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“Good Value in North Lake Tahoe” 5 of 5 stars
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The Village at Northstar
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   100 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA 96161   |  
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Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in Truckee
Santa Rosa, California
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“Good Value in North Lake Tahoe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

We stayed here for a week's vacation in early August. Being experienced Tahoe visitors, we have explored most of the lodging options around the lake over the years. In the recent past, we have usually stayed in the Village at Squaw Valley. Since the change in ownership there, however, it has become just too expensive. We booked into the Northstar Aspen Grove studio condos for 5 days at $100 per day which included golf range balls, passes for the gondola, and rec. center passes. We found the condo to be fully equipped, clean, and quiet. While obviously not new, it felt more like a comfortable home than a hotel room. Because most of the lodging at this resort is privately owned and only managed by Northstar, you are at the mercy of the private owners taste and budget. Be advised that these condos do not have elevators so you could potentially be climbing 4 or more flights to get to your condo from the parking lot level. Also, the entire resort property is on a steep hillside so depending on your location you might have an uphill hike to the village proper. While the rental options are spread over a larger area, an excellent free shuttle runs on demand. The rec center is excellent with both a separate family and adult pool area, tennis courts, kids video game room, and adult quiet area. Northstar has over 100 miles of trails available for downhill mountain biking with separate well-marked hiking trails. The golf course is well maintained and not crowded. We found every employee we interacted with polite. The front desk folks were especially helpful giving us a free bike trail map of Tahoe after we mentioned we were bike riders. It's possible to be perfectly happy spending a day or 2 completely at the resort and then exploring North Tahoe. King's Beach is only a short 10 minutes away over the Brockway summit (where you can find easy access to the Tahoe Rim Trail). All in all, we were very pleased with our stay and recommend Northstar at Tahoe.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Hamburg, Germany
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
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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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Livermore, California
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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.

Room Tip: Stay at the Ritz Carlton if you want a clean quality room!!!
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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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12 helpful votes 12 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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Address: 100 Northstar Drive, 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 #8 of 14 Hotels in Truckee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Village at Northstar 3*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Northstar California Resort beckons visitors with its 3,170 skiable acres of impeccably-groomed trails and dramatic glade skiing; variety of luxury and family accommodations; and penchant for food and wine which highlights the best of California's freshly-sourced, seasonal ingredients. Distinctive detail imparts a true sense of California laid-back luxury and style - from The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe's slopeside elegance, mountain-view patios, award-winning spa and decadent cuisine, to The Village at Northstar's fine boutique shops, restaurants, movie cinema, 9,000 square-foot skating rink, heated cabanas and fire pits perfect for roasting S'mores. Deemed the best resort for families by Outside Magazine, Northstar California's intimate yet approachable atmosphere offers a year-round retreat which pours forth world-class ski and ride programs, culinary excellence and unique traditions which together offer an experience of a lifetime. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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