14 Top-Rated Resorts in New York State

Written by Bryan Dearsley

The state of New York- also known as "The Empire State" - offers plenty of fantastic vacation and getaway destinations for visitors and New Yorkers alike. Fortunately for those of us who enjoy a degree of comfort and quality with our accommodation, the state is home to many top-rated places to stay. A few of our favorites include luxury locations such as The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid and the majestic Glenmere Mansion in Chester, both of which offer elegant rooms and suites in picturesque locations. The chic Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown also offers luxury and pampering, as does the historic Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, one of the oldest still-operating resorts in the Adirondacks.

Whatever your preferences - whether you're looking for a great family vacation destination or somewhere for a romantic couples' getaway - be sure to refer to our list of the top-rated resorts in New York State.

1. The Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid

The Whiteface Lodge

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Located in what is undoubtedly the most famous of New York State's vacation destinations, Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid offers a sublime level of service for those seeking a luxury Adirondacks getaway. Resembling the kind of traditional, rustic lodge-style resorts that have long been a feature of the region, the resort's main lodge is very much the focal point and is where you'll enjoy a variety of casual and fine-dining options, as well as receive world-class spa treatments. Other amenities to check out include a movie theater, heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool plus hot tubs, a fitness center, games room, and tennis courts.

Whiteface Lodge's accommodations are all elegantly appointed and beautifully decorated and consist of a variety of configurations. A popular choice are the bright and spacious one-bedroom suites, which come with either queen or king beds, separate bedroom areas, a large living area with a sofa bed, plus roomy bathrooms with stand-alone jet tubs.

Accommodation: The Whiteface Lodge

2. Glenmere Mansion, Chester

Glenmere Mansion

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Glenmere Mansion in Chester is, quite simply, one of the classiest places to stay in Upstate New York. It's also one of the most peaceful, thanks in part to its total of only 18 luxury accommodations. Perfectly suited for couples seeking a luxurious romantic getaway, these individually designed and decorated units feature multiple bedrooms, large bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs, spacious living areas with cozy fireplaces, along with furnished patios.

As comfortable as the rooms are, be sure to spend at least some time exploring the resort's 150 acres of land; you'll be rewarded with a chance to experience one of the most pleasant settings in the lower Hudson Valley as you enjoy the paths and gardens. The resort is also highly regarded for its excellent food, which can be enjoyed in two restaurants or its private dining rooms. Other amenities include a combined spa and bathhouse and biking trails.

Accommodation: Glenmere Mansion

3. Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, Lake Placid

Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa

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Another top-rated Lake Placid luxury resort worthy of consideration is the elegant Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, boasting a variety of well-appointed and exquisitely furnished units. A popular choice are the "Lookout Rooms," which come with two queen beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, plus spacious living areas with plenty of room to relax. A number of larger 1,200-square-foot family suites are also available. Highlights include an attractive split-level layout, three bedrooms, a large kitchen with modern appliances, two and a half bathrooms, and a spacious living room with its own fireplace.

While there's much to see and do in nearby Lake Placid, you'll definitely enjoy the on-site amenities, too. Features include a large heated indoor swimming pool and hot tub, a fitness center, sauna, and great dining.

Accommodation: Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa

4. Bowen's by the Bays, Hampton Bays

Bowen's by the Bays

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A great choice for families and groups looking for a reasonably priced vacation in Hampton Bays, Bowen's by the Bays consists of a variety of great accommodation options. In addition to its well-appointed guest rooms, popular choices are the two- and three-bedroom stand-alone cottages, which come with standard features such as a choice of bed (full, queen, and king beds are available), spacious bathrooms with separate showers, HDTVs, mini-fridges, coffee makers, and furnished patios. Some units also come with kitchens, so be sure to make your preference known when booking.

On-site amenities available for guests' enjoyment include floodlit tennis courts (pro-coaching and lessons available), a heated swimming pool with a roomy patio area, a fun putting green, plus shuffleboard. There's also a tranquil garden area with an attractive waterfall and pond. Kids will also enjoy exploring the playground.

