Lake Placid Lodge

OVERVIEW of The Lake Placid Lodge

The Lake Placid Lodge is a spectacular property on the banks of Lake Placid that offers a main lodge and a collection of lakeside cabins. Rooms are extraordinarily decorated, the food is outstanding and the views breathtaking.

In December 2005, just two months after our first visit, a devastating fire destroyed the Lodge’s main building, a wonderful old structure that overlooked Lake Placid and included rooms, the bar, restaurant and the wine cellar. Precious art and furniture and the Lodge’s amazing wine collection were lost forever.

Reconstruction of the main building was just about complete when we visited in November ’08 and it is once again quite spectacular. The new structure has much of the charm of the old, but with some wonderful new twists. A huge stone fireplace welcomes you upon entry and straight ahead is a staircase, adorned with a wonderful collection of Adirondack artwork, leading up to rooms and down to meeting rooms, a lounge area (The Moose Room), the bar (which is about three times the size of the old one) the restaurant and the dine-in wine cellar. The table in the wine cellar is a huge old door from a monastery in Santa Fe.

THE ROOMS at The Lake Placid Lodge

The 13 main house guest rooms are spacious and luxuriously decorated in a rustic yet elegant style. Each has a massive stone fireplace built by a local artisan, custom made beds, soaking tubs, beautiful artwork and magnificent lake and mountain views from the balcony.

On our stay, we chose to stay in a lakeside cabin. Check-in was swift and we were escorted to our cabin by one of the staff. A bottle of wine and a personally written note from the General Manager.

Our cabin, Moss Cliff, was set among a group of tall white birches right on the edge of Lake Placid with views of the mountains in the distance. The cabins are spaced well apart from each other, affording maximum privacy. Inside, there’s a huge picture window and outside there are Adirondack chairs on a small patio, both with spectacular lake and mountain views.

Cabin interiors are roomy and decorated with rustic elegance. Hand cut timber walls are offset with a burgundy couch, two forest green club chairs and burgundy paisley draperies. A massive stone fireplace flanks a plump feather bed and local art grace the walls. The large bathroom features a huge soaking tub for two, silk-like bathrobes, high quality bath products and towel racks fashioned from branches. Other amenities included a French press coffee maker and a refrigerator with milk, juice and water.

DINING at The Lake Placid Lodge

All meals are served in the Inn’s restaurant which is reviewed separately.

THE SERVICE at The Lake Placid Lodge

When we returned from dinner, a fire had been set, the lights dimmed and soft music was playing. We enjoyed a final glass of wine with the moon splashing its light across the Lake and fell into a deep sleep under luxurious linens and a down comforter. Few nights could be as romantic as this.

We awoke to a soft knock at our door that told us our breakfast had arrived and we enjoyed it beside the fire as a soft mist passed over the mountains in the distance. Another indulgent soak in the tub and we were on our way. Ah, the good life…

THE RATES at The Lake Placid Lodge

From $866 Peak Season weekend.

WHAT OTHERS SAY About The Lake Placid Lodge

Top 20 U.S. Small Hotels – Zagat
Best Hotels in the World – Travel + Leisure
Top 15 Resort Hideaways – Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report

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