Travel Blogs from Lake Placid
... around a corner and have a huge motorhome in their face! They hadn't even gotten to the 26.2 mile run yet. I can only imagine what they were worried would come at them during THAT portion of the race!
We found a KOA that had one spot left and parked it!
I did some laundry while Mike took the dogs out to chase down any straggling Iron ...
... mark that's been there for approximately 60 years.. A sweet girl car hop came out and greeted us and took our order. We sat at the picnic tables out doors and enjoyed this special hot dog treat. A hot dog smothered in chilli flavoured finely minced beef. You must eat 2 of these little doggies to fully enjoy the experience!
We then decided that we'd drive to Lake Placid, roughly and hour ...
... mountain then hiked the 1.25 mile/2000 feet to the top (our Fitbit told us we had climbed 118 flights of stairs, that'll clean out the pipes)!!! It was an incredible experience we'll never forget!!
Next we visited the North Pole & Santa's Workshop before heading to Lake Placid to see the lake & the Olympic Village!! It was another crazy day!!
Today we stayed close to the trailer & since it has warmed up to 82 degrees, we went swimming in Lake ...
... the night we lit a campfire and tried our new cast iron pie iron. Two slices of bread, spagettios, diced vegan meat and cheddar cheese in a cast iron pie maker….mmmmm. Half way through cooking our 5 star dinner it began to pour rain. It was another evening of scrambling to get everything put away. We brought our campfire dinner into the tent to eat and go to bed.
The weather forecast for the Adirondack region said sunny and 70 for ...
... Mt. Arab. A ranger was stationed there at the fire tower and he taught us how to use the circular map to locate fires and then report them.
The second year I drove up with my dad in his 1930 Ford Model A station wagon. It took us two days. He later gave that car to me when I was 14. The third year, 1951, was our last. The lake, buildings and surrounding property were sold that fall to the Boy Scouts from Rochester, NY. What a perfect spot for a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Northwoods Inn Lake Placid
Fantastic Stay at Northwoods Inn
You cannot beat the rooms or location for the price. Northwoods Inn has extremely comfortable beds and our room had a ton of space. The hotel is centrally located and is within walking distance to all the great shops and restaurants. We had a wonderful stay!
A Great Escape
I stayed in Northwoods Inn as a get-away weekend for me and my girlfriend. Having not visited Lake Placid in many years, I wasnt sure what to expect. As it turned out, it was an amazing weekend, complimented by a fantastic hotel. The room was clean and up to date. The staff at the hotel were professional and very attentive. They not only made the hotel feel warm and inviting, they were also very knowledable and helpful when it came to the local activities and information. As they knew the area very well, they were able to offer information about where to go and what to do, which helped us make the most of the time we had there. I will definately be back to Lake Placid, and there is no doubt about where we will be staying. I would reccomend this hotel to anyone who wants to be able to enjoy the beauty of Lake Placid, and also be able to really relax at a beautiful hotel.
Great, kid-friendly value!
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to enjoy Lake Placid, especially if you have kids, this is the place! Our room was clean and comfortable (especially the beds!) and big enough to handle a pack-n-play and all the kid stuff we tend to drag along. We had a great view of Main Street from our room and meals were a snap since the restaurant is right downstairs and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. (It has to be one of the best breakfasts in town! Great French toast!) The Cabin, a recreational room that turns into a bar at night, is a great place for the kids to relax and play games between activities. They serve a pretty mean Bloody Mary, too.
The hotel is right smack in the middle of Main Street, of course, so it's convenient to everything. The staff is friendly and quick with suggestions for things to do and places to explore.
We had a great time and will definitely stay there in the future!
WOW- Move on down the street!!!
WOW, I am not sure words can explain the condition of the "newly renovated" hotel? We were there with a hockey team so we are use to being put in the crummy part of the hotel but, this was beyond that.
Several of our families arrived at 4am the morning prior to our arrival and checked in and out before the paper work was completed.. When I arrived and checked into the room we did not unpack and mind you I had 3 skaters and thier bags so I am use to adverse conditions..
