by Amanda Geronikos
Situated on Main Street in Lake Placid, New York, Hotel North Woods specializes in boutique accommodations and beautiful views overlooking Mirror Lake and the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. And that’s just the beginning.
The deluxe hotel offers two onsite restaurants: Delta Blue, a blues club and restaurant serving up Cajun food and live music. Families can also dine at the Cabin Grill — a popular (and cozy) spot for breakfast. Other perks include bike rentals and a rooftop deck (both available seasonally).
Guestrooms are equipped with mini-fridges, microwaves and Keurig coffeemakers, plus shower/tub combos in their bathrooms. Rollaway beds are available for $10 per day. Cribs are free of charge. Pets are welcome in select rooms. Did you bring a book? Leave it and take another from the “Take One, Leave One” lending library in your room.
Onsite parking is available, though limited. Inquire about seasonal packages.
Our Editor Loves
- Boutique Lake Placid hotel
- Seasonal bike rentals
- Two restaurants
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
The location of the hotel was great! This hotel is a little on the dated side but the bed was comfortable and the room was clean. For the price the elevators should have worked more consistently. We did get good exercise on the stairs but if you have a disability think twice. The lower floors are cheaper but that might be because the have very spirited loud music at the lobby restaurant weekly. The staff are friendly and helpful. Lake Placid is full of fabulous things to do so you probably won't spend much time in the room.
Just back from four nights at the Hotel North Woods in Lake Placid. Our room was on the top floor, overlooking Mirror Lake. The room was clean and comfortable, with a king sized bed, a well concealed mini fridge, and microwave.
As other reviewers have noted, the parking lot is small, but we were able (just!) to find a space each of the four nights. Fortunately, there were no campers or large SUVs there during our stay.
The microwave came in very handy for preparing meals on one of our nights, and for re-heating the leftovers from a Chinese meal. The other nights, we were able to find reasonably priced meals nearby.
Unfortunately, the breakfasting area at the hotel was under renovation, so we were given several outside options. After checking out the prices for breakfast at some of the local establishments, we decided to opt for breakfast at the local Scottish restaurant. There was a special of two sausage and egg McMuffins for $4.00. We also enjoyed oatmeal and pancakes, at a fraction of cost at the Main Street restaurants.
The walls of the hotel were very thin (on the sixth floor, at least), so we were entertained by the couple in the room next to us having rather noisy sex. It was very inspiring! Unfortunately, the couple departed after the first two nights.
In addition to the lack of a breakfast area, the business center at the hotel was also under renovation, so we had to go to the public library down the street for computer access.
Sean and Philip at the front desk were extremely helpful, providing us with much need information about the hotel and the town of Lake Placid. The hotel itself is right in the middle of town, and convenient to everything on Main Street, and also the Mirror Lake circuit.
We had been a bit concerned about water pressure, as the North Woods is an older hotel, and we were on the top floor. However, we had no need for concern, as the water pressure was excellent, and the water temperature was perfect. Essential Elements shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion were provided.
We only needed housekeeping one time during our stay, and they did an adequate job of removing the trash and replacing the one dirty towel that we had.
We had a really good time at the Hotel North Woods, and would gladly return. It's a quirky old place, with blues music in the elevators. The location is perfect, and the view from our room was perfect, overlooking Mirror Lake and the fall foliage. The entertainment was an added bonus!
The only thing preventing us from leaving a five star review is the lack of a breakfast area, lack of computer access, and a very noisy heater right next to the bed. But other than that, a great stay at a reasonably priced hotel, right on Main Street in the center of the town of Lake Placid.