I recenty visited the Resort at Squaw Creek for an early snowboarding trip. We were lured to the Resort with discounted room rates and 20% Spa Discounts. I will preface my review by saying the view from the resort is spactacular.
As many have noted, the resort is undergoing a remodeling process which gives it a lodge feel. We stayed in a 1-Bedroom Suite, which came complete with a fireplace, two flat screens, and a small kitchen. The suite had an adjoining door, which we figured could be opened in the event the adjoing room was rented to make the unit a two bedroom suite. The adjoining room was not rented the first evening we arrived. However, the second evening we were startled to hear a group of people who seemed to be our new roommates. We could hear everything that was going on next door - not a good thing. Coughing, sneezing, conversations, etc. We tried to cushion the sounds by placing a towel at the base of the wood door that separated us. We had the worst night of sleep that night, and were awakened by our "roommates" blarring the intros to a movie at 4:30 am. At this point we contacted the manager, who after listening to my complaints added, "that's understandable". I didn't think it was understandable for a resort that gets failrly good reviews to forget about soundproofing between rooms, especially suites. We were relocated to another 1 bedroom suite that did not have an adjoining room, which was much more comfortable.
Adding to the dissappointment of the Resort were the "Four On-site Restaurants" as the Resort advertised. Sure they may have four restaurant spaces, but none of them were open for business. The one restaurant that appeared to be open for business was not staffed. We stood in the lobby for 5 minutes and were not served. There wa sone other group eating in the restaurant, but no staff was evident. The dissappointment in the staffing at the restaurants led us to forego previous plans to attend the Spa, which we were at one time looking forward to.
Another major compliant about the resort is the the over all layout. It's a good 5-6 minute "hike" from the parking areas to the rooms. One must leave the lobby area of the resort, walk outside through the resorts shopping district and sales offices in order to enter back into the lodging facilities. If you want to go to the Spa or some of the other restaurants that weren't open, one must go outside, down several flights of stairs and back inside to the desired location. The Hot tubs looked great, the problem was, they were about a 9-iron away from the lodging areas. I don't think too many people would want to take the 5 minute walk to the hot tubs in a robe, enjoy the hot tub, then take thte 5 minute walk back to your room when its 10 degrees outside.
The Chairlift to Squaw looked like it would be a great convenience...... but it, like many other amenities of the resort was not open forcing us to go to our car every morning and drive to the base of Squaw. The resort did provide a shuttle, but we decided to maintain control of the situation. Making matters worse, the snow guns came on at 2 am (That's a great experience to have to listen to outside your window) to try to build a base for the chairlift to open.
All in all, I wouldn't go back, and wouldn't recommend the resort to anyone looking for a relaxing and enjoyable get away.
Avoid The Resort at Squaw Creek!
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- Luxury mountain resort located at the base of Squaw Valley USA, five miles from the shores of Lake Tahoe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Resort At Squaw Creek Hotel Olympic Valley
- Hotel At Squaw Creek
- At Squaw Creek Hotel
- Resort Squaw Creek
- Squaw Creek Resort