Resort at Squaw Creek
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Most of the campsites located near a freeway are often also located near train tracks. Depending on how sound travels, I hear freeway traffic and/or train whistles at night.
I had to laugh the night I stayed at the Best Western when, snuggled into a comfy king size bed with six marshmallow-soft pillows,I heard a train ...
... could dangle at me. When the Circus Circus hotel in Reno popped up with a "mobile deal" of $28 a night we jumped on it! And that is how Spread Eagle met the Big Top! Our rig got a much deserved night off and we got big, clean comfy beds that we could drop into as opposed to climb up to. On to Gardenerville for some good old fashioned family catch up ...
... eyed miner. It was an interesting place to visit, in terms of getting a feel of US expansion westwards, and the intolerable conditions the miners put themselves in for little to no gain. It was much better than Carson City. On the way back to Lake Tahoe we stopped at McDonalds, which was a huge disappointment, and were lucky enough (again) to find a free space at a camp site. We spent the evening with beers by the lake, and were fortunate enough to see an orangey moon come ...
... green house, then the "ice" chest bag, then the litter box and small extras (like umbrella, the bag of caramel popcorn I hauled around for 2,000 miles from Jackson), jackets...
If this was done _juuuust_ right, there was a tiny hole that allowed for a bit of visibility when using the rear view mirror. Otherwise, it was side mirror driving mostly.
The small map bags went in the two inches between the car ...
... gave us some blankets and we bundled up mid drive. Then the roads started to get slippery and we noticed all the mack trucks lined up on the side of the road and realized we'd have to put on the tire chains. Safety first!
We made it to Northstar and what a cute village! We had some fun runs and the trees had plenty of powder to play around in. We had a good day and made our way to Reno for the night. Reno, with all the ...
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Great Ski Resort
We visited the resort for a long weekend in March 2004. Although the nonsmoking room provided to us had a smoky smell, the staff quickly found an alternative room for us. The most appealing aspect of the resort for skiiers is walking out the elevator, down some stairs, and onto the ski lift, and then skiing to the hotel at the end of the day. No lift lines, no lift ticket lines, no hassle. For apres ski, they offered patio lounging with a folk singer, but not too loud to hear conversation. A great ski weekend at a beautiful resort!
We stayed at the resort in July, 2003. The room had one of the best views I have ever enjoyed from a hotel, and the kids liked the pool area, but all in all we left a bit disappointed. We brought our own mountain bikes, but were told the only bike storage was an outdoor bike rack! Rather than leave the bikes on the truck rack, we rolled them up to our room! I was very surprised that a resort of this caliber could not provide secure storage for them. A great many staff members were what can be termed as "snooty" or worse, "rude". The only friendly staff people were those at the concierge desk, which unfortunately usually sported a line at least one person deep. The concierge desk staff were quite helpful, and pointed us in the direction of some great outings, although they knew little or nothing about the truly wonderful trail system we discovered on our own just behind the resort. the pools were a bit cold for us, and the waterslide closed much too early in the evening.
We just returned from a 4 day ski trip and decided to try out this resort...it was either this or the Village at Squaw Valley, based on their ratings. There were no 5 star resorts that could be found in the area, and this was rated as a 4 star. I must say that I agree with the previous reviews stating that they are not the most friendliest or welcoming. We are used to staying at resorts that greet you with a happy smile. The people at the front desk appear that it's just another day at work and seem to be bored with their jobs. Maybe management needs to send them to a seminar on how to make their guests feel welcomed. Our room wasn't ready, so we proceeded to the outside area to grab a bite to eat. The staff there, also seemed to be bored to tears and hating life. We ordered our food, and there were no utensils or napkins to be found. We were told 3 times that it was coming. Half an hour later, after our meal was cold, we finally got some plastic dinner ware and napkins. Fortunately, our kids got burgers, otherwise, they would have been really cranky. We noticed that 5 other people were asking were the utensils and napkins were, and the cashier just shrugged his shoulders and said they're coming. There were 3 of them sitting around. Couldn't one of them get off his rear to go get some (there were after all several other restaurants right by it on the property)? We started to get a bad feeling about this place and wished we would have booked at the Squaw Village instead. However, when we finally got our room, it was pleasant. We requested the one bedroom fireplace suite, and it was roomy enough for the four of us. Our boys (6 & 9) loved the Mountain Buddies program where they went ice skating in the evening and made arts and crafts, while we went out for dinner at Montagna's (one of the restaurants located there). We were pleasantly surprised by our fabulous meal. The spa there wasn't bad either. Fortunately, it wasn't too cold when we were there, as the resort's layout isn't the best. We had to go outside and walk down a set of stairs to get to the spa, or the pool (which is heated during the winter, so that was nice), or the restaurants or shops. We didn't mind the walk, but just thought it wouldn't be too pleasant if it were during the midst of winter...say in December. If we do another ski trip there, I think we'll try The Village at Squaw Valley. We met several skiiers there that said they were very pleased with the accommodations and location. It does have a better location in the sense that it's right in Squaw Village where we did all of our skiing, and it's right in the midst of all the restaurants and shops. We enrolled our boys in all day snowboarding classes at Squaw Kids, which we had to take a shuttle each day to Squaw Village to drop our kids off and to ski, so had we stayed at The Village at Squaw Valley (condo style accommodations with full kitchens), it would have been more convenient and less time consuming.