When I went to the front desk to ask about the renovated rooms they said they had a few and were our other families coming back? I have to say the staff was very helpful and accommadating. Since we were one of the 1st teams to check in I was able to pick the best(???) rooms. Needless to say there was a hockey tournament and ALL other hotels were full.
I will just get to the meat of the property:::
The staff was VERY accommadating and nice
Yes, the location on main street was great
The food we ordered to our room was good
Oh yeah price, you get what you pay for!!!
WELL-- The parking situation is awful!!!
Let's see we had to clean our own rooms since the cleaning staff was gone, I was able to at least get a cleaning cart.
My husband cleaned the bathrooms which was a 1st
The elevators were beyond scarry- One the hockey bags did not fit in them so we carried them 5 flights several times daily, they would just stop, Not to mention the toilet plunger and other debris in them.
There were dead bugs, holes in the ceiling, walls, exposed pipes and ALL furniture was stained, the sheets were also stained and please do not take the pillow cases off!!! To end it all we had cold water the morning after checking in!!!
As a group we decided to make light of the situation and enjoy the Olympic experience for the kids, since our other option was to just cry!!! We had a family stay a few extra days, pre planned, and learned that the property was foreclosed, should have been condemed!!
I would hope that the new owners who took over in July 05 are making the needed improvements but, from reading a review from January of 06 they are far from there.. It has been 6 months and new beds are nice but, the structure, windows, padding in the carpet and common areas need to be addressed.
I am and Interval member, and this Inn is also in Interval, and as a trade I would be truely dissappointed in the quality of this hotel/Inn.
Our hotel has never had an issue with "dead bugs" and frankly I am appalled that we are advertising to the world such a preposterous claim. As to the issue of not having cleaning service, our housekeeping staff is dedicated and committed to offering our guests full housekeeping services and absolute cleanliness. We do not enter rooms with "Do Not Disturb" signs and it may have been removed in the evening after our staff had left. I am sorry for the inconvenience of having you clean your own room and would never want that to happen to any of our guests. We will be certain to address this issue for future guests.
We recently purchased the Northwoods Inn and continue to make drastic improvements daily. I am sorry for the difficulties you experienced and would NEVER want any of our guests to experience the same. Currently, we are installing a brand new elevator and completely renovating our bar.
The youth hockey programs are a valued group for our hotel and we look forward to a long and wonderful relationship with these organizations. Please feel free to contact me if you plan to return to Lake Placid.
My family and I are fairly tolerant of travel conditions but the Northwoods Inn was so bad it prompted me to write this review. First off there's not enough parking for the hotel, if the tiny lot behind the hotel is full you must find someplace else in the always busy Lake Placid area. Not good epically if you're traveling there in the winter and it's well below zero as it was for our stay. The room we stayed in was just so-so. It looked tired and in need of some new wallpaper and paint - kind of dingy. Very cramped especially when the sleeper sofa was used. It was very hard to make your way across the 'suite'. The heater was a wall mounted all in 1 air conditioner and heater. It was a pain to use. If you had it on low it cycled on and off all night loud enough to wake us up. If you had it off the room got too cold. If you had it on constantly the room got too hot... Take your pick. No hot water in the morning. For the 3 days my family of 4 was there, we only had 1 hot shower. There's a little kitchen area, we used the toaster it set off the smoke detectors and no we didn't burn the bagels. Each time we toasted the alarm went off, not too useful. I could go on and on but take my advice and go somewhere else, next time we will.
We recently purchased the hotel and our working to improve the facilities daily. Your feedback is valuable and our staff takes each of these reviews to heart. As we continue the aggressive renovation process we can promise our guests clean and comfortable accommodations, gorgeous views from many of our rooms, convenience to all of the shopping and dining choices in Lake Placid and the friendliest staff in Lake Placid. We sincerely appreciate your patience and would welcome an opportunity to invite you back to Lake Placid to see many of the wonderful improvements we have made since even your recent visit. Thank you again for your feedback.
