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Northstar Lodge-A Welk Resort
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   970 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA 96161   |  
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“Exceptional Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I Stayed with my family in a three bedroom lodge weeks before for our trip to tahoe and it is over expected! I was choosing from the Ritz Carlton and this and I am so happy that I choose this resort due to the 20 minute mountain drive from the main road to Ritz Carlton. The room is huge and furnished with solid hardwood furniture and the hotel located just 10 minutes to lake Tahoe which is ideal to escape the noise, and the village itself is well supply the needs. The thing that really defined the stay is the cinema which my sister and I booked for Aliens and it is one of the funniest experience I had in any hotel.

Room Tip: Every room is perfect but ask for a village facing room for view
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This was the most beautiful place we have ever stayed and all of the staff went above and beyond to make our trip even better! We stayed in the off season and loved the tranquility of the place. The 3 bedroom unit was perfect for our family of five and grandma and grandpa to stay the whole week. We loved it so much we extended our trip an additional two nights.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I tried several other resorts using Interval, but Welk puts them all to shame. There wasn't one part of the accommodation that didn't go far beyond our expectations. The kitchen was FULLY stocked with appliances, utensils, and ground coffee! They don't give you a miserly packet of dish soap, dishwasher soap, and laundry detergent; they give you actual containers that will last your entire vacation. The kitchen is first-class, right down to very nice wine glasses and an ample supply of every kind of dish/container you'll need. All the appliances are full-sized Viking. Granite counters, of course.

That's just the kitchen. The living room is open-beamed and warm with the requisite fireplace and big-screen TV (there are TVs in each bedroom as well). It has a terrific seating arrangement both for talking and for sitting alone to read a good book. There is also WI-Fi access for those who cannot be cut from the Internet umbilical cord. The covered balcony has a warm fireplace (not fire pit) so you can enjoy the mountain air and the views even when it's a little nippy.

The master bedroom contains a room-sized walk-in closet, and there is ample storage for a nice long stay (you won't want to leave). It also has private access to the balcony for getting up early or staying up late, alone. The bath contains a spacious tub, a stone shower with seat, double sinks, and a separate water closet.

We stayed in the 3 bedroom suite, expecting 3 bdrm/3 baths. Wrong. It's 3 bdrm/3 baths. There were only 4 of us. One of the extra bedrooms had its own balcony.

Don't let the small lobby entrance fool you; the first floor above has a huge guest lounge and wine bar, plenty of tables in secluded clusters, fireplace, games--anything you don't see, ask. But here's a little extra that pushed our experience over the top: there is a media room with about 25 reclining seats that you can reserve for a private showing of the movie of your choice (from about 16 pages of titles). Bring popcorn!

Parking is underground and heated. An inside elevator takes you and your luggage (numerous luggage carts) up to your floor. Adjacent to the building is a well-equipped gym and pool.

The Welk facility sits just above the Northstar cluster of buildings and shops. It therefore is a little more quiet and maintains an atmosphere of "getaway" rather than the sardine approach of other resorts.

If you are there to ski, the lift is just outside the building. The definition of "ski in/ski out." There is ice skating at the Northstar rink (in the middle of the building cluster). In summer, it becomes a roller rink. Children will not be bored. Neither will adults.

Overall, a place that anticipates what you'll need and then goes a bit beyond your expectations. We'll be regulars here.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the 4th floor for the best area view.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

An amazing facility. Rooms well-stocked. Beautifully decorated. Makes me very happy to be a Welk owner. Ski valet is very nice. Access to the exercise facility a nice bonus. The only thing missing are barbecues, and a after ski wine and cheese reception.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Stayed in 3-bedroom unit with family of 4 for 4 nights. As others have said, like staying in a beautiful condo with high end finishes everywhere. Mountain lodge aesthetic mixed with contemporary finishes. Bring groceries and take advantage of outstanding, well-equipped kitchen for eating in and save $ vs. pricey restaurants in the village (this is not a standard hotel with room service). Staff was super friendly and helped quickly with several things. Had their own ski valet service which was very helpful. Right next to gondola to Ritz Carlton - which provides more dining options at mid-mountain (cafe there good and reasonable price for lunch). Don't miss the 16-person high-end home-style theater - reserve it early and pick from their long list of DVD's or bring your own (no extra fee). Have their own exercise facility that isn't huge but is well equipped with modern equipment - the non-skiier in our family used it every day and loved it. We've already booked return visit for next year.

Room Tip: rooms facing north star village have better mountain views
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Ridgedale, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This place is beautiful!! The rooms are very large and spacious. The appliances are top of line!! The beds are comfortable and sheets are so soft. The view is beautiful with the gondola right outside our window. It snowed here too which was beautiful! You can't go wrong here. Also Welk bought this property so I'm really excited about that!!! All their properties are Top Notch!!!!

Room Tip: All rooms are great
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

I have enjoyed numerous hotels throughout Tahoe over the years. This is my favorite. The views from this hotel are incredible! The rooms were very nice and comfortable. They have a rustic,but,modern and comfortable feel. For all the amenities that this hotel offers, the rate was reasonable. The staff was very friendly and attentive. I am looking forward to returning to this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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Address: 970 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA 96161
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Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > Truckee
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Truckee
#4 Romantic Hotel in Truckee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Northstar Lodge-A Welk Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at the base of the mountain and two minute walk to multi-activities Village Core, Northstar Lodge boasts ski-in/ski-out, adjacent to Big Springs gondola and Swim and Fitness Center. Features exclusive exteriors with native materials for a naturally weathered appearance, while luxuriously warm appointments set the mood within creating a high-alpine sensibility. All two and three bedroom residences feature a private deck with in & outdoor fireplaces, hickory floors, alder cabinets, spacious fully equipped full-size kitchens including Viking ranges, and ranch house design interiors. Other amenities include a spacious lounge, media theater, ski and boot valet (winter) and bike valet (summer). Hiking closeby and 15 minutes to Lake Tahoe, Horseback Riding, and other outdoor sports. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Northstar Lodge - Hyatt Residence Club Hotel Truckee

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