We've stayed at the Resort at Squaw Creek probably 7 different times, always in the winter and usually around the holidays. After staying anywhere that often, I think it would be impossible to give any place an "excellent" rating, but we do keep coming back for more.
Could not have been more pleased.
My family of four stayed at this Resort in late July and we couldn't have come away with a better opinion of the place. We have traveled all over the US and Canada and we found the overall facility as well as the rooms first rate. We plan to make this one of our frequent destinations. I felt I was taking a chance on staying at this place because of the negative reviews I read on this website but they couldn't have been more off base. I wonder now if these reviews are salted in a negative way by the local competition.
Our family stayed at the Resort at Squaw Creek in August 2003. Someone must think it's great because when we arrived we found ourselves in the midst of a Ferrari convention, and we assume that Ferrari owners can afford and will insist upon the best. Unfortunately, although the hotel has some lovely facilities, it's a bit run down. The room we occupied was decent, but hardly worth the advertised room rate of nearly $300.
Negligence causes back pain and Management Response is Unacceptable
We stayed at Squaw Creek Resort in July 2003. We had massages at the spa. My massage therapist was warned of a prior back injury of mine. He somehow managed to get all of my back muscles inflamed, resunting in a re-injury of my back. I was in pain for 7 weeks, and was unable to perform normal functions for 5 weeks. The management of the hotel has refused to compensate me in any way. I think this is an unacceptable response and suggest you stay away from this resort.
A high class upmarket hotel with fantastic views and location, but..........On top of the advertised room rate note some extras charges - $12 per day service fee(for local calls and a newspaper!) and 2% extra tax(environmental) - not mentioned at the time of booking. Also the car park is a significant walk away from the hotel due to the amount of space reserved for valet parking ($20 per day). Even this distant car park is often full and you have to park further way along the 1 mile access road. Very unsatisfactory and a disgrace for such a hotel. It couldnt be that they want you to spend $20 per day for valet parking could it? Rooms were average - nothing special - $10 per day for High Speed Internet access. They seem more bothered in conference trade than normal travellers. Food was good in the restaurant and the waiting staff very helpful. Wine as usual in the US - grossly overpriced and ruins an otherwise pleasant evening. Reception/Front Desk were rude and very unhelpful. Beware...
We stayed at Resort at Squaw Creek Jan. 2, 2003 through Jan. 5th. While the hotel does have some design issues, we actually enjoyed our stay there very much. We went for the skiing. The hotel is located right next to a lift, which was convenient. If you have children, they will take you and your children to the ski school in a snow cat! We all got a charge out of that, plus it was really quick, too. They also have a sledding hill right outside of the hotel, with sleds available. I thought the food at the restaurants was so-so for the price they were charging. The maid service was somewhat inconstant, often short-changing us on towels and washclothes. We did have to wait for our room about 45 minutes upon arrival, which was a hassle. Even given some short-comings, we would still stay there again. It was a beautifly hotel and the service was generally great.
Just got back from a trip to California where my family and I stayed at 5 hotels in the course of 8 days. Overall, we felt this resort did live up to its 4 diamond rating in the AAA guide, but it was so flawed in its layout that we would never stay there again. Every amenity was a long walk or even a car ride, to the horse stables for example, and we never felt as welcomed as we had felt t the Hotel Nikko in San Fransisco.