Lake Placid Lodge
What We Love
- Free use of canoes, kayaks, electric boats and bikes in summer, cross-country skis, snowshoes and toboggans in winter
- Fresh farm-to-table fare at Artisans restaurant
What To Know
- Nightly bonfires with s'mores included
- Rooms are beautifully decorated with rich fabrics, antique rugs and stone fireplaces
- Children 11 and under are not permitted
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
Lake Placid Lodge looms like a mansion on the edge of Lake Placid. Wrapped in dense forest and flanked by majestic mountains and rivers, this is a great destination for removing yourself from the daily hustle and bustle. And yet, in this quiet corner of the world, there is also the option of running yourself ragged with outdoor activities—and that’s exactly what most guests come here to do. But the outdoor scenes and available activities deserve only half the accolades. The lodge itself deserves the rest. Rustic-chic interiors and a grand scale create the impression of being a guest at a friend’s fabulous hunting lodge. The 30 guest rooms are spread out between the main lodge and the cabins, cottages, and adjacent lakeside buildings, all beautifully decorated with rich fabrics, antique rugs, and stone fireplaces; some feature large covered terraces where you can idle in an Adirondack chair for hours. Spacious bathrooms have walk-in showers or romantic deep soaking tubs, and some have both. The winter freeze can be enjoyable on Lake Placid, as the lake is just as easy to navigate on a pair of ice skates as it is in a motorboat. From December through February, explore the snowy landscape on foot, skis or snowshoes, or simply watch snow fall from a chair by the fire. Spring and summer offer the chance to fish in nearby rivers and lakes, while autumn sets the trees around Lake Placid bursting with flaming reds and oranges and soft yellows, setting a beautiful scene for a brisk (or leisurely) hike. The farm-to-table Artisan restaurant serves organic dishes made from locally produced ingredients, like caramelized scallops and duck confit ravioli. Of course, nothing is better than dining outside on a grand porch with Lake Placid and the Adirondack wilderness for your view.
In the Area
Hiking boots are almost a requirement of a stay here, and they will be put to good use on treks through the wilderness of the Adirondacks. We suggest exploring some of the famed 125-mile Jackrabbit Trail, which is right outside the lodge’s front door. For a winter treat, grab on to a professional bobsledder and zigzag down the country’s only Olympic bobsled track. Or spend a day on the slopes at Whiteface Mountain, which has an impressive vertical drop of 3,430 feet. But don’t let the activities wear you down: Indulge in a sports massage using targeted techniques to soothe overworked muscles, then sip beer, play games and mingle with other travelers at Maggie’s, a classic Lake Placid pub.
How to Get There
For starters, this property is absolutely gorgeous. All rooms have a view directly onto the lake, and the finishings and decor of the lodge and cabins are so detailed and well thought-out. The hotel excels in details - from the staff checking on how you enjoyed their hiking recommendations, to the chocolate bark refills in your room every day, to the insanely comfortable beds, to the hand wipes in the make-your-own-smores packs. There is a lot to do in terms of the water-sports on property (not to mention the hiking trails, daily boat tour, owl talks, fishing, ect), but the overall vibe is quiet and relaxed.
It is obvious that the staff at this hotel care a great deal about providing an above-and-beyond experience. I want to especially thank CJ, the general manager, who personally drove my husband to the airport. We had a car with us, but my husband had to take a 7:30am flight to make it back home in time for work. Our original plan was that I would drive my husband to the airport, but the night before I remembered I had read about a free transfer service. Of course, because I was asking so late (about 8 hours before the early morning transfer), I would have been completely fine if the hotel had told me that it would have been somewhat difficult to arrange, especially given that we had our own means of transportation. I merely asked them to call me in the room to let me know whether it would be possible. However, what I should have realized is that this is the sort of hotel that will go above and beyond for its guests' requests. The next morning, my husband was picked up by the manager himself, and he had a great time chatting on the way to the airport. Thank you, CJ!
We had an absolutely perfect stay here a few weeks ago.The lobby is so cozy and welcoming - it doesn't hurt that we were handed glasses of champagne immediately upon arrival. The woman who checked us in (forgot her name :( ) but she was a hotel pro - so welcoming, friendly, accommodating. Stayed in the Hearthside room which is decorated impeccably with a king bed (maybe the most comfortable bed in the world), small fireplace, stocked fridge and luxurious bathroom (large standing shower and deep soak tub. L'Occitane amenities were lovely). The deck has clear views of the lake and surrounding mountains, comfortable deck chairs and foot rests and a small table with chairs. We had dinner and drinks at Maggie's with wonderful service, delicious meals and prompt drink service. The turndown associates were friendly and offered to bring back s'mores for the fireplace. A perfect, spotless, quiet, relaxing and beautiful hotel with wonderful staff.
