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“My wife is notoriously hard to please but...” 5 of 5 stars
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Constellation Residences at Northstar
4.5 of 5 Condominium   |   13051 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Dr, Truckee, CA   |  
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“My wife is notoriously hard to please but...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

even she could not fault this place.As for me, I can only concur with the other 22 reviewers above in their assessment of the Constellation Residences.
Seven of us were comfortably accommodated in a three bed condo without feeling at all cramped and the daily maid service meant each day's return was a pleasure.
The chief advantages of this location were the proximity to the slopes ('no schlepping'), the use of the excellent facilities at the Ritz Carlton next door and above all the friendliness and helpfulness of all the staff.
I would like to especially thank Katie and her colleagues on the desk, who could not have been more obliging, as well as the Brian and the ski valet team. It is indeed a luxury to have your skis placed out on the snow for you each day and brought back inside later. I am sure that if I had been feeling too weary the valets would have done the skiing for me as well.
You can not compare the whole experience with the over-priced and over-crowded European Alps, especially when you can ski in the aptly named Heavenly too after a leisurely and beautiful hour's drive around Lake Tahoe. The scenery took a few days to grow on me- not as awe inspiring as the Alps or as pretty as the Lake District- but the scale and drama of the landscape and lakescape is impressive.
We would love to return; an unforgettable trip.

  • Stayed April 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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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

I want to start with the staff. Enough cannot really be said about the concierge staff. They made every effort to make our trip pleasurable. Prompt and friendly service every day. Geoff went out of his way to help us with my daughters bday plans including a cake. Brian and the other ski concierge staff had us up and running every day. And the bellmen and housekeeping staff were over accommodating.

The midmountain location was ski in and ski out with access to northstar's restaurants and lifts to the rest of the mountain. The access to The Ritz Hotel was a bonus with pools, hot tubs, spa and 5pm s'mores at the fire pit.

All this and easy access to Northstar Village by gondola with many more restaurants, ice/roller skating rink, shops, theater...

Over all a GREAT family destination.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 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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Whitney M, General Manager at Constellation Residences at Northstar, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to leave such a fantastic review. We truly value our guests! Please check our website and blog for special events and promos!
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Stanley, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We had the MOST AMAZING trip imaginable and can't wait to return! Constellation exceeded all of our expectations. The residence was immaculate and beautifully decorated. Every member of the staff was kind and helpful. Our needs were met before we even realized we had a need! From check in to check out... and everything in between the service was unmatched. We would HIGHLY recommend staying here!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Whitney M, General Manager at Constellation Residences at Northstar, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a fantastic review! It makes us very happy to see that you enjoyed your stay with your family. It was great having you and we look forward to hosting you again in the future! Please check our website and blog for promos and specials!
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

We just stayed here over President's Day weekend and could not have been more impressed. Our two bedroom condo was spacious and the location could not be more convenient. The service, from the concierges, to the ski valets, doormen and housekeepers were second to none! We have skied at many of the top resorts in the world and this was easily the most luxurious ski vacation we have taken. The ski and snowboard school at Northstar is excellent and our kids already are asking when our return visit will be. The amenities at the Ritz are excellent as well, but it is nice to have the smaller ski valet and concierge desk at the Constellation for our use. Truly a five star experience.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Jessica N, Manager at Constellation Residences at Northstar, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Hello!

Thank you very much for the kind words! We really appreciate your feedback. We are getting plenty of snow now, so we hope to see you back in the near future. Follow our blog or check our website for events and specials!

Have a wonderful day,
Jessica
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Davis, CA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

One of the best, if not THE best ski accommodations we have ever stayed in. We had a 3 bedroom condo for 4 nights and everything was impeccable. The staff went over and above in every way and the convenience to the slopes is unbeatable. We will go back for sure.

  • 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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Whitney M, General Manager at Constellation Residences at Northstar, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us such a fantastic review. We truly take joy in creating memorable experiences for our guests. We hope to host you again in the near future. Please follow our blog on our website for specials and events!
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Corona del Mar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

My family (6 of us) daughter and fiancee, son and girlfriend, husband and self, just got back from our 1 week trip to the Constellation at Northstar. We stayed in a 3 bedroom condo, and have to say, it was phenomenal! Staff is the best and you get the benefit of the Ritz Carlton services and spa!
Specifically, rooms were spacious, washer dryer terrific, and beds comfortable (floors of bathrooms heated)! TVS top notch (flat screen with direct tv..wish they had the NFL package as we all play Fantasy Football), and Viking appliances.
Ski valet (Bryan and new man from Cuba) were the best! Fitted our boots, walked us to our skiis, if they could, they would have skiied for us!!
Only two issue (ice maker did not work the whole time) but staff brought us ice at will which speaks highly of the team. And that gondola to the village is ridiculously slow!! It is even a bit scary as we got stuck a few times so I don't think I'll use it next time..too cold to be stuck..Ritz should spend a few bucks and upgrade so their clientele doesn't get stuck or freeze to death in the process!
In closing, warm chocolate chip cookies, best staff we have ever had at a resort and fantastic views, skiing and accomodations makes for an A++++ experience..don't miss it.

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  • 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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Whitney M, General Manager at Constellation Residences at Northstar, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
It was such a pleasure having you and your family stay with us. We will certainly look into the NFL package! I appreciate your feedback and hope that we can host you next year as well. Please follow our blogs on our website for specials and upcoming events!
-Jessica Barton
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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We have stayed in the 3 bedrooms and 4 bedrooms residence and all i would say is we all love it and we enjoy it very much. Everyone in the team goes above and beyond on handling our needs! Greatly appreciated for all your help; you are awesome!

  • 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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Whitney M, General Manager at Constellation Residences at Northstar, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We hope that you can stay with us again in the near future. Check out our blog on our website for upcoming events and specials!
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Additional Information about Constellation Residences at Northstar

Address: 13051 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Dr, Truckee, CA
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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 Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Truckee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Constellation Residences at Northstar 4.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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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