Accommodation: Bowen's by the Bays

5. Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Placid

Lake Placid Lodge

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Located in the heart of Lake Placid, Lake Placid Lodge is a member of the luxury Relais & Châteaux group of hotels and as such is a no-brainer in terms of quality. This is very apparent in the lodge's amenities, which include superb dining; a heated swimming pool; watercraft such as canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards; and fishing. Lake Placid Lodge is also perfectly located for those who enjoy winter activities such as downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as snowshoeing.

As you'd expect from a Relais & Châteaux hotel, the accommodations are certainly a cut above. These exquisitely appointed rooms come with high quality décor and furnishings, up-graded king beds (with luxury bedding), spacious bathrooms with separate tubs and showers, authentic fireplaces, and furnished private balconies - some with extensive lake views.

Accommodation: Lake Placid Lodge

6. The Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown

The Otesaga Resort Hotel

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Considered one of the top boutique hotels in New York State, the elegant Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown is an excellent choice of vacation destination for couples and families alike. For starters, there's much to do on-site, from experiencing great dining at the resort's two restaurants to taking the plunge in the heated outdoor swimming pool (and, of course, there's always the lake, too). Other perks include the use of rowboats (perfect for fishing) and canoes, a well-equipped fitness center, a number of tennis courts, a golf course, business center, full-service spa, and gift shop.

The rooms available at The Otesaga are delightful and come in a number of configurations. Popular options for couples are the deluxe hotel units, while families will enjoy the larger suites available. The latter choice are bright and airy and come with features such as private parlors, separate bedrooms, spacious bathrooms (with plush bathrobes), as well as blackout drapes to help ensure a good night's sleep. Breakfast is included with your stay.

Accommodation: The Otesaga Resort Hotel

7. Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton

Topping Rose House

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The top-rated Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton is not only one of the best destinations in the Hamptons in terms of quality accommodations, it's also one of the finest looking luxury hotels in the area. Featuring colonial era flourishes, such as a huge wrap-around verandah, this elegant hotel features just 22 classy rooms and suites. If available, opt for one of the larger one-bedroom suites, which come with features such as high vaulted ceilings, plenty of seating and living spaces, a separate bedroom with a king bed, and a large bathroom with a separate shower and soaker bathtub.

On-site amenities are equally classy and include a fine-dining restaurant (private dining and al fresco options are also available), a spa and wellness facility, good-sized heated swimming pool, complimentary luxury car usage, and concierge services. There's even a small book lending library, too.

Accommodation: Topping Rose House

8. 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, Clayton

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

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One of the top-rated luxury hotels in Upstate New York, the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton is notable for its commanding views over the St. Lawrence River and the popular 1000 Islands travel destination after which it's named. On-site amenities consist of a heated indoor swimming pool plus a hot tub, a well-equipped fitness center, and a variety of dining options including al fresco on the hotel's spacious patio - an especially nice experience given the views over the St. Lawrence. Valet parking and concierge services are also available.

The 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel offers a variety of great room options, from standard-hotel rooms to luxurious suite-style units, which come with spacious bedrooms, separate living and seating areas, along with large bathrooms with jetted tubs. Also handy are the built-in wet bars, which feature a microwave and mini-fridge. A nightly turndown service is provided, and in-room dining is available all day and night.

Accommodation: 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

9. High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid

High Peaks Resort

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High Peaks Resort is one of the top-rated resorts in Lake Placid and a great choice of vacation destination for those seeking an authentic - and luxurious - Adirondack experience. The resort boasts elegantly appointed accommodations, and guests would do well to consider a stay in one of the well-furnished one bedroom suites. These large and bright units feature good-sized foyers with private entrances, a spacious sleeping area, separate living and dining areas, a wet bar with a mini-fridge and microwave, and two furnished balconies to enjoy.

In addition to its handy location - High Peaks is close to top area attractions and activities - the resort offers on-site amenities, including casual and fine-dining experiences, two indoor and two outdoor swimming pools, and a well-equipped fitness center.

