Lake Placid – The only AAA Four Diamond lodging and dining combination in Upstate New York officially extended their long-running designations as the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid received the prestigious honor for the 39th consecutive year, and its’ accompanying restaurant, The View, collected the same award for the 16th straight year.
With the summer season now upon us, the Mirror Lake Inn looks forward to welcoming guests old and new with its truly hospitable and authentic Adirondack experience.
“An achievement of this magnitude is significant inasmuch as AAA annually conducts professional and unannounced, in-person property inspections on behalf of its member travelers, and has done so for 83 years,” said James Phelps, President and CEO of AAA Northway.
The announcement highlighted the exclusivity enjoyed by this iconic resort property:
- Of 23,000 AAA rated properties, only 7% are rated Four Diamond,
- Of 5,400 AAA rated restaurants, only 10% are rated Four Diamond,
- Only 161 properties have maintained the Four Diamond rating for 25 or more consecutive years, putting the Mirror Lake Inn in exclusive company,
- Only one other property in New York State has held the Four Diamond rating longer: The Carlyle in New York City for 47 years. Outside of New York City, the Mirror Lake Inn stands alone in this category of AAA achievement in New York State.
The Mirror Lake Inn’s run of AAA lodging awards dates back to 1984. In that time, resort owner Ed Weibrecht has observed not only how this lengthy streak has occurred, but what is the key to extending it each year, namely the Inn’s dedicated staff who interact with hotel guests.
“We are in the luxury end of the market,” said Weibrecht. “Our hallmark is providing unique and memorable experiences. Certainly, we are blessed with our location and our physical plant is beautiful, but that’s not enough. The secret ingredient is the passion of our staff. A house isn’t a home until somebody lives in it and puts their love in it. Well, this place doesn’t become special until the staff puts their love into it.”
The Inn’s owner since 1976 regularly compliments the staff on creating a home away from home ambiance. As part of this, he always encourages employees to engage the guests, “making them feel welcomed and showing them how important they are.”
Added Phelps, “To uphold the exceptionally high standards required on a daily basis to maintain a Four Diamond rating is an outstanding achievement and it is accomplished by the hard work and dedication of the staff who are committed to provide each and every guest with a high degree of hospitality, with attentive service, in upscale surroundings. This outstanding achievement is also a reflection of the passion for excellence exuded each day by Ed and Lisa Weibrecht, owners of Mirror Lake Inn and The View.”
Recent comments on TripAdvisor illustrate the Inn’s luxe approach in achieving the AAA designation:
“One of the best managed and run hotels in the world… and a complete Lake Placid gem….some of the most spectacular views in the world can be enjoyed from the many rooms and suites in this hotel.” – Matthew G, May 2023
“The staff at the MLI is truly special, always going out of their way to give us what we need and what we didn’t even know we needed. The service and cleanliness are always spot on and our rooms in the Colonial House were spectacular.” – Brian H, April 2023
“Great, beautiful, old-fashioned, centrally-located hotel that is well-maintained and has great service. It is close to the heart of Lake Placid and there are beautiful views everywhere.” – Megreviewer14, April 2023
“Fine dining to perfection with great service and a magnificent view. We enjoyed every bite. Highly recommend and can’t wait to come back.” – N2245BIjoannas, September 2022
“AAA Northway is proud to have Mirror Lake Inn and The View, two dedicated, AAA Four Diamond establishments that are committed to exceed guest expectations and provide a premier travel experience,” concluded Phelps.
The Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa is now embarking on the summer of 2023, anticipated to be busy with family travel once schools are dismissed.
Over 200 employees will cover all corners of the operation, which features 125 units across seven acres that include the Mountain View and Terrace buildings, Colonial House and the Lake Cottage. Each of the living quarters faces Mirror Lake and the Adirondack High Peaks.
Guests will find two distinct dining options: the aforementioned The View Restaurant for fine dining, and the hip lakeside Cottage Café which is Lake Placid’s lunch, dinner and happy hour spot that offers indoor and outdoor settings. The Cottage is one of the few eateries where guests can paddle their boat almost to their table.
Also, there is the Inn’s highly-acclaimed Lake Placid spa/salon/fitness center located in the main house, while water lovers will be buoyed by the resort’s indoor and outdoor pools and private beach with complimentary boats.
Dog lovers should know that this resort offers 40 rooms for our four-legged best friends.
For more information, please log on to the resort website at www.mirrorlakeinn.com. Follow on the hotel’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter platforms using @mirrorlakeinn and #mirrorlakeinn
(Cover image courtesy Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa/Joseph Rector)