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
This Adirondack Inn is Tops in a crowded field!
Submitted by: Barry in 07/01/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Reading the other reviews, there is very little left to add! I also own a small hotel and have noted several aspects I will take with me for our operation. They offer an authentic hospitality that is impossible to fake. Other properties have tried and the result is summed up in one word: phony!In this business there will always be the occassional complainer, but their guests all seemed genuine and as genuinely contented as we were. Everywhere you look you see the finishing touches from an owner that takes great effort to provide an experience you will enjoy reminiscing over. All the kudos to Tim and his staff.
10/10
If you are looking for a bed and breakfast in Lake Placid, think of the Saranac Club and Inn!
Submitted by: Bill in 04/01/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
We were guests displaced by the fire at the Lake Placid Lodge. Heartbroken to lose such a magnificent resort, the Saranac Club and Inn found room for us and we were treated like royalty. I can't say enough about the high quality level of service. Someone joked that it was like staying at your eccentric uncles mountain mansion, I kept waiting to see some old geezer propped up in the corner. On the contrary, very lively guests, some people wandering around in bathrobes, there was suppose to be some massage thing going on in one of the rooms. Whatever you do, don't think of some stuffy old grandmother renting out rooms in a knick knack and teddy bear filled house that smells like cat. This place has got it going on! Even in you aren't a B&B type (and we don't think WE are!) you'll probably dig this place. Just don't expect "corporate." Finally a shout out to Doina, the visitng neice from Maldova. She is an absolute charmer who made our stay so memorable!
10/10
MORE than a hotel. They planned our whole vacation!
Submitted by: Ken in 01/01/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From:
  • Traveller type: Outdoor/Sports Adventurer
Unlike most trips, we came to the Adirondacks without doing the ususal pre-trip planning. We arrived not knowing what to expect, really. The staff, with grace and without being the slightest bit pushy, guided us to all of the great sights and activities. We put ourselves in their hands with regard to reservations and they arranged everything! I am in the inns Business Center, checking emails getting ready to re-enter the real world and believe me, we are going back to the city kicking and screaming and not wanting to leave this place. It is more than home away from home. It's better than home. Now my wife is wondering why we can't have a butler, maid and household staff...
In the dining room this morning everyone else also seemed to be enjoying themselves. We were the only couple not staying over the the inn's New Years Party. Hopefully next year...
10/10
A Gay Hotel in Lake Placid?! It doesn't get any better than this!
Submitted by: William in 29/12/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Gay
We are just wrapping up our second stay at the Saranac Club and Inn. WE have been coming to Lake Placid to ski for years, always loving the village but wishing it were in Vermont for its sensibility. Probably because we live in Toronto and work in Manhattan, the provincialism of the Adirondacks was always a bit of a disappointment. Well, hearye! hearye! gather round, shout it out and spread the news!! things are a changin!! The Saranac Club and Inn is this hip little hotel and we absolutely adore it! It's not that it is all-gay. They apparently allow non-gays in as well (not that there is anything wrong with that!) I would guess the inn was 50-50 this time around. In the summer it seemed as if it was atleast 75% FOD. One evening they had a great little cabaret act up from the city which got every member of the audience involved and it became this surreal piece of performance art. The food is out of this world. Michael spins his magic in the kitchen and when he came in to the dining room after dessert, diners broke into applause. He sat down with the entire dining room and suddenly it felt like we were all part of an elegant little gathering, being let in on the secrets by the host. He had the staff break out more digestifs and we all consumed heartily. Every once in a while one is lucky enough to find a place where the sense of belonging is truly awesome. This is one of those rare places. Small, elegant, luxurious. An Adirondack lodge, inn or hotel. Whatever you call it, you'll soon be calling it a "favorite" as we have. See you all in the summer!
10/10
The SCI came to my rescue in time of need.
Submitted by: John in 28/12/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Pleasure Seeker
I am one of the guests that had been booked into the Lake Placid Lodge, which burned to the ground less than a week from our arrival. We were referred to the Saranac Club and Inn which by most accounts, is in a different league than the Lake Placid Lodge. However, they bent over backwards to save our vacation for us. And truth be told, we wanted for nothing. Total pampering. 24 hour room service, transportation, massages in our room. Crackling fires to set the mood. Of course the views from the Lake Placid Lodge are part of what makes it one of the top resorts in North America. And we hope one day to return should the property rebuild. In the meantime, I shall always remember the Saranac Club and Inn and be grateful for all they did to make our stay so pleasant. In the field of hospitality, I think they win hands down.
10/10
A Rugged Elegance combined with Adirondack Luxury
Submitted by: A.W. in 24/01/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
When you think of "rugged elegance" you might think of a Ralph Lauren photo spread. I think of the Saranac Club and Inn. The parlour in the Main Lodge is anything but the typical shabby Adirondack chique. It has an upscale, well, elegance, about it. One night we were invited to their private camp on Lake Placid Lake; a real treat! Handsome men milling about and a few gorgeous women lent an air of being a colony of SOHO-Manhattan. Stay for a few drinks before returning to the inn or going into the village for dinner. Still, a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere is found at this place. If you are dog lovers, you will love the inn mascots, Pharfel and Cleo, two Boston Terriers. One is the gassiest dog I've ever seen; probably from too much cheese at happy hour. It's otherworldly, but if you can get past that, it is probably one of the nicest inns you'll ever visit.
10/10
Memories of SCI will tide me over till next time!
Submitted by: Susan Mahoney in 25/11/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
Today is Thanksgiving in the States ("Happy Thanksgiving" everyone!) and I'm home in my apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side (just a couple of blocks from the parade route, but watching it on TV.) I'm writing to put in a good word for the wonderful staff at the Saranac Club and Inn, which is located in the quirky little village of Saranac Lake, deep in the Adirondack Mountain wilderness. Of all the things to be thankful for this season, I rank my time at SCI right up near the top of the list. We took a Girls Weekend, a getaway from the city not too long ago. The proprietor took care of us, indulging our every whim, ususally before we could even ask! This place doesn't bill itself as a "Spa" nor is it a luxury resort. It is in my opinion however a luxurious country inn or country hotel with a wide array of services. We took massages in our suite in front of a roaring fire. So relaxing! And the massage Therapist rivals any I've had in Manhattan! The meals were all top notch! The main dining room, I think it's Cafe Saranac, is small, intimate and I think all about comfort. No "scene" here. Another couple had booked the private dining room, with its own fireplace for a birthday, and when they were done, shared some of their cake and champagne with us. (Darla and Tom, you're both very sweet!)
As it turned out, we spent more time inside the inn than we had imagined. While talking by the fire, the staff kept replenishing our beverages. We had a great workout in the gym one afternoon. Massages, dinners, watching old movies, it may seem boring, but it was simplicity at its best. I am in a play on Broadway and if I had wanted glitz I could have stayed at home. One guest who had been to the play, "chatted" me up briefly at the cocktail hour, but generally, the crowd that hangs here is very discreet and respectful.

