My husband and I stayed here for five nights over Christmas, and we had an amazing experience. The resort was beautiful, and it was decorated appropriately for the holidays. We happened upon a deal that made if affordable (a basic room during the time period would have cost us over $400 a night but we payed half of that).
Yes, everything was expensive. It is a resort, and we expected that going in. We currently live in Monterey, so we're used to paying similar prices to the resort. However, what we don't seem to get much of is good service, but the service at the resort was fantastic! Including the restaurants, the activities, bell service, and even the management. Whenever we asked questions at the concierge desk, they were always helpful. Our original room was very nice for a basic room, I didn't expect to have a sink, refrigerator, and microwave in the basic room, it was nice to have. The bed's were so comfortable. The view of the mountain wasn't so bad, we still got to watch five feet of snow drop in Squaw that week! It wouldn't have made a difference to have a valley view those days. We had a maintenance issue in our room and the last two nights we were upgraded to a valley view fireplace suite, which made the experience even more memorable. They also have umbrellas located all over for guests use, which was a nice added touch.
There was so much going on during the time we stayed, we couldn't do everything we wanted. Ski in ski out was an awesome convenience, and so was their ski check system that was right there after you got off the mountain (or out of the shuttle). The shuttle to the village itself was nice to have (especially for skiers at my level who can't quite make it down the squaw creek run), we never had to wait too long. We also rented snow shoes right on site one day. There were many dining options and we tried them all. The food was never disappointing. We ate Christmas dinner at Six Peaks Grille, and the lamb dish was so good we won't forget it.
Like I mentioned, it snowed over five feet while we were there, and I felt like they handled It really well. No, the ice rink was closed during a good portion of that time, but I'm not sure how that could have been avoided. The fires right outside (i forget exactly where) were kept going, and the hot tub's were always available for use. We do regret being cheap and not paying for valet service, because it took us hours to un-bury our truck covered with so much snow we could only see it's shape in the parking lot. Lucky the valet guys let us use one of their shovels. Oh, the parking lot isn't that far, but you do have to walk a few steps to get there.
I would recommend to anyone, especially if you can get a deal on a room. Just understand it is a resort, and prices are high, but they are definitely worth it if you want a luxury experience.
- Also Known As:
- Resort At Squaw Creek Hotel Olympic Valley
- Resort At Squaw Creek Hotel
- Hotel At Squaw Creek
- At Squaw Creek Hotel
- Resort Squaw Creek
- Squaw Creek Resort
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- Luxury mountain resort located at the base of Squaw Valley USA, five miles from the shores of Lake Tahoe. ... more less
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