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 106 Reviews
An exceptional way to experience wilderness...
Reviewed 2 weeks 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 1 month 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.”

You need to go..
Reviewed 1 month ago

It's a magical place that doesn't exist anywhere else I've been. Don't look at the price and compare it to other resorts because others don't exist like this. We were there for a weekend.We arrived Friday and cold champagne waiting- was beautiful day had a great welcome lunch and met the other guests which seemed like old friends by Sunday. Took a boat tour of the lake, walked around, had some snacks and drinks in the pub and then off to an eight course dinner of fine food and wine- with great new friends. Everyone is dressed in black tie or suits one night and the table is candlelit. The food was amazing and off course they remembered our food preferences which we told them before hand and we had some variations of the foot to fit our tastes. It rained the next day but it didn't matter- most places I would have been upset. So no hiking, tennis or boat rides but didn't care. We sat in front of the fireplace of our Adirondack cabin read, and fell asleep after breakfast. Well maybe I shouldn't have had the eggs with truffle cream and the grits and the avocado toast with sou vide egg, and the fresh muffins, croissants and fresh orange juice. Back to our room and the beds were made our clothes folded. We were awake for lunch which on Saturday is a barbecue like you've never made yourself. We met again the other guests which now were like old friends for the weekend as the tables are communal. Well I had to eat a few things like the tuna, amazing fried chicken, chili, turkey, shrimp, lamb sausage, truffle macaroni and cheese and a few other things. I guess I didn't need extra portions of everything as well as the best key lime pie (made there) I every had. Oh and had to have a Bloody Mary with the best homemade mix ever which you can pour yourself or have them make it. And a little wine for lunch why not? Well still raining and back to the room to read more, sleep a little, and then head over to the pub before dinner and chat with everyone, oh besides for any drink you can think of homemade potato chips, and few other snacks. Off to dinner for amazing food and wine, then chatting with the guests which now seem like old friends telling great stories till about 1am, some wanted a little snack so the chef made pizza and truffle fries so yummy and then to sleep. We were the first at breakfast the next day at 9am. I decided to eat a little less and had the pancakes and gravlax and some grits and orange juice. Lunch to go with the fried chicken in the car before we left and then drove back to reality. The service is great, the staff all amazing, the property well kept. You can be active too if you want to. Just to let you know no children allowed, and you should be aware that your dress/pants size may go up one size by the time you leave. There is no wifi but Verizon works great but I don't believe At&t does.

You're more than a guest, you're home!
Reviewed 2 months ago

Staying with The Point is a magical experience. And I say “with” instead of “at” The Point. If it’s your first time, you’re welcomed as warmly as if you go every year. It’s one of those “once in a lifetime” vacations that you can never get enough of.

Many other reviews give details on what the experience is like, and I echo the sentiments of how truly amazing everything is. The food: outstanding. The service: impeccable. The property: beautiful.

Each of the rooms have a wonderfully different feel and character, and do make you feel at home. You can do as little or as much as you want.

I have been in the summer and the winter, and both are just as amazing as the other season. Though my favorite thing to do is to have lunch on one of the battery operated boats.

The staff at The Point truly make perfection look effortless, and you will love every second you are under their care.

6 Star property
Reviewed 2 months ago

Extraordinary hospitality. Beautiful setting and facilities. Casual luxury. The most minute perfecting details that are missing from the best properties and hotels in the world have been added to The Point. Casual luxury at a level the original Rockefellers and their friends couldn’t have imagined. Who you meet there probably has a large part in the experience you enjoy there - the most accomplished are often the least pretentious (no one was pretentious, BTW).