Saranac Club and Inn Hotel

, Saranac Lake, United States
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Saranac Club and Inn Hotel

, Saranac Lake
4 star

Rooms: 13

371 Park Avenue - Saranac Lake - New York - 12983 - United States Hotel Website | | 518-891-7212
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10/10
When in Historic Saranac Lake, stay in historic luxury hotel!
Submitted by: Ellen in 09/03/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
I can't say enough good things about this property. But people who enjoy staying in historic (read "old") hotels understand there are often trade-offs when it comes to modern conveniences. At the Saranac Club and Inn, I am hard pressed to think of any drawbacks. For instance, the plumbing must have been modernized because there is always hot water at the flip of the faucet. Bathrooms are all modern, clean, spacious (no Victorian hardship here!) The mattress was new! and Tempurpedic! and even more comfortable than home. You might know what it is like to stay at some "historic" hotels and you would swear that the mattress is also 100 years old. Well not there! I guess I'd sum up my stay by saying: a historic hotel, gracious old-world service with new millennium sensibilities. If you want historic without scrimping on the luxuries, consider the Saranac Club and Inn.
10/10
A true
Submitted by: Robert in 26/02/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
We went up to the Adirondacks from our small city of Plattsburgh, which is on the shores of Lake Champlain. Our relocation to Platts has not been the smoothest and wanted a quick getaway. We wanted to stay right in the middle of Lake Placid, but what you get for your money hardly made it worth it. So we expanded our search. Having never been to Saranac Lake we didn't know what to expect. Turns out it is only ten miles to EVERYTHING!!! The peace and quiet and the superior standards made the few minutes drive worth it. We stayed at the Saranac Club and Inn and were treated like royalty. We could not have asked for more! We returned to Plattsburgh with our spirits bolstered, knowing a luxurious break with total pampering and a sense of "belonging" is only 60 minutes from home. Our thanks to everyone. You have no idea how much your hospitality has meant to us. With such a warm welcome, we are thinking we may just make it through the winter after all!
10/10
Adirondack B&B that's ALL luxury!
Submitted by: Alan in 18/02/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Outdoor/Sports Adventurer
My wife and I came to Lake Placid for a long weekend of exhilarating sport and extreme adventure. What we found was extreme weather; wildly fluctuating temps and less than stellar conditions on the mountain. The Saranac Club and Inn more than made up for what greater Lake Placid failed to deliver. We were pampered and spoiled from beginning to end. My wife loved the Temperpedic mattress (she eagerly awaited bedtime :) and that alone is worth the cost of admission ;) and the BVlgari toiletries. Every shampoo was a trip to Alpine Bavaria. If you are going to the Adirondacks, I can't imagine a better place to stay.
9/10
Finest Small Luxury Hotel in Lake Placid
Submitted by: Patricio in 05/02/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Italy
  • Traveller type: Gay
The title says it all. The Saranac Club and Inn is certainly small and indeed, quite luxurious. The rooms are beautiful. BVulgari soaps are heavenly! As for the bed, you should try thoe TempurPedic Mattresses, extremely comfortable and may well change my life as I bought one from them. They provided everything I requested, with exception of Cappuccino; their machine was being difficult. The American coffee was among the best I've had; bold, rich and fresh.
The weather did not cooperate as the entire eastern quadrant of the western hemisphere remained locked in a historic thaw. The hotel could hardly be responsible for this. All in all, we hardly noticed. Little prodding was necessary to remain snuggled up by the fire, with free flowing wines, wonderfully moving music and a good book. I could elaborate, but above all consider them on your next sojourn.
10/10
Wonderful memories of our time in Adirondacks
Submitted by: Arnie in 31/01/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Outdoor/Sports Adventurer
I just stumbled across Travel-Library for the first time. It's a great website and easy to manoeuvre. As for the Saranac Club and Inn, we stayed there in the summer (2005) and had a perfect stay. Extremely friendly, personal service, clean and beautifully appointed accommodations. For a B&B/Inn, there was a surprising amount of lobby and space to relax in. My wife enjoyed the courtyard, sitting out amongst the flowers, reading her books and enjoying being waited on. There's above average golfing and at preferred rates. We took the inns sunset cruise (can't remember the name) great views, service, peaceful and relaxing. We loved the no-children policy. We plan a return this coming summer season. Keep it up!
10/10
24 Hour Room Service, better than home!
Submitted by: Jessica in 02/02/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Special Interest/Event
We didn't want for a thing during our stay. What more can I say; we were there on business, everything was attended to with a great deal of professionalism. The room service was an outstanding touch, the first time we've been offered this at any of the Adirondack hotels. The spiked, imported hot cocoa deserves all the raves! If you have a small business meeting, you won't go wrong here.
10/10
A luxury Adirondack Inn!
Submitted by: Escott in 16/02/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
I couldn't agree more with all of the reviewers preceding me. This small, luxurious B&B country hotel is such a superior property. We joke with our elite friends who go to The Point, that the Saranac Club and Inn is like The Point but without the pretence. You don't have to spend $2000.00 USD per night to have five star service in the Adirondacks. The Main Lodge, where we stayed, is part of the historic club and inn, in a very attractive neighbourhood with palatial residences. Our room was not on the lake, but only minutes away. Skiing was great, so was the ice skating, sleigh rides. We personally wanted for nothing during our stay. So whether you go or don't go, the Adirondacks await. I know we are returning in the summer.
10/10
Life is Sweet in the Adirondacks!
Submitted by: Remy in 10/02/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
We were told about the Saranac Club and Inn from friends who had stayed there. Then we read the reviews. It sounded so perfect and we were a bit cynical. But sure enough, everything was fantastic! I could mention so many nice touches, but let me focus on just one. The chocolate. Chocolate is really the theme of this establishment. And the most delicious chocolates we have ever encountered. Others have mentioned the hot cocoa on one of the review sites. This hot cocoa is imported from France and has won all kinds of awards. We took ours spiked with Jamiesons Irish Whiskey and Bailey's, with real, thick whipped crème and savoured every drop in front of a roaring fire. A memory we will hold on to. But for the chocolate, that was just the tip of the iceberg! Godiva was everywhere! And in the room were more imported chocolate truffles and caramels specifically packaged for the Saranac Club and Inn. Throughout the first floor common area were typically American candies; Hershey's Nuggets with Almonds and others that may seem pedestrian to some but it was a welcome change after sampling this one dark, South American cocoa which was too strong for our taste. We were most impressed with the bowls of imported Bucuria, a boutique choclatier from Moldova that came from the renowned international chocolate man, Vasile Gidilica. Delicate and sometimes subtle. Sometimes, an explosion of taste in your mouth! Bucuria seems to be a secret here in the USA, but somehow the inn was able to get it. My pants are a bit snugger, but this sort of indulgence made it all worthwhile. GO go go!

