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.
- Also Known As:
- Sierra Summit Hotel Lakeshore
- Sierra Summit Hotel