The Whiteface Lodge
What We Love
- Jetsetter rate includes daily continental breakfast
- More than 6 million acres of wilderness in the surrounding Adirondack Park (it's larger than Vermont, not to mention the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky, Glacier, Yellowstone or Yosemite national parks)
- The tunnel connecting the main building to the pools and hot tubs
- Even the smallest suites have full kitchens and private patios
- There’s an ice cream parlor, movie theater and bowling alley on-site
- Lake Placid’s sporty pursuits are balanced by spa treatments such as the Lumberjack Man-Hands Soother
What To Know
- From Whiteface Lodge it’s a five-minute drive to the village of Lake Placid and about 30 minutes to Whiteface Mountain
- It was built in 2005, so despite many rustic touches it’s not as steeped in history as some nearby properties
- Kamp Kanu makes Whiteface Lodge a good choice for families, but there’s enough space for couples to find peace and privacy too
- Despite the abundance of nearby lakes, it’s not right on the water, and it’s near a busy road
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Although originally built as an upscale campground, Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York, has all the swagger of a bachelor pad retreat. Think outdoor lean-tos with leather chairs, blankets, cigars, cognac and more than 25 single malt Scotches, and 30 acres of grounds dotted with pools and hot tubs. Staying here, a stone’s throw from the venues of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games, is the ultimate winter getaway.
Bed and Bath
The lodge fulfills every city dweller’s fantasy about what a wilderness getaway should be. It’s the only all-suite property in the region; slate floors, cast iron fireplaces and alderwood cabinetry grace the sprawling suites, which range from 550 to 3,100 square feet. Even the smallest have full kitchens and patios, and the spacious bathrooms are done up with double vanities, jetted tubs or showers, and under-floor heating. There are antlers, Native American pillows and, of course, Adirondack chairs everywhere, all of it charming and tasteful enough to avoid being kitschy.
Even the most active athlete could spend weeks here without straying too far from the lodge itself, thanks to the snowshoe and cross-country ski trails right out the back door, the courts for basketball and tennis, and the ping-pong tables. For indoor pursuits, families can hit the game room for air hockey, pool and shuffleboard — not to mention the two-lane bowling alley. And then there’s the pure indulgence of the spa and the cozy restaurant Kanu, which has 28-foot ceilings and dishes like Boursin-stuffed figs or scallops with carrot-cumin butter.
In the Area
Drag yourself off the resort grounds and you’ll be rewarded with a spectrum of outdoor pursuits, from paddling on Lake Placid itself to flying down the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute at the Olympic venues. About 30 minutes away, Whiteface Mountain has 283 acres of terrain blanketed by either Mother Nature or snow machines, plus heart-stopping slides. Nordic skiers will find seemingly endless routes, including the legendary 37-mile Jack Rabbit Trail. Five minutes away in the village, the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery crafts some of the tastiest refreshments in the state, including Ubu Ale, a favorite of Bill Clinton’s.
How to Get There
We stayed here while on a Fall road trip through upstate New York and Vermont. Although we only booked the day we arrived we were lucky enough to have a great three-bedroom suite spread across two levels. It was a great room for a family with lots of space to enjoy and a full kitchen so you don't have to eat out for every meal. Since we were just two people most of the space, unfortunately, went unused.
Dinner at the main restaurant which was delicious and we enjoyed a few drinks at the bar after dinner which was a great way to end the night. There was live music at the bar which provided lots of entertainment all night.
Would love to have stayed longer and think that it would be a great destination to go back to with a group or family. There were lots of activities for all ages so no one will be left bored. Definitely a place I would recommend going for a few nights to really enjoy all the hotel and the area has to offer.
Want to relax, lay back and enjoy your surroundings, if that's next to a fire pit, hot tub, Pool, watch a movie or just stay in your suite I would recommend the Whiteface Lodge. There is so much that you can do. It's a resort. Summer time for hiking, walking or just enjoying the view or winter time for skiing. Lots of thing to do if your a family with kids or just with Friends of a couple.
It's a must stay. We stayed This November on a Friday and Saturday. I will definitely come back.
The staff and service is super. Great job everyone. See you soon. :)
We brought our daughter and several of her friends up for her 16th Birthday party. Every encounter with staff was positive and the customer service was strong; we were always greeted first and many times asked if there was anything we needed! The facility was amazing as always, great suites and amenities. The new renovations/addition to the bar area was well done, so much more room and it looks great! The girls loved the pool and hot tubs along with the ice cream bar. I love that we can let them take in the resort on their own, it's safe and everything is close. The Whiteface Lodge is always a great escape for a special occasion like this or just to sneak away for a weekend. They always do it right!