Once you are there, follow the assistant innkeepers suggestions. We did and it made all the difference in a wonderful holiday.
We stayed at the Saranac Club and Inn but dined at the magnificent Great Room in the Whiteface Lodge. Now this is fine dining, no matter where you are from! She also sent us to the Mirror Lake Inn for dinner another night. I think the restaurant was called the "View." I'd say it was formal, not stuffy and the food was positively delicious! When were seated by Randy the host and he took extremely good care of us. A great table by the fireplace; this was a man who knows how to run a dining room! It is probably the best restaurant in the Adirondacks. On a third night we dined at the Interlaken Inn and it too, was spectacular. You might think I throw around superlatives, but I don't usually. This was just an exceptional vacation in every way. No one wants to be frugal on a holiday, but with all of the money we saved while staying at the Saranac club and inn, due to their incentives, we practically ate every meal for free at the best restaurants in Lake Placid!

After an unseasonably mild January, the day we arrived another foot of snow fell. Wonderful, fluffy powder made for excellent skiing. (Buy your tickets at the Saranac Club and Inn and you'll save a bundle, rather than buying them directly at Whiteface.) Writing this and relieving the trip, I am already looking forward to next year.

What else...We were advised to buy our tickets for the Bobsled run in advance and we were glad we did. We still had a slight wait in line, but so many others were turned away (thanks again! To the staff at the hotel!) IF you are into cross country skiing, Mt. van Hoevenberg has the best groomed x-c trails in the mountains.

