The Best Hotels to Book in Lake Placid, New York, for Every Traveler

While the Lake Placid area is a brilliant winter destination, it also shines throughout the rest of the year
While the Lake Placid area is a brilliant winter destination, it also shines throughout the rest of the year | © Charles O. Cecil / Alamy Stock Photo
Alex Allen

Among the Adirondack Mountains in New York, Lake Placid is a small town with a big reputation – it’s one of the original resorts for winter sports in the USA. Since the late 1800s, people have flocked here to ski the spruce-carpeted peaks, ice skate across the glassy lakes and amble along Main Street, dotted with attractive chalet-style buildings. Pick one of these hotels in Lake Placid – bookable on Culture Trip – and become a part of its history.

1. Placid Bay Hotel, for tech-minded travelers

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Docks with boats, Adirondack chairs and gorgeous water, forest and mountain views at Placid Bay Hotel
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Snuggled against the shore, this smart hotel in Lake Placid is a masterclass in Scandinavian design. The Whiteface Suite, with its wooden ceiling beams highlighting Nordic charm, offers staggering lake views. The ligneous rooms have marble accents, USB ports and voice-controlled Alexa devices, which are as attentive as the family who’ve run this place for more than 40 years. Play cornhole while picnicking, kayak for free, and say hi to chattering ducks as a rainbow appears above the misty mountain.

2. Whiteface Lodge, for rustic luxury

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A rustic dining area with two stone fireplaces, antler chandeliers and mounted animal heads at Whiteface Lodge
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Glimpsing this head-turner, rising above the treetops like a wooden fortress, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was far older than its years. The vast suites-only hotel was built in 2005, but the details make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, with hand-milled tree trunks forming its structural skeleton, crafts in the higgledy-piggledy wooden furnishings, and stone fireplaces. But you won’t be short of contemporary comforts either, as each suite has a flat-screen TV, a cast-iron fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen.

3. Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, for understated style

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A classy suite at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa with a sofa, a fireplace and a furnished balcony with water views
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There are few prettier resorts in Lake Placid than this one. Think upscale New England country house with white shiplap and balustraded balconies. Gabled windows jut out from the roof-like periscopes, scoping those shimmering lake views. Inside, the feel is refined rustic – stone fireplaces, taxidermied woodland beasts – but it’s less hunting lodge and more of a stately Scottish home. Expect elegant-legged furniture, lashings of soft leather and velvet. Dress up for dinner at the View restaurant, or dress down for the Cottage, a cozy local favorite on the water’s edge.

5. High Peaks Resort, for oodles of space

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A soothing two-bed guest room at High Peaks Resort, with a grassy area with Adirondack chairs and water views
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You’re spoilt for choice at High Peaks Resort, on the shore of Mirror Lake, with three accommodation options. The largest of the lot is the Resort, with an outdoorsy, campsite-chic vibe. Think suspended canoe-shaped lights in the lobby, the Trailhead Market gift and gear shop, and walk-in river-rock showers in the bedrooms. Next, there’s the retro-modern Lake House, all clean mid-century lines and pared-back rooms with pops of red. Then there’s the homey Waterfront Collection, with views of the water.

6. Crowne Plaza Lake Placid, for a prime location

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An outdoor patio with a firepit surrounded by Adirondack chairs and water views at the Crowne Plaza Lake Placid
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You couldn’t be closer to the heart of the action than at this hotel in Lake Placid, overlooking Main Street. Step outside, and you’re practically on the doorstep of the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum, essential if you want to learn about the sporting legacy of the area. Once you’ve been inspired by the story of the Miracle on Ice, cross the street to Lake Placid Skate Rentals and take to the snow-dusted surface of Mirror Lake for an elegant (or fumbling) twirl. After a day with the wind in your face, warm up by the fireplace in the stately lobby, with a warming whiskey in hand.

7. Lake Placid Inn Main Street, for an independent stay

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A dining and living area at Lake Placid Inn Main Street overlooking a snow-covered street
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When it comes to feeling at home on vacation, there’s nothing to beat the cozy privacy of a home away from home. These glam holiday apartments in Lake Placid are sleek, with an urban palette of gray on black. And they have everything you need to feel you’ve carved out your own little permanent corner of town. With a fully equipped kitchen, calming, rustic-contemporary decor (think sliding barn-style doors to the bedrooms) and high-speed wifi, you’ll have the ideal private, personal base from which to explore.

8. The Pines Inn, for vintage charm

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A charming guest room at the Pines Inn with floral wallpaper, a mauve armchair and a bed with floral bedding
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The Pines Inn has been welcoming guests to Lake Placid since 1900, and reassuringly, it has lost none of its charm during the intervening decades. Imbued with history, the red-brick structure sits off Main Street, just a short walk from the town center. While the rooms straddle the line between quaint and dated, they’re cozy and comfortable – and brilliant value for the area. The Segger family, who owns and runs the hotel, is warm and welcoming, making you feel at home.

9. Town House Lodge, for quaint country digs

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A modern rustic double guest room with partial wood-paneled walls and fuzzy blue blankets at Town House Lodge
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“Ah, it’s cute,” you’ll say as you pull up outside the Swiss chalet-like main office building of this boutique motel in Lake Placid. The oohs and aahs will get louder as you drop your bags inside your room. Whether you go for the standard double or one of the spacious king suites, you’ll get warm contemporary wood paneling around the walls and on the headboards, stylish floating TV units and flashes of brilliant color from the soft furnishings. Using the spick-and-span communal kitchen is a sure-fire way to make new friends. Get cooking.

Philipp Meier contributed additional reporting to this article.

For an even more adventurous stay, check out the best hotels in the Adirondacks, or try these inns and bed and breakfasts, bookable with Culture Trip.

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