The Hotel: The Crowne Plaza
Where: Lake Placid, NY
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The Crowne Plaza is perched at the top of a hill right off of Main Street in Lake Placid. It’s very convenient to the ice rinks and the Olympic Center, where a lot of special events take place.
It’s also an easy walk to most of the town’s restaurants and shopping—once you make it down the hill.
The hill is long and steep and can be a bit daunting in the winter when parts of the sidewalk are icy or snow or slushy – or all three.
We were fine with it, but if you have older family members traveling with you it’s a factor to keep in mind. You might wind up doing a bit of local driving. There’s a municipal lot at the bottom of the hill, which helps.
The vibe is laidback Alpline ski lodge. Over winter break the hotel was filled to the brim with families. Over Christmas break it was more of a mix of families, couples and other groups. The First floor has a piney, lodgy feel, especially the great room with its high, timbered ceilings and enormous fireplace.
The standard rooms at this Crowne Plaza are small. We were told our king room could sleep three people and so assumed there was room for a rollaway bed. But once we moved it in there was absolutely no room to walk around.
Also, the extra bed is $15 a day something to consider when pricing a larger room. (They waived the fee for us when we asked to upgrade to a larger room and they botched the switch).
Next time we would book two queens or a room that has a pullout sofa, and perhaps request a lake view room, which might be a bit brighter than ours was. The rooms have a fridge and a microwave, which are handy for families.
There was absolutely nothing wrong with our room but I didn’t love it and I would say they might be do for some updating. Luckily, it’s the type of hotel where you don’t spend a lot of time in your room.
The best thing about the Crowne Plaza—and the thing that led us to book it first time we stayed—is the enormous Great Room.
It has a very good bar, fireplace (prime spot when you can grab it), plenty of comfy chairs arranged in groupings, and a panoramic view of the lake and the town—the major upside to that hill.
The is a good gathering spot for extended family or groups and mades the hotel a great choice when we visited with extended family.
On both of our visits we liked to skip dessert at the restaurant where we ate dinner so we could come back to this room and settle down to play a card game alongside some expert Irish coffee and good desserts.
The hotel has a good size indoor pool and hot tub. Over winter break the pool was a busy from about 4:00 until well into the evening. Earlier in the day and over Christmas break it wasn’t quite as busy.
It’s breakfast buffet is a good deal and better than average. It also owns the Boat House restaurant across the lake and runs a shuttle to it. It has lovely views and a menu with something to please everyone. It’s worth doing at least once.
The hotel also has its own Nordic ski trails, which we are curious about, but we haven’t yet had a chance to try them.
The Bottom Line:
Truth be told, our first choice in town is the Golden Arrow across the way because of its roomier rooms and lakeside locale.
It’s perfect when we are three. But when we visited with extended family we chose the Crowne Plaza because of the Great Room and breakfast buffet.
It would be my first choice again if we were traveling with an extended group, though I would choose my room better. When we can’t get a room at our Plan A hotel, it’s good know we have this hotel as a solid plan B.
The Crowne Plaza Lake Placid is a great choice for small groups and extended families becuase of its convenient town-center location and it’s lodgy Great Room, which is a nice place to gather for games, snacks and drinks.