Long-winded after all, but I hope the information helps somebody.
10/10
Travel & Leisure has found a perfect Mountain Hideaway.
Submitted by: Charlotte in 12/01/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We read all of the news clippings on this place. The Toronto Globe did a feature on the Adirondacks and the New York Times mentioned the Saranac Club and Inn. We are thrilled to have found this hip little luxury inn before it gets too popular. I will always remember winning the prize for doing the best Elaine Dance. There are surely greater honours in life, but when you want to let your hair down, this was great fun. There were several notable American personalities in residence (If I mention by name they may not print my review so I'll pass) Oh! But we mentioned how we had found out about them by reading the T+L magazine and we found a bottle of champagne on ice one night when we returned from dinner. Go and I think you will have a wonderful time, whether the weather cooperates or not.
10/10
Great Boutique Hotel in the Adirondacks
Submitted by: Lynn in 09/01/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
We flew up from Manhattan for a quick getaway. It was the perfect tonic to a stressful life. We felt pampered. Jamie gives the best massage I can remember ever having!! The food the beverage the service and all of the extras were amazing. We came to love the gatherings and spending time with the other guests. We both work on Broadway and met other New Yorkers and some Europeans. Friendly engaging and intellectual sum up the crowd. Thankfully no snobs, no phonies (could have stayed in Manhattan for that!) In closing this was our first time at this hotel, having stayed at the Mirror Lake Inn and the Lake Placid Lodge in the past. Believe me, we will return. Great time, perfect service.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Saranac Club and Inn Hotel

Gem in the Adirondecks

from A TripAdvisor Member
If you are looking for a relaxed get-away with excellent service and ambiance, this is the place. A real jewel!! The proprietors make you feel at-home without being intrusive. Our teenage daughter was at camp in the area and joined us one night She too enjoyed every minute. The rooms are wonderful, the food is absolutely excellent, every detail is attended to, and even the music is the best. There's plenty to do in the area as well - from hiking to shopping. Breakfasts are included and what a feast - we actually felt guilty because we couldn't finish everyting. Also included is an afternoon tea with home-made pastries, and an evening wine/drinks/cheese reception. All in a very relaxed classy atmosphere. We definitely recommend this Inn; it's probably one of the nicest we've ever enjoyed.

A Gem in the Adirondacks

from A TripAdvisor Member
When you step into the Saranac Club and Inn and are greeted by Tim, your gracious host, you immediately realize that this place is a true labor of love. Beautifully appointed bedrooms, cozy sitting areas, even the charming gift shop/study, all bear witness to the owners’ exquisite taste and careful attention to detail. The breakfast, prepared by the host himself, is not to be missed, and in the evening you will be lured out of your room by the smell of freshly baked cookies. Peace and quiet rule here, although the commercial center of Saranac Lake is only a short drive away. Highly recommended!

(Website) Looks can be deceiving

from A TripAdvisor Member
After spending considerable time on the internet researching inns and spas in the Lake Placid/Saranac Lake area, we settled on the Saranac Lake Club and Inn. The website made it look soooo inviting!!! Bulgari soaps; luxurious rooms with elegant appointments; promises of a full gym and complete business center etc. etc. With the descriptions and pictures provided, I pictured a luxurious lake-front room in a first-rate inn with every possible comfort provided for.

My lower jaw must have dropped two feet when we drove up and found a rather plain, if charming two-story house cum B & B in a so-so neighborhood two miles away from Saranac Lake.

The proprietor, Tim, and his side-kick Boston terrier, Farfal, greeted us and from that moment, Tim and the rest of the staff took wonderful care of us. They were extremely attentive and bent over backward to please. They couldn't have been nicer.

The room was pleasant if not elegant; yes, there were Bulgari soaps and 500-count sheets, but it wasn't quite as it looked on the website. The business center consists of Tim's desk, phone, computer and fax machine tucked away in a small room off the dining room.

All of this is to say that the Saranac Club and Inn (couldn't figure out the "Club" part) is a charming, well-appointed B & B run by a most delightful proprietor and staff. It has most anything you would want in a B & B but little of the elegance or luxury so skillfully (and somewhat deceptively) displayed on the website.

... all this, and yummy risotto, too

from A TripAdvisor Member
Throughout our three night stay, Tim, Mike, and their staff consistently went the extra mile, beginning with the installation of an air conditioner immediately upon our arrival from a wilting five hour train trip that lacked any ventilation; right on through volunteering their luxurious sedan to get us to and from our trailhead when a marathon snarled other traffic; all sprinkled with generous offers of fresh-baked treats, refreshments, and nightcaps. Despite heat, humidity, blackflies, poor cell phone reception (but clear landline calls from mom), and the usual host of obstacles threatening to unravel even our simplest ambitions, the Saranac Club and Inn always smoothed our way to the romantic getaway weekend we hoped for. The interior designer amongst us found the suite beautifully appointed; and we both appreciated our richly stocked supplies of fine linens, toiletries and ... chocolate :) No doubt yet another jewel awaits the lucky guests of the third floor, opening soon. To summarize, in two words: BRA VO. Thanks, again!

perfect

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Inn was beautifuly appointed, extremely comfortable and welcoming. Tim and the rest of the staff were wonderful and accomodating. I recommend this Inn to anyone looking for a tranquil and relaxing experience.

