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We left Black Lake today and headed toward Vermont. We didn't make it.
We did, however, drive through the Adirondacks and somehow managed to drive into the bike portion of an Ironman race. No, I mean we drove into it! Imagine how those guys on bikes felt after swimming for 2.4 miles, then trying to ride their bikes for 112 miles, only ...
... away. What a beautiful drive through the Adirondacks region past mountains and gorges and rivers running along side the road. Very very beautiful scenery all along the way. We also passed Whiteface Mountain along our route which is very impressive.
We finally arrived in the village of Lake Placid where we strolled with Ozzi and enjoyed the many shops. A nice ice cream cone. What ...
Can't believe we're camping on the shores of Lake Champlain!!! We've had incredible experiences in this area of New York. This state continues to keep us on our toes!! We had an amazing hike through the Ausable Chasm where the river was rushing through a canyon of steep walls with incredible force (especially after several big storms the days before our visit.
Then yesterday we took a drive into the Adirondack mountains & rode our first gondola up the slope ...
... Sunday. Just as we began to spread out our clothing to dry on the picnic table it began to sprinkle. We can’t buy a sunny day! Kelsey and I put on a pair of wet and muddy pants and dirty socks and hit the trails. We decided to hike Avalanche Pass down to Avalanche Lake. It was a treacherous trail. Hikers have to register at the trail head with an attendant before the hike in case of an accident or a hiker disappearing. The trail had been completely eroded by ...
... Still is. And I am blessed with the opportunity to be able to return each summer for a few days and help get it ready for the 2,000 Scouts that will get to enjoy that little piece of Heaven. The old cottages and other buildings are gone, but they were firetraps anyway. The Scouts have maintained the beauty of the place. Thank you. The new structures are mostly set back in the woods and you can’t see them from the lake. There are still no ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Whiteface Lodge Lake Placid
I stayed at Whiteface Lodge for two nights with a friend and loved every minute. I especially enjoyed the little details like the heated floors in the bathroom, the bed linens and the flatscreen TV. During a snowstorm, the Great Room is such a relaxing place to eat an amazing lunch, sit by the fire and relax. Only wish I had more time to try the bowling alley and games room...! Guess that will have to wait til the next trip.
We stayed at the Whiteface Lodge loved it. It is its own community, everything is there for you. And if you want to have something in your room, there is a fully equipped kitchen. The kids are entertained with the pool, game room, movie theater. I don't know what more you can ask for. All of the staff seems attentive and courteous. I didn't like having to use valet service all the time, I guess I'm not that pretentious, but whatever. Drink prices were a little steep, probably to keep out the locals, who knows, but you can keep your own in your condo. The condo's are nicely done too, you know you aren't in a hotel room. I've stayed at Mirror Lake Inn, and was far happier at Whiteface.
We're going back soon (this week), I'll take some pictures and try to get into more detail soon.
Not worth the time or money
I stayed at Whiteface Lodge for two nights at the beginning of January 2006. Beautiful from the outside and rooms are nice too, but other places are more worth your time. Advertised amenities were all being updated during our stay and could not be utilized. Hours for such amenities were also shortened, since the workers referred to this as "a slow week;" why should a slow week affect my vacation? Tried to go bowling, but construction workers had sheets and ladders on the lanes; we were told that it was a slow week so they decided to do work on the brand new resort then...while we were paying full price. The year round outdoor pool and hot pool, not open during our stay; the year round ice skating rink, also conveniently not open while we were here. Staff not all that friendly and accomodating. As a young professional, my age does not show my income level and due to my young appearance I believe that I was not treated with the respect I should have been; constantly being asked for my "activities pass" when I was one of the few paying customers at the hotel for these two nights. Overall experience not worth the outrageous price. Try the Golden Arrow or the Mirror Lake Inn for an unforgettable time.
Looks Like Disneyworld
When you drive up to this place and have ever visited Disneyworld with your Children...You think..It's The Wilderness Lodge in Disneyworld. Where's the monorail????
It is tacky Adirondack, that is trying way too hard to be tasteful and isn't. Not alot of charm. All fluff...no stuff.
It doesn't have the stately real adirondack feel. It is just cheesy.
For the money..try the Lake Placid Lodge, Mirror Lake Inn or Interlaken Inn. Those are elegant.
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Best Hotel I have ever stayed at!
Stayed here for 4 nights during Christmas week and found this hotel to be the best place I have ever stayed at (I have stayed at many top ranked hotels). I stayed here with my family primarily to go skiing at Whiteface Mountain but it was hard to leave this beautiful hotel every morning.
1)Wonderful hotel staff (great concierge) from the maids to the front desk
2)Fantastic family facilities including an indoor/outdoor pool, large outdoor hottub, bowling alley, skating rink, movie theater and game room.
3)Rooms were unbelievable. It was more comfortable than home. Everything you coould possibly need was in the 1 bedroom suite I had.
4) Common areas of the hotel were beautiful and the dining room was excellent for lunch and dinner (I had breakfast in the room everyday).
The only thing negative I can say about the Whiteface Lodge is its cost. At $500 a night for a 1 bedroom suite for 2 adults (kids cost extra)this makes for a very expensive trip if you don't plan on spending a lot of time in the hotel using the facilities. Also you are about 5 minutes from the heart of Lake Placid.
