It's hard to find a great hotel in Mammoth that's affordable. You basically have the ritzy places like the Village or the Westin Monache that will empty your wallet faster than a yard sale up at the ski resort. Then you have places like the Rodeway Inn and Motel 6 that remind you of how poor you are. But wait, I'm skiing, I can't be poor. It's all very confusing. The Mammoth Creek Inn gives you the a very comfortable clean room for a reasonable price.
The building itself seems like it's been around for a bit but doesn't feel old. Rather, it feels like that cool old lodge that has been steadily been remodeled to keep up with the times. I mean how many hotels do you know of that have a sauna, hot tub, and steam room. They have all three in their basement. And no, this is not your typical basement that could be a disguise for a backroom meth lab. It's really nice and feels like a spa. Downstairs there is also a weight room for anyone who wants to get their lift on. The lobby has a speedy iMac computer that you can use to check Yelp reviews or for tweeting, facebooking, and whatever else floats your boat. Cookies and two fresh water dispensers flavored with your choice of orange or cucumber are availabe. This place knows how to put the small touches that matter. Not to mention, you can pretty much get hot cocoa, cider, or coffee whenever you have the hankering. No need for needing to find your nearest Starbucks.
The rooms tend to be on the small side, but are plenty big unless you are accustomed to living it up like Donald Trump or throwing sexy parties like Stewie from Family Guy. The room is pretty standard with a flat screen TV, coat hangers, comfortable bed, and even an iHome dock for your iPhone/iPod The views from the rooms are either decent or uneventful depending on which side of the hotel you're stuck on. I got stuck on the uneventful side with a view the side of a building and a little bit of a parking lot. But who goes to Mammoth to look wistfully out of their room. Heartless romantics, look elsewhere.
Breakfast here was pretty standard continental breakfast fare. Nothing really special or noteworthy. They pretty much have cereal, yogurt, pastries and some hard boiled eggs and cold cuts with questionable origins. I'm sure they are fine, but didn't want to chance a day of altitoots up on the mountain.
The Inn is right across the street from a little country restaurant called the Stove and is just a short walk from the Vons shopping center with the movie theater. The location was really great and convenient. Is this place slopeside? No. But it is on the edge of town which is cool in case you want to walk out a bit and do some stargazing or walk by the little creek not too far from the hotel.
So my only complaint about this place is the noise. You can hear everything that goes on in the hallway and even in the room next to you. They should put in some extra soundproofing in the walls or perhaps just be available during the nightime hours if unruly guests are being noisy. My last night at the inn, was interrupted by what seemed to be a live taping of the Jerry Springer show next door. Three o'clock in the morning, a time when I should be dreaming about chocolate waterfalls and people with gumdrop smiles, was ruined by a drunk couple next door who was arguing over the whereabouts of a plastic bottle of vodka. The couple then went on to cuss and call each other names followed by a cry session of the wife recalling her crappy childhood. There was no one at the front desk to handle this situation, so I just had to put up with it rather than call the cops and have to explain the whole thing to them.
Would I stay here again? Absolutely! Such a nice place. I'm almost afraid to reveal this hidden gem to the masses in fear that it'll get noisier and more expensive. However, the management really deserves some applause for the cozy place they've set up here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mammoth Creek Inn - a tradition in Mammoth Mountain lodging and located near sparkling Mammoth Creek just minutes from magnificent Mammoth Mountain in the spectacular Eastern Sierra - is infused with an ambiance of relaxed luxury and nearly four decades of endearing history. Accessible from all directions via scenic U.S. Highway 395, and convenient to Yosemite National Park and unsurpassed outdoor recreation, as well as to Mammoth Mountain's Eagle Express ski lift. Mammoth Creek Inn provides lodging year-round for discriminating domestic and international guests. Our Mammoth Lakes hotel is considered a home away-from-home for visitors enjoying this special destination for High Sierra skiing and snowboarding, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and myriad other recreational activities. Some of our units are pet friendly for a fee. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mammoth Creek Hotel Mammoth Lakes
- Mammoth Creek Lakes