Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
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My fiance and I spent a weekend in Lake Placid, New York with another couple in late February 2008. We stayed at the incredible Mirror Lake Inn, which was beautiful, cozy, luxurious, sophisticated and lively all at once. We ate most meals at the Inn, which has an excellent fine dining restaurant as well as an award-winning wine list. The hotel …
10 August, 2001 with a return on 15 August,2001. Also hiked here 2003 and on several other ocassions. Best time to visit is summer, at least for me. Enough winter experience in Ottawa so don't need even more. For us the reason to go there, was to climb the 46 peaks. Each of these 46 peaks is to be 4000 feet or more in altitude. Began to hike the easier ones ...
We did a few runs before coming in and having the most expensive lunch ever. To be expected I guess. We each had a steak sandwich, the kids also had some fries and with a drink each it cost US$85, what the...that's $17 each, we could have gotten a 17" pizza each for less, lol!
We headed back out and while the kids and I stuck to a couple of green runs Anthony braved it and went to the top of the mountain which was in the clouds all day. He said it was a little icy ...
... for a hands on experience to enhance learning, where we felt fur and bogs under our feet, smelled animals and plants, handled skulls of many species from these mountains, and crawled through and under habitats on exhibit. After 2.5 hours we pulled ourselves away for our 4 plus hour drive to ...
... Not as nice of day as Sat. Fred and I went back to our room and rested and enjoyed the view. Went down to hotel Macaroni Grill for dinner. Took a hot jacuzzi tub bath. Could see the lights on the falls but it was foggy. Slept in, loved having our own ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa Lake Placid
On the edge of Greatness
The Mirror Lake Inn is a lovely hotel, with the requisite feel of the Adirondacks and a fabulous view of the namesake lake.
As others have mentioned, it is a bit pricey for the room cost alone, however, great deals can be had with various package deals. With the Three for Two Spa package, we got a room, one 50 minute spa treatment per day for myself and my wife, breakfast each morning and gratuities included. Not inexpensive but worth it.
A few little touches would really put this place in a top flight category: more attentive spa and front desk staff, unquestioning service, polished dining room service ... all easily adjusted .
Do I recommend Mirror Lake Inn? Absolutely. Accept a few rough edges and think of it as a jewel on the edge of the wilderness.
Mirror lake overated amongst a wonderful resort town.
Mirror Lake Inn is highly overrated. Conde Nast Traveler and various other travel magazines sing its praises but don't be fooled.
Astetically the place is nice but the rates should be about $200 less per night. The service at times borders on snotty. The Averill Conwell Dining Room is pretty good with a great atmosphere. The casual eatery accross the road ( The Cottage) is laughable, poor food and indifferent service. The only draw there would be to go for lunch and sit by the water outside. There are so many other places to stay in L.P. Do yourself a favor and stay at either the Hilton, Best Western, Holiday Inn and save a boat load of cash. Lake Placid is a diamond in the rough, just not this place.
My wife and I enjoyed our honeymoon at the Mirror Lake Inn. The Adirondack Suite was excellent, the staff was more than attentive and the food was four stars. My wife raved about the spa treatments while the activities director showed me the best mountain bike trails in the area. We had such a great time that we are going back for our third anniversary.
Swimming in mirror lake after 7 years of missing it, i must say that the water was ever like silk and all the more welcoming. Whiteface Mt smiled upon me as i swam and rejoiced in freedom of being alive. The air is crisper and cleaner than ever before (no smoking virtually anywhere). My good friends who run the Best Western probably don't even know about my tears---for the joy of 'coming home' to a place where i spent much of my youth. If you want to feel the joy and energy of being alive, visit the best western on mirror lake.
Rude and Dishonest
They mislead me when making reservations booking me into a more expensive room with the story that no other rooms were available (not True). To make a long story short, I confonted the manager who agreed that I was given "bad information from several of the Hotel staff" but they would do nothing to correct the situation. My cost to stay 2 nights ended up being $1065. and it should have been $500. If you stay here..Hold your wallet..They know how to charge a fine price but not how to treat people. Go down the road to several other very nice places for under $200 per night!
Friendly & Attentive
Everything from the Room to the food was excellent. The staff was most friendly & Attentive.
You decide...is this rude?
I tried to call and arrange a surprise for my friend staying there for her honeymoon (I am one of her bridesmaids) and the woman wouldn't even tell me whether she had a jacuzzi in the room. She told me I'd have to ask the bride for the confirmation number. Wasn't sure if I should be happy no terrorist would hit the Mirrow Lake Inn or offended that she couldn't trust that I was trying to plan something thoughtful and sincere.
Don't be fooled by the beautiful ads with the adirondack chair at the end of the dock: Lake Placid is a busy town with little charm, and the Mirror Lake Inn is much too close to the bustle. If you're determined to go there in the summer of 2003, you should also check with the hotel about the construction out front. When my wife and I arrived on June 23, the place was like a construction site, with dust, debris, and trucks everywhere, and little front-end loaders (i.e. bobcats) moving boulders outside your window at 8:30 a.m. The management handled it poorly: we received a form letter of apology when we arrived, but were not offered so much as a free drink until we complained vigorously, at which point they knocked $100 off our room rate. And while the hotel staff insisted that the construction was entirely the city's fault (something to do with water mains), in fact they were lying: a major landscaping project at the hotel was responsible for much of the mess (including the noisy bobcats). We checked out after one night and will never go back.
I stayed at the Mirror Lake inn over memorial day weekend 2003 . Granted, the weather was terrible, and no place gains from torrential rains, but, for a Hotel listed as a small luxury hotel, there were a few amenities that were missing. The bed was hard as a rock, and I found myself tossing both nights. The room was spacious but dark, and it could have used a minibar and a Tv that received some chennaels besides mostly snow, and no premium channels. The spa, was very good and expectedly expensive, and was the only saving grace of the entire stay. The meals were bland and breakfast in the bar a joke with grey muffins for a dollar 87,which in a "luxury" hotel could , and should have been complimentary. The town of Lake Placid also does not offer much in terms of stores and other things to do if the weather is inclement. However, if you are a trout fisherman, it appears to be truly a great place for you.Lake Placid itself is impossible to see, unless you are in a boat...and Mirror lake is pretty with the sun but quite small. In summary, a long drive from NYC for marginal activities, and overpriced rooms, I would definitey NOT go back.
Mirror Lake Inn offers nice rooms and hospitality, but it is over priced and better rooms can be had elsewhere for less money.