Honeymoon trip to the Adirondacks

from A TripAdvisor Member
When my wife and I began planning our honeymoon to the beautiful Adirondacks, we had no idea what we were in for. We drove ten hours on a Friday night and arrived at the door of the stunning Saranac Club and Inn. We barely got the door open before the wonderful innskeeper grabbed our bags out of our hands and replaced them with a glass of white wine. He proceeded to push us into the lounge where there was a crackling fire burning and a plush leather couch awaiting us. Within minutes, he was making reservations for us to eat after our trip from Westminster, Maryland. And to think, this type of service was only the beginning of much more spoiling to come. The gentlemen hosts were always one step ahead of us and had everything planned before we could even ask about it. They arranged a magnificant dinner at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, set up a relaxing massage...in our room and fed us some of the best food in the North Country. The rooms were so cozy and comfortable that we hated to go. Usually after being away from home for a while, you want to go sleep in your own bed. I assure you after staying at the Saranac Club and Inn, you will forget about your own bed! We recommend this Bed and Breakfast to anyone who enjoys being pampered and stuffed with great food. We have actually decided to drive up every year on our anniversary to stay here and make a tradition out of it. I am already looking forward to seeing the smiling faces of Tim, Tom, and Mike, and of course do not forget Farfal, the Boston Terrier that guards the door. We could not have asked for a more wonderful experience for our honeymoon.

Romatic Paridise

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is the place to stay for a romantic getaway in the High Peaks! Tim, Micheal and Pharfel treated us like royality with unmatched hospitality. The food was excelent and who could refuse the abundance of treats! Thanks for a most memorable experiance.

The NY Post was right!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My Wife and I were looking for a place to spend a romantic weekend, and we read a review of this inn in the NY Post, of all places! The article was about honeymoon getaways, and even though we are anything but honeynmooners, we decided to try it out. Are we glad we did. Great room, food to die over, and REALLY nice people (at pretty reasonable cost, too.) Could the weather have been better?Yes! Could the trip from Manhattan been shorter? Yes! But those things were inconsequential once we had our glass of wine served in front of our fire and relaxed. Definately check this place out.

excellent value and great service

from A TripAdvisor Member
Wonderful, cordial hosts, and with the cocktail hour and snacks and fantastic breakfast, it was an incredible value as well. Great room, great service -- and we highly recommend doing the dinner option on the weekend. We spent a very romantic and relaxing 1 week here.

Relax, refresh, be pampered, enjoy!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Saranac Club and Inn was an experience we will be be having again and again. Tim and Michael made us feel that their "home" was our home and they were there to make us feel like royality. The Tempurpedic beds, the room decore and all the pampering make us wish we could be back again every weekend. The cocktail hour with appetizers was unexpected and very enjoyable, especially in front of one of their many fireplaces. The Creme Brulee French toast for breakfast was superb and they willingly shared the recipe.
Coming home after dinner, which they offer at the Inn but we had prior reservations, we were surprised to find coffee, teas, homemade cookies and late night drinks in our room.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience. This was our first time at a B&B and we will be using the Saranac Club again.

Top Local Tips for Saranac Lake

Saranac Club confusion Make sure you take the address/map of Saranac/punch the address into your satnav. There are at least 3 establishments with very similar names eg. The Saranac Club, which is actually the golf club & a long way out of town! A bit confusing if you are arriving at night & asking the locals for directions like we did. Doh!

Dining The dining at Lake Placid is great. There are two places we tried for dinner. The Interlaken and the View. Both were good, but go either early or late to avoid the crowds, which are large. The Interlaken was great. Both the service and food were second to none.

Horse Riding We organised a Horse Trek for 2-3 hours with the Bark Eater Inn in Keene. It was a great morning out, and we stopped at the Noon Mark Diner in Keene Valley for lunch and exceptional pie afterwards.

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