I am in total agreement w/ "Comfortable,Good Prices". After reading other reviews, I was a bit cautious ahead of my recent President's Weekend stay. Beginning w/ Mr. Fink accomodating our early arrival at the front desk thru 2 EXCELLENT b'fasts' in their restaurant--Northern Exposure, we were VERY satisfied with our stay. I have stayed in 4* hotels worldwide and yes this is not one of them, as some reviewers feel it shld be measured against. Yes, the elevator is slow--we walked and had no pblm, yes, parking is limited--but it is at the Ritz Carlton in Boston too. N'woods Inn is what it shld be-- an Adk. Inn w/ a GREAT location, a friendly staff and old Adk. style, charm and pace. I would recommend for guests to just relax and enjoy the North Country atmosphere. I have stayed at 7-8 LP hotels in the past but next time, I am checking out the No. Woods availability first.
Comfortable, Good Prices
I've been to Lake Placid at least 12 times and never stayed at the Northwoods. The last time was at the Hilton at $209 a night and I was next to a family of young, screaming hockey players. The father was in the hallway yelling on a cell phone. The employees didn't care if I left that hour. Typical hotel anywhere you go. The Northwoods is more accomodating to mature couples and families, although my room next door sounded like they were in our room with us. That noise reduction was accomplished with the closing of the bedroom doors. What a nice additive to help drown out the sounds of inconsiderate guests. Maybe parts of the hotel are a little older, but they recreated these areas to give you the unmistaken Adirondack feel. The restaurant is clean and has just updated their menu. The Cabin bar is cozy and inviting with its large fireplace; burning real wood. Not a gas fed reflection of warmth. As much time you'll spend in your room along with the price is just the reason you'll want to choose this hotel. Views are spectacular if you're there for the look of the New York State Adirondacks. We had fun here.
No, No, don't go!!!
We stayed at the Northwoods Inn over New Year's, and it was so bad that we checked out early! Our "suite" was tiny, our daughter's room was cold, the only elevator was so slow and rickety that we walked up and down four flights of stairs. The front desk clerk was friendly, and the bed was a tempurpedic (nice), but that's the only nice thing we can say. The hotel is depressing and tired. We moved to the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza...much better!
Location is great; amenities only so-so
My wife and I were first-time vistiors to Lake Placid and the Northwoods Inn turned out to be in the perfect location. It is right in the center of town and it's a reasonable walk in either direction to get to all of the restaurants, shops, movie theater, dog sled rides, tobogaan rides, the Olympic rinks and speed skating oval. Relatively short drive (10 minutes or so) gets you to the other Olympic venues like bobsled, luge, and ski jumps. The room itself was not great. It's old-seeming. The couch was neither particuarly comfortable nor clean. Not out and out dirty, but just old and beat up with some visible stains. The walls are paper thin and we heard a lot of noise from the room above us and those next to us. The beds are relatively new and Tempurpedic, which I have mixed feelings about, but I know some people love them. Parking at the hotel was very difficult on Saturday (very few spaces in the hotel lot), but the staff upon check in provided us with a map directing us to a nearby lot, which was not very far away. The parking situation was a lot better on Sunday and Monday and we were able to park in the hotel lot both of those days. Elevator is very slow (we were on the 5th floor) and taking the stairs is definitely quicker most of the time. The hotel also has a restaurant. We attempted to dine there for breakfast one morning, but left before ever placing an order because the service was so agonizingly slow. Despite the numerous shortcomings, our experience was pretty good because we didn't spend a lot of time at the hotel anyway and we didn't go in expecting top-of-the-line luxury. Given the state of the hotel, the price seemed high ($169 for Sat. night and $99 for Sunday night), but I don't really know how this compares to the other hotels in the area because I've never stayed at any of them.
New Ownership - What a difference
A historic hotel in the center of the beautiful village of Lake Placid. We have been staying at the Northwoods Inn for years and until this visit, it was just another hotel. We had the opportunity to meet the new owners of the property effective July 1st and heard about some of their innovative restoration ideas. Although I am sure it will take them a little time to get the property back to its original charm, the hotel clearly is on the right track. They were in the process of replacing the carpet in the entrance, carrying in truckloads of new furniture and we even witnessed a service training session at the front desk.
We look forward to visiting the Northwoods Inn next time in town and just hope it remains a great VALUE! Good Luck.