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“Disregard all reviews prior to October, 2009” 4 of 5 stars
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Travelodge Mammoth Lakes
Ranked #28 of 30 Hotels in Mammoth Lakes
California
1 review
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“Disregard all reviews prior to October, 2009”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2009

Mammoth Lakes is a very expensive place to visit for a Christmas skiing trip but, as a family of four, we wanted to go. We searched around the internet for "cheap" accomodation and found the Travelodge. We also noted they were pet-friendly as we were bringing along our two large dogs.. After booking, we saw all the terrible reviews and were very concerned about what we would find. Luckily, not only were our concerns erased but we had a great experience there.
The owners, John and Mary, took over the Travelodge in October and, from the sounds of it, they have made quite a difference. For us, they were accomodating and helpful in every aspect of our visit from room needs to local town information to snow conditions, etc.. They offered a simple but adequate continental breakfast (cereal, coffee, juices, muffins, donuts, toast, jam) at no extra cost.
The room was roomy, clean, well-heated, and maid service dependable. It's not the Ritz but it's comfortable. The dogs had easy access (as in front door) and we felt no inconvenience for ourselves or others in having them there.
We returned from skiing and John always had some coffee or hot chocolate ready. He also has some great stories to share while you sip your brew.
There is free covered parking under the building with quick access from there to the rooms. There are some game tables in the basement as well as a jacuzzi but we didn't really spend any time there and my wife didn't like the look of the jacuzzi.
If you are high maintenance then I would look elsewhere. However, if you are looking for a decent, clean, family-friendly, pet-friendly, people-friendly environment at reasonable rates for Mammoth Lakes then this is the place.
Oh, yeah, go next door to the Angel Restaurant for the Chicken Pot Pie, french onion soup or other dishes. Would avoid the all you can eat Pork ribs on Tuesdays, though (too dry and salty).
Have a great stay in Mammoth Lakes!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2009

Young Kim, who just purchased this hotel, and was a previous owner of a B/B in Cambridge, Ma with his wife has made this place amazing. They know their guests, provide breakfast in the morning, make sure rooms have everything, kids are taken care of as well as their pets. They even gave my son and I on Christmas day a big slice of red velvet cake (homemade I may add) to say "Happy Holidays". I left early and they helped me with my refund with Expedia. Def. not a typical budget hotel experience and I will return. 5 star !!!!!!!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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san diego ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2009

We stayed at this place despite all the negative reviews and found they were wrong. this place has new ownership and they seem to have turned the business around. the new owner was friendly and very accommodating. yes, the place is kinda old but it was clean and everything in our room worked fine. it has adequate parking and if you need the shuttle to the mountain, its right down the driveway. for the price you cant go wrong. on my next trip up ill be staying here again. thanks john... see you soon. (oh yea, free internet)

Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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Folsom, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2009

We stayed for one night on short notice because they had a "cheap" rate and we wanted to visit our nephew who lives in Mammoth Lakes. I should have known better after reading all the reviews. We checked in Saturday, October 17, 2009, and the man behind the counter who claimed to be the owner, was extremely nice and very friendly. That was the best thing about this hotel. He proceeded to tell me that the hotel had been mismanaged for so long and they ran it into the ground. Correct statement. The owner had returned to upgrade the facility. But, as an owner, what prompts you to let this happen? This certainly didn't happen overnight. First, I would recommend he does not allow his dog in the lobby. The dog barked at everyone that walked in and the owner indicated that this was his greeting. He then proceeded to put the dog on the counter so it could sniff and lick me. Not the best impression for your customer. They then told us the rooms had really been let go and to not judge our room too harshly as he took back responsibilty for the hotel 2 weeks previous and was attempting to do repairs himself. I never saw any repairs of any kind. Our room, 118, on the ground floor was disguisting. The chain lock on the door had apparently been kicked in as it was half off the door frame. The walls, doors etc were filthy. The curtains did not close. I had to move one of the pins and attach to the curtain rod so we could have privacy. The bed was filthy too. When I pulled back the cover, the sheets and blanket were threadbear. They were also so brown and wrinkly that I felt as if they were never changed. The pillows looked like something you find tossed out at the dump. When the sheet came away from the mattress, we noticed it the entire mattress was ripped along one side. I didn't uncover any other sides to see how bad it was because I didn't want to touch it. As a previous writier stated, the towels were so small and extremely thin. The floor mat for the bathroom was also just a thin towel. Ditto on the toilet flushing. You had to hold down the handle the entire time. There was grout poorly put around the sink bowl and behind the faucet that had been there for years and collected mold and dirt. The bathroom door didn't close unless you shoved it hard because the hinges were broken. Didn't want to push on the door because that too was filthy. The icing on the cake was when we were woken up at 4:00 in the morning by the microwave in our room starting all on it's own. Freaky! Couldn't get back to sleep after that. My husband and I both came away from the experience saying that this was by far, the worst hotel we've ever stayed in. We travel extensively and have stayed in hotels across the country, Mexico, Caribbean, Europe and Africa. That's what I get for booking literally last minute and not paying attention to the reviews. I know better. And it will take more than sprucing up the rooms to bring this facility up to a standard worthy of even one star. This facility would be better off bulldozed and rebuilt....since its in such a great location.

Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2009

We are travelers, have stayed in hotels all over the world and are not fussy. That said, we do appreciate when the hotel staff and management goes out of their way to accommodate us.

We received a snow alert by email and packed our snowboarding equipment in a matter of hours. On our way out of the door we booked the first inexpensive available place we found.

I called to confirm that our reservation had been received and the staff had all in hand and told me they'd be waiting for me upon our arrival... at midnight.

We were given a ground floor room for ease and were greeted with weather info by an very helpful manager.

In the morning the hotel served coffee, juice, doughnuts, and cereal which was a very nice surprise as we did not expect that.

Upon our return from the slopes we were exhausted and did not want to leave the hotel and when my husband approached the front desk about a vending machine she explained that they did not have one and gave us her own cookies and candy! Who in this world still does that?

Awesome service, will definitely come back.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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basingstoke
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2009

Aweful place, grumpy staff, dirty rooms, dark, run down. BED BUGS, plenty of other reasonable hotels around the area, i'm currently in the process of getting a refund from Expedia.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Newark, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2009

I don't know why everyone is moaning so hard about this place.
Yes, it's not what your used to for Travelodge. Yes, it could do with a refurb and repaint. No, it is not dirty - our room and bathroom were both spotless (although worn as noted - this does not equal dirty!!).

It's located near all the restaurants and shops in Mammoth Lakes. There's plenty of covered parking. The room is clean and has air conditioning.
For little more than 50 bucks a night we were not expecting a brand new or swish hotel.

Breakfast was cereal, pastries and coffee, hot chocolate and juice. Nothing lavish, but again perfectly adeuate for the price.

If you want luxury and freshly painted walls, stay elsewhere. If you just want a cheap, clean comfortable room to sleep in without being worried about the aesthetics then this is ideal.

Having said all that, I really don't understand why the owners haven't taken a paint brush to the place...

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Travelodge Mammoth Lakes
Address: 54 Sierra Blvd, Hwy 203 & Sierra Blvd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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Location: United States > California > Mammoth Lakes
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #28 of 30 Hotels in Mammoth Lakes
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Hotel Class:2 star — Travelodge Mammoth Lakes 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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