Hotel Review: Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake Inn, Luxurious Family Travel

Think luxury and family travel don’t go together?  Think again.  Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake Inn has married the two since the 1930’s.  The Mirror Lake Inn has received AAA’s coveted Four Diamond award 30 consecutive years (and running), and that’s just one of the many awards bestowed upon the resort including: Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Hotels” and Condé Nast “World’s Best Places to Stay.”  Still wonder just how welcoming The Mirror Lake Inn is to families?  Your worries are put once the homemade chocolate chip cookies are offered at check-in.  Continue reading for our family’s recent experience during the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll.

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Mirror Lake Inn Lobby and Location

The Mirror Lake Inn anchors one end of Lake Placid’s Olympic Village, and sits (as its name implies) on the shore and hill overlooking Mirror Lake.  Climb the staircase to enter the historic hotel, and kids will feel like they’re stepping inside the board game for “Clue” – Colonel Mustard, in the Library, with the Candlestick!

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Rich woodwork, stained glass, and antiques envelope you. Step up to the check-in desk, just past the baby grand piano, and the friendly staff welcomes you, directs you to your room, and (of course) offers those fresh chocolate chip cookies.

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The Inn has an ideal location, lakeside, just one block from Lake Placid’s Main St. shops, close to the Olympic skating, sliding, and skiing, facilities, and also offers a complimentary shuttle to Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort.  Mirror Lake Inn is a perfect hub for a family’s winter activities, or, a sanctuary to rest and recharge for the winter.

Accommodations

Mirror Lake Inn is not a sprawling mega-resort, but a more personal-sized hotel.  It offers 131 rooms with rates starting around $245/couple per night including breakfast.  Our suite was in the Lake House, across the street from the main building and sitting right on the shore of Mirror Lake.

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This two-room suite was ideal for our family giving us space to spread out.  It featured a main room with king sized bed, and a second smaller bedroom with bunk beds for our two daughters.

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Of course we had stunning views of Mirror Lake and the Adirondack high peaks surrounding us.

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The rustic Adirondack furnishings were incredibly comfortable, and, once the fire was lit, you couldn’t ask for a cozier spot for our bookworms.

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Our room was equipped with a pull-out sofabed, Keurig coffee maker, mini-fridge, flat screen LCD TV, and DVD/VCR combo.  As it was still holiday season, we enjoyed unwinding from the day by piling onto the king-size bed and watching our collection of Christmas DVDs before going to sleep.

Restaurants and Dining

Mirror Lake Inn boasts three restaurants – everything from the Four Diamond The View where reservations and “resort neat attire” are recommended, to the more casual Taste Bistro & Bar, and pub food across the street at The Cottage.

Upon arrival, our first dinner was at Taste Bistro, where we relaxed after our drive, listened to live acoustic rock by Ryan Grant, and enjoyed comfort food of burgers, pot roast, beef tips, and mashed potatoes.

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The Inn partners with local businesses, and features delicious olive oil on each table for dipping bread.  We made sure to purchase a bottle during our shopping excursion to take home.

Mirror Lake Inn Taste Bistro

While we did not try The View for dinner, each morning began in The View with a hearty Adirondack breakfast buffet that included fresh made-to-order omelets, oatmeal, pancakes, french toast, and all the fixin’s.  We filled up and never needed any lunch.  OK, OK, we might have snacked on some tasty treats from the Adirondack Popcorn Company during the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll.

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Our final dinner was at The Cottage, a perfect spot to unwind after a day on the slopes, or, in our case, shopping in the Village.  We warmed up by the toasty open hearth wood burning fire, listened to more live music, and dined on hearty servings of chili, flat bread pizzas, and a special roast pork the evening we were there.  Note: be sure to save room for the triple-layer chocolate cake… Mmmmm, so good, so good.

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Amenities, Pool, and Spa

In the winter, the Mirror Lake Inn is definitely a ski hotel filled with ski families, but they also schedule a host of activities for those not on the slopes including: yoga, nature hikes, and snowshoe treks.  And the lake may be frozen over, but kids always want to swim, right?  Mirror Lake Inn has a fully-enclosed pool that brings the Adirondacks woods inside to you.

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There is also a full-service spa for guests 17 and older where you decompress and re-charge with body treatments, facials, massages, manicures and pedicures.  What says Adirondacks outdoors more than a signature maple sugar scrub?  Adjacent to the spa is a full workout area to maintain your fitness regimens too.

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The Mirror Lake Inn knows how to cater to families because its a family business.  Owners Ed and Lisa Weibrecht are easy to find on property, and welcome guests into their extended family.  Their son Andrew Weibrecht, a 2-time Winter Olympic skiing medalist, displays his silver and bronze medals behind the front desk for all to enjoy.  The hoteliers make it possible for families to create unique winter memories such as dog sledding, skating, or riding a toboggan onto the frozen lake.

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At the Mirror Lake Inn families can play a game in the library, enjoy a Mommy & Me day in the spa, savor a gourmet meal in the restaurant, and explore everything the Lake Placid area has to offer.  Our family truly enjoyed our stay at this award-winning property, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a luxurious family escape.

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DISCLOSURE: Adventures by Daddy was hosted by the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mirror Lake Inn for the purposes of experiencing the Mirror Lake Inn and sharing this review.  However, all opinions expressed are those of the author.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on Twitter and “like” our Facebook page, too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.