The best adirondack experience
We stayed at the whiteface lodge for a weekend and shared a 1 bedroom suite along with another couple. We were truly amazed at this great place. The quality and attention to detail were outstanding, from the solid granite and wood external structure, to the unique fixtures and decorations, and the facilities that had something for everyone.
We slept on the pullout couch which was the best I've ever used and better than most beds. The kitchen was well outfitted, bit a bit short on cupboard space if you plan to do much cooking yourself.
The fall colours were just coming out and we had a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, where we also took a small hike. The pool was too cold for me, but I enjoyed the outdoor hot tub, especially in the evening as we watched the full starlit sky.
We only ate one meal in the restaurant, breakfast on Sunday in the Great Room, but it was excellent, the service very good, and prices on the upper end of reasonable.
The resort is truly top notch, and once they complete the spa, outdoor skating, and other facilities it will be without comparison anywhere. I recommend it for special getaways.
Must say that I do agree with the other two reviewers. We stayed last year at the Lake Placid Lodge, which was also incredible. The price for the one bedroom was a deal compared to LPL. We payed about half the price. The Whiteface Lodge is spectacularly decorated in the grand old Adirondack Lodge fashion. Absolutely mind boggling. The photographs do not do justice to the common rooms or to the bedrooms. The soaking tubs had jets..ours at the LPL did not. There are some down sides to this lodge if you want to be right at the waters edge. It is not. However we did take our kayak to a local marina alhough they do have a Canoe club that is for the guests of the lodge. Whiteface also allows children and does its best to accomodate them. LPL I believe does not accept children under 14. Anyway..really loved the experience, the fireplaces in the bar areas and complete cozy Adirondack experience are in full-tilt at the Whiteface Lodge. If the prices stay the same we will be back.
Wow! Now THIS is Adirondack Luxury!
The previous reviewer was bang on with our experience. From the moment we approached the long wood beam portico walkway leading into this all suite hotel we knew we were in for a treat. The Whiteface Lodge is build in great Adirondack camp style with huge beams and solid granite. Unlike some other 'grand' resorts we have been too, they didn't stop the 'grand' at the common areas. The rooms are just as well appointed as the rest of the resort. Like all rooms, our one bedroom suite had a galley kitchen, large deck, HDTV 32" flat screen above the living room fireplace, as well as one in the bedroom (this one had a built in DVD player). Not only did we have 3 phones (one in the bathroom), we also had 2 phone lines and a high speed internet connection which was handy for checking our email. The bathroom floor was even heated! The year round in/outdoor pool and hot tubs had just been completed.. nice! Heated pools as well. Right beside the pool is a large man made pond with water sprinkler and a rock bottom stream which they were still working on which should add addition ambience to this already over the top resort. We enjoy a fantastic dinner in the great room - WOW! This room is to die for and features 2 double side massive granite fireplaces. We also enjoyed a fabulous breakfast enjoying a mountain view. The dining room kitchen features an open wood burning stove which emits the most amazing smells that made it hard to resist eating here. The hotel had valey parking and twice daily maid service as well (night time turn down).
As of our visit (early Aug 2005), the resort wasn't completely finished yet. The main hotel and amenities are, but the pool area, landscaping, year round ice rink, tennis courts, conference center etc are all partially/nearly done, Everything should be completed however by late fall. A future Canoe Club (on the water beach, water sports area, restaurant, and bar) is supposed to be completed on nearby Lake Placid for guest use by spring 2006 we were told.
All in all this is now our favorite place for a luxury getaway. If you, like us love the Adirondacks and that great camp feel, you can't go wrong here!
We will definately be back. After all the Whiteface Lodge is located in Lake Placid, and it's hard to be bored there!
Let me preface this review with the fact that I am a very picky traveler and find fault with just about every place I stay...not the case with The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid! The Whiteface Lodge has only been open for business for about a month now and many of the facilities are still under construction. As is, it is a sheer vacation paradise so I can only imagine that when it is fully up and running, it will be beyond perfection!
Our 2 bedroom duplex room was breathtaking. All amenities were top of the line including granite countertops in the well equipped kitchen. The beds were comfortable and spotless with pillow-topped mattresses and excellent pillows. Each bedroom had a beautiful bathroom connected to it, complete with oversized towels, robes and all the shampoos, conditioners and lotions one would need and want. The room also had a sitting area with a sofa and table and an outdoor porch with comfortable chairs. There was a diining area as well. Our 2 bedroom unit contained 3 flat screened TVs complete with all the cable channels one could ask for. The staff at the Whiteface Lodge was friendly and helpful. They provided us with information about the many fun things to do in Lake Placid. Don't miss the olympic venues including the ski jump facility and the bobsled ride. The town of Lake Placid is great too- a lot of wonderful shops and restaurants. The pool at the Whiteface Lodge is beautiful. The pool lounge chairs were the most comfortable padded chairs I've ever sat in. The hotel also has a great game room with a billiards table, shuffleboard table and two lane bowling alley! Our ten year old son had a ball! The fitness center next door to the game room is state of the art and we made great use of it. Soon, the lodge will be adding an ice cream parlor and spa... we can't wait to go back and see it!
I could go on and on about the wonderful restaurant, service and location of The Whiteface Lodge but I suggest that you go check it out for yourself. If this picky traveler recommends it, you can be sure you'll love it!