Lake Placid Lodge ranks #1 out of 30 Adirondacks Hotels based on expert ratings and awards, as well as user reviews. The hotel scored high enough to make U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in the USA. Normally, I pay no attention to ratings as what pleases me in a hotel, is far from what experts consider good. The reason it is one of my favorites is it’s secluded setting and the fact that a long weekend here, gives me the feeling like I am truly the last woman in the world. When I am under a lot of pressure from work, and just need to disconnect, I take the 8 hour drive to upstate New York, and lock myself in one of its luxury log cabins.
On my drive up, I usually stop at the last point of civilization, near New Paltz (NY) for a scenic lunch and to stock up on a few bottles of wine. You might want to do this too, because one look at the lakefront sunset, and you’ll wish you had a Chateauneuf or two in your cabin.
Each log cabin is unique, small, disconnected from TV and internet signals, and offers your own private view of the lake. While giving up television is easy, disconnecting from the internet causes my mind and body to go into convulsions. Despite the fact that my iPhone catches no 3G signals here, I keep checking it every 15 minutes, just in case a stray signal causes a new message to appear on my screen. You will surely experience this for the first 48 hours as well, until you get communication with the rest of the world out of your system.
You’ll want to arrive with plenty of books as your iPad will not function here. The hotel is firm about restricting internet access, so there is no wifi anywhere. Aside from wine, I suggest some good walking/hiking shoes and some basic athletic clothes. The hotel is surrounded by lush forests, and I am sure you’ll want to do some light hiking or horseback riding. The owner of the hotel, has his own hand made Hackercraft, and takes guests on evening rides around the lake. At night, you can join others at an intimate bonfire and roast smore’s or enjoy wine.
Another one of my favorite features of the lodge is Maggie, the owner’s long haired golden retriever. Maggie will escort you to your cabin late at night, deliver your morning paper, even sit with you by the lake as you enjoy the sunset and that bottle of wine. She is very loving with guests, but knows her job is to make you feel at home, so she is available to play or for a cabin visit any time you call.
My Take: This rustic lodge set on the shore of Lake Placid in the Adirondacks is stunning inside and out. Typical of most Relais & Châteaux properties, accommodations are exquisitely designed with rustic objets d’art, custom-made beds crafted from tree limbs, and the occasional private balcony overlooking the waterfront. And then there are the hotel’s 17 romantic cabins, which offer couples a more secluded (but still lavish) retreat. Travelers love the world-class dining at Artisans Restaurant and Maggie’s Pub, and rave that the hotel staff go above and beyond to provide first-rate service. Do note that the Lake Placid Lodge only allows guests ages 12 and up. In my opinion, the age should be raised to 18, but that’s a rant for another review. Also keep in mind that if you frequent Relais & Châteaux and are part of the hotel’s exclusive Club 5C, you are eligible to receive extra perks, such as complimentary room upgrades, for choosing to stay here.