Rankings Are In: Number One INN/B&B in New York State -- The Saranac Club and Inn

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Within the hotel and hospitality industry, the high-end luxury market is ever increasing. As the scope and breadth of luxury properties expands, frank and candid consumer rankings have taken on considerable import. The latest ratings reveal the Saranac Club and Inn is the top rated boutique luxury-mansion property in New York State. The historic, highly acclaimed property wins raves from media, industry professionals and consumers alike. Read on to learn more about the surprising aspects of this mountain hideaway and why it has become such a desireable year round destination.

Saranac Lake, NY has one more top rating with which to boast. This picturesque mountain village, known as “America’s Emerald Village,” has already been named the number one small town in New York State. The National Trust for Historic Preservation ranked it one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2006. It is also the home of The Point Resort, ranked the number one resort in North America, according to Zagats Resort Guide. Now, as reported by KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco, CA, the Saranac Club and Inn is the number one Inn/B&B in all of New York State.

“We are pleasantly surprised, knowing the number of superior lodging properties in New York State. But we are very pleased and our staff works tirelessly to make sure our guests have a wonderful experience,” according to Tim McLennan, General Manager. “With every guest, our complete focus is on total pampering and service.” Saranac Lake and nearby Lake Placid has become a destination that features a growing number of upscale luxury hotel properties. Historic hotels and elegant properties affording magnificent lake frontage, spa services and 24 hour room service are all part of the expected norm for today’s affluent traveler. The Saranac Club and Inn, accompanied by The Point Resort, the Mirror Lake Inn, the Lake Placid Lodge and the newly built Whiteface Lodge are all among the top tier hotels in New York State and situated within twenty minutes of each other.

The number one ranking comes from TripAdvisor.com, the seventh most visited web site in the world and is generated by consumers and reviews from around the world. The services at the Saranac Club and Inn include but are not limited to spa services, live entertainment and what is arguably the nicest afternoon tea in the Adirondacks. Six championship golf courses are nearby and the launch to more than 45 miles of lakes and rivers is three minutes from the Main Lodge. The cruising vessel, the “SS Tranquility” has two scheduled cruises daily; one lunch cruise and one sunset cocktail cruise. In addition, the Saranac Club and Inn is the only hotel property in the Adirondacks that offers a hotel shuttle, 24 hour room service and a fully equipped, professionally staffed Business Center for its guests. Food and beverage are cornerstones of the inns daily festivities. Its dining room is among the finest in the area. “The Saranac Club and Inn’s own state-of-the-art Cardio Fitness Center is on the property to help burn off the extra calories. Indulgence is what vacations and our properties are all about,” said McLennan. A complete fitness center is also available to inn guests on a complimentary basis. Artists, actors and musicians are often in residence at the Main Lodge and when they aren’t mingling with the other guests, they are often putting on an impromptu performance. According to Michael Morrison, Operations Manager, “It’s always a lot of fun. From Cabaret Night on Saturdays, to Sunday Chamber Music in the courtyard, to our weekly ‘Screen in the Green’ movie series in the summer, there’s always activity and buzz. As I stroll the grounds, I love hearing the sounds of laughter and joyous guests. It’s music to my ears.”

The inn is a boutique luxury inn and is the only property in the Adirondack Mountains selected to be admitted into the “Small Elegant Hotels of the World.” The boutique historic hotel company has only 13 rooms and suites at the village complex and nearby annex and five guest rooms in what McLennan refers to as their “Main Lodge.” On a per-guest ratio, they boast substantial public space and beautiful grounds. “We have a great deal more planned for the good people of Saranac Lake and our guests.” Additional properties and an expansion are underway. The next phase, featuring spectacular lake scenery, is expected to be completed in time for the summer 2007 season. As a member of a real estate syndicate, McLennan’s firm has accumulated numerous properties. “We have a small collection of private estates and corporate retreats in selected locales throughout the United States,” the founder said. An upcoming project is to affiliate them under one brand flag.

Recent media attention has put the Saranac Club and Inn front and center when the topic turns to luxury and 5-star service in the majestic Adirondack Mountains. Interviews with CNN, MSNBC, Travel+Leisure, Saveur Magazine, the New York Post and a variety of other Manhattan and statewide publications have covered this historic and luxurious Adirondack inn as a recognized leader in the 5 star boutique hotel-mansion category. The Saranac Club and Inn, located at 371 Park Avenue in Saranac Lake is in its third year. Restoration of the gardens continue. They are happy to give tours to interested members of the public, by appointment. The inn’s telephone number is 518-891-7212. Their website is http://www.SaranacClubandInn.com

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