This is an update to full reviews I have published in the past. We have owned seven intervals at this resort for the past 23 years. Our latest visit was two weeks from 6/15/19 to 6/29/19. As we have traveled elsewhere, we have come to realize that Lake Placid Club Lodges is one of the best independent resorts in the country. The resort is kept in top-notch condition by a dedicated staff and a committed board of directors, which we have found is not always the case at other resorts, regardless of their “system” affiliations.
I am in the habit of inspecting each unit we use on arrival and compiling a list of items that need attention. This time, we discovered new living room furniture, new drapes, and a new sofa bed in the open second-floor loft. Although the TV in this unit was still the early-generation HDTV installed about 10 years ago, we observed a piecemeal replacement program in place that puts new, larger TVs in as the old ones fail due to old age. In the past couple of years, my lists have become shorter and shorter, as staff and supervisors have become more attentive in unit cleanings and in periodic deep maintenance. The one or two service requests we made during our stay were handled within minutes, by cheerful staff with a “can do” attitude.
We used unit #2 this trip, and stayed two weeks, one ours, and one we traded into, as availability appears to be good in mid-late June. We were attending a high school reunion, and a classmate who owns a timeshare elsewhere was able to exchange into the resort for the week that mattered.
LPCL regularly declines RCI invitations to accept a “Gold Crown” designation due to its lack of on-site amenities. However, anything you could want in a mountain town resort is only a few minutes’ walk or drive away. Restaurant? Five minute walk. Brewpub? Five minute walk. Beach? Five minute walk. Bicycle rental? Seven minute walk. Shopping? Ten minute walk. Golf? Three minute walk. Skiing? Fifteen minute drive to downhill, and right out the unit’s back door for cross-country. Shopping? Ten minute walk.
As well as all that, Lake Placid is one of only two towns in the world to have hosted two Winter Olympic Games, in 1932 and 1980. All the Olympic facilities are still in use, and open for visitors and athletes. Lake Placid also hosts an Ironman triathlon (for over 20 years), two major Grand Prix horse shows, rugby, lacrosse, adult and youth hockey, luge, skeleton and bobsled tournaments. Saturday night ice shows in the summer showcase local and national figure skating talent, and the lake of the same name offers scenic boat cruises and rentals in the summer. For those less inclined to athletic activity, the local library offers comfy Adirondack chairs in its shady backyard for those who want to curl up with a good book. See “lakeplacid,com” for more about all there is to do in the area.
We love the place. We think you will, too.