Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Directly on Mirror Lake one block from downtown Lake Placid
- Seasonal heated outdoor pool and indoor pool with whirlpool and sauna
- 5,000-square-foot spa offers locally inspired treatments, like the Maple Sugar Body Scrub
- Preferred tee-times at nearby sister property, Whiteface Club & Resort
- Private sandy beach on Mirror Lake with free non-motorized boats (seasonal)
What To Know
- All rooms offer a view of the lake and mountains; panoramic views are offered in the Great Range Rooms
- All Classic Rooms have been renovated to include an open-air sun room with a tiled floor and sliding French doors
- No cell phones in common areas
- WiFi is available for an additional $9 per day
- Breakfast buffet is available for $19.95 per person
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Directly on Mirror Lake and one block to downtown Lake Placid, this sprawling white clapboard complex is an old-fashioned escape where afternoon tea is served daily and hiking boots are more common than high heels. Two lakes, 46 Adirondack peaks and the Olympic training grounds supply yearround playgrounds for outdoor lovers, so expect to spend active days hiking the nearby hills or the summit of Mount Marcy, or perfecting your Downward-Facing Dog on the pier.
Bed & Bath
Some of the inn’s 100 rooms and 31 suites have four-poster beds, while others have Mission-style furniture, but all pamper guests with down comforters that beg you to order breakfast in bed. Accommodations make the most of the lakeside setting with oversized windows, and though the antique furnishings echo the property’s resolutely traditional air, you’ll now find flat-screen TVs and WiFi (for a fee). Lookout Rooms are best for groups and families, while Classic Suites are all individually designed with an antique style, split-level layout (in some) and Jacuzzi tubs.
Dining is a big deal at Mirror Lake Inn, with three different restaurants to meet everyone’s needs. The most prestigious is The View, a big-night-out spot overlooking the lake, but more casual Taste Bistro is a great option for affordable wines and an excellent burger. During the summer months, lunch at the lakefront Cottage is a must. Elsewhere, there’s an indoor lap pool as well as the area’s top spa, a 5,000-square-foot facility with locally inspired treatments, like the Maple Sugar Body Scrub, a 50-minute full-body exfoliation, followed by a Vichy shower rinse. Whatever your idea of pampering, make time to watch the sunset (preferably over a glass of bubbly) from dockside Adirondack chairs.
In the Area
Trek 46 high peaks of the 4,000-foot Adirondacks during single- or multi-day excursions, aboard the 18-foot, open-bow “Jo” for a sunset cruise along Lake Placid, or get outfitted for a paddling adventure on a quiet canoe route. During the winter, feel the burn on a power snowshoe trek through rolling hills and flats, embark on a twilight snowshoe tour through the Peninsula Trails or, for the more ambitious, experience the Adirondacks by belaying, rappelling and climbing on an ice climbing adventure. After all that exertion, get a free pick-me-up with daily tea and chocolate chip cookies, served in the Mirror Lake Inn’s Living Room. If you’re looking for a cocktail, head to Cottage Café for a stiff drink and the best view in town.
How to Get There
This was our first time to Lake Placid and our first stay at MLI.
We arrived on a Wednesday and left on a Friday. We stayed in the Mountain View building on the 8th floor with a beautiful view of the lake and the mountains beyond
Pros: Beautiful view, great beach and lake access, very friendly staff, great spa
Cons: Rooms felt old, dark, and cluttered. The hotel overall feels cluttered from the all the signage in the elevator to the strange sales video playing in the hallway to the main building. We were celebrating our anniversary, which I told the hotel when I made the reservation. Apparently there was a bottle of champagne that was suppose to be delivered to the room but never was.
Overall we enjoyed our stay but for the price point I don’t think we would stay there again. We felt like there was a lot of rules, perhaps a bit pretentious. There was a hand out the hotel gave upon check in that gave a very haughty description on how children should behave in their upscale dining. It made me wish I had some small children to bring and terrorize the place. At almost $600 a night we were expecting a bit more out of the rooms.
If possible, this rating would be 4.5 but giving the benefit of the doubt.
... Has spectacular views over Mirror Lake
... Had a room in Mountain View building with a sun porch. Not overly large but very well appointed with all the amenities... comfy bed, refrigerator, safe, iron and board, good size closet, nice bathroom. Flat screen TV but rather small and difficult to see except from the bed. Sun porch made it special.
... Hotel staff were all cordial and helpful
... Parking is difficult. The hotel is built on a steep hill and parking is scattered behind various buildings. There is some construction at back entrance to Mountain View blog which added to the difficulty of parking and access. Walking up and down hill and then up a steep flight of stairs can be difficult for some. Fortunately, the hotel did graciously provide assistance with luggage at both check-in and check-out.
... The biggest disappointment for us was the View Restaurant.
... With reservations made months in advance, we expected a table with a VIEW.
Instead we were seated facing a wall with no view at all of lake. Many other tables
had lovely views so as guests of hotel and with advanced reservations, we felt we
we deserved better.
.... At 7:30PM, the highly touted chef's special was already unavailable. This was
only revealed after we placed the order forcing us to make another choice.
.... Our dinner for 2 totaled out at $300 which we felt was pricey for what we had.
