I've been coming to Mammoth since I was about 5 years old and have typically stayed in condos or cabins with big groups of people. This time, however, we were looking for something smaller and less expensive as it was just I and the girlfriend. We found Mammoth Creek Inn on one of the many travel sites (can't remember which one) and it was close to the cheapest and by far had the best location of the various inns around town.
The Mammoth Creek Inn is located directly across the street from The Stove (my favorite breakfast place in town) and about a block from the Vons, which is very convenient. The shuttle stop is also very close, so getting around town was super easy.
This was also the first time we had ever flown to Mammoth. It sure beat the drive from San Diego. Michael picked us up from the airport, which was very nice. Didn't have to fight it out for a cab or wait for a shuttle. The hotel Suburban took us and our gear right to the hotel. Now we landed in Mammoth at about 9:30am, so I did not expect our room to be ready. We walked across the street to The Stove, grabbed some breakfast, headed back over to the Inn and our room was ready. Very nice of them to have a room ready so early for us (before noon), especially the day after Christmas.
The room itself was very nice. We had a basic room, but that still came with a fridge (for the beer I bought at Mammoth Brewing Company, obviously) and a plethora of hooks to hang gear on. The free breakfast was also a huge plus. Nothing fancy, but bagels, oatmeal, cereal, juice, etc. was very nice before a day of riding. I've seen reviews that the breakfast is awful. Not true. If you're not expecting a grandiose buffet (and why would you!?), then you will not be disappointed. This is a complimentary continental breakfast, not the Ritz. They also have a storage closet on the deck that they lock at night. So we didn't have to lug our boards up to the room each night. Another plus. They also have complimentary coffee, tea, and hot apple cider in the living room downstairs. The living room has a new iMac (free to use) and a TV with a roaring fire. This was awesome. Each afternoon when we got back from the slopes we grabbed some cider before we headed upstairs to change and shower.
Michael also offered to drive us to the lifts and pick us up each day. The shuttle is close, but it sure is nice to have personal service up to the lifts. We had him take us to Eagle Lodge one morning, then usually took the shuttle home.
The power did go out one afternoon in a couple of the rooms upstairs (including ours). When I was walking down the hall, I could hear about 3 different people blow drying hair at the same time, so I wasn't surprised. The hotel staff was extremely quick in coming upstairs and turning it back on. All in all took about 3 minutes.
Overall, this hotel is outstanding. It blows the other hotels in Mammoth out of the water. The location is great, the service is second to none, and the value is also very good. Free ride to and from the airport, breakfast, free rides to the lifts, hot apple cider whenever we wanted it, and across the street from The Stove. We will definitely be staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mammoth Creek Inn - a tradition in Mammoth Mountain lodging and located near sparkling Mammoth Creek just minutes from magnificent Mammoth Mountain in the spectacular Eastern Sierra - is infused with an ambiance of relaxed luxury and nearly four decades of endearing history. Accessible from all directions via scenic U.S. Highway 395, and convenient to Yosemite National Park and unsurpassed outdoor recreation, as well as to Mammoth Mountain's Eagle Express ski lift. Mammoth Creek Inn provides lodging year-round for discriminating domestic and international guests. Our Mammoth Lakes hotel is considered a home away-from-home for visitors enjoying this special destination for High Sierra skiing and snowboarding, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and myriad other recreational activities. Some of our units are pet friendly for a fee. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mammoth Creek Hotel Mammoth Lakes
- Mammoth Creek Lakes