Travel Blogs from Saranac Lake
... and some adventure!!!
We're putting this blog together so that our family and friends can see what we are up to. I hope we can update daily but it will depend on the wifi.
Sally is working hard to get ready to ...
... stop and stare, as if to say '"you folks aint from around here, are you" - just like in the movies! We had some great pancakes and home made hashbrowns.
We are taking the scenic route today along the seaways following Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. It was a fantastic ride and the sun was out the whole day. It doesn't get any better than this.
We stop at Fort ...
We drove through pouring rain - did not get to stop at Lake Forge - pouring rain. By the time we got to Lake Placid the rain had stopped and it was clearing to see the mountains. Haven't been here for a long time. The whole town is new - the old Lake Placid Club isn't there any more.
We headed out to Whiteface Mountain. FDR started the project - toll road - castle at ...
... and you know who you are, should love the next part of this story…you old timers will sadly smile and say, “Been there, done that.”) when we finally pulled into our site for the night 45 minutes later (sigh) it wasn’t level (of course) but the power was good. The kicker was that the sewer dump was UPHILL in front of the water and electric hookups. I know this doesn’t make any sense to a non RVer, but trust me on this one; it is a pain ...
We rode our bikes to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort this morning, and took the gondola to the top of the slopes. This area is experiencing record high temperatures for this time of year, but the 85 degrees feels pretty good to us.
We returned to the campground around 10:30 am and swam a little in the stream.
After lunch, we took a cab into the Olympic Village at Lake Placid. We went to ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Saranac Saranac Lake
To a devotee of funky old hotels, the Hotel Saranac seemed a little bland. Room was adequate though a portable air conditioner labored mightily (and noisily) next to the bed, managing to cool the room a few degrees by check out time. Would have preferred to open the window. What I took to be a medicine cabinet in the bathroom opened into a plumbing chase. The Boathouse Pub was also adequate. Dinner at the main restaurant was fine, if on the pricey side. Free WIFI next door at the bakery/coffee bar, not in the rooms. I think in the dead of winter the place might be cozy, in the middle of July I would have preferred to be on the lake up the street at the Adirondack Motel.
Food & staff are wonderful
Stayed for 4 nights during Ironman Lake Placid, so it was very busy. Staff was very pleasant, particularly the maid service and at the AP Smith restaurant. We had breakfast a la carte, breakfast buffet and dinner many times here - all excellent. For dinner we ordered from the children's menu because we wanted smaller portions. The steak and barbecued chicken were done to perfection, definitely not your typical children's fare! At breakfast, poached eggs, apple crumb and pastries were excellent. A lot of healthy choices too.
Rooms were small but clean. The doors tended to slam shut and the bathroom facilities were somewhat loud (you could easily hear your neighbor start to run their shower). Convenient ATM in the lobby. Location is great.
Ok, not great, but doable
Stayed here for 2 nights, midweek. Staff were very nice and accomodating. It is a historic 1920s-ish hotel, so keep that in mind when I say that the rooms are pretty small. We just mainly used it to sleep - so that was fine, but you won't want to spend too much time in your room. Overall, the price wasn't bad, so I won't complain.
Location is great though - right downtown. The restaurant is so-so, would recommend it for pub-type food. There is a good bakery around the corner (on the other side of the building) which is nice. The italian restaurant across the street (the name of which I can't remember) is pretty good for dinner.
WILL NEVER, EVER EAT THERE AGAIN!!!
A few friends of mine and I ate at this restraunt January 14th of 2005, the service was well below average, as was the food! There were five of us all together, and we waited about fifteen minutes for the waitress to take our order, and she screwed it up! About one hour later the food was served to us, fairly cold, and we caught a glimpse of the cooks blowing spit balls at each other and carrying on like twelve year-olds!! Absolutely disgusted, we got up and left without paying the bill for the food and service we did NOT receive, none of us will EVER go back!
We visit this hotel two or more times a year, every single year. So I'm a big fan, and I'm going to have to disagree with some of the quibbles in other reviews.
We were pleasantly surprised with our recent stay at the historic Hotel Saranac. We were warmly greeted by the front desk and given helpful information regarding the Hotel and the village. Our room was not large, as one would expect in a historic old property, but was clean and comfortable and had a nice view of the picturesque town and mountains. One feels that one is stepping back in time walking past all the old doors with brass numbers. We were promptly seated in the busy restaurant, and graciously served by the students. I had the best brook trout I have ever eaten, and my beloved raved about the seafood linguine. I suppose the beer could have been a few degrees colder, but the mug was large. They have a nice selection of wines. The chocalate buttermilk cake melts in your mouth and my stomach was full before my appetite told me to stop.
The Hotel Saranac was a one-night stopover on our way to Lake Placid. We had heard a lot about the hotel and restaurant and wanted to try it out, rather than continuing on to Lake Placid. The hotel is listed in the Historic Hotels of America, and should be. Room was small and cramped, and the bathroom fixtures definitely qualify as "historic." Our main complaint, though, was the so-called "King" bed, which turned out to be two double beds pushed togther and covered with a set of king linens. Very uncomfortable and neither my wife or I got anything resembling a good night's sleep. The lakeview was really nice, but the window was very small and you couldn't see the lake while sitting on the bed, which was no more than 5 feet away. We had dinner in the main restaurant, and, again, had mixed results. The food was excellent, (make sure you try the trout!), but the service was not good, and the wait was too long for the number of people there. When we brought our concerns to the front desk during checkout, and adjustment was made to our room rate, but not a significant one. The Hotel Saranac is located on Main St. in Saranac Lake, a charming street of shops and very friendly people, with a nice walkway along the river, with the lake at the far end of the street. Made for a very nice after-dinner stroll.
The Hotel Saranac is a sweet, comfortable little hotel, with lots of neat art deco details in the decor and a staff that tries really hard to make sure you're happy.
LOVE this place, Staff is Down Home Small Town Friendly
A terrific value and a beautiful historic building in the best small town we've run across - and all this ten minutes from Lake Placid.
Okay, really, its Saranac Lake and this hotel we're in love with. I do have to agree with the previous reviewer though - the staff and students are wonderful, friendly, and SO helpful. Management is a different story, but they are pretty invisible and don't get in the way of any fun. As an example - the staff and students are always quick to make suggestions and answer questions ... the Management is a little impersonal and always takes over a week to answer emails. Anyhow. We LOVE this place! Incidentally, there is a dirt-cheap town sponsored SKi / tubing slope a few minutes down the road.
Value but be patient
Great value, excellent place for the family but one needs to be patient. Not with the staff, they are great, but the management. The staff works their hearts out, has fun and shares the fun with guests. There is something about students that try hard and succeed ... you know what I mean? The management is a different story. Trying to make a suggestion to the manager was impossible. I am not alone in this. The students agreed! That said, go there and have fun. Bottom line, no regrets.