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How Is the Crowne Plaza Lake Placid With Kids?

The Hotel: The Crowne Plaza
Where: Lake Placid, NY

The Location:

the lodgy vibe of the Crowne Plaza Lake PlacidThe 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:

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 Room:

a king room at the crowne Plaza Lake PlacidThe 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 Amenities:

the prime winter spot at the Crowne Plaza Lake PlacidThe best thing about the Crowne Plaza—and the thing that led us to book it first time we stayed—is the enormous Great Room with its 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 pool and hot tub a the Crowne Plaza Lake PlacidThe 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.

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Read about Lake Placid Dining

Read about Lake Placid winter activities.

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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.


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  1. March 23, 2017 at 2:06 am — Reply

    Plan B’s are necessary aren’t they.

    • March 23, 2017 at 2:27 pm — Reply

      Some places more than others. This is one of those places where we tend to want to be there the same weeks everyone else wants to be there too. It happens.

  2. March 21, 2017 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    I love the cabin feel of this place! Gorgeous!

  3. March 19, 2017 at 1:19 am — Reply

    My sister lives in NYC and it is a dream of mine to explore upstate New York with her. This is one of the areas I would like to visit. I like lakes and resort next to one will be ideal. #wkendtravelinspiration

    • March 20, 2017 at 2:13 pm — Reply

      we always visit in winter, but it is even more popular in summer, and quite lovely, as I recall from my childhood.

    • March 23, 2017 at 4:39 pm — Reply

      keep in mind NY State is fairly big. The ADKs are 4-6 hours away from the city.

  4. March 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    What a lovely place. It looks wonderful place to relax after a gruelling journey

  5. March 18, 2017 at 3:07 am — Reply

    Amazing photos of the hotel. Looks like it has lots of character, love both the facade and interiors,

  6. March 17, 2017 at 10:01 pm — Reply

    Sometimes I really wonder what goes through the mind of the person who writes up the details on the websites for hotel rooms. eg. sleeps three or kids free in same bedding.
    No sane couple or family want to squash together on a King bed let alone a Queen (a King bed is actually two singles pushed together that is – sleeps two people, not three and certainly not with wriggly kids.

    • March 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm — Reply

      It’s true! And it’s one of the reasons I started my website. We have stayed in rooms that sleep 3 and assume there will be a crib or rollaway bed but have room for them. if there really isn’t room they should say the room sleeps 2.

  7. March 17, 2017 at 4:33 pm — Reply

    What a beautiful hotel! The name “Lake Placid” will always remind me of the film! #wkendtravelinspiration

    • March 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm — Reply

      That lake placid was the one in Florida…luckily!

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