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Just got back from Squaw...booked thru Expedia, flew on America West, very good airline, on time and friendly...Stayed in Village at Squaw Valley from March 21 to 25th 2005...No need for car..we took Stretch Limo from Reno airport for $120 for 4 people, with stocked bar!!, Awesome Limo Company, Cecil our driver was there and waiting at baggage claim..ride was about one hour...North Tahoe Limo, -------...Do not!!, repeat Do not!! use the shuttle service that Village at Squaw Valley reccomends..North Tahoe Executive Shuttle. ------...you will have to share a shuttle van for the same amount $120.
The Village at Squaw Valley is an awesome location..we skied for four days. It snowed heavy for two, initially, the top elevation was closed but opened the last two days of our trip...awesome skiing, powder and packed powder,...also did some night skiing...great! Most of the mountain is for intermediete skiing, blue runs, but there are some nice greens and blacks at both elevations.
We originally were booked into 22 Station West part of resort...currently, they are under alot of construction for added retail stores...very noisy!!...the hotel manager, who was very cordial, did manage to transfer us to building 3..awesome location...literally 90 steps to Fentinal Lift!...If there is any snow fall, be prepared to hear the giant snow plows clearing the parking lot from 4am until 8am.
Food is very expensive....10.00 burger platters...6.00 drafts....did find some awesome food and deals at the Breakfast restaurant in Olympic Village House and you have to go to "Mamasaki's" for Sushi and/or drinks....prices are very reasonable...service was excellent...and they have great food...also lots of things that are cooked like shrimp,veg.,and chicken tempura...we ate there four times!...We did cook in the room a couple of days..you can stock up on groceries at the resort food store "Alices's" opens at 8am, closes at 9pm.
The hotel staff was very nice and quick to respond with towels etc. We stayed in 1 bedroom condo...very, very nice...marble, slate trim, heated bathroom floors...beautiful decor...great views.
Not too much for kids...there is a media room (Big Screen TV) in bldg 3 and a nice pool table in bldg. 2...arcades in OLYMPIC House. Your hotel key will get you into a multitude of pools, hot tubs and gyms around the resort.
Must take ride on Cable Car, awesome view, easy ride down...Some of favorite lifts were Fentinel, Red Dog and Squaw Express.
Would definetly stay here when at Squaw Valley...just try to get a room away from main parking lot....no matter where you stay at the Village, you are close to everything.
I spent hours researching the best Squaw lodging. After reading all the reviews, and being blown away by the rates everywhere in the valley, I chose the Village. Go with calling and booking directly because I had problems dealing with the online people when I had a travel glitch later on.
We arrived on a Wednesday when it was quiet and left on a Saturday when it was booming. Let me tell you, if you have kids...go when it's quiet. Not only did they upgrade us to a 2 bedroom, but the whole village is so serene mid-week.
The suite itself is charming. We were in the North Facing building. We parked the car in the garage and never used it until check-out. Everything is right there..good food, lifts, ski school and rentals. The hotel even offers convenient ski storage lockers for each unit. Catch either the gondola and/or funitel to catch views and great skiing (free with lift tickets). Kids lift tickets are only $5 all the time!
I was disappointed in the "children's room"-nothing in there for kids and Squaw's snowtubbing area. I heard the resort at Squaw has a good sledding area, though. Take the kids to the candle making shoppe, Waxen Moon, it's a great family activity to do at night. You can't help but enjoy the surroundings...just be sure to watch your budget.
Overpriced, small, noisy and rude
I really liked the idea of being close to the ski resort and thought the Village would be a great upscale place to stay. The rooms were expensive and so I had high expectations. We choose a one bedroom condo as suggested by our reservationist. When we got there the room was so small and overcroweded with furniture my family could not even walk around. When one person got up the others had to sit so they could get by. Every night was a new noise to keep us awake. The place was just dirty. I purposely placed a piece of plastic outside our room to see if anyone was cleaning the hall. It was there for 3 days along with other bits of trash that accumulated. I called down to the front desk for information about ice skating and the gal told me she just didn't know how much it cost. I had to find out for myself. At $400 a night, I want the front desk to work a little harder to have information about services at their resort! The gate for the underground parking was malfunctioning. It ripped the license plate off the front of my car one day and the next day as we were leaving, it was completely out of service and had obiously crashed down on someone's car. Save you money for the great food at the Village and stay at a condo across the street!!!!!
Snow, Snow, Snow,
Stayed at the Village while visiting squaw over the first weekend of January. Must have had about 15 feet of snow.
Village has come a long way since our last visit when they were still building half of it, the rooms were great and the retail has filled in nicely. Service was good and we liked the underground parking and proximity to KT and the other lifts.
Once the snow stopped, you couldn't beat the skiing!
The grocery store (Alice's) was a great addition for shopping and DVD's. Also liked the new shops and restaurants.
Will be back.
A Winter Wonderland!
Last week, we enjoyed a great 7 night visit to the Village at Squaw Valley. Our 2 bedroom condo was immaculate and very comfortable. The location is perfect-- slopeside and surrounded by shops and restaurants. Our two children (ages 2 and 6) did not want to leave and neither did we!
Much better than we expected! Very impressed.
I stayed with my wife and two kids ( 10 & 13) at the Village at Squaw Valley from Sunday 12/19/05 till Thursday 12/23/05. We rented a 1 bedroom unit on the 4th floor. We stayed at the 1st Ascent building that
faces the Gondola Station.
We had a great time here! We really enjoyed our stay, so much so that
we are seriously considering buying a unit here. Anyway, here is what
we loved most about our stay:
1. It was right across from the Gondola station! Wow! I was so impressed and delighted that I was staying literally steps away from the Gondola.