Accommodation: High Peaks Resort

10. The Sagamore Resort, Bolton Landing

The Sagamore Resort

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One of the most attractive large resorts in the Adirondacks - and one of the oldest - the elegant Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing is a great choice of vacation destination for families and groups, as well as couples. Perched on a 70-acre site overlooking Lake George, the resort offers plenty of fun activities to keep you busy thanks to amenities such as casual and fine-dining experiences, a spa, and heated swimming pool. Outdoor activities include water sports such as canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, as well as tennis and golf.

Each of the resort's 137 rooms and suites include features such as spacious bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers, living rooms with sofa beds, and private balconies. A great choice for larger groups is the exquisite "Castle," a 2,000-square-foot vacation home, which comes with six bedrooms, a full gourmet kitchen, four bathrooms, separate living and dining rooms, and large patios.

Accommodation: The Sagamore Resort

11. Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz

Mohonk Mountain House

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The majestic Victorian-era Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz is, thanks to its castle-like appearance, not to mention its clifftop setting, one of the most photographed hotels in Upstate New York. Its accommodations are equally appealing and consist of a mix of luxury guest rooms and suites, as well as a few charming stand-alone cottages. A great choice are the cozy lake-view suites, which come with such features as separate living rooms (the fireplaces are real wood-burning affairs), handy wet bars, as well as large bathrooms with stand-alone bathtubs and glass showers. The balconies are also great and offer superb views over the surrounding countryside.

There are plenty of fun things to do on the property, with highlights including walking or hiking through the 40,000 acres of land surrounding the resort. In addition to biking and horseback riding, guests can also enjoy such pursuits as archery, boating, basketball, and swimming at the resort's private beach (a number of heated pools are also available). Also fun are the billiards and games rooms.

Accommodation: Mohonk Mountain House

12. Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Skaneateles

Mirbeau Inn & Spa

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Built in the style of a classic French chateaux, Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles is a popular spot for those looking to explore this beautiful part of Upstate New York. There's also much to do on-site, with amenities such as a full-service spa, fitness center (check the schedule for workout and yoga classes), or simply exploring the elegant grounds. A number of great walking trails criss-cross the grounds, which feature plenty of ponds and quiet spots to enjoy the views.

Mirbeau offers a variety of world-class accommodations, too. A great choice are the king guest rooms. These spacious units include living areas with their own fireplace, bathrooms with stand-alone showers and soaker tubs, entertainment systems, and HDTVs. If you can swing it, opt for the special club class suites, which provide an extra dose of luxury through their private lounge (food items and beverages included).

Accommodation: Mirbeau Inn & Spa Skaneateles

13. Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, Montauk

Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa

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Those seeking a high-end oceanfront getaway in the Hamptons couldn't do much better than book a night (or more) at the elegant Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa. A highlight of a stay is spending time relaxing on the resort's large private beach (access to the resort's beach club is included) or poolside at the unique indoor-but-ocean-fed seawater pool, said to be the only such facility in the US. Other resort amenities include casual and fine-dining restaurants, meeting and function space, a fitness center, and world-class spa.

Consisting of a mix of 146 guest rooms, suites, and quaint beachfront cottages, the resort offers plenty of choice when it comes time to bed down for the night. A great option for larger groups are the elegant two-bedroom suites, which come with two king beds and a queen-sized pull-out couch, plus a wet bar with a mini-fridge and coffee maker. A real benefit of these larger units are the incredible water views from their large private terraces.

Accommodation: Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa

14. Gurney's Montauk Yacht Club & Resort, Montauk

Gurney's Montauk Yacht Club & Resort

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Another excellent Montauk location to consider when the urge for a beach vacation strikes is the elegant Gurney's Montauk Yacht Club & Resort. This historic location consists of 107 luxurious guest rooms and villas, each featuring deluxe beds and bedding, HDTVs (not that you'll want to use them due to the amazing views from your balcony), coffee makers, mini-fridges, and spacious bathrooms (slippers and bathrobes provided).

Amenities and services are certainly classy and include in-room dining options plus great restaurant fare. Outdoor enthusiasts can test (or develop) their skills in activities such as surfing (lessons and rentals available), stand-up paddleboarding (lessons for kids are available), as well as sailing. Other notable amenities include a full-service spa, and fun yacht tours.

Accommodation: Gurney's Montauk Yacht Club & Resort

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