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“OK for skiing, bad if you need to sleep or eat” 2 of 5 stars
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Sierra Summit Inn
59265 Highway 168, Lakeshore, CA 93634-0236   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Lakeshore B&B and Inns
Paso Robles
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“OK for skiing, bad if you need to sleep or eat”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

My 18 yr old daughter and I went to Sierra Summit Inn, now known as China Peak Ski Resort. The hotel had been 'remodeled' so we had high hopes. Rooms (standard) were $164. WHen we checked in, we were given two keys (not cards, actual keys) and a TV remote, with the warning that there was a fine if they were not returned, also "no cooking in the room". Our room was very small, queen bed, and bunk beds. The only light was a small florescent fixture way high and a small florescent lamp on the one nightstand. Good thing I brought a headlight. THe bathroom was tiny, only heat was an orange 'french fry' light up in the ceiling which put out no heat. AND there was no thermostat in the room. When I asked the front desk, they said "we control the heat". My thermometer said 64 degrees inside. California law says all lodging must be 70 degrees 3 feet from floor.

No mini fridge, no microwave. Now, not that we wanted to whip up a stir fry, but those 2 appliances would have been an improvement. THe sole coffeemaker had no cups.

Obviously they want you to eat in their restaurant. For breakfast it's 'cafeteria style'
which is a tiny cafeteria where you can buy 2 scrambled eggs and bacon for $8. Not a latte in sight. We skipped breakfast after that and ate apple and cheese in the room.

Door lock! Those real keys worked a lock built into the round door knob. Rickety, and no security bolt inside. A true security risk that wouldn't fly anywhere.

The hot water took so long to get to our bathroom I turned the hot tab on full, brushed my teeth, put on makeup , and made a coffee (with my own electric espresso machine I smuggled in, thank goodness). THEN it started to get warm. What a waste of water.

The skiing was great. But when we came back inside for lunch, there was no welcoming fire. THe one fireplace was locked in the bar in the hotel, which didn't open until 5 pm. Then after 5 it was too noisy with music and very smoky so we didn't go inside.

The dining room was clean but limited menu, very expensive. My hangar steak was palm sized, $26. Wine list was small, when I asked for a wineglass for the room the bartender asked it be returned.

While we liked the skiing and it was easier for us to get there vs. Mammoth or Utah, next time I'll go farther away for more enjoyment. BTW I have skied in Whistler, Beaver Creek, Telluride, Mammoth, and Copper Mountain, and have never seen such a messed up resort. We won't be back.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

Sierra Summit Inn has been re-branded China Peak Inn. (the old original name). We spent a evening there the night before we were to pick up our son at a near by camp. The camp hosted a cocktail party at China Peak Inn and we had dinner. Delightful and clean restaurant/hotel. The lodge and dinning room have redone evoking it's original 50's feel. Staff was super nice. The mattress in the simple hotel rooms were phenomenal. Hotel will embark on a broader renovation and building program making for a terrific Huntington Lake area winter/summer family destination.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Barbara, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2010

While there was a lot lacking at this place, it's location and price outweigh all the downsides. We decided to go here this year for spring snowboarding instead of Mammoth, and we will return. The facility has seen better days no doubt; even the pics I included don't adequately represent how rundown this place is, but it was so nice to just be able to let the kids get ready and walk across the parking lot to snowboard that I would have braved just about anything. We stayed in a two-bedroom suite (using the term suite loosely:). It had a coffee maker and some coffee, a functioning TV with CNN, FOX, some regular stations and HBO, and a small refrigerator (that froze everything... but oh well). It was about 1/2 the price (or less) of a similarly located facility at Mammoth, and while it doesn't have the amenities or the organization that Mammoth has, it was much less crowded- more low key. We all loved it and its rustic atmosphere!

Food, hmmm, well some of it was edible and some not, but it was part of the experience.

One issue arose while we were there; my son had a snowboarding accident and the ski patrol, while nice enough, doesn't seem very knowledgeable about sports medicine. It was a 60 mile, almost two hour, ride to Clovis Medical Center. In the end he was fine, but it would be a little scary if someone was really seriously hurt.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2010

Sierra Summit is a lovely resort with a good skiing mountain. Much bigger than we had expected. The snow was great. The Sierra Summit Inn is a different story. While the people who work there are the nicest hotel staff we have met in a long time, the hotel itself is very run down and smelly. The rooms are so tiny that I referred to ours as "the rabbit shack" and my husband as "the prison cell". The mattress was pretty bad, the TV control did not work (even though we got new batteries) and the bathroom small; but clean. At least we had a bathroom. It would appear that the smell in the corridor came from the communal bathrooms. The resort is very family friendly; we saw rooms with multiple bunk beds and probably up to 6 people in it; the evening noise level is accordingly; but the kids crash early after skiing, it appears. Our rate for the night was $130, so our expectations had not been high, as the resort is right by the slopes; no need to drive any further. The food at the restaurant was very good but pricey. Let's not talk about the food by the slopes. We hard the resort has been acquired by Kirkwood, and we hope some necessary upgrades will take place. Hopefully, they will keep the lovely staff.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
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Sierra Summit Hotel
Address: 59265 Highway 168, Lakeshore, CA 93634-0236
Location: United States > California > Lakeshore
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Lakeshore

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