We are repeat guests at this property and we always stay in the winter. We stayed in a different cabin this time, which was every bit as nice as the other. The hand crafted decor is so much fun and so beautifully done. We love the real fireplace in the cabin as well as the fantastic views. The stocked fridge and treats is also a wonderful perk. The food is absolutely superb, we ate at Artisans and at Maggie's for breakfast and dinner.
The reason we don't give 5 stars is that some of the service was not great. Breakfast, while delicious was extremely slooooowww. Also no one ever vacuumed the room while we were there, and the floor, especially around the door had piles of sand all over from all of the sand on the roads and walkways that stuck to us. Turn down service showed up at odd and inconvenient times, 5 pm? Items such as coffee were not restocked, and it took numerous calls to get some more coffee at which point they brought us an entirely carton of k cups which seemed a bit insulting. That said, every employee was quite friendly. Yet for the price we did expect impeccable service.
We stayed between Christmas and New Years, where the resort seemed to be about half full or a bit less most of the time.
I'll start with pluses. The Lake Placid Lodge view and the hard product in the cabins and the lodge are amazing. We stayed in the Owl's Head and our view was just great. I'm sure the view is just as amazing in the summer where you can get a great view of all the wildlife on the lake.
Our cabin was large and very comfortable. The real wood burning fireplace added some needed warmth and plenty of charm as well. The bathroom was very large and well laid out. My wife liked the vanity in the bathroom and even though we didn't use the sauna, it seemed like a great amenity to have in room, especially in the cold winter. The room was clean and well maintained. Our only issue was the blanket on the couch clearly had a wet dog or two on it and smelled as such. Odd it wasn't replaced after such a stay. Other than that though the room was great.
Other pluses were the quality of the food on site. Artisans for dinner provided both excellent service and food. Maggies for dinner as well as Artisans for breakfast still had great food, but were hampered but lack of staff so service was subpar at best. More on that in the cons.
We had in room massages and the service the hotel outsources to was great. The ladies were perfectly on time, professional and did a great job. We highly recommend getting some in room treatments if you stay here.
Now for the cons. The service at the Lodge really seems to be trying hard, but must be hampered by lack of staffing or other issues.
When I called a month or two before we arrived to ask some questions about the cabin layouts and amenities, the lady on the phone told me to just look online. The reason I was calling was because the website didn't answer my questions. I ended up booking Owl's Head, the most expensive cabin available, simply because it was the only description that had everything we needed. I later learned any lake front cabin would have done just as well to meet what we wanted.
Maggie's for dinner and Artisans for breakfast were very short staffed. Breakfast took nearly 2 hours each morning. We weren't in any hurry, being on vacation, but I think that's way too long for any breakfast, especially since we each just ordered one entree and nothing very complicated. Maggie's took almost as long, which isn't bad for dinner, but again excessive for just an entree and some drinks. We arrived when Maggie's was maybe half empty so were able to get our orders in before the rush. By the time we were settled in we saw many people waiting 20 or 30 minutes to just get noticed by the staff. Food was excellent even with the delays, but clearly something needs to be done so people are attended to.
The biggest issue came though with how the hotel dealt with a rather small lapse in service. Our room wasn't serviced one day. We called before we left for dinner and they assured us someone would come by later to take care of it. Turn down came, but not housekeeping which ended up meaning we were short toweled and missing a few other things. Turndown took any used towels and items, but didn't replace them. We called and asked for them to just bring replacement items and service the room tomorrow when we got back from dinner, and again someone assured us they would stop by shortly. We fell asleep without anyone coming by. The next morning, knowing breakfast would take hours we called to ask them to come by. There was also a fireplace issue so we asked them to fix that as well while we were out. They assured us they would get it done while we ate, but of course they did not.
After breakfast the front desk wasn't picking up so I had to walk all the way back, another 5 minute walk in the negative temperature weather, to talk to them in person. The craziest thing I found out is someone had come to our room, taken pictures of the broken fireplace, but not tried to fix it. While I waited in the lobby they sent someone to fix it, which apparently took less than five minutes. At this time the manager was made aware of our issues and of course our room was serviced immediately.
This was a very minor issue, which could have been dealt with very easily at multiple times, but the hotel just dropped the ball over and over. Something that could have been fixed the night before or at least while we ate breakfast in less than 30 minutes, left us with a really negative impression of the entire stay.
Overall I'm very torn. The location and lodge itself are beautiful. But unless I am somehow assured the lodge fixes its staffing issues to insure itself against any possible hiccups, I can't possibly recommend staying here. At about $1600 per night after the silly resort fee, which should just be included in the rate, I expect far more.
Wonderful bar at the Lake Placid Lodge to drop in for a drink or a bite of food. Great decor and atmosphere especially thanks to Lori, an amazing bartender. Worth the visit just for her special drinks!