a bell – here in Lake Placid. The winners of the Games gathered at the property’s signature eatery to toast to their victories, and today, Dancing Bears Restaurant proudly describes itself as a celebration destination. Inspired by the surrounding landscape, the cozy rooms feature neutral palettes, natural stone, and organic details—a treat for both the eyes and the environment, as options are available for single-source recycling and energy conservation. Expect some generous extra touches, like a natural stone walk-in shower. The larger property also continues to open its arms to nature- and fun-loving visitors. Today, you can soak in a hot tub, lounge in a chaise by Mirror Lake and opt for a treatment at an Aveda day spa. Certain types of outdoor equipment, like kayaks, cross-country skis and kicksleds, are available seasonally. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, High Peaks also sits right in the middle of town, which means easy runs to sporting-goods stores and souvenir shops. Perhaps you’ll go even go biking or catch a glimpse of winter’s ski-jumping practice or hockey games, so you can honor tradition and justify another round of Dancing Bears’ mega-freeze drafts.
In the Area
A destination for every season, Lake Placid is a two-time Olympic city considered the winter-sports capital of the world. It’s also a gorgeous year-round resort town with a quaint village, offering access to some of the country’s most beautiful and iconic outdoor adventure. If you do come in winter, ski, sled, dog sled, bobsled, speed skate or ice skate. Don’t forget to go and watch the famous ski jumpers fly, either. In summer, go for a hike in the mountains, sit by the hotel’s pool, or lounge in a chaise by the water.
How to Get There
We enjoyed our stay...room was large..lobby nice...staff helpful...great location...great pool..heating/cooling system in rooms could use some updating we were either sweating or freezing ---overall we had a nice stay
Stayed at the High Peaks on Thanksgiving. Was a frequent visitor for about 10 years, but my job changed 8 years ago and I hadn't been back since.
Pros: Location. Generally friendly staff.
Cons: Despite the facelift about 10 years ago, the place is tired. Our room was on the first floor, with an exterior door. Granted, it was close to 0 (cold!), but the door lacked meaningful insulation from the outside. We tried getting an extra blanket to block the draft, but our son, who slept on a cot by the door, was cold most of the night. The cold air meant that the heating unit was on a lot. It was old and very noisy - my wife could hear it out in the hallway as she came back to the room with her morning coffee. As we were packing up to check out, we found a beer bottle, a soda can, and a wiffle ball under the beds - none of which were ours!! So the cleaning of the room was highly questionable. They did take a little off our bill, but it was a bad experience and we won't be going back. Also - what hotel doesn't have a breakfast included these days? Not only was it not included, none of the restaurants were open on Black Friday morning.
I really loved this place. I suspect the changes (some have mentioned the bad refund policy) has to do with their move from being a Hilton property. That move doesn't seem to be going well - at least not based on our visit.
Originally booked for 70.3 Ironman weekend. About a month before, I called to cancel my reservation, which they confirmed and lost half my deposit (understandably so). The weekend of the race, I get a call asking me when I would be checking in. I explained I cancelled a month ago, and I understood that half of my deposit it was forfeited. She said "okay" and hung up. By the time the weekend was over, they charged me for the full stay! I called multiple times to try and get it resolved, spoke to reservations, accounts to no avail. More or less I was charged the full amount of my 2 night stay (2 nights) and I didn't even stay there! I even offered since I stay with them every year to just apply the second $300 to my next stay - they couldn't even do that.
Nobody has reached out to resolved, and if I don't hear from them I can safely say I will not be staying with them again. (I've been staying here since 2011) . Nice hotel, but this was handled very poorly.
We stayed at the High Peaks Resort with our three kids last weekend. It was perfect. We had a room with two double beds and a roll away cot. Plenty of room. We ate at the Dancing Bears a couple of times, the food was delicious and the prices were reasonable. The pool was very nice. The view of Mirror Lake from our room was beautiful. We would stay again.
This was my third stay at High Peaks. The decor has deteriorated a little over the years, but it’s still nice. The staff is very friendly and helpful. None of them seem to be too thrilled with their new computer system though. They complained about how slow it was both at Check-in and Check-out. The rooms are a good size. The panel door on the bathroom doesn’t provide much privacy, if you care about that kind of thing. The lobby is huge band has great sitting areas. The fireflies lit sporadically. It would have been nice to keep it going because it was cold and wet out during our stay.
The Dancing Bear restaurant is convenient. The breakfast selection is good and is reasonably priced.
One “con”. We checked in on a Sunday just after a big hockey tournament checked out. The lobby and other public areas were badly in need of cleaning and vacuuming. Someone dropped an ice cream bar on the stairway out to Main St and it sat there til Monday. If you’re know you’re going to have large groups, plan on having a housekeeping staff there to clean up, even if it’s Sunday.
We’ll definitely stay here again.