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
- 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
This was the third time my family stayed at Whiteface Lodge and it fell very short from the previous two. We stayed over our kids winter break/President’s Day, which made the 3 bedroom rates higher, which we were ok with knowing all of the amenities we had from previous stays. Unfortunately we did not get all of the amenities. First we paid for early check in for 1pm, but it was not ready on time. When we got to our room we found a hurry up clean job. The bathrooms were barely touched with poop stains still in toilet, hair in the tub and sinks, and food in the kitchen sink. We called and a lady did come right away to take care of it. We then went to the pool, which is the best part of the Lodge, but the indoor hot tub was closed. It has been our tradition to have banana splits at their ice cream bar for my son’s birthday, but someone told us they usually only have it open for the weekend through the winter. This week should have been an exception with it being full and higher nightly rate. The next day we went ice skating, but the ice was very beat up with cracks and holes that made it seem it was not being taken care of. We only lasted doing that for 20 minutes because it was so rough. In other years it was nice and smooth. Later that day we reserved the bowling alley, another favorite, but the right lane was broken and the left lane jammed with the bowling pins. A worker fixed it but told us we needed to hit reset after every ball, so we couldn’t play a real game. The last issue we had was no special events like they had in the past. The previous time we were there they had a “Birds of Prey” show with hawks and owls that was great and educational for kids and families, but again this time nothing except music in the bar. Overall, I felt like at $1700 a night for all these amenities would be fine, but I didn’t really get them. You can’t charge for a 2019 Mercedes and give your guest a 1998 Ford. We found out the hard way why they haven’t won any awards lately.
Whiteface lodge is the place to be in lake placid. Great suites, good food, great bar with music pool and spa are amazing, so many amenities to choose from. Staff are tremendous, always positive and go the extra step. Worth.
I came for a wedding a few years ago and decided to surprise my boyfriend with a weekend getaway for our anniversary. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend away. The ice skating, the bowling, the fire place in the restaurant. All so perfect! I would have liked more of a selection/variety of food options in the restaurant but overall enjoyed very much!
I have suggested to SO many people. Can’t wait to go back!
The Positive: The lodge is lovely. Great amenities for kids. One bedroom suite comfortable, cozy and clean. My massage was great and so was the bellman.
The Negative: Had to be moved to three bedroom suite second night for $1500 ( seriously?) because of holiday weekend and limited availability. I was ok with it until I saw the suite. It’s was not nearly as nice as the 1 bedroom, it was cold, vacuous and pretty bare. The bed was so hard that I would have been more comfortable sleeping on a rock. The stairs to the second floor in the suite were ridiculous as I slid and twisted my ankle. My husband asked for a little flexibility with the 11am check out( since we had to move and dropped over $2,000 at this place for two nights) and the front desk staff adamantly said “no”. Any dealings with front desk felt more like checking in at the front office of a middle school than an expensive resort. Pretty apathetic and treated you as an inferior. Food was mediocre at best. Restaurant not worth the exorbitant prices for slow service and quality of food. I believe my scallops and bacon had more salt in it than the entire Atlantic Ocean.
Suggestion: Book with luxury villas or high end VRBO if you need a a three bedroom place, set the bar low for customer service and only eat here for the free breakfast .
Upon arrival I was very impressed. My husband and I strongly considered contacting a real estate agent to see what units were for sale at the Lodge.
After being here a few days I have changed my mind.
It is a beautiful property. Great location. But something is a miss. Housekeeping is not on par with a 5 star resort, staff at restaurants is okayish.
Carpeting a bit tired. Walls need to be touched up.
Was it awful? No. Will we ever come back? Probably.