One of the things I absolutely hate about skiing is the long walk with all of my equipment from my car to the lifts. The building had lockers for me on the first floor and it was so incredibly convenient - I couldn't have asked for a better set-up. I was not expecting it to be so good.
Yes, the other units in the Village are not as close as the one I stayed at, but they are not that much farther.
2. Starbucks and the Juice bar were in my building. I loved the convenience.
3. The entry with the cozy fireplace and pool table were wonderful and very inviting. I checked out another building, but it's lobby was not as nice and inviting as the building that I stayed in - I actually didn't like it after experiencing the lobby at my building.
4. Since I was on the 4th floor, we weren't bothered by any noise at all.
The only noise I could hear was when kids were outside in the hallway.
5. I just love the style of the buildings and the layout of the village.
Since this was in mid December, I also enjoyed the Christmas decorations.
6. My wife and I loved the restaurants and the chocolate store.
The bakery sold fabulous blue berry muffins that just melted in our mouths and also served great breakfasts.
7. The room and kitchen was fully equipped with everything we needed.
We were very happy with what came with the room.
The only thing that was a negative was the small size of the unit.
The space was small and a person could easily feel cramped
if they have a problem with small spaces.
I've stayed at several one bedroom suites over the past two years in various countries in the world, and this was the smallest fully equiped unit I ever stayed in.
We defintiely will come back and highly recommend this place even though it is not cheap.
Best Hotel I've Ever Been To
I stayed at this hotel recently for two nights, this is the most amazing hotel I have ever been to. The rooms are spacious and come with ever possible feature, fully-stocked kitchens, and comfy beds. The village at the hotel is also amazing, ever store you could possibly need. If you are in any doubt about picking a hotel in Squaw Valley, go for this one, you will not be disappointed in this reviewer's eyes.
New but Noisy
We stayed for four nights (July 2004) with our children in a two-bedroom condo that was new and clean, but better equipped for winter holiday than summer fun. Since we were gone during the day and the nights are cool in Tahoe, we wouldn't have minded the lack of a/c, but the area surrounding the hotel was so noisy that keeping windows open at night meant that we heard every late-night conversation and carousing in the surrounding parking lot. There were also multiple alarms that sounded in nearby rooms early in the mornings that the management had a hard time turning off. So our only complaint was the noise, and that was significant enough that we will not be returning to this hotel. Other than those concerns the hotel was very clean and comfortable.
This was a great place to stay for our vacation.
We were a group of 3 females, 2 skiers and 1 not, and we all had a great time. We came to do some spring skiing and ended up here at the last minute, due to the other places being closed because of warm weather. We ended up mostly skiing the upper half of the mountains and got a great workout, great views, great sun - it all rocked and I brought up my skiing a notch!
Everything was within walking distance - ticket booth, rentals, restaurants. My non-skiing friend brought lots of books and spent a whole day at the hottub/pool on the mountain. We also got a free lift ticket per person which was a great savings!
This is not the cheapest place. But the multiple hottubs were great, the fireplace & balcony were nice perks, we got a huge upgrade for free (although it was a little deserted until Friday night) and the underground parking was convenient and easily accessible. The kitchen was nice also, so we only ate out for supper. The perks were definitely worth it.
I would definitely go back and stay. It's also close to a nice grocer and down the road from Truckee (very cute town). My only complaint was that the cleaning crew didn't do much more than make the beds and load the dishwasher.
Great Location. Still has growing pains.
I stayed at the Village at Squaw Valley during New Years. The most striking feature of the Village at Squaw Valley is the location. It's the ultimate ski-in ski-out location. I was able to walk with my family to the lifts or gondola in minutes, ski all morning, come back for lunch and hot chocolate, get back on the runs and ski all afternoon with ease. The village is Intrawest's latest attempt to recreate a mountain village, dinning, shopping experience. Overall they've accomplished that goal. The Village has a heavy stone/wood feel to the buildings whch contrast the older Olympic buildings of Squaw valley ski resort. The shops range in variety from selling tourist clothing to incense and soap stores. Needless to say, everything is a bit overpriced. (Do I really need to buy a $25 bottle of oil that smells like a High Sierra snowfall?) As high priced as the stores were, they were nothing compared to the restuarants in the village. The Plumpjack Balboa Cafe for takeout was selling hamburgers for $10! Thank goodness we had a kitchen in our room. The Village needs to install a grocery/deli on its grounds. Since we happened to be snowed in for two days, we ran out of milk and eggs. There was no place to buy these simple items without driving out of the resort. If you want to eat at a better price, I recommend one of the older resturaunts in the Olympic Village area. Our accomodations were a two bedroom cono unit overlooking the village with a nice view of the mountains behind. The room was clean and nicely furnished with a mountain Sierra motif. My only complaint about the room was a basic design flaw with the French doors to the balcony which you needed a degree in engineering to close and open. The heating was also uncontrollable due to a radiant heat in the floor design. I was told by the front desk to "heat the room to the temperature you like and then turn it off; otherwise it will continue to heat until it becomes too hot". (Huh?) The front desk staff was polite; but, reminded me of untrained college students on winter break when it came to providing general information about the resort. They need to have more knowledge of the resort. ski conditions, road closures etc. Overall my experience was very positive. I love the snow and granted I visited the resort at the busiest most expensive time of the year when Holiday rates are in effect; so I kind of expect to be taken over by high prices. I would recommend visiting at a time when you can get a better deal (early ski season or early spring). The beauty of the High Sierras in the winter was something I shall not forget. Six feet of snow fell when I was there, it was truly a winter wonderland.
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