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

Lake Placid is a small town with a big reputation
Lake Placid is a small town with a big reputation | © Henk Meijer / Alamy Stock Photo
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2 December 2020

Tucked among the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, Lake Placid is a small town with a big reputation as one of the USA’s original winter sports resorts. Since the late 1800s, people have flocked to ski its spruce-carpeted peaks, ice skate across its glassy lakes and amble along Main Street with its attractive chalet-style buildings. Pick a hotel and become a part of its history.

Whiteface Lodge

Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.8/5 (298 Reviews)
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 it’s the details that make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time: the hand-milled tree trunks that form its structural skeleton; the crafts in the higgledy-piggledy wooden furnishings; the rough-hewn finish of the stone fireplaces. But you won’t be short of contemporary comforts either: suites all have flat-screen TVs, their own cast-iron fireplaces and a fully equipped kitchen.
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Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa

Resort, Spa Hotel
4.7/5 (250 Reviews)
Mirror Lake Inn
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There are few prettier hotels hereabouts than this one. Think upscale New England country house: all 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, more Scottish stately home. Expect elegant-legged furniture, lashings of soft leather and velvet. Dress up for dinner at the the View restaurant, or dress down for the Cottage, a cozy local favorite on the water’s edge.
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Outdoor pool
Full-service spa
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Lake Placid Stagecoach Inn

Hotel
4.9/5 (27 Reviews)
Lake Placid Stagecoach
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You won’t find a more authentic Lake Placid experience than at this 1700s-built boutique inn – the area’s oldest – with its wrap-around porch and softly squeaking floorboards. Showing you to your cozy, cabin-like room, owners Stacia and Mike continue the tradition of hands-on innkeepers, helping to serve breakfast (with home-made yogurt). They even host a complimentary nightly cocktail hour with a generous spread of local cheese and charcuterie. There are woodland trails starting at the back door, and you’re only five minutes’ drive from the town center.
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Free Wifi
Full-service spa
Business Centre
Concierge Service
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

High Peaks Resort

Resort
4.5/5 (937 Reviews)
High Peaks
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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: the High Peaks Resort hotel, with its outdoorsy, campsite-chic vibe. Think suspended canoe-shaped lights in the lobby, a Trailhead Market gift and gear shop, and walk-in river-rock showers in bedrooms. There’s the retro-modern Lake House, all clean mid-century lines and pared-back rooms that pop with the hotel’s signature red. Then there’s the homey Waterfront Collection hotel, with views right onto the water.
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Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Full-service spa
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities

Crowne Plaza Lake Placid

Hotel
4.5/5 (1002 Reviews)
Crowne Plaza Lake Placid
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You couldn’t be closer to the heart of the action than here, overlooking Main Street in the center of town. Step outside and you’re practically on the doorstep of the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum, essential if you want to swot up on Lake Placid’s sporting legacy. 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.
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Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Business Centre
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff

Lake Placid Inn Main Street

Hotel
4.6/5 (52 Reviews)
Lake Placid Inn - Main Street
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When it comes to feeling at home on vacation, there’s nothing to beat the cozy privacy of a little home of your own. These recently finished glam holiday apartments, located on Main Street, are as smart as they come, in an urban palette of grey on black. And they roll out 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.
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Free Wifi
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities

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  • The Haus

    Hotel
    2.5/5 (2 Reviews)
    The Haus
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    Housed (or should that be Haused?) in the sort of nondescript wood-clad building you see in most Austrian towns, these luxe holiday apartments are anything but run-of-the-mill. Each of the 10 suites has been individually designed and styled, so no two are the same, although they’re all finished to an equally high standard. Rows of silver birch trunks bring organic warmth as room dividers; mid-century coffee tables and bar stools lend a retro-contemporary accent to the vibe; one-off decorative eye candy, such as vintage skis, adds oodles of character.
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    Free Wifi

    The Pines Inn

    Hotel
    3.9/5 (378 Reviews)
    The Pines Lake Placid
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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 can be found just off Main Street, just a short walk from the center of town. Rooms straddle the line between quaint and dated, but are without exception cozy and comfortable – and brilliant value for the area. The Segger family, who own and run the hotel, are typically warm and welcoming, and have made it their mantra to make you feel at home.
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    Free Wifi
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Fitness Facilities

    Town House Lodge

    Lodge, Hotel
    4.8/5 (152 Reviews)
    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, located just uphill from the town center. 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 panelling around the walls and on the bed 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.
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    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    24 Hour Front Desk

    Courtyard by Marriott Lake Placid

    Hotel
    4.3/5 (606 Reviews)
    Courtyard by Marriott Lake Placid
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    The first thing that’ll strike you about this unassuming Marriott branch, about five minutes’ drive from the center of Lake Placid, is the size of the rooms. In terms of space for your money you’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal anywhere in town. The entry-level doubles are the size of many hotels’ king suites, and furnished with nods to both the outdoors, with nature-inspired wall art, and contemporary mid-century modern design in the choice of desk chairs, coffee tables and sofas. The indoor pool is a godsend for the days when blizzards confine you to barracks.
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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Business Centre
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    Bar/Lounge
    These recommendations were updated on December 2, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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