OVERVIEW of Whiteface Lodge
Developer Joe Barile set out to recreate the grandeur of the great Adirondack camps, but with a modern touch to it and he has certainly succeeded. The Whiteface Lodge is a magnificent facility destined to take its place along with other great US resorts. Established as a private residence club, its 85 suites are all owned by someone and maintained by the resort’s management.
Entering the lobby is like stepping into an exclusive hunting lodge. Walls and ceiling are hand cut timbers, chandeliers are fashioned with deer antlers, the front desk is covered in white birch bark and the hardwood floors are draped with beautiful Oriental carpets. The furniture is a mix of soft brown leathers and Adirondack “twig” style accessories. Just off the entry is a cozy reading room with comfortable chairs and sofas and a roaring fire.
We were met at the curb by a bellman who took our luggage and car. Check-in was pleasant and swift and our request for a fireplace room was instantly granted. We were asked if they could make any dining or activity reservations for us.
THE ROOMS at Whiteface Lodge
My room, in shades of hunter green, burgundy and brown was a delight, overlooking a snowy wooded area, and large by any standard at over 600 sq. feet. Rough hewn paneling crept halfway up the walls, topped by a soft beige colored wall and wonderful local art. The ceilings were beamed and the floors a combination of slate, wall to wall carpeting and area rugs. A plump leather chair and ottoman sat next to the window and fireplace with a clear view of the good sized plasma TV. At the far end of the room was a fully equipped kitchenette. The bathroom, all done in slated wood walls and marble, had heated floors, a gloriously strong shower and a huge soaking tub.
When I returned from dinner, the thick down comforter had been turned down, and bottled water and chocolate chip cookies set on my nightstand. The pillow top bed and luxurious sheets made for a wonderful night’s sleep.
DINING at Whiteface Lodge
The Lodge’s signature restaurant is the gorgeous Kanu and is reviewed in our dining section. Peak 47 is a cozy, casual restaurant with creative cocktails and great wines. Copper topped bar and wood burning fireplace. Soups, salads, sandwiches and pizza. The Canoe Club Grill is a seasonal, beachfront, casual restaurant serving lite fare.
THE SERVICE at Whiteface Lodge
The staff is friendly and accommodating. Everyone says hello as you pass and the front desk greeted me by name as I came and went through the lobby. The attention to detail is impressive and something tells me the Whiteface will get better and better.
OTHER THINGS About Whiteface Lodge
Barile has thought of everything here. There is a warm and cozy lounge with 2 fireplaces, a wonderful restaurant with another fireplace and a patio with great views, a movie theatre, a skating rink, a bowling alley, an ice cream shop, a health and fitness center, a year-round indoor/outdoor heated pool and hot tub, a game room, platform tennis, hiking trails and the Canoe Club with a private beach, canoes, kayaks and beach games. A state of the art spa offers a full range of treatments and amenities. You won’t want to miss the “Cigar & Cognac” Outdoor Lean-Tos.
THE RATES for Whiteface Lodge
From $645 Peak Season weekend
WHAT OTHERS SAY About Whiteface Lodge
AAA Four Diamond Award
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
PROMOTIONS at Whiteface Lodge
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