On an unassuming road in Lake Placid, lined with antique shops, a general store and a church, a former motor inn has been converted into a 25-room design retreat.
Eastwind Lake Placid is designed as a home-away-from-home experience, filled with envy-inducing interiors created by Julija Stoliarova. It’s the second property under the Eastwind Hotels umbrella – run by Stoliarova and co-founders Björn Boyer and Dan Cipriani – and joins an existing location in the Catskills.
Stoliarova has mixed Scandinavian motifs and postmodern design inside the hotel, choosing pieces from female-owned businesses such as French light fixture brand Georges and Michigan-based vintage shop Ime. There are also woven blankets by California’s Tribe + True and futuristic bedside sconces by Canadian brand Huey.
Each of Eastwind Lake Placid’s 25 units – which includes 18 hotel suites and seven glamping cabins that start from $259 USD per night – are designed differently, although all of them quietly stimulate the five senses. Footstools are angled just so, Nemadji pottery rests atop smooth wooden surfaces, while Mirrors of The Soul by Kahlil Gibran awaits a curious reader. Keen bookworms can also dip into the hotel’s library-esque living room.
The grounds of the hotel, on the Chubb River, are home to an expansive swimming pool as well as a freestanding outdoor sauna and – thanks to its location in the Adirondack Mountains – there are also plenty of hiking trails on the doorstep.
Eastwind Lake Placid’s owners, who bring decades of hospitality experience to the New York hotel, say they were drawn to the area for its four-season location, access to nature, and the way its quaint downtown curves around Mirror Lake. ‘When we visited for the first time, there was no hotel for us to comfortably stay at. So, we decided we’d make a place that we’d want to stay in ourselves,’ Stoliarova says with a smile.
A third property will join the Eastwind roster this winter in the Catskill State Park’s Oliverea Valley.