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About Lake Placid

Tucked amidst New York’s breathtaking Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid gained fame as a 1980 Winter Olympics venue, and continues to charm year-round visitors with its abundance of natural wonders. Accommodation options range from simple rural hideaways to luxurious lakeside lodges, fit for a whole host of tastes and budgets. Whether they’re at the water’s edge or hidden in the surrounding countryside, the best places to stay in Lake Placid brim with warmth and character.

With 46 peaks over 4,000 feet, the Adirondack Mountains are marvellous for thrill-seeking explorers. Come during the winter months for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tobogganing, snow shoeing and dog sledding in stunning surroundings. Local businesses are well-equipped for both experienced sports fans and eager beginners, so this is also a great family choice. Summer visitors can hike, horse ride or mountain bike. Whiteface Mountain — the only one of the peaks which can be summited by car — is brilliant for expansive views towards New York, Vermont and Canada. Head to Lake Placid or Mirror Lake for sailing, kayaking, fishing and swimming.

Back in town, don’t miss the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, the Historical Society Depot Museum or the burgeoning crop of great bars and eateries. Popular with couples, friends and families throughout the year, the best places to stay in Lake Placid can book up very quickly. It’ll be hard to believe that you’re just five hours’ drive from New York!

The Best Places to Stay in Lake Placid

For Lake Views

  • Mirror Lake Inn is an indulgent lakeside hotel with 131 sumptuous rooms and suites, decorated in a classic Arts and Crafts style. Expect floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake, an indoor swimming pool, three onsite eateries and a soothing spa. For couples, friends or families.
  • Lake Placid Lodge sits on the western shore of Lake Placid, offering guests 30 comfortable rooms and suites with plenty of period charm. Highlights include an elegant restaurant, big stone fireplaces and lots of lake-focused things to do. Children aged 12+ are welcome.
  • The Haus on Mirror Lake is a collection of one- and two-bedroom lofts with self-catering facilities, a cool, contemporary feel and superb lake views. Great for families or groups, and within easy reach of heaps of outdoor activities.

For a Rustic Hideaway

  • Lake Placid Stagecoach Inn offers rustic rooms in the oldest building in the area. Expect wood-panelled walls, quilted bedspreads and an old-fashioned cabin feel. This is a rural retreat with a trendy twist: think gourmet breakfasts, handcrafted cocktails and s'mores by the fire. For outdoorsy couples or groups eager to experience all the nearby activities.
  • The Whiteface Lodge is a deluxe hotel for keen explorers of all ages, with all-suite accommodation featuring handmade Adirondack-style furnishings, fireplaces and fully equipped kitchens. The 8,000-square-foot spa, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, bar and restaurant are a welcome treat after days on the slopes, river or forested trails. Kamp Kanu offers activities galore for little ones. A family hideaway favourite.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY COTTAGE

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Adirondack Regional Airport, 30 minutes from Lake Placid by bus or taxi. The closest Amtrak station is in Westport, 40 miles away.
  • Alternatively, contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Time your trip for the summer months (June to September) to enjoy warmer temperatures, ranging from 20 - 25°C. Autumn is slightly cooler, but the blankets of red, orange and yellow leaves are seriously striking. Winters are wonderful for skiing, with the best snowfall expected between December and March.

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Best Hotels in Lake Placid

  • Grand Adirondack Hotel Lake Placid (New York State) 92 rooms from £98

    Active Holiday  -  Lake Placid is ideal for outdoor adventures both in summer and winter with a plethora of activities to choose from
    Local exploring  -  Saranac Lake and Wilmington are an easy car ride away
    Great walks  -  High Falls Gorge is a walkers' wonderland with some of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the Adirondacks
    Restaurant  -  The Marcy offers locally inspired menus and is popular with guests and locals alike
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    Handsome downtown hotel, minutes from Mirror Lake. Fresh, classic contemporary rooms, some with picture perfect lake views. Communal spaces offer comfy sofas and an open fire. There's a rooftop bar to drink in mountain views plus restaurant serving local fare. An easy base for outdoor adventuring. See More

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  • Bluebird Lake Placid Lake Placid (New York State) 10 rooms from £116

    Local exploring  -  Bluebird Lake Placid is brilliantly situated right in the heart of town, close to all its highlights and 200m from Mirror Lake
    Active Holiday  -  Lake Placid is renowned as both a winter sports paradise and there is oodles to do in the summer months too
    Families  -  Spacious rooms can sleep up to six, and there are endless outdoors activities for all ages
    Value chic  -  Chic modern rooms and suites at very reasonable rates
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A fun modern hotel in the centre of town. Chic yet cosy rooms and suites are a mishmash of Scandi/Japanese influences. Think tongue and groove walls, pale green and beige colour scheme and lots of wood. Head to Apres Only Bar for charcuterie platters and draft beer. Great value for active types. See More

