Algonquin was originally William Rockefeller’s study, set along a private corridor leading from the Great Hall. It is a warm and handsome room; the paneled, butterscotch walls lined with old books from floor to ceiling. Rockefeller’s specially commissioned map of Upper Saranac hangs above the stone fireplace, revealing the curves and secrets of the lake. Algonquin’s queen-size bed is flanked by brass reading lamps. Below a bank of leaded windows an elegant desk is stocked with letterhead and pens, should you wish to put thoughts to paper.
A private door leads outside, and down the wooded slope to the lake. In the bathroom, a clawfoot tub stands beside a remarkable shower, from which the Adirondacks’ pure water thunders down like a rainstorm.