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“Kids snow plan” 3 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
San Jose, California
1 review
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“Kids snow plan”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I have been to Northstar for the last 2 years. Each of those year the staff had reserved a section of the mountain near the ski school for snow play, including sledding. That area was "fenced off" from skier and was very safe to be in. It was very nice, having 1 kid in the ski school it was possible to play in the snow even sledding, they had build a nice little ramp for that, while keeping an eye on the older sibling ski development.

But this year they decided that providing a safe environment for family where kids can play and safely sled was no longer a good thing to have, instead kids play directly in the ski run which is way dangerous and they are banning sledding all together . Unfortunate when you have kids, at the end of the day, it is nice to have an outlet where they can just play in the snow and NortStar made sure to remove that and made it even less save. So staying at Northstar is no longer a viable options especially if you have very young kids and they just want to play in the snow, including sledding, in a safe environment go somewhere else. They offer tubing, but then, it requires you to go up the mountain and it is hourly, runs only during ski hours, the old play and sledding area was very nice, could use it until dark, safe convenient (*$ is very closed by) and have access the restroom.

Because of this change I give Northstar an average. They have the potential of being to go to place in Tahoe-Reno area but since they change their snow play area I can't give them more than 3 stars

Thanks

-D

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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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San Ramon, California
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75 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed at the Northstar Village Rooms and Lofts. The property does not look at all like the photos that are shown. The room had a noisy wall heater, that blew hot air on the person sleeping near it. The bathroom area was the smallest I have ever seen with one sink that was dirty and the fixtures were broken. The toilet and bathtub were in a sepparate encosure which you had to completely enter to close the door. Once you were in there, you couldn't even move properly to hygentically clean yourself. The wall directly in front of the toilet had a small built in electric heater (circa 1960) with a timer but only worked once. It remained broken the remainder of the time. The bath tub would flood when you took a shower. The room had two queen size beds that were uncomfortable to say the least and came equipt with dirty bed coverings. I was grossed out that my children had to sleep there. There was a small refridgerator and microwave but no inroom safe so you had to take your purse/wallet everywhere. I had to lock it in the ski rental area. The room door had an actual key to open it, not an electric card. The door did not close properly so you felt rather un-safe in the room. The carpets were old and dirty. I looked under the bed and found someones slipper and behind the chest of drawers dirty wrappers. I guess no one really cleans the room.

There was parking in the garage below as long as you found a "green" area that was for guest. We didn't have a problem with the parking although in the covered area it was tight with the SUV and that is what everyone drives up there.

In summary, stay away from the "Hotel like" rooms. They are very old, outdated, small and not worth the money.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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59 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We stayed in a one bedroom Ski in Ski out unit but it was fall and not skiing yet. They have a wonderful golf course, recreation center and some very nice restaurants. We like the Japanese restaurant and the Pizza sports bar. The golf course has a links style nine and a mountain nine with lots of trees and creeks. During ski season it is very family oriented with great terrain that are at different levels from the same chair.

Room Tip: The Ski Trail units are walkable to the Village and the Recreation center. The Village units are mor...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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34 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Our one-bedroom condo was top of the line—from the appliances to the hardware. The place was simply beautiful. The kitchen was fully equipped, linens were perfect, and the location (right in the village) was VERY convenient. The Iron Horse building was also exceptionally quiet—a big plus after long days of skiing. The resort is a little pricey, but we went as a treat to ourselves. If you want to save money, there are other local condos available a short walk from the village. The resort is also great for kids, with tons of fun and amenities right outside your front door.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Skokie, Illinois
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22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

first,know that Northtar has it really put together as a whole. the shuttle is well organized. the 3 bedroom 2 bath slept 8 but had room for more. not standing all over each other. I was in the gold bend condos. lifts had no lines over the new years holiday. not a stress vacation. had a guy in the ski rental (thomas helstrom) who was very helpful. safe and well worth the money!!!!
shuttle bus is less than 5 minn away from village.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Miami, Florida
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19 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I went to Northstar with my wife and a group of friends and we all stayed in one of the condos which were amazing. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, very luxurious, very nice, great kitchen, great rooms, beautiful views from the amazingly large balcony. The condo was so nice that it was hard to leave it for skiing... The mountain is beautiful and the ski experience awesome. There's something for everyone to do there. If you're beginner, do the classes. Well worth it. I would come back there without thinking.

The village is very neat. It looks like you are somewhere in Switzerland. There's plenty of restaurants, shops and even an ice skate ring, which is very fun. Prices are not very expensive, considering that you're miles away from the closes drugstore or supermarket.

The only complain I have is regarding the room service. We were a large group (8 people) and the condo did not have soap and shampoo. We had to request several times for them to bring it, and they were very economical when they did.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bend, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Something for everyone here. We loved it. Started the day skiing, and that was just the beginning of the day. There is SO much to do here- especially for my kids. I love the centralized campus feel. Everything revolves around the ice skating rink. The village reminds me of a mountain village in Switzerland. Unlike Squaw- there are general ski slopes at the base. Lots of thought into the layout of the property. We stayed in one of the town homes on the ridge. Great views of the treetops. Very private. Great mountain feel. - We are going to spend more next time to stay in the village to have that experience. Love NorthStar!!!!!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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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