5.0
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What We Love

  • All-inclusive rate includes all meals, wines and spirits and activities on the property
  • Hike, canoe, get a boat tour — it’s all included
  • You’ll be spoiled forever after service like this; the staff caters to your every whim, whether it’s a margarita at noon or a cheeseburger at 3 a.m.
  • Stories (and s’mores and truffled popcorn) around the nightly bonfire
  • Sunset over the Adirondacks, scotch in hand
  • The rustic lodge style in all guestrooms, complete with animal rugs, log side tables and memorabilia from the Great Camp glory days

What To Know

  • There’s no singles scene here, and children 17 and under aren’t permitted
  • Dressy attire (jackets for men) is required at dinners — and Wednesday and Saturday evenings are black-tie events
  • Expect established, well-heeled couples celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and time away from the kids
  • This is truly an escape; the rooms don’t have TVs, there’s no cell service, and WiFi is available only in one (tiny) office
  • About six hours north of New York City
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Overview

The Review

The Point in Saranac Lake is so exclusive it’s almost elusive: The resort reveals its address only after receiving full payment, and even then it might confound your GPS. This tony 11-room enclave on Upper Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks has full-scale pampering and old-fashioned grandeur down to a science.

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The food is impressive (my favorite treat: the fresh-baked-from-scratch blueberry muffins delivered still warm from the oven). But there are plenty of other things to recommend the place, including such activities as hiking and biking, the sweeping views of the lake and mountains, the fleet of three historic boats, and four open bars.

Expect your fellow guests to be well-established couples from nearby states (the popped-collar set from Manhattan is sure to be there, toy dogs in tow), with some stylish internationals thrown into the mix. But with days as relaxing as these, it won’t be long before you all feel like old friends (many gin-and-tonics will do that to you).

Even with all this, it’s the service that stands out. Neither overbearing nor snooty, the staff work hard behind the scenes to make every moment magical, from a champagne welcome to your favorite dessert waiting in your room. There’s only one downside to a stay at the Point: After you’ve experienced service like this, you might just be spoiled forever.

How to Get There

The Point
PO Box 1327
Saranac Lake, NY 12893 United States

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 109 Reviews
Paradise Found On Saranac Lake
Reviewed 3 days ago

We have traveled to all seven continents and The Point has to rank as the top property we've ever visited. As they describe it, you're not at a hotel or a resort—you're at an estate, where you're treated like you own the place. As noted in many of the other reviews, your wish is their command. To that point, one of the staff said, "Our response is always 'yes....now what is your question?'"

Everything about the resort (sorry, estate) is magnificent:

1. The views of Lake Saranac are heavenly. And with five—count 'em five—boat options, there are limitless ways to explore the area.

2. The service is impeccable, friendly and efficient. The staff is perennially upbeat and follows the unwritten code of "whatever your preference" to the letter. While anyone there would be hired in a minute by another five-star property, special kudos to the management hosts with whom we dined (Joe and Greg) and their team members Adam and Adam, Matt and Matt (yes, there were two of each), Dillon, Holly, Anderson, Marshall, Loic, Josh, DeAnthony, Jan, Stephanie, Brennan, Kelly and Bob.

3. The rooms are gorgeous, with fireplaces, comfy beds and modern bathrooms with the biggest rain shower heads you'll find anywhere.

4. The food is gourmet all the way. From the seven-course dinners on black-tie nights, to the truffle pop corn, the only downside is having to shed a few pounds when you get home. As you've probably read, dinners are communal (unless you opt to eat privately in your room, pub or the chef's table in the kitchen). The dinners are a great way to meet your fellow guests and compare raves on what impresses you most about The Point.

5. As for activities, you're free to loll around, reading a good book, tackling a Stave wood puzzle or visiting the pub for a round of darts, card games or pool. We were there in warm weather, so the outdoors activities included boating, water skiing, archery, pellet gun shooting, croquet, tennis, hiking, (I'm sure I'm forgetting something!).

Staying at The Point is the trip of a lifetime, although judging from the huge number of repeat guests, the "trips" of a lifetime. We look forward to our next visit, and pretending, if only for a few days, that we own the place!

The Top of the Top
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at The Point for three nights (very glad we stayed for 3 nights, because it is 3 hours above Albany). What an amazing trip, an amazing place and unparalleled service and food! Joe (the Manager) and his team are almost clairvoyant. They just always seem to know when to be there, and when to give you peace and quiet. We met delightful other couples at dinner (and cocktail hour) and it really does feel the Rockefellers invited you to a weekend house party. There is nothing like The Point. We will be back!

late spring break
Reviewed 1 month ago

The Point had some of the best food and most personalized service I've ever experienced. We went the week before Memorial Day, which I realized was one of the slowest seasons, so it was still a little chilly. We were still able to enjoy the lake and everything outside, as well as roaring fires everywhere. Comparing to other amazing hotels we've stayed at like Twin Farms, Post Ranch, etc, the Point definitely stands out when it comes to service, and as expensive as it is, actually a great value. I am looking forward to returning again.

An exceptional way to experience wilderness...
Reviewed 7 months ago

Through its unparalleled location, its first class amenities and second to none personnel, The Point shines as one of our most memorable hospitality experiences.

Upon arrival you are greeted with a warmth that foreshadows the treatment to be received throughout the entirety of the stay. The staff demonstrates a deep understanding and knowledge of the domain and is able to run you through its history with a captivating tone and a glitter in the eye that conveys a strong sense of belonging. Our tour was fun and enriching thanks to Adam’s availability and knowledge. Ben was of a friendliness and professionalism that are so precious, it would have been a misstep to omit mentioning him.

The suite we stayed in was thoughtfully decorated with ornaments that are in line with the authentic feel of the place. This sets an atmosphere which is further from « hotel room » and much closer to « own personal cottage for a few days ». Cribbled with books that are each more interesting than the other, the initial antichambre is a wonderful lounge to hang out in while the fire blazes away and enlivens your champagne glass of its warm glow.

Located underneath our room, in the ancient Rockefeller garage, a self-service bar is a prime environment to sip on your self-made drink. A cocktail book can guide you through all the steps to achieve your own perfect Moscow Mule or you may require the help of a staff member who will be delighted to shake for you.

Dining is sensational at The Point. The chef, Loïc Leperlier, from Réunion masters his kitchen and enjoys fresh produces to work with which inevitably translates into a scrumptious cuisine. Diner is communal and all the guests are invited around a masterfully set table to share a bit of their lives while sipping on world-class wine and champagne.

To break any reluctant ice, the general manager makes sure to set an atmosphere in keep with the tradition of the house. Convivial yet very respectful of the work of the staff, he entertains the guests and is able to catch their attention when the chef personally comes in to present the elements that constitue the 4 or 7 courses menu.

Having touched upon the main aspects of a hotel experience, we think it only proper to conclude with more general comments that account for the overall atmosphere. It is one of pure bliss, of a particular symbiosis with nature that can only arise when the awe-inspiring beauty of the wilderness is combined with the true luxury of a comfortable, agreeable, succulent and friendly home.

Thank you for these memories. They shall one day be repeated.

Perfection
Reviewed 8 months ago

The staff strive constantly to anticipate and fulfill your every desire, and they have the means to do so, in this beautiful and luxurious property. It’s magical, and can profoundly change the way you evaluate other resorts, to say nothing of “real life.”