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“A luxurious place in a peaceful location” 5 of 5 stars
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Northstar California Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   5001 Northstar Drive, PO Box 129, Truckee, CA 96161   |  
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Ranked #7 of 14 hotels in Truckee
Hamburg, Germany
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“A luxurious place in a peaceful location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights, being invited by a friend. We tend to stay at places that are much cheaper than this one, so for me that was an absolute first. I read most of the reviews afterwards and we must have stayed at the fantastic condos the "excellent" reviews swoon about.

The condo had three bedrooms, high ceilings, a gas fireplace as well as a fully equipped kitchen which would be my dream to have at home.

Since we stayed in the middle of summer there is nothing I can say about the skiing, just how impressed I was by the condo. The appliances were all great (Cuisinart mostly) and the kitchen was outfitted with marble countertops, which made preparing food a joy.

The bedrooms were very comfortable, the beds were great, as were the bathrooms - very clean and warm.

The condo had AC in all rooms, which initially was a bit too cold for me - but then, you can easily change the temperature to a climate that suits you.

While the price is way out of my league, I would recommend staying there to anyone who can afford to and wants to spend a couple of days in nice surroundings.

The most remarkable feat for me was the peaceful atmosphere: normally I will only be able to sleep with earplugs in hotels. In this place I slept like a baby without any.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Livermore, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

We checked in and went to the 2 bedroom condo we rented. It looked old and out dated when we first walked in. I noticed that it could have been cleaner, too. When I was checking the bed for bugs I found 2 kinds in the bed! We went back to the office and were moved to another condo. This one was cleaner and no bugs but a pillow case was torn and there were disgusting stains on the comforter. A few hours later another couple walked in on us! At first, these people weren't going to leave! What if we hadn't been there? Who knows what would have happened to our belongings! We decided that we had had enough and left. So much for a nice relaxing few days in the mountains!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

We spent 2 nights in the 2 bedrooms condo but we didn't have enough warm water for bathtub. The air conditioner was very not stable too. It was always too hot upstairs, and too cold in the bedrooms downstairs. We called the front desk and the maintenance guy came quickly. But after he checked everything he told us that everything was fine. The heater is 30 yrs old so it took time to heat the water. So we needed to wait 20-30 minutes for the water heated after each shower. Every night we spent 2 hours to wait warm water. When we checked out, we complained the situations again. The lady in the front desk seemed very understandable because she told us many customers complained about hot water already. It was really unacceptable after all-day ski without warm water to bath!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boulder, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

Condos are dated and feel a little worn out. Shag carpet, dark woods, minimal lighting. Our condo was 2 bedrooms, sleeps up to 4. Sort of the place I would stay at when I was in my 20's. Only one very small full bath, and a tiny half bath. Room had a musty odor but was visually clean. Dishwasher full upon arrival with card that stated "dishes are clean"...in other words, unload yourself. We paid about $250./night which is way overpriced for this quality. Bedrooms were on lower floor, kitchen and main room on second floor, which made the lower floor a little on the cold side.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Louisiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

We spent a week at Northstar's Ski Trails condos in January. Upon arrival the condo had dirty placements on the table, hairs on the bathroom floor, dirty kitchen counter tops, and holes in the sheets. Worst of all, over the phone the had assure us that our family of 5 would be perfectly comfortable in the condo. Turns out, the condo sleeps 4, and then has some awful vinyl sleeping mats which they consider to be an adequate 5th bed. There isnt even a 5th chair at the dining room table! So for a week one of us had to take turns perching on the armrest of the couch to eat. The front desk's inability to or disinterest in resolving our situation was a joke. In general there seemed to be a lot of disorganization at Northstar, we had reserved rental equipment by phone and email, and when we got there there was no record of our reservation. We paid for a snowboard class the night before, and when we went the next day, there was no record of our payment.... On the upside, EVERYONE working in the lifts, at Guest Services, on the Mountain was incredibly friendly and went out of their way to be helpful and nice.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Southern California
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

We stayed in one of the one bedroom condos in the Ironhorse South building. I was impressed by how well appointed the kitchen was. We especially enjoyed snuggling in front of the large, stone gas fireplace on chilly winter nights. You can walk right from the condo to the lifts and slopes. The bellman also recommended we rent skis through the Black Tie service, which comes right to your room to fit you with all your gear. It was so much easier than dealing with the lines the next morning.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

We were originally going to go to Squaw but when we arrived in Tahoe, everyone told us that Northstar had invested the money in snow making and trails, and that they had the better snow, and it was true! Had a GREAT day of skiing there, lots of fun, beautiful vista views of the mountains and the lake. Had a great lunch at the Summit Deck and the new Zephyr Lodge was amazing! Food wasn't cheap, but the free parking was easy, a shuttle came every 2 minutes it seemed and dropped us off right at the village. The Northstar Village was HUGE and had lots of shops and restaurants. Everyone was so friendly!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Northstar California Resort

Also Known As:
Northstar-At-Tahoe Hotel Truckee
Northstar-At-Tahoe Hotel
Northstar At Tahoe Truckee
Northstar At Tahoe Hotel
Address: 5001 Northstar Drive, PO Box 129, Truckee, CA 96161
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > Truckee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 14 hotels in Truckee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Northstar California Resort 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Northstar-at-Tahoe™ Resort is host to a recently completed $55 million base area village featuring movie theaters, conference spaces, and 35 unique shops, galleries, California-based specialty stores and restaurants. ... more   less 
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