We had a long flight and then driven from LA when we arrived in Mammoth late afternoon. There was little snow left, so the place didn't look that inviting when you just drive into a car park and come in a side entrance. The first thing you see is a green and grubby half empty small pool ( would be pretty inefficient in summer when hotel was full) next to a working spa. Not at all inviting - put a cover over it if you can't be bothered to keep it nice! We then entered reception which is where the bar ( you have to ask them to serve you from here which is a shame as it's attractive) , pool table and seats around the non- existent fire. It's a late winter afternoon and a.fire always looks inviting - it's gas - press the switch! The receptionist, whilst looking fairly unprepossessing - I always thought their job was to be welcoming and smiling - practically banged our keys on the desk and pointed the way to our room. When I asked if that was the only pool, she said it would be impossible to keep an outdoor pool heated at that altitude in the winter!! I pointed out that hotels all over the mountains have heated outdoor pools that are often much larger than theirs but was told that was impossible!
Our room was a fireplace suite facing away form the car park on the top floor. The ceiling raked up very high and the room had been refurbished. The room which is a perfect size for 2 , is very dark with a burgundy ceiling, even with every light on, but the furnishings are good quality and the bed comfy. For some reason even though their is an incinerator in the sink their is again plastic bin sitting on the floor on the kitchen! Who thinks this looks OK? Put a smaller one in a cupboard - there's room service every day to empty it. The bathroom is a high point with heated floor and toilet seat (personally I'd have preferred a working pool) and decent toiletries, the shower is large and there is a full bath. There is one washing machine/dryer on the ground floor - which again would be insufficient if full - but is useful.
It was day 3 before we were told there were lockers for our skis, a free champagne and restaurant discounts. Both the restaurants/bar are pretty good with good service and food, but aren't attached to the hotel. If you weren't staying you would think they were any old restaurant as they are out in a large car park.
The hotel is very central so you can walk most places in the evenings and the rest of the staff were very nice and helpful.
- Also Known As:
- Sierra Nevada Hotel Mammoth Lakes
- Sierra Nevada Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Mammoth Lakes Landmark and onetime escape for Hollywood stars, The Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa has been lovingly and beautifully renovated. The stylish and comfortable lobby exudes rustic elegance, top-notch resort amenities, and array of romantic and family-style rooms bring the Resort's colorful past firmly into the present. Our beautifully appointed rooms feature suites and family style chalets along with comfortable king and double queen rooms. Relax at Mammoth's only hotel Spa, specializing in massage, body treatments, facials, couples massage and manicure/pedicures. Kids can have great fun and memories at Cub Club, where they can play XBoxOne, create and explore, enjoy movies and games, all in a supervised environment. Try our three outstanding restaurants; Rafters Restaurant and Lounge serves breakfast and dinner along with an extensive wine and cocktail selection. Live music and happy hours are favorites of locals and visitors alike. Red Lantern reopens this summer and features classic Chinese dishes in a beautiful setting plus take- out. Escape to the Mediterranean at Jimmy's Taverna. Food critics and locals call Jimmy's the "best new restaurant in Mammoth." Freshest seafood and meats are grilled over the wood fire, and the traditional Greek dishes are on the menu every day. Impeccable wine pairings, artisan cocktails and delectable desserts round out a meal experience unlike any other in Mammoth. For your unforgettable Mammoth vacation, make The Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa your Mammoth home. ... more less
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