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
My ultimate Adirondack vacation.
Submitted by: Chris Hollis in 26/02/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Gay
We loved our stay in Saranac Lake! Better than Lake Placid in so many ways. The Saranac Club and Inn was a true highlight. The room was beautiful. We loved our late nights in our room with a crackling REAL wood burning fireplace. Both before and after dinner we spent time in the public spaces enjoying cocktails and meeting the other guests, who were among the best co-travelers we had ever met. Friendly, down to earth, pleasant, good people. One morning we slept in, missing breakfast and yet when we appeared, the staff was able, willing and gladly ready to still treat us to their first rate service. If you go, I suggest you go during ski season or wait till summer and enjoy the beautiful grounds. We have rebooked and the owner promised to take us out on his huge boat for a full lake excursion. We're looking forward to it! Maybe we'll see you then!
10/10
Value, Luxury, Service.
Submitted by: Karl Gutleber in 04/07/06
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  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
It is, first, very reasonable for what you get. All of the extras from ensuite to throughout the common area, very luxurious. Finally, what I read on the service is true. Lots of detail and pampering. Not cheap, but worth every penny. But if you want the cookie cutter, corporate hotel, may not be for you.
10/10
As unique an Inn as you'ff find in the US!
Submitted by: Clint in 22/05/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
This is due entirely to the staff at the Saranac Club and Inn. They went the extra mile to make sure we were comfortable and well attended to. And the mix of clientele was the most dynamic we've experienced in years. The evening cocktail parties each night must be the best in the Adirondacks! Artists, business people, everyone was friendly and down to earth. Their motto ought to be "No pretense, no Phonies; just attentive service and friendly people." I don't know how they do it frankly; maybe it's too good to last. But we wish them well and will truly look forward to our return.
10/10
America's Emerald Village, the BEST of small town life!
Submitted by: Kelly in 15/04/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Outdoor/Sports Adventurer
If you come to partake in all that the Adirondack Mountains have to offer, there is no better hub in which to base yourself. You might mistake the GM for the village mayor the way he touts all of the virtues of Saranac Lake. For whatever reason, something set me off and got me reminiscing about "Petticoat Junction;" certainly classy and upscale but down home at the same time. But it is a lovely spot without all of the tourist trappings of Lake Placid, just ten minutes away. The skiing, dog sledding were highlights for us. But when we were on the grounds of the Saranac Club and Inn, we could not have asked for more. Everything was geared for romance. We had a memorable weekend and I guarantee we will return in the summer. And staying in and dining in the inn's Cafe Saranac will be the best meal of your trip! I truly have never had better mushroom and truffle risotto and the desserts were out of this world. Safe travels!
10/10
Life is beautiful in
Submitted by: Sallie in 04/04/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
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  • Traveller type: Outdoor/Sports Adventurer
Through the dreary, raw days from my home in Connecticut, I have reminisced of the glorious vacation in Saranac Lake this past summer. Through a career change we could not return to the Point Resort ($2000 per night!) but found through our search a very commendable replacement. The Saranac Club and Inn is a historic luxury hotel/inn/B&B in a charming little neighborhood above the village of Saranac Lake. Though truth be told, it did not offer the same cachet as staying in the former Rockefeller Estate, it was a beautiful property. We felt every bit as pampered (if not more so) and the room was luxurious beyond most reasonable measures. The recollection I cherish most is going down to the launch, 3 minutes from the Main Lodge. There we boarded the "SS Tranquility" for a cruise of the spectacular Saranac Chain of Lakes. Beautiful, pristine nature and crystal clear waters teeming with wildlife! We went on the lunch cruise (they also had a sunset cruise) and had a gourmet feast on the waters! Four gourmet courses served in a rustic old American way; felt like we had sailed into a Ralph Lauren Polo advertisement. Anyway, we made it back to the Main Lodge by 3:00. We had just enough time to catch a quick nap, have a costume change and assume our position in the Park Avenue Courtyard for the Afternoon Tea. The pastry chef, Frank, has made cakes for Madonna and New York's beloved Senator Hillary Clinton. The coincidence is that I can now review the notes I made during the trip by making notes on my blog from the courtyard where the inn has a wireless bubble. Really, this property left no convenience or desire to chance.

Anyway, we have just made our reservations to return to the inn this coming summer! Seth, it was wonderful to hear your voice! Tim, the King of Cosmopolitans! Start chilling our glasses, we can't wait till we get there! ciao!
10/10
The best of Saranac Lake!
Submitted by: Barry in 07/04/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Gay
Saranac Lake is a charming, sleepy little village. There are shops and resaturants, mostly mom and pops, no high end chains. Although, TF Finnegans Mens Clothier was a surprising little find with plenty to choose from. Dining out? Well, very nice, but as the front desk clerk at the hotel told us, "good, solid, mostly homespun cooking." Nothing wrong with that, but for true gourmet dining, stay in the Saranac Club and Inn, it must be the finest dining room in Saranac Lake (atleast the village!) Otherwise, the staff touts a select number of dining rooms in Lake Placid. Not once! did they steer us wrong! More to the point, everything every other reviewer said is true. Wonderful, loverly and yes a boutique. Believe, me you won't do any better in Saranac Lake than the Saranac Club and Inn.
10/10
A Top-Rated Inn!
Submitted by: Susan in 29/03/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
And very deserving, I might ad. We have stayed at this property twice. There aren't many properties that we return to. When we received their newsletter which we always enjoy, we were pleased to see things are only getting better! We were among the first to stay in the BirdsNest and thought it was a wonderful suite; certainly large and beautifully done in an Adirondak style. Congratulations to all and we look forward to seeing you next summer!
10/10
If only HOME were this wonderful!
Submitted by: Angela in 27/03/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
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  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
At least for one weekend I felt like a Queen. The staff did everything for us. Oh, how I could get used to that! We may have to win the lottery, but I would love to take the entire staff home with us. The chef was incredible! Housekeeping did a teriffic job! Doina who was the lead concierge made sure our every wish was granted! As I said before, when it comes to staying in a hotel or motel or inn, this is the best we've ever had. The truth is we came to Lake Placid because my husband is crazy about hockey. I wanted the warm FLA sunshine, but doubt I would have found a better place there. Maybe because the staff cared so much. Our thanks.
10/10
A great Lake Placid B&B
Submitted by: Kyle in 15/03/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
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  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
The staff made the weekend truly phenom. Catered to every whim. The best hot chocolate we've had. Sometimes twice a day. Great job! We'll be back.
10/10
Among America's Best Health Conscious Hotels
Submitted by: Josh in 11/03/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
This was a first rate hotel experience that offers all of the indulgences that one could hope for. And in the process it lavishes it's services upon its guests. But they also promote a healthy regimine in perfect harmony with its mountain location. Saranac Lake and Lake Placid is all about good health, clean living and the Saranac Club and Inn offers fantastic amenities that pleased us as health conscious guests. Healthy breakfasts, imported waters, a recycling program, being a member of ProjectPlanet, as well as bountiful Spa Menu items. But that's all about the "intake." We used the gym (fantastic!) the pilates, the organized hiking trips. By sunset we were ready to succumb to quiet evenings in front of a crackling fire. Oh and don't forget the Day Spa, one of the best massages we've ever received was given by Jamie (a woman.) I'm moved to write this review because we are now planning our return to healthy living in Saranac Lake and our stay at the Saranac Club and Inn! Go and enjoy!

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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