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McGee Creek Lodge
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McGee Creek Lodge
Reviewed September 12, 2011

We love the McGeek. I almost don't want other folks to know about it. Crowley/McGee Creek is beautiful and only 15 minutes from the slopes and 10-15 from the main town of Mammoth. And for the price (under $100 for a king size bed and big shower/tub and $79 for a queen size!!), we feel like you can't beat it. You get a large (or even VERY large) clean room with DIRECTV and a DVD player (great for the end of a long ski day if you remember to bring a couple of DVDs). The manager also runs the restaurant downstairs and he has never been anything but unbelievably lovely to us. Staying at the McGee is peaceful and has never disappointed. If you like backcountry skiing, it is also a great place (since some of the historic runs are nearby). We have also stayed with other couples and friends and had a great time. There are not many other amenities other than what I mentioned - but I'm not sure what you would need. If they provided little refridgerators, it would be the perfect reasonably priced place. As an aside, I have stayed at other hotels in Mammoth when the McGee had no availability and it couldn't wait to get back to the McGee (in terms of bang for the buck, location, and attitude).

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank eeshie
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We found this to be an ideal location for exploring the area, as it’s close enough to everything but is away from the hubbub of town. We like staying in the Caretaker’s cabin. It’s private, has a full kitchen with big windows in the breakfast nook, a big deck overlooking Crowley Lake, and the most comfortable Tempur-Pedic mattress in the main bedroom. The restaurant is open for dinner on weekends and serves delicious fine cuisine. Just down the road, the Crowley Lake General Store and Eatery has great freshly-made food (including fresh bakery items) and any provisions you might need. Mammoth Lakes is just a short drive away and has all the shopping you would need, plus all of its attractions and good restaurants. We love to explore the lakes and creeks that abound in this area, including McGee Creek which runs right alongside the inn. We’ll be back!

Room Tip: Caretaker's cabin is our favorite
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Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
8  Thank Leslie N
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Reviewed September 3, 2011

Just got back from the Eastern Sierras near Mammoth. We try to get up there every year around the summer-time. Last year we went all the way to Lake Tahoe, staying at McGee Creek Lodge one night on the way up, three nights in Tahoe and again McGee Creek Lodge on the way back. After all the extra driving and all the crowds in Tahoe, we both said we wished we had stayed at McGee for our whole vacation; well, this year we did and we had a blast. We were treated well by the staff and were quite comfortable at the Lodge. Hiking and boating at Convict Lake are only some of the many activities available there, and it’s only ten minutes (less than 7 miles) from McGee Creek Lodge. We camped at Rock Creek, about a half hour drive from the Lodge which, by the way, makes McGee Creek the perfect home base to stage excursions from. Then there is Mammoth, 20 min. away with tons of stuff to do. Need I say more? Hope we can go again soon and do some of the things we didn’t have time for on this visit.

Andy R.

Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
5  Thank Andy R
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Reviewed March 29, 2011

We arrived in the late afternoon in the early summer and the place seemed mostly vacant. The front desk had an envelope with our name on it and a key to the room, but nothing else.

The room we stayed in was on the 2nd floor, it was nice and had an OK view, decor is country charming. The room was a decent size, with a loveseat and a table for 2 and a queen bed.

My only complaint with the room was that it was very warm and the air conditioner didn't seem to have enough capacity to cool the room (and it was very loud). It was so hot you had to run the AC at night, but it was so loud it made it hard to sleep. There was only one window so there was no cross ventilation if you wanted fresh air.

There is a creek that runs along the edge of the property. I don't fish, but apparently this is a great fishing creek.

You almost feel isolated (in a good way) until the sound of a truck on 395 reminds you that you're just off the highway a bit. Same goes for sounds from the RV/Camping park across the street.

My main issue is with the lack of service. We were told there was internet access at the hotel, but it required a password. Calling the front desk resulted in no answer, even after calling repeatedly. I tried calling the main number for the hotel hoping the call would get diverted to someone who could answer my questions, but that just rang and rang too.

There is no place nearby to eat breakfast or lunch. There is no refrigerator to store food in. There is a coffee machine. There is no where to get ice, and it's hot in the summer. (Probably not much of an issue in the winter). The restaurant is only open for dinner on the weekends. The closest other restaurant is at Tom's Place Resort, about 10-15 minutes southeast, or the Crowley Lake General Store a few miles away.

The lodge is across the street from the lively McGee Creek RV Park and Campgrounds.

When it came time to checkout, there again was no one at the front desk, and we had to ask the maintenance guy (who spoke little english) to call the manager who was out of town.

I've stayed at other small inns and lodges like this where the owner/manager isn't always present, but they've usually provided me with info on what resources are available, and a phone number to contact them in case there are any issues.

Next time I stay in this area, I'll probably stay at Tom's Place as we had fun eating there and they have a decent general store.

If you stay here in the summer, be sure to bring your own ice chest/cooler.

I give them a rating of 2 because of the very bad service and lack of information provided.

Room Tip: Review pics on website. Bring cooler.
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  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank rhhsf
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Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2016, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about McGee Creek Lodge

Address: 1561 Crowley Lake Dr, Crowley Lake, CA 93546-9757
Location: United States > California > Crowley Lake
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Crowley Lake
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The historic McGee Creek Lodge was originally built in 1929. Early on it served the winter skiing community and enthusiasts for the first commercial lift setup on the mountain outside the front door until that operation moved to Mammoth Mountain. Today you'll find cozy rooms for travelers, fishermen, hikers and skiers. McGee Creek runs through the property with fishing year round. Each room is unique with its own warm personality. Our dining room serves the lodge Friday through Sunday evenings. ... more   less 

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