Lake Arrowhead Resort
Travel Blogs from Lake Arrowhead
Day 1, Thur, Dec 24, 1998 (Christmas Eve) Travel from our home in San Diego up to the Lake Arrowhead Resort. We went shopping and walking around the villiage. We had dinner with the whole family at Seasons in the hotel. The menu was as follows: Beginnings: Wild mushroom & roasted garlic soup Middle: (Choice) Baby greens w/sliced tomatoes & fresh …
Dec 24 thru Dec 26, 2000 Did the usual thing we do. Celebrated Christmas, shopped at the village, etc.
Day 1 (Fri, Dec 24, 1999--Christmas Eve) Made the drive from San Diego to Lake Arrowhead. We had our usual rooms: Our room, connecting to a living room, which then connects to the in-laws room. Everyone else's rooms are down the hall. Day 2 (Sat, Dec 25, 1999--Christmas) Today we opened presents and had Christmas dinner at the hotel's restaurant. …
Was fairly warm today, mostly in low 30s, we thought once we hit California we would start to cool down. Nope, it actually got hotter, high 30s by the time we stopped. Rode through some nice desert areas with lots of cactus. Lots of wind machines through this ...
... shuffles to different rhythms. I could not believe that I had just ruined such an amazing moment, crushing an obvious but intangible connection. I felt like a fool. I was a fool. She had her reasons, and I grossly disrespected her by not honoring them. I'm gonna brush my teeth and go to bed. And I watched her walk away, becoming one with the dark.
I went back to the fire and just sat for a long time, taking sips of the tequila ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Lake Arrowhead Resort
Words cannot describe how appalled I am at multiple aspects of this resort. I will make this short. When you drive up to the property, you immediately notice construction equipment and materials all over the roof and parking lot. The lobby was torn apart and workers were everywhere. I checked in and figured I had seen the worst of it- silly me. I had to walk through a completely demolished corridor to get to my room on the other side of the building. There were power lines across the hallway, power tools I had to kick out of the way, piles of torn out carpet, and workmen acting like I was in the way. When I got to my room I called the desk to express how surprised I was that none of the construction was mentioned on the web site nor when I spoke with the hotel directly and that I could not walk to and from my room through all of that construction dust due to allergies. They offered to move me to another room for an additional charge!
Have stayed here several times over the years, and it's always been fine (although definitely in need of updating). Reservation staff advised that hotel was undergoing renovations, but we were very surprised when we arrived. Work crews dominated the parking lot, we walked down a long dark hallway to our room with ceiling tiles ripped out, extension cords all over the floor, and several rooms being worked on. The restaurant has been temporarily relocated. I felt sorry for the few people who were trying to have lunch on Friday afternoon (6/9/06), as the sound of jack-hammers dominated everything. The front desk clerk said that construction was scheduled to be completed in September. They even had work going on during the weekend.
My children and I recently spent a weekend in Lake Arrowhead. We really enjoyed the area and had fun skiing at the local facilities. The hotel was fine, though the rooms definitely need updating. The sheets and pillows were very thin and the bathrooms were tiny. I feel like the hotel was decent value though - only $100 a night for high season. The jacuzzis were nice as were the staff. I heard they are starting rennovations in the next week or so.
We celebrated a big family birthday at this hotel recently, and it was fantastic. We had three rooms together, two of them adjoining. It was quiet between the rooms and very comfortable. The hotel is about to start a multi-million dollar renovation and it's going to be gorgeous. Some furnishings and the beds definitely need it, but they weren't horrid. The lobby is HUGE, and beautiful, and we used it for the adults to visit in the evenings. We had breakfast at the dining room, and it was great. A bar in the lobby is nice.
Good Resort for a Short Stay
We stayed for two nights at Lake Arrowhead Resort on route between Las Vegas and San Diego. The contrasting scenery of lakes and pine forests (after the desert) was really pleasant. We also found the resort good the staff were very friendly and helpful and the food in the restaurant of a high standard and good value. We had a lakeview room on 3rd Floor which was spacious and clean and the view lovely.
The pool was on the small side and taken over by a childrens party on one of the days.
Adjacent to the resort are shops/restaurants/boat trips an area fine for a couple of hours wandering around but nothing special. We did drive the "Rim of the World Tour" up to Big Bear Lake which was really pleasant the full drive takes about four hours including a brief lunch stop.
We needed a few days away from our 2 year old for an anniversary vacation and we found Lake Arrowhead to be a great place for us. The staff was very friendly and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We had a room with a partial view of the lake but it was also above the pool so it could get loud in the afternoons. We were also there partly during Memorial Day Weekend so there were lots of activities going on (like smores at the beach over the fire:)) The gym is quite nice and the workout class instructors are wonderful. The nearby Village has lots of outlet stores with great deals and is within a 5 minute walk. The locals are welcoming as well. There aren't many restaurants with great health code ratings in the area (definitely avoid the Mandarin Garden in Blue Jay, we found hair AND bugs in our food) so luckily the restaurant at the resort is excellent (try the sweet potato fries). Overall we were very happy with our getaway and will probably return again with baby in tow.
If you want a good night's sleep-go elsewhere
My husband and I checked in and told the front desk clerk we wanted a quiet room as we were both completely exhausted. He quickly obliged, and we made our way to our room, quite dingy, more on that in a minute....We thought we had walked into the wrong room as this room overlooked the pool and it was mobbed with screaming kids-We tried to take a nap, but our room was on the first floor and we could hear everyone in the room above ours! The room was quite dingy, thin bedspreads, scratchy sheets, and coarse towels....We decided to check out and go home to get some sleep-There was also a prom going on, and one wedding-Sleep seems to be very elusive in this so called "resort."
I was at Lake Arrowhead Resort over 4th of July weekend, 2004.
the end of october we stayed at lake arrowhead lodge to attend a wedding. the wedding was at our lady of the lakes church. we got up the mountain okay. then: they started to close the roads. up and down the mountain. the couple had a beautiful wedding but there was no music, the priest that was to marry them couldn't get there, the florist just dropped the flowers off and left, the photographer didn't get there till the wedding was half over and the priest announced that everyone should take pictures for the bide and groom. before the wedding began there was an announcement that anytime during the wedding if there was an evacution notice given, we were suppose to go to our cars and go straight down the mountian...........do not go back to the resort! the bride walked down the aisle with her father while everyone hummed "here comes the bride." the reception was held at the country club in the mountains. more than half the people couldn't make it and not long after we got there the electricity to the mountain was turned off. someone played the piano for the bride and groom's first dance and then he tried to play more but only knew the first couple of lines of each song. someone else came up with a battery operatated boom box and the guests danced to that by candle light and an emergency light. after a while all the candles burnt out and the emergency lights started going out so all were asked to leave. tired and a little sad we all went back to our resort which had an emergency generator. not long after getting there, 3 policemen came and announced that there was an emergency evacuation of our area and we would all have to leave. now the first two roads down the mountain were closed so we had to go up to big bear and come down that way. we helped the bride and groom get their things together and followed them down the mountain. most motels were full because everyone was coming off the mountain so we followed the bride and groom to their new home and spent the night there with others. that was five and a half hours after leaving the resort. the people at lake arrow head lodge were very helpful during the emergency. no, i would not go back and i know i would never have a wedding on a mountain.