For those of you who do leave the property; we did one evening; consider going to Lake Placid. It is ten minutes away; the hotel provides a shuttle to take you. Have dinner at the Whiteface Lodge. We then walked around Main Street, Lake Placid, but honestly, a bit on the touristy side; glad we went back to Saranac Lake.

When it was time to check out, the staff sent us on our way with bottled waters and some bagels for the train trip to the city. I have been home now for about a week and yesterday I received a small package in the mail; a balsam pillow from the Saranac Club and Inn, to thank us for coming. I will go back, hopefully to hit the slopes in February. If you go you will probably find that this is different than most hotel experiences. Casual, friendly, definitely not pretentious, and through it all, I can't think of a thing that they've overlooked! Well done!
10/10
Friendly, Elegant, Rustic and Chic!
Submitted by: Jackson in 24/11/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
I am a frequent traveller and a regular visitor to the Adirondacks. I work with ORDA and with Lake Placid being one of only three places on EARTH to have hosted the winter Olympics TWICE, I know a thing or two about winter destinations and ski resorts. With my business travels, I discovered the Saranac Club and Inn in 2003 and I have considered it my home base in the Adirondacks ever since. The elegant surroundings, luxurious azmenities and first rate service --- not to mention the VALUE PRICING! --- makes this property a hands down favorite for me. This place is a real gem. It is part of Theatrical Actors and Artists Retreat of the Adirondacks (TARA) and every time I come I find interesting "personalities" in residence.

So, aside from the generalities let me tell you a few of my favorites PROS:
*unbelievable Tempur-Pedic mattresses!
*Fantastic breakfasts, afternoon tea
*Pastry Chef has made cakes for Madonna and
Senator Clinton and his Bedtime Snack service will knock your socks off!
*Evening libations are a lot of fun! Ask the bartender about his favorite drink: the Rudy Cocktail.

The CONS might include the fact that their 24 hour room service menu is a bit limited. Just basics, no pheasant under glass here.

I hesitate to puff up the place too much. You will love it if you find it all by surprise, as I did. Happy travels.

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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