Lake Placid, New York is a year round destination. In the winter you’ll find an endless amount of outdoor adventure from skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing, cross country skiing, climbing, ice skating and more. During the warmer months you can enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and if you’re lucky enough to visit in the Fall you’ll find some of the most spectacular Fall foliage in the country. No matter when you visit the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is the perfect place to stay. Here are our top 5 reasons to choose the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort:
With two little kids in tow a safe, central and beautiful location is always a must for our family and that’s exactly what the Golden Arrow offers. Located right in the heart of Main St, the Golden Arrow property sits directly on Mirror Lake. In fact, they have the most rooms of all resorts in Lake Placid that face the gorgeous lake. When walking into the lobby you are greeted with that cozy, cabin feel and unobstructed views of the lake through floor to ceiling lobby windows. From the Golden Arrow we were able to walk to the toboggan rides on the lake, several shops and restaurants on Main St., the Olympic Visitors Center and the Village Ice Rink. While we were visiting in early February they even had a giant TV screen set up across the street from the hotel that was streaming the Olympics. If you aren’t familiar with Lake Placid, they have hosted the Winter Olympics twice. It was so neat to be in the town during the PyeongChang Olympics and feel that excitement!
2. The Variety of Room Styles
The Golden Arrow offers 165 guest rooms including 8 specialty rooms and 15 different kinds of suites. We had the pleasure of staying in the Panther Suite which is a 2 bedroom suite and included two balconies, fireplace, a jacuzzi tub, large shower and kitchen sitting area. Each room at the Golden Arrow includes a microwave, mini refrigerator (some suites have larger ones) and a Keurig coffee maker. The suites and specialty rooms come equipped with the coziest bath robes you’ll ever try on! We loved that they offered so many room styles at their resort. Want to bring your dog along with you? No problem! The Golden Arrow offers several dog friendly rooms for you and your pet. You can take a look at their website here and view all of the different room choices before choosing yours. Whether you’re an individual, couple or family they’ve got a room size and layout for you.
3. Eco Friendly
The more we travel and explore our world the more we’ve been realizing we need to start paying attention to and supporting travel accommodations that are eco-friendly so that one day our kids and their kids and so on will be able to enjoy the same world that we’ve loved exploring. Here are some highlights showing the Golden Arrow’s commitment to being a “green” hotel.
– They only use CFL lightbulbs and they even purchase them through a local Boy Scout troop!
– Their Restaurant, Generations, uses mostly local and organic foods.
– Their paper products are all made of 100% recycled content.
– The Green Roof which is 3,200 square feet acts as an insulator and a storm management system.
– Recycling is offered in every single one of their guest rooms.
Those are just a few of the highlights but you can read more about their eco-friendly initiatives here.
The Golden Arrow offers an abundance of amenities for every season of travel. While we were visiting in February they had complimentary sleds for our two children to use. We were able to rent ice skates at Locker Room 5 next door and my husband and I towed our kids around the entire lake. It sure felt like a scene out of a movie, it was such a neat experience and i’m thankful that the staff had suggested that to us. In fact i’d like to talk about just how amazing their staff is, it’s like they are all a part of a family and you can feel their love of the hotel and Lake Placid area radiate from them. They were so kind to all of us while we were visiting and they were so helpful in picking out some local attractions for us to visit with our two young children. In addition to the amazing staff the hotel has an absolutely stunning indoor pool which is heated and also includes two jacuzzis and a 1 foot deep children’s swim pool. We have stayed in a lot of hotels and I can honestly say this was the nicest indoor pool we’ve ever been to in a hotel. Right off of the pool room they have a sauna and steam room which were large and clean. They also offer a fitness center, a collection of small boutique shops, a restaurant (more on that one in the next section) and a nightclub. If you visit in the summer they offer complimentary use of their kayaks, paddle boats, canoes, stand up paddle boards and row boats. You can also enjoy their own private beach on right on Mirror Lake.
5. Their Restaurant- Generations
It’s true that you can visit this restaurant whether or not you are a guest at the Golden Arrow, but the fact that it is located within the hotel AND you get happy hour prices all day with your room key is a good enough reason to include it in our top 5 list. As mentioned above, Generations restaurant uses mostly local and organic foods as much as possible as part of their eco-friendly initiatives and this is probably part of the reason why their food is so delicious! We ate breakfast there every morning and we tried the dinner too. All of the food was great and the prices were very reasonable. We were pleased to see they could easily accommodate our nut allergies. Our waiters even double and triple checked the ingredients and risk of cross contamination for us. Be on the lookout for their hotel specials, some of their accommodation specials include free breakfast.
In addition to the reasons listed above we also really love the fact that they are a family owned hotel and the original founders were from Germany. Being German ourselves we can definitely appreciate the little touches of Europe here and there throughout the hotel. In fact the entire outside of the hotel looks like one you’d see in Germany. It’s such a quaint and inviting place to stay. We hope you’ll find it just as enjoyable as we did! We’ve already decided we will be taking a yearly winter trip to visit Lake Placid and the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort.
We were provided complimentary accommodations at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, all opinions are our own.