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“Very nice stay” 4 of 5 stars
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PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1920 Squaw Valley Road, Located in North Lake Tahoe, Olympic Valley, CA 96146   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Olympic Valley
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Very nice stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We stayed here for an extended-family escape and and planning to return next year. The PlumpJack is a little quirky, but we were very comfortable and enjoyed the quiet, intimate setting. The rooms are comfortable, though not exactly luxurious -- a chest of drawers would have been nice, for instance -- and could probably stand another updating soon. Still, it was clean and comfortable, and the hotel service was great. The location is terrific, too, right across the street from the village, and a short drive to the lake. Complimentary breakfast was also quite nice, though not over-the-top, and a little crowded at times. Dinner in the restaurant was delicious, but the kitchen was overwhelmed by our large group and the service suffered. There is a great-looking children's menu, which led us to think that families would be welcome and well-treated, but they clearly were not up to the task. Nevertheless, the was nice enough that we plan to return.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SteveL3_11, General Manager at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Thank you for your recent stay and feedback. The team is consistently looking to improve our guest experience and have noted your comments regarding dinner. Thanks again and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Take care,
Steve Lamb
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mill Valley, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

To put it bluntly, the restaurant is great but the rooms are not at all. Especially considering what you pay for them.

Walls are paper thin, rooms were small, low ceilings, noisy, no closet, just shower, not very clean, stained and worn out carpets, and non professional room service. Now admittedly we were in one of the 'dog friendly' rooms downstairs but still, if we are paying $425/night + $150 for the dog plus resort fees for a Superior King room I expect something much better. Maybe during summer when the pool and patio is open it's different...

On the other hand the restaurant was excellent. If you have to stay there, for the convenience or whatever, make sure you ask for something on the 2nd floor.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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SteveL3_11, General Manager at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Our building was constructed prior to the 1960 Olympics here in Squaw Valley. It definitely posses some inherent quirks and charm. But, it has been our goal to maintain some of the rustic character and history. With 56 guest rooms, including 8 suites, our set up and room style is that of a “classic hotel”. Standard room size is 300 square feet. Select rooms do have bathtubs and each has a space to hang clothes, but not a standard closet. In recent years, we’ve welcomed dogs to the hotel and our team really enjoys hosting all members of the family. Of course, cleaning and supplies are factors in this decision hence the dog fee. Our food and beverage offerings are a big part of the hotel as well. Guests have come to appreciate and enjoy the hearty breakfast in the morning, lunch or après ski by the fire in the bar or dinner in the dining room. It’s ultimately our goal for guests to enjoy their stay whether it’s to relax and refresh or get outside and engage in all the outdoors and the bustling village have to offer.
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California
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71 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We stayed in a standard /two queen bed room. it was OK. On the plus side: Clean and comfortable bed On the minus side: Very sterile and odd decorations - you can tell this was a dormitory at one time; ridiculously overpriced snacks in the room - if you go BRING YOUR OWN. View of the street is not very inviting.
There is a "club fee" that is supposed to cover "parking, breakfast & Internet". The breakfast is a buffet and of fair/poor quality. It consists of cold cereal, some cut up fruit and yogurt, bread that did not appear to be fresh, some "snackin cake" looking cakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and frozen/cooked hash browns. There were juices, coffee and tea also. But, to charge someone for this was silly (given the room prices and the lack of amenities). Also - charging for PARKING? And, we never even used the internet? Ridiculous.
On an overall plus side - the staff was extremely nice/helpful.
Just be aware that if you go/stay here, you may not get what you pay for!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Westwood, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We stayed 2 nights at PlumpJack Inn. Our room was lovely with a view of the back lawns and pool. The atmosphere was serene, very peaceful and quiet. The staff was especially friendly and helpful and the buffet breakfast was excellent and most hearty.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Napa, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

This hotel is one of several in the area, but it’s also one of the best. Small in size (especially compared to many of the others) this hotel is warm and inviting. The café/bar has a great menu that is well priced a fabulous wine list and the food is creative and fresh. Complimentary breakfast is included and is hearty. On Sunday’s the café serves up a menu of various Bloody Mary’s and appetizers and there are several televisions which make it a perfect place to watch a game. The rooms are clean, bright and well appointed. During the summer there are several excellent hiking trails just steps from the hotel entrance. We took a hike to Shirley Lake (the hotel provided a map) and then continued on to High Camp. If you hike up, you can take the tram down for free. Overall we were very pleased with our stay and would highly recommend to anyone for a relaxing getaway.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

We stayed at this hotel with the family. The location is really great with scenic view of the mountains. This is place where the olymics were held in 1960. The hotel itself is a bit pricey for the quality of rooms they provide. I expect better quality at that price. Overall the hotel could be better in its appearance.
The floors were squicky and the bathroom not really up to the expectation for this price. The service was good and the food was good also.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis
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24 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

I stayed at the hotel for 3 nights and had a superior king bed room on the second floor. The complimentary breakfast in the morning is excellent with a nice variety of breakfast items and very helpful staff. The staff at the front desk was very helpful in answering questions and quickly provided me with non-feather pillows upon my arrival (allergies!). I ate lunch at the hotel and found the food to be excellent, but a little on the pricey side. There is a nice mini-fridge stocked with items, but I used it to keep a couple of bottles of water cold.

A quick run down -
Pros - quiet space, really nice quality of bedding/towels
Cons - no A/C, but windows that open with fans; no dresser drawers, but baskets for your clothes; as others have mentioned, in my room I had concrete floors, with area rugs and lots of metal decor. It's not as plushy or warm as some other high end hotels are.

One other thing that might be good to know - this is a very dog-friendly hotel! Treats and water for the dogs are available at the front desk.

While this is not the most luxurious hotel I have stayed at, it was clean and close to where I needed to be, plus the staff was very good!

Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Address: 1920 Squaw Valley Road, Located in North Lake Tahoe, Olympic Valley, CA 96146
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Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > Olympic Valley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Olympic Valley
#3 Romantic Hotel in Olympic Valley
#3 Green Hotel in Olympic Valley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in North Lake Tahoe brings new meaning to the term "peak experience."Comfortable and casually elegant, our Lake Tahoe mountain escape offers an intimate resort experience, complete with fine dining and an attentive staff that's dedicated to making your stay everything you dreamed of. From the mountains to the lake, there's ample opportunity for outdoor adventure. And with slope-side access and some of the area's best hiking, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, near Lake Tahoe's north shore, offers more than just a getaway, but a true experience. ... more   less 
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