Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa Review

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77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid NY
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Editor’s Review of Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa

Peaceful serenity may not be the most realistic expectation from a family getaway, but parents can find some semblance of calm at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid. A deep breath is practically instinctive when you look out your window over the tranquil lake and the mountain range that circles it. "Casual Adirondack Elegance" is a fitting description of the space, as you sip afternoon tea served from silver teapots while the mounted moose head over the fireplace stares down at you. The d├ęcor features vintage photos of local scenes and outdoor sports equipment, like weathered snowshoes and antique oars.

Mirror Lake Inn is Lake Placid's only AAA Four-Diamond property, which it has earned for the past 31 consecutive years.
... more All the amenities of a full service, luxury resort are in place, including two pools, a spa, room service, and organized activities. Every effort goes in to making this a special experience, including the complimentary tea service. There are signs everywhere discouraging the use of cell phones to "maintain a peaceful ambiance," and we were happy to see universal adherence.

This historical property has served as an inn since the 1930's. The resort played a role in Lake Placid's illustrious history as the only destination to host the Winter Olympics twice, in 1932 and 1980. During the 1932 games, the inn hosted the Norwegian delegation. Since 1978, it's been owned by the Weibrecht family, which includes Olympic skier Andrew Weibrecht; his medals are even displayed in the lobby. The main building was completely reconstructed in 1988 after a fire.

Guestrooms are spread out over three buildings on seven meticulously landscaped acres. A recent $4-million renovation project updated 92 of the inn's 131 units, making the Classic type rooms 20 percent larger, with floor-to-ceiling glass exterior walls to maximize the views. Your quest for peace is further rewarded with a thoughtful addition in these rooms -- the sitting area is separated from the sleeping area by blackout drapes. You can put the kids to bed, and still be able to relax, read, or enjoy a drink. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Easy proximity to downtown Lake Placid
  • Indoor and outdoor pools for year-round fun
  • Newly-renovated rooms with lake and mountain views
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Skiing
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
Family Amenities
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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In all, there are 131 rooms at Mirror Lake Inn, and families of all sizes have a variety of lodging options. The standard type are the Classic Rooms, and all 92 of these have been totally refurbished and enlarged by more than 65 square feet, making them larger than most standard hotel rooms in Lake Placid.

All guestrooms have amenities including hair dryers, flat screen televisions, irons and ironing boards, and complimentary Mirror Lake Inn brand toiletries, including an unexpected pot of lip balm, perfect for winter skin chapped from skiing. There is a fee for Wi-Fi: $14.95 for your entire stay, or $9.95 for a 24-hour period. Cribs are available at no charge. There is a nightly fee of $30 for cots. The main building is built on varying levels of property, so there are a lot of steps and angled corridors. You'll need to utilize the elevators with strollers.

Classic Rooms
Offering more than 415 square feet, these rooms in the main building have a year-round open air sun porch with a tiled floor, sliding French doors and floor-to-ceiling glass exterior wall that maximizes the panoramic views of the lake and mountains. The sun porch can be closed off from the sleeping area by thick drapes, offering the chance to read and relax after your kids fall asleep.

Among the Classic Rooms, there are various configurations, including two queen beds, two queens with a pull-out sofa, or a four-post king bed. They are identified by location-appropriate names like Alpine Ridge, Cedar Run, and Lookout.

Colonial House
This building is situated across the street from the main building, on the lake shore. It was re-built from the ground up prior to 2013. The rooms here are popular with large families. The Little Whiteface Suite accommodates up to five people. The main room has a king-size bed and living area with a fireplace. The children's room has two twin beds, plus two full baths.

Lake Cottage
This building is situated across the street from the main building, also on the lake shore. The rooms here are popular with couples, but on the first floor, the Mt. Whitney suite includes a main room with a king-size bed, pull-out sofa, and fireplace, and a smaller room with bunk beds.

Guests in suites automatically receive turndown service. It's available upon request for all other room types.