We can't say enough good things about this property and its staff. We went to the residences over Thanksgiving this year with our family - a group of 7 adults and a 9-month old baby.
Even before we got to Northstar, I wanted to write a glowing review because of all the help I received from the staff prior to even traveling there. Christine, Ruben and the rest of the staff helped me to make Thanksgiving meal reservations, ski rentals and lesson reservations, and baby equipment rentals. Everything was perfect and hassle free. The staff were always attentive, friendly and available.
The residences themselves are also fabulous. We stayed at the Ritz hotel for a couple of nights prior to moving over to the condo and were so happy to make the switch to Constellation (the staff at Constellation also made this transition seamless but bringing all of our luggage over for us). Having the 3 bedroom condo was SO much better and more comfortable than 3 hotel rooms at the Ritz. Especially for my 9-month old baby - we had much more space in the master at Constellation than we did at the Ritz. The set up with a baby was much more convenient at the condo than at the Ritz.
We were also able to save some money by cooking in our kitchen once we got to the condos (kitchen was also well stocked). Your dining-out options in the immediate area are limited, so this was a huge plus. The village at Northstar is quaint and a fun option - and is accessible via the gondola right outside the front door of Constellation. But most of the limited amount of restaurants in the village close by 5 pm, so your dinner options are few - which is why having the kitchen was a must for us.
The bedrooms and bathrooms are just as comfortable, if not more so, than the Ritz. The bathrooms also have heated floors, which was great - and just felt luxurious! The Direct TV worked great and we watched many football games in HD on our TV in the living room (another plus for Constellation over the Ritz).
We went skiing during the early part of the season, so there were only 7-10 runs open at any time, but we had a great time skiing regardless. The ski in/ski out valet makes skiing convenient and helps you to not feel trapped into skiing all day. The spa at the Ritz is pricey, but is definitely worth a trip. We all really enjoyed our treatments and the time we spent just relaxing in the spa's amenities.
Overall, I cannot recommend Constellation Residences at Northstar enough. My family has travelled all over the world and been to many 5-star resorts, and we can't stop talking about what a great time we had here. And we can't wait to return!!! We will definitely stay here again next time we are in the Tahoe area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Constellation at Northstar is a limited collection of 17 luxury ski-in/ski-out residences situated perfectly mid-mountain with stunning views, unparalleled mountain access, luxury five-star services and access to amenities at The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe resort. Home Features - Built to The Ritz-Carlton’s strict five-star level of construction and interior finish standards including concrete construction with superior acoustics.- Fully-furnished homes featuring hardwood flooring with area rugs, open living rooms, fireplaces, full-size washer and dryers, and large bedroom suites featuring plush beds, desks and space to accommodate guests. - Master bathrooms with heated stone floors, jetted soaker tubs, spacious showers and fluffy towels- Balconies with gorgeous mountain views. - Gourmet kitchens featuring Viking Professional Series appliances including personal wine refrigerators- State-of-the-art technology package with wireless Internet, Bose sound system, widescreen HDTVs with DirecTV, Apple TV, and DVD playersAmenities include access to the facilities at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe resort with connection via an enclosed sky bridge:- Spa and fitness facility including sauna, steam, whirlpool and adult-only lap pool- Dining at acclaimed restaurant Manzanita, MountainBlue Café, Patio Bar & Grill in addition to room service and resort charge capabilities- Ski Valet Concierges, in the Constellation building as well as The Ritz-Carlton resort- Outdoor fire pits and s'more toasting area- Arcade with PS2 Playstation pods- Outdoor family pool and Jacuzzis- Expansive lobby and cocktail lounge with 360° fireplace and ample gathering - Two professionally-equipped fitness centers with complementary fitness classes - 24-hour business center- Access to the Northstar Village Recreation and Fitness Center with saline pool and spa at the bottom of the Highlands Gondola- Complimentary Highlands Gondola to the Village at Northstar- Full-service concierge, luggage bell service, and valet parking garage- 24-hour security- Housekeeping options available- All utilities, Internet, cable, landscaping and snow/trash removal ... more less
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