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The Block at Big Bear Gets a Visit from the Cranky Grey Lady

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  Site Where: 39471 Big Bear Boulevard [map], Big Bear Lake, CA, United States, 92315
November 20, 2006 at 9:37 AM | by | ()

We checked out The Block Hotel a few weeks back, namely because they had the funniest staff profiles we've ever seen ("don't like ho's that talk too much"). Now the NY Times paid the place an official visit. However, this time they hit up the hotel's sister property The Block at Big Bearin Big Bear Lake, Calif. about two hours outside L.A.

Unfortunately the Times' Marc Weingarten doesn't seem too stoked about the place:

Like the first Block, in Lake Tahoe, the year-old Big Bear hotel is designed with Gen-Yers in mind, sacrificing room service and other creature comforts for adrenaline kicks like Sony PlayStations and free Red Bull. The result is somewhat cold and unsettling, like camping out at an Urban Outfitters.

Weingarten goes onto call the rooms like dorm rooms after a televised makeover complete with beanbag chairs, action photos of riders, iPod docking stations, HDTVs and Playstation consoles. But not all dorm rooms have glove and boots driers, which Weingarten did like. The hotel also scored points for free Red Bull and Pabst Blue Ribbons, WiFi, an outdoor barbeque area, a poker room, and unlimited domestic phone calls from an old school lobby phone-booth.

The hotel loses points for crappy bathrooms, no restaurant (only Domino's delivery), no concierge, mini-bar or ski valet. Also not cool? The Boost Mobile signature suite where Weingarten stayed which had Boost Mobile ads plastered on the walls. OK, now we can understand why he's cranky.

Kids who stay here may still have to borrow from Mom and Dad to cover the $89 room rate or the $189 signature suite rate. And in case you were curious, yes, this hotel has staff profiles too. Clint Beebe is the front desk manager who has this to say about himself:

I'm also addicted to my ink and growing out my gnarly beard. I love old whips and rolling on deuces with the bump bumps in the trunk. My dislikes are hitting my fingers or toes and ice patches.

And then there's Maria, the housekeeper who doesn't have anything to say at all. Or at least that's what it appears to say since Firefox doesn't seem to like this page and Safari doesn't even register Maria's profile.

Related Stories:
· Check In, Check Out: The Block at Big Bear [NYT]
· The Block's Hotel Staff in Tahoe Don't Like Ho's Who Talk Too Much [HotelChatter]