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  • Mirror Lake Inn Lake Placid 131 rooms from £140

    Secluded setting  -  Set among the waters and woods of upstate New York far from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
    Swimming Pool  -  Seasonal outdoor pool
    On the beach  -  Private beach access
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    Lakeside inn with rustic accents and plush home comforts. Interiors are decorated in a simple Arts and Crafts style with emphasis on wood panelling, calm neutrals and well-crafted furniture. Floor-to-ceiling windows open rooms up to panoramic lake views. Three dining establishment and on-site spa. See More

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  • Eastwind Lake Placid Lake Placid (New York State) 26 rooms from £156

    Romantic Break  -  Escape to cozy cabins & intimate fireside evenings, with serene bike rides through picturesque Lake Placid – perfect for couples
    Active Holiday  -  Enjoy endless adventures, from moutain biking to exploring Lake Placid's vibrant hiking, water sports, and skiing
    Restaurant  -  While there is not a restaurant per se they do breakfast baskets and simple salads, charcuterie boards and fresh trout
    Great walks  -  Hike vast parklands, then retreat to stylish suites for serene mountain views
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Nestled in Lake Placid, this stylish retreat combines Scandinavian elegance with Adirondack charm. Chic rooms and cabins offer cozy amenities, while the bar and firepits invite relaxation. Explore nature and town charm on a free bike, all in the scenic embrace of the Adirondacks. See More

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  • Lake Placid Stagecoach Inn Lake Placid 5 rooms from £191

    Active Holiday  -  Have a real adventure with hiking trails, kayaking and canoeing, snowshoe, cross country and downhill skiing trails, all nearby
    Great walks  -  Explore and discover the hiking trails surrounding the inn
    Restrictions on children  -  ​No children under the age of 13
    Kayaking  -  Available locally.
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    A vintage boutique inn set in the most historic building in Lake Placid. Five authentic, luxury and spacious suites with antique furnishings, molten brown products and sweeping vistas. Enjoy a delicious two-course gourmet breakfast on the porch. Sit by the fire pit and sip on handcrafted cocktails. See More

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  • The Whiteface Lodge Lake Placid 94 rooms from £219

    Back to Nature  -  Go hiking through the dirt-and-pine scented woods, sample freshly tapped maple syrup or even jump in the lake for the brave!
    Swimming Pool  -  Year-round heated outdoor swimming pool with view of the Adirondack Mountains. Also indoor pool.
    Lakeside  -  The Whiteface Lodge is 5 minutes’ drive from Lake Placid and is 1.6 km from Mirror Lake.
    Kids Club  -  Kamp Kanu is an on-site program for entertaining children with activities and games.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Rustic deluxe hotel for outdoorsy folk who like a cosy bed to snuggle into after a day on the slopes, the river, the road or the trail. All-suite accommodations feature wood panelling and kitchens, and some have fireplaces and hot tubs. Two pools, gym, sauna, spa, salon. Ice parlor, restaurant, bar. See More

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  • The Haus on Mirror Lake Lake Placid 10 rooms from £299

    Back to Nature  -  Unbeateable lakefront location means days are spent admiring calming lake and mountain views; they're stunning all year round
    Groups  -  Several suites feature two bedrooms, full kitchens and spacious living and dining areas to hang out after a day of exploring
    Active Holiday  -  Eastern Mountain Sports is located next door, meaning getting kit for the area's many outdoor activities couldn't be easier
    Romantic Break  -  Book Suite 10 for a special weekend. It boasts outdoor fireplace, private deck, special lake access and a loft bedroom
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    Luxurious apartment hotel on the banks of Mirror Lake. Cool loft-style apartments with period arched windows and tall lakefront balconies feature contemporary decor and fully-stocked kitchens. Options include multi-bedroom suites, jetted tubs and fireplaces. No restaurant but endless options nearby. See More

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  • Lake Placid Lodge Lake Placid 30 rooms from £311

    Hideaway  -  Nip out of your hectic big city lifestyle and tuck yoruself away into this charming location with its natural splendour.
    Back to Nature  -  From the wood panneling of the hotel itself to the fresh air, clear lake water and healthy forestland all around.
    Views  -  Watch the sun rise and set over Lake Placid from your room.
    Sights nearby  -  A mere 10-min drive from the Olympic Jumping Complex.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Lake Placid Lodge caters to creature comforts with traditional Adirondack hospitality. Nestled on the west shore of Lake Placid, rooms and suites offer panoramic lake views. Stone fireplaces, wooden beams and authentic pieces for sale add to the charm. Elegant restaurant serves fresh artisanal fare. See More

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