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“Beautiful lodge” 4 of 5 stars
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Northstar Lodge-A Welk Resort
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   970 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA 96161   |  
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Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Truckee
Santa Clara, California, USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Beautiful lodge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spring Break in April is a mixed bag. Sometimes snow and sometimes not. This trip I booked a 3 bedroom at Welk Resorts 6 months in advanced thinking at least we'll be comfy. This place is gorgeous! We pretty much had the place to ourselves. 10 people however do not fit into a three bedroom. 8 comfortable and 9 on the extra couch, 10 of you squeeze your 8 year old into bed with you. I was told by Welk resorts that I could fit 10 into this 3 bedroom resort. Not so... The kitchen is fully stocked and there are plenty of bathrooms for everyone to have their own space. My parents and in-law were both impressed by the size of this little apartment. The staff that checked us in, Dennis was super friendly and the rest of the staff on top of any requests I made from the trash being taken out to bedsheets that needed changing. Overall, I do plan on returning here, but next trip... A smaller room and fewer people! And not in April!

Stayed April 2015
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Hutch F, Director of Consumer Affairs at Northstar Lodge-A Welk Resort, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Pam H,
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am happy to read you loved the resort. I have passed your capacity thoughts on to our management team. I am glad to hear you found our customer service levels to your liking. We look forward to having you back again in the future.
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Rating summary
  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The resort is amazing and Dennis is just outstanding. He was the front desk clerk who greeted us every afternoon and night. We were there Sunday through Wednesday. Dennis was very informative. He gave us information regarding where to hike and go rock climbing. Also told us about local eateries. Took our 11 year old who enjoyed rock climbing. We drove to the South shore and stopped at a rest stop where we took amazing pictures. There was a hiking path to a hidden beach. The summer activities had not started yet and we were told it would be in full swing in mid May. Make sure to reserve a few hours to watch a movie in the awesome theatre at the resort. Thank you Dennis for making our stay so enjoyable. We hope to return soon.

Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
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Hutch F, Director of Consumer Affairs at Northstar Lodge-A Welk Resort, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Hi Ana R,
Thank you for staying at the Northstar Lodge. It is great to hear that Dennis was both friendly and attentive during your stay. We are very happy to hear that you and your family were able to enjoy some of the great local attractions we have near the resort. We thank you for your excellent review and we hope to see you again soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We came to Tahoe to visit my family living in Reno. My wife and three sons and Mom and Dad fit comfortably in the three bedroom condo at the lodge. My sister and her husband actually came and spent a couple of nights (9 total) and it worked perfect. Each family had space and their own bathroom. The condo was super well appointed with high end appliances and all the accoutrements of a five star hotel/lodge. Flat screens mounted in each bedroom, granite surfaces in kitchen and baths. Tile and glass showers in baths with high end plumbing (Kohler) fixtures throughout. Hardwoods in kitchen and living area with plush carpet in bedrooms. Nice furniture with room for 9/10 to gather in the den. Nice audio/video set up with Directv and DVD players in each room. Dining room table was large and also a bar for additional seating. Indoor and outdoor gas logs which was a nice feature for sitting outside on deck. Kitchen well stocked with whatever we needed. We hit the grocery store on the way in and stocked up with food and cooked 75% of our meals which was nice for visiting and also saving money (the resort is expensive but everything is at Tahoe!). This is not a hotel so don't expect concierge type service but with that said, the front desk is manned 24/7 and they were super helpful anytime we needed anything. They have a state of the art movie theatre you can rent out and watch movies or ball games on the hd projection screen. Also, they have a first floor gathering area with couches and work spaces and gas logs and TVs. This was nice for me as I could come down in the early morning and get work done and catch up on news without waking others. This is also the level you would "ski in/out" utilizing the ski concierge they offer at the lodge. This would be more appropriate if there would have been snow but that is not something the lodge has any control over. Last thing, the detached outdoor pool with a huge hot tub were a hit with the kids and adults. They have a workout room and also billiards room with foosball and a nice TV setup for watching games etc. In a nutshell this place was awesome. I would certainly come back, and hopefully next time we will see colder and snowier conditions. TIP: enjoy Northstar and the village, they are super nice and the set up is really cool. But if you want the best snow, try Mt. Rose.

Stayed March 2015, traveled with family
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Hutch F, Director of Consumer Affairs at Northstar Lodge-A Welk Resort, responded to this review, March 27, 2015
Hi dwhitley,
Thank you for staying at Northstar Lodge. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations, as well as some of the activities and amenities we have on-site. Your comments will certainly help our future guests envision some of the great things to expect while staying with us. Thank you for taking the time so share your experience, we look forward to having you back!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and looking for a special place to stay that didn't require a plane trip. Since we are members of the Welk Resorts, we decided to try their Tahoe place. We were concerned that we might not have enough to do since we are not skiers but we dismissed those concerns when we approached. The place is beautiful, clean, and perfectly located. The Northstar Village is right there with fun little stores and an ice skating rink. The Gelato was my favorite! We could take the lift right from the resort or village to enjoy playing in the snow and tried snow shoes. We had a three bedroom suite that had the perfect layout and the kitchen was stocked with all the kitchenware needed. It was definitely more than what we needed but the roominess made it feel like home. We played pool in the rec room and checkers by a fire. The jacuzzi felt perfect and we made use of it nightly. The staff was very friendly especially a young man named Colby who always had a smile and gave us great information about the area. We look forward to returning at different times of year and with family. We may even try to learn to ski!

Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
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Hutch F, Director of Consumer Affairs at Northstar Lodge-A Welk Resort, responded to this review, March 27, 2015
Hi Patizone,
Thank you for your excellent review and for choosing to spend your anniversary with us! I appreciate you taking the time to share you insights with our future guests. It sounds like you really got a chance to enjoy the village. We look forward to you returning for another awesome vacation.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This hotel was ideal for the ski in/out. It is located well and only a short walk to local shops and restaurant. A large group of us went so clean towels were always replaced and rooms were always tidy. If we needed anything the staff would always help :-)

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Hutch F, Director of Consumer Affairs at Northstar Lodge-A Welk Resort, responded to this review, March 27, 2015
Hi KatherineParrish,
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I appreciate your compliments and excellent review. It is great to here that our staff was always there to help out. We thank you for staying at Northstar Lodge. We hope to have you back if you return to the area.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We chose this as an up market place to stay having just been at Squaw Valley Lodge. In comparison this is one star higher and Welk Resorts do try and give it an upmarket feel with the rooms being well appointed and the kitchen fully-equipped.

However we were shocked to find on our return from skiing that the rooms had not been cleaned and would not be till our departure.

Apparently this is a feature of the resort - not great when you are paying $2,500 for 3 nights.

So if clean rooms matter I would not recommend this place.

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Bonsall, California
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

and right at Northstar Resort. For ski/snowboarding fans this is a ski-in, gondola out resort. Everything is well kept, the rooms well stocked, and the staff couldn't be better. The furnishings are top notch and complement the mountain environment. The Northstar Village is just out the door with a winter ice skating/summer roller skating area and plenty of shops and restaurants. A great place! Park your car and leave it for a week!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Northstar Lodge-A Welk Resort

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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