Must commend the photographer who did a good job of making this hotel look charming on the internet. However, reality fell short of expectations. We found our 2 bed room to be cramped, dark, drab looking, somewhat musty smelling, and inefficiently arranged. The closet, frig and microwave were all located in the bathroom making their accessibility difficult when another person was in the bathroom. Closet's utility was limited due to a safe sitting on a shelf directly beneath the bar to hang clothes. Counterspace was also poor due to a large sinkbowl in the center and a coffee maker to the side. One constant annoyance was the lack of a soapdish so soap had to be placed on the countertop which proved messy. As did the lack of tray space to put toiletries and toothbrushes. Oddly, hot water from the sink faucet came in a trickle while cold water came out in a torrent. To be totally fair, however, the walk-in shower with glass door was very nice (as was displayed on the pictures); it was spacious and you could get the water temperature to your liking quickly and fairly precisely.
There was really no sitting chair in our particular room configuration, so TV had to be watched from bed. I could not find pay for view movie channels. Nor did the room have any reading material. After a day of hiking (or skiing), there wasn't much reason to stay in the room to relax and unwind. Nor were there patios or balconies attached to most rooms to sit out and enjoy. There was an outside public area with some chairs. Unfortunately that area had soccer nets and a semi-child playground, so sitting out and drinking a glass of wine wasn't real easy.
Finally, there was nothing to do in the lobby with the exception of one pool table. The bar area was closed, there were no TV's to watch, and seating space was limited.
On the plus side, the staff was very friendly and helpful. Ice machines in the hallways weren't functional, and at least the staff was always willing to help you get ice from the machine behind the bar. Still, it was inconvenient to have to go to the lobby for ice everytime. They also have a hotel shuttle, which would be very convenient during ski season. And yes, the beds were comfortable, although we couldn't get into our room at 4:30 one afternoon because they were still making up the beds that late.
Location-wise, the hotel was within easy walking distance to a fair number of restaurants, but you really had to drive to get to the newer village area which had the more interesting shops and nicer restaurants.
My real disappointment was that the hotel looked from the internet advertising to be a charming place that you could spend some time in, but it fell short of that. It had little more amenities to offer than a standard budget motel but yet the price was certainly not budget. So I will definitely look for another place to stay on a return trip to Mammoth.
hair harder. TV itself was OK, but there was a limit to channels, and it was difficult to
in greater use during ski season but the bar was closed, there were no TV
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa is your headquarters for memorable Mammoth vacations. Offering more activities and amenities than any other hotel in Mammoth, the stylish and comfortable lobby exudes rustic elegance and array of romantic and family-style rooms bring the Resort's colorful past firmly into the present. Our beautifully appointed rooms feature romantic suites and family style chalets along with comfortable deluxe king and double queen rooms. Relax at Mammoth's only hotel Spa, specializing in massage, body treatments, facials, couples massage and manicure/pedicures. Kids can have great fun at the Cub Club, where they can play XBoxOne, create and explore, enjoy Mini Golf, movies and games, all in a supervised environment. Try our three outstanding restaurants; Rafters Restaurant and Lounge serves breakfast and dinner along with an extensive wine and cocktail selection. Live music and happy hours are favorites of locals and visitors alike. Red Lantern is open and features classic Chinese dishes in a beautiful setting plus evening take- out. Escape to the Mediterranean at Jimmy's Taverna. Food critics and locals call Jimmy's the "best new restaurant in Mammoth." Freshest seafood and meats are grilled over the wood fire, and the traditional Greek dishes are on the menu every day. Impeccable wine pairings, artisan cocktails and delectable desserts round out a meal experience unlike any other in Mammoth. Join us at the Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa and make Mammoth memories. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sierra Nevada Hotel Mammoth Lakes