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The suits always have a little more than a typical hotel room. They have fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and in many cases, full kitchens. In this category of a hotel, a spa is almost mandatory, and Whiteface does not disappoint in this regard. The spa is just great! The food of course follows the same high standard. The restaurant "Kanu" is one of the …
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 ...
... but it was a cloudy mourning and the peaks were covered in clouds. It actually looked really neat with the smoky white clouds blowing right past your face in the open mountain air.
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... it was closed in 1909. In the summers of the early 1920’s Manlius School held a summer camp there for the cadets and thus began my family’s association with the lake. The hotel was dismantled after World War II, but the cottages, some outbuildings and the boathouse remained.
I guess the word that describes the Massawepie of 1949 was “rustic”. The “cottages” were hardly cottages since most had three or four bedrooms ...
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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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).
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!