We enjoyed our stay in a spacious, airy room that had a small kitchenette plus a plush, comfy sofa that made it feel more like a small studio apartment than a hotel room. The "Great Room" where breakfast is served and guests clearly congregate evenings in ski season (wonderful big fireplace, so we can imagine the ambience) was a bonus, as was the outdoor hot tub located on the adjacent deck. Great way to wind down after hiking or skiing, or just driving the winding mountain roads to get there. We appreciated the ceramic coffee mugs set out for the guests rather than the usual styrofoam, although we do wish there had been more seating, since the place was full and we ended up juggling coffee and breakfast plates while standing over a small table to the side. (Our room was up the stairs, so we opted not to bring our breakfast there).
We also liked that we could walk to Mammoth Lakes Village, rather than having to fire up the motorcycle again after a long day in the saddle.We were a bit disappointed, however, to discover that there were no sidewalks, so that we had to walk uphill to the village on the busy road, which at least had a bike trail most of the way. As a bonus, though, we picked up some wonderful giant pine cones that had fallen along the roadside, and we will enjoy seeing them on our mantel come Christmas. And it wasn't far at all to walk, much better than lodging down or up the hill and having to drive and park.
Our hosts were friendly and helpful. We especially appreciated the dining suggestions, and we ended up having a wonderful meal at a place we might not have found ourselves, Petra's, where the Happy Hour (with good food and drink at reduced prices) was a great alternative to the regular dinner menu (that had excellent offerings at somewhat higher prices that no doubt were worth it).
We do wish that we had gotten one of the rooms with a balcony, so that we might have had a mountain view at least to the side, rather than looking across a busy drive to a motel directly facing into our room, not very far away. The area where the lodge is located is a bit congested, with several motels packed closely in. We didn't like having to keep the curtains drawn for privacy, when we would have preferred some day light streaming in. And it was a shame, in such a glorious environment, not to have a view of nature. If we return, as we hope to, we will select a more private room with a mountain view.
All in all, it was a very pleasant stay and very good value for such a well-located, comfortable, spacious, and friendly place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are Mammoth's first 100% non-smoking hotel. Perfectly located near the slopes (1.5 miles), in the middle of town, we offer affordable, clean rooms and great hospitality. Amenities include free WI-FI, free continental breakfast, cable TV, kitchenette, telephone, hairdryer, outdoor spa, and underground parking. We are located .75 miles from the new Village and the Village gondola and walking distance to restaurants and shops. Yosemite and Tioga Pass are 45 miles from our hotel in the summer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sierra Hotel Mammoth Lakes
- Sierra Mammoth Lakes