There are many other very nice restaurants in the area which have good menu
selections and views for more reasonable prices.
We did not use the spa so cannot comment on the actual service. Large variety to choose from but pricey.
We would recommend for a special experience. Not sure we would opt to stay here again and would not eat at The View again.
We had a great time...rooms at the cottage are really nice; staff is good; food is not fabulous. Breakfast buffet could be better.
The views are amazing. The beach was so convenient and lovely. Staff at beach helpful.
We we just returned a few day ago after staying over 4th of July weekend to the 8th. I have reviewed MLI before but I felt I need to chime in again because each time we return this place never ceases to amaze our family. We call it our Happy Place because LP and the MLI is our place to relax.
I have made another review from last year so if you read that it may give you some other details.
First of all MLI is in the best location on the lake with the best views from the rooms as well as the lake beach. The main building and the ambiance within the building continues to give you the ultimate Adirondack feel as you walk around.
We once again stayed on our 700 floor where our favorite houskeeper Linda takes care of us and all of the guests on that floor. She is absolutely amazing and very friendly. I do have to say as you walk around the ground everyone says hello and greets you. A woman who is a groundskeeper who I mentioned in my other review (i think the same person) shocked me again because I didn't realize where the "good morning" was coming from and it was her as she was doing some work in a flower garden. We were also happy to see the Matt the bartender a few times.
We noticed some changes this time. They added a electric car port for people arriving by electric car, a cornhole set up near the outdoor checker board, and the biggest improvement was inside the library with the fireplace they changed the outdoor patio to a huge open room/big window sitting room. It is fabulous!, We follow the MLI very closely on social media and knew about this room but it looked better close up. Also you can now rent a bike that is sitting outside the back door (i dont know, maybe it is free??)
We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and the hotel sent us some chocolates waters and champagne. It was a amazing surprise.
We have been coming to the MLI since around 2002. We cam a few times and then because our kids were small we stopped for a bit and then have been coming agin 1-2 times a year for the last 6 years or so. We would come more frequently if we lived closer. I say this because we have had a lot of experiences with the MLI and have observed a lot of stuff while visiting and pay attention to many things. The one thing we have observed time and time again is the MLI staff will always do the right thing, and if they don't they will correct it, and if they can't correct it perfectly they will offer a suggestion to make it as great as possible. I would risk my reputaion on that comment. That is why it bother me when I see some negative reviews. I understand there may be people not as much of a fan as my family but rating it 'terrible"??? It is laughable to me because I have seen too many positive things at the MLI.
I want to address as a patron some things I have read.
1) People complaining of No coffee pots: One of the most disgusting things at hotels and even housekeepers of the major brand hotels will tell you have horrible they are. The Inn has fresh coffee in the lobby nearly 24 hours a day. It is delicious and they even provice carry cases for multiple cups. And you have a full day supply of chocolate chip cookies if you want . My morning ritual is to walk to the lobby very early int he morning to get the coffee, It is one of the best times of the day to be in the lobby.
2) The door locks didn't work: This has happened to me, but I called the front desk and a guy was there within 10 minutes to fix it however it turns out if you have your cell phone too close to the keys it demagnetizes them. The front desk gratiuosly explained that to me and gave me new keys and I kept them away from my phone and never had a problem again. this was a few years ago.
3) someone complained that they didn't put the TV on in the bar to watch a game: I am the biggest sports fan but if you don't figure it out on your first trip to MLI , you will learn that the untold theme of the Inn is " peace and calm". If you are looking for a raucous bachelorette party or drunk golfer hangout, this is not the place for you. The unwritten rule is to help them maintain the calm of the facility. I usually police my kids expecially when we first brought them here to be quiet when we play games in the library. Abiding by these rules is not to be pretentious or snobby but to upkeep a peaceful atmosphere.
4) various things that break: It is a hotel with many room , #@$# happens. But over the years if we have an issue , you just call the front desk and they get it done. One year our AC was leaking due to a blockage and within 10 minutes a guy was there to fix it.
With that said there is almost nothing the hotel would not do for you within reason. I even chuckled that one of the workers pulled out a air compressor and was inflating a huge unicorn that sat at the lake.
With all this said I cannot tell you how crazy we are for the MLI. These are very good people who operate this facility. I could tell you personal stories that with my life situations (mom passing away last year) that I had my schedule in a "blender" and they worked with me to accommodate our visit . I can assure you that all the staff are very reasonable people and will do everything they can to make your visit the best it can be. I am at a point that if someone is unhappy they are the ones being unreasonable because I am confident that if there was a situation the Inn would do everything they can to accommodate the guest. From a few situations I observed especially one this weekend at the VIEW restaurant some people feel rules are not made for them and no solution is good enough for them.
So I cannot recommend MLI enough for your visit to Lake Placid and believe it is the best place in town. We look forward to our next visit.
Thanks again MLI for another outstanding stay for my family
Had a sister day at the spa. We did the couples Swedish massages and it was spectacular. It was my sisters first time and she was nervous, but everyone was wonderful and she LOVED her massage! It will become an annual event for us at the hotel. Great environment and aromas. Love the spa at the Mirror Lake Inn!