Mirror Lake Inn Hotel Review | Lake Placid, NY

Right outside Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa

Name: Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa

Location: 77 Mirror Lake Dr, Lake Placid, NY 12946

Price: $250+ per night
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  • Entire property sits on the Mirror Lake (main town for Lake Placid)
  • Spa
  • Indoor pool, whirlpool, and suana
  • Outdoor heated pool (available seasonally)
  • Gym
  • 3 Restaurants: The View, The Bistro, The Cottage
  • Boathouse and Beach

Best tip: All the rooms face the lake and have great views so don't worry too much which you book!

Stay here if…
...you want a personal lodge experience
...you like to be close to town (walking distance!)

Overview of my stay at Mirror Lake Inn

Staying at Mirror Lake Inn was a real treat. The lodge dates back to 1924 and has continually been expanded over the years. The Inn even played host to the Norwegian team during the 1932 Olympics! Conde Nast Traveler named it on its Worlds' best places to stay list and The New York Times called it "a classic". 

Checking into Mirror Lake Inn

Mirror Lake inn is one of the best hotels in all of the Adirondacks!

Walking up to the lodge you are greeted with rustic charm and a feeling from bygones past. The lobby and various sitting areas featured roaring fires, a checkers board (which Matt and I used and subsequently fought over what proper rules are), and many comfy couches to nestle in with a book. The front desk also has fresh baked cookies out around the clock. I ate my fair share of them... they are quite good.

The check-in process is typical. A credit card put on file for incidentals and a short wait to get room keys. It's the hospitality of the workers that shine through. We were given a quick tour of the property via map and then whisked off to our room,

The rooms at Mirror Lake Inn

The rooms are all designed and recently upgraded making Mirror Lake Inn one of the best places to stay in Lake Placid.

The lodge was renovated in 2015 and the massive upgrades show. Almost every room on the property now comes with floor to ceiling windows highlighting the beautiful views. Not a single room comes with a back view or roof view, each room overlooks gorgeous Mirror lake. The blackout curtains that separate the beds from the spectacular view and this makes the hotel a perfect place for early risers or couples traveling with their kids. I enjoyed the view and answered emails early in the morning while Matt slept in a little longer. 

I had a chance to tour the hotel and saw many different style rooms. There are huge king beds perfect for a couple enjoying a trip away as well as family style suites spanning 2 floors. The colonial house, a recent addition, features vaulted ceilings and oversized rooms for a true luxury experience.

Things to do near Mirror Lake Inn

The location of the Inn is quite perfect. The walk to town takes less than 3 minutes which means once you park your car you should be good for the weekend. The Inn itself sits right on Mirror lake which holds a variety of activities to choose from any time of year. You are also close to some of the best restaurants in town. 

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Dining at Mirror Lake Inn

Breakfast at Mirror Lake Inn.

We chose to have breakfast in the morning at the Inn and everything was cooked perfectly. Matt, of course, went for sweets trying the Belgian waffles while I went savory with eggs benedict. There is also a large buffet if you wish to serve yourself.

The View, Mirror Lake Inn's onsite restaurant, serves some of the best food in the Adirondacks. They are open for dinner every night from 5:30 - 9:00 pm. Make sure to make a reservation ahead since tables are sought after.

If you want something a little bit more casual the Inn also has a The Cottage Cafe which serves pub fare from 11:30 am till around 10 pm. There is also a late night happy hour that comes complete with $5 snacks and $7 cocktails. The Cottage Cafe is also in the process of putting a huge TV on their deck which overlooks the lake. 

The indoor whirlpool at Mirror Lake Inn

Onsite Extras at Mirror Lake Inn

During the summer months, there is an outdoor pool, fishing dock, boat house, stand-up paddle boards, the works! We visited in the winter though and took full advantage of their huge indoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna. Such a lovely place to relax. There is also a full spa and hair salon. 

Pictures of Mirror Lake Inn

Final thoughts

One of the last remaining privately owned lodges, Mirror Lake Inn is a wonderful place to stay if you are visiting the Lake Placid area. It is no wonder they have received numerous awards and many say it is the best place to stay in the Adirondaks. Definitely check them out and if you are spending time here over any holiday book way ahead. 

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