We stayed at The Village Lodge at Mammoth over the New Year's holiday as an alternative to Lake Tahoe. We flew in via SFO and it only took us a half hour in the air and then about 10 minute complimentary shuttle ride to the village. There were lots of families with kids staying at the hotel and we were grateful that it wasn't the ridiculous party scene that you find in Tahoe at that time of year. I guess we are getting old. Oh well. It's comfy.
The Village seemed to be the best place to stay as there was a gondola just steps out the door from the resort condos right up to the mountain. We went before the real snow came and the kids still enjoyed the man made snow. Since then of course there has been plenty of real snow and I know they are running a bunch of specials as I am now on their email marketing list. Anyway, the location is the best. You are right there with all the shops and restaurants.
The hotel has excellent house keeping service, even though the units are condos individually owned. The first condo we were put in was way too hot and not spacious enough for us and we were moved to a much nicer unit in the main building. They were really booked up for the holiday and we booked with only a day or two notice, so we were grateful for the "upgrade". The nicer units seem to get booked up quickly.
The staff was fabulous! There was a shuttle driver was a Bulgarian gentleman ( I can't recall his name) and he was so wonderful! The shuttle will take you to other shopping, restaurants and other ski lifts nearby.
Our favorite "fun" place to eat at The Village was the Hawaiian themed bar and grill called Lakanuki. The service was beyond great. We came in with our 4 little kids and made a mess, but they treated us like royalty. We ate there several times. Don't worry we tipped big. Big mess=Big tip.
Starbucks just outside your door! What can I say? I'm addicted.
Ben and Jerry's for the kids.
Important note, the food was very reasonably priced here and lots of choices. Also you could find many finer dining places within minutes by complimentary shuttle if you wanted to be a little more "fancy".
This is important to factor in. Too many times we stay at a resort where the dining prices are out of this world and while I don't mind spending money, I just don't like to waste it either. So there is a lot of value here in the fact that you will not have to spend a fortune on meals.
There was a great little grocery market on site and again some of the friendliest people in California worked there. Really everyone at this place, all the restaurants, stores, etc. everyone was super duper friendly. They must be really happy!
They also had a nice day care right on site. We tried to put my 2 year old in there... it looked so fun! But after 10 minutes she was done. The woman was so sweet about it and didn't charge us a penny. It looked nice and clean though.
One tiny disappointment on the mountain was the instructor had my son in a too easy snow board class for a whole day, even though I gave them all the right info when we signed up. That was a bummer. But it was the beginning of the season so maybe they were working out kinks with the staff?
What else? They have a pool and hot tub.. we skipped it, it looked great, but we just were not in the mood for swimming. There was live music at night. My kids loved that! There were several large fire pits at night and that was fun. I know I have said "fun" about 20 times, that's it... I'm adding "fun" to the title.
I am giving this a 5 point rating because we checked out other options in town ( I have my own travel blog so I tend to do that.) and this really looked like "as good as it gets". It's not perfect, and it was pricey. But we did stay over New Year's eve. So that could be part of why it was so expensive. Even more than we paid at a wonderful place in Aspen called The Gant. Check out that review too. We LOVE The Gant. But if you want to be in Mammoth California, it seemed like the best choice around and we plan to go back next year.
The bad? Other than the ski school flub up and the "too hot" unit to start with I can't think of any other "bads." And no "UGLY" either. So Bravo for The Village Lodge!
Marin Momma aka Mrs. Picky reporting in. BTW... If you liked this review or found it helpful, please check that little box below that says so. It just makes me feel good. Thank you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Start and end your day in the heart of Mammoth. The Village's luxurious condos are literally atop all the fun. Stay here to be at the center of town, where there's gondola access to the slopes and loads of dining and shopping options. Rated one of Conde Nast Traveler's Top 50 Ski Resort Properties. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Village Hotel Mammoth Lakes