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“Low-Key Comfortable Mountain Getaway” 4 of 5 stars
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Mammoth Creek Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   663 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546   |  
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Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in Mammoth Lakes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
San Diego, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Low-Key Comfortable Mountain Getaway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

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.

FACILITIES 5/5
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.

ROOMS 4/5
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 3/5
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.

LOCATION 4/5
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.

NEGATIVES
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.

OVERALL 4/5
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.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

We booked this hotel as a last minute stay in Mammoth. We were able to book a private loft which was wonderfully spacious and suited our travel needs as we were a family plus another friend so the two bathrooms and sleeping areas were ideal. The hotel is super clean and Tim and his staff are just so warm, friendly and helpful. There is a sitting area by the lobby with books, a fireplace, refreshments and biscuits all day. The breakfast was terrific. We left our bag when we went skiing and had checked out and Tim graciously offered use of the showers downstairs after our return from a days skiing to collect the bags. You really will be treated like a guest in this lovely place. Definitely would stay here again.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This place is so close to everything. Shops, bus goes every 15 minutes and it's free.
Tim picked us up and waited patently even when our flight was delayed.
Breakfast daily is enormous.
My husband skied everyday, no problems Getty up and down the mountain.
Plenty of rental places around.

Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The staff are very friendly and helpful. The room was very quiet, equipped with fast wi-fi and great television service. They have a spa with a hot tub, steam rooms, and an exercise room. I cannot say enough how wonderful the breakfast was, which was is the best continental breakfast I've had in a hotel. The breakfast choices were not limited to some form of pastry wrapped in plastic, they had oatmeal, hardboiled eggs, orange juice, coffee, cereals, ham, bagels, donuts, etc. Their lobby is amazing, equipped with a cozy fireplace, computer, television, and complementary coffee, hot cocoa, and tea. They also had cookies! This is a place I would definitely stay in again, and that I recommend to everyone.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We stayed for a couple of days 2012 in may, we were on our roadtrip from San Francisco and found that Mammouth Lakes was a good place to stay and liked it a lot, nice staff, clean rooms, breakfast was ok we´ll be there again some day :-)

  • Stayed May 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

My boyfriend and I booked lodging for our Xmas weekend in Mammoth on Priceline. We had never been to Mammoth before and were expecting outrageous rates. We got a great deal and I was skeptical since you have no idea what you are booking, but when we arrived and I saw that there was a jacuzzi, sauna AND steam room along with our huge, comfy bed, I was sold. Oh yea, not to mention the pre-ski, very filling continental b-fast. Even though this inn is a little far to walk to the mountain, there are free busses and trolleys that run until almost 2am, making it great for skiing and getting out for some nightlife. This place is solid and can't wait to go back and stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Overall we had a pleasant stay at Mammoth Creek but by comparison to our other accomodation (similar price bracket) it wasn't quite as good although I understand that the location will demand a premium.

Free wifi is a plus and great for finding somewhere to eat. This was the only hotel on our three week stay that did not have airconditioning, there was a fan but this did not make for the best nights sleep. Additionally the room was a bit noisy with a poor view (not all rooms can have aview though). There was a fridge in the room which was useful.

The hotel is on the edge of the town and is an easy and pleasant walk with lots of places to eat. The complimentary breakfast was nice but with not very much variety.

Overall a pleasant stay but if I was staying in the area again I would look elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 663 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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Location: United States > California > Mammoth Lakes
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Mammoth Lakes
#4 Romantic Hotel in Mammoth Lakes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mammoth Creek Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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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