Mammoth Lakes Travel Guide
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The main complaint we've heard/read about the Sierra Nevada Lodge at Mammoth Lakes is that it's a little outdated in its decor, that the rooms are a bit old.
Well, they certainly addressed that comment card with a three-year multi-million dollar renovation, including the new construction of six chalets and 15 fireplace suites. The resort officially "re-opened" on February 1, although it never really closed, and now has a total of 149 rooms.
The chalets (pictured above) are located next door to the lodge and have full kitchens with butcher-block countertops and wood burning fireplaces. We dig the old-school snowshoe lights on the wall -- that's the good kind of "outdated" decor -- and the wood-burning fireplace is a mountain treat that's becoming less and less common thanks to liability and lawyers.
Drive six hours north of LA and you'll find Mammoth Lakes, a destination for both skiers and hot spring soakers. Surrounded by mountains on all sides (Mammoth Mountain and the Sherwin Range), the scenic town is worthy of a few postcards, to say the least. But in terms of hotels? Only the Westin Monache Resort had managed to create a presence here. But that's all set to change now.
According to a new press release, the Handmade Hotel Mammoth View will be a 5.5 acre, eco-friendly project consisting of 54 hotel rooms, 28 eco residence cabins, and 24 eco residence lofts. What's more, the entire property will be heated using natural groundwater from below. That's right: underground water pumped to the surface to warm your very hotel room!
While we awaited four days of constant rain, all we got was one and a half day of gusty downpour that came on Friday and then later on Sunday. Total let-down of course. But the folks up in Mammoth were blessed with nearly 85-inches of snow. Time to get the homeys together for some fakie practice.
And if you want to head up and check out the powder, the Westin Monache Resort is now open. Early! The hotel was originally scheduled to open in the fall. Then we got word of a January 15th opening. But something changed and the hotel opened the first week of December.
The hotel had rooms available for Jan. 18-20 starting at $529 for a deluxe suite and moving up to $979 for a two-bedroom suite. But we had to call the hotel directly to get those rates. The website was showing no availability.
The Reno-Gazette Journal recently reviewed the place and despite testing out everything offered in the first-ever Westin condotel, here's what they said they would miss the most:
As I pack at the end of my Westin weekend, I don’t covet the flat screen TVs or the chi-chi throw pillows or even the dozen delicate Champagne flutes that room service obligingly sent up when I threw an impromptu cocktail party.
No, it’s the bed — ah, sweet bower! — that is the object of my affection. What if a down pillow “fell” into my suitcase, I wonder? What if the top sheet got “mixed in” with my mufflers? What if the duvet did a dash?
Surely the folks at the Westin will understand, I think naughtily. After all, they love linens, don’t they?
[Photo: TJ Yerke/Reno-Gazette Journal]
It's a little behind its initial opening date and its second opening date but the Westin Monache Resort Mammoth is gearing up to open its door right smack in the middle of prime snowboarding and skiing season.
The hotel is now accepting reservations for arrival after January 15th, 2008.
The website is still undergoing some construction/additions so there are only photo renderings of the exteriors and the guestrooms but we do learn that the Whitebark restaurant and lounge is still on, the hotel will be completely smoke-free and the deluxe suites feature kitchenettes.
Yet it will probably be pricey. We tried a few different dates in January, February and March and the lowest rate came back for a deluxe suite at $400 a night. But that's the price you will pay for being close to the ski lifts and the Village at Mammoth Lakes.
Recently, we wrote about Squaw Valley, California and where to go when the snow melts.
Mammoth Mountain, also in Cali, is also a ski-resort-turned-summer wonderland.
The Village at Mammoth is way cool. With a small village center that has all your necessities--Starbucks, Bars and Retail Shops--it doesn't have any of the pretentiousness of Vail or Aspen.
Plus it's small and from the top of the mountain are amazing views. Hard to believe all this can be found three hours from smog-infested Los Angeles!
MammothMountain.com is offering a "Four on the Fourth" package.
Mammoth Deal Details Post Break
Skiing fans, listen up! Starwood and Intrawest are teaming up to bring us a new luxury ski resort in Mammoth Lakes, California. The area is already packed with inns, B&Bs and other lodging options, but we're talking a full-scale luxury property here, the whole kit and kaboodle.
Promised features include panoramic mountain views, a restaurant and room service, ski valet, pool and hot tubs, fitness center, underground parking, meeting space, and ready access to Mammoth Mountain's express ski lift.
Mammoth is smack-dab in the middle of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, as snowy and steep as they come. Skiers have flocked to the area for ages, but now the silver spoon set can see what they've been missing. The Village at Mammoth, modeled on European alpine ski towns and replete with night spots, shopping and special events, sounds like a happening place.
We'll have to wait for the Westin Monache, Mammoth, though: Construction begins this spring, but it won't be completed until spring of 2007.