Travel Blogs from Big Bear Lake
After 4 days in LA we decided before going to san francisco, we wanna relax some place nice and not so crowded. So we decided us for big bear lake where we gonna stay for 3 days. The first night we went to the bowling barn, for a nice bowling game.
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 ...
... great roads and a room overlooking the lake. A stroll round town and the usual tourist shops and then was tempted to sign up for the ultra maraton starting that night of 100 miles and a 50 mile later. Shame didnt have the time
We were recommended the big cowboy steak house, we chose a 20 oz steak to share, no dessert needed ...
... spider ( yes I have pictures for proof), I thought it was the best part of the trip. So another thing that happened to us is that we got snowed on, can you believe that, the very thing I was trying to get away from we ended up getting. Oh well that is the way it goes, I do have pictures that I will attach now that we have better internet connection. So today we moved our camper down to Pomona Dragstrip, so the next post, which should be tomorrow will ...
... for a place to take a nap. There was a huge lot in a shopping center so we parked and headed to the back (one of the cool aspects of driving your house around) to catch some shut eye. As we tried to drift away, we realized the parking lot had speakers playing some blue grass. Being too tired to do anything about the "noise" we didn't have too hard a time to slip into dreamland.
When we woke up, we went into our kitchen to ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNorthwoods Resort Big Bear Lake
Historical Traveler Reviews Northwoods Resort Big Bear Lake
My family stayed at the Northwoods for the 3 day weekend 1/16-1/18 2005. The facility was nicely decorated, was in close proximity to the Village and Snow Summit. The front desk receptionist was very helpful with some recommendations for a local restaurant for a special dinner (Peppercorns Grille was FABULOUS), the lounge act was quite entertaining on Friday evening. Unfortunately, that is where I have to end the compliments. The "fitness center" consisted of four pieces of work out equipment, one of which was broken. The beer taps in the lounge were broken as well as the hot chocolate machine in Stillwells. We were kept up most of the night on Saturday due to a crying baby across the hall - the acoustics are terrible. The only thing thinner than the walls of the "resort" was the toilet paper they supply to the rooms. We left our room before 7:00 am on Sunday to go skiing and returned to our room at 3:55 pm - only to find that housekeeping had not yet serviced the room. My husband and daughter went to use the pool, they asked at the front desk for pool towels and were told that someone would be out with towels shortly. After swimming for more than 30 minutes, my husband had to flag down a fellow hotel guest, who reminded the front desk about the towels, and the GUEST actually brought them out to my family. The young man working in the rental shop was very apathetic and seemed bothered to answer our questions. I have never submitted a review of a hotel on TripAdvisor.com - but I have consulted it many times prior to booking previous trips and have always found the information to be helpful. We aren't hard to please people, but when you take the time to make plans in advance to stay at nice place and spend your hard earned vacation time-- I wanted to share our experience with others so they can make informed decisions. We won't be going back to the Northwoods.
It's christmas time and the outside of the hotel really showed the season and with the snow and cold it started out really wonderful. We stayed 2 nights. The room was a large suite and very clean and seemed to go well with the atmosphere. All was well until about 2:00pm saturday afternoon when I decided to take a nap and the crying baby in the regular room next door decided to cry for about 2 hours and then again 6:30 am Sunday when it started all over again with the same little girl crying and her two brothers running up and down the hallway. So we didnt get much sleep, for what we paid for our suite we should have not had to deal with paper thin walls and out of control children, also when we checked out we were not asked if we enjoyed our stay because we would have let them know at that time. we did asked for a manager and was told her was at lunch.
My husband and I stayed at Northwoods last Friday night, and were very happy with our stay! I wasn't really sure what to expect after reading some of the reviews online, but we found the staff to be friendly and our room was exactly what we expected.
We visited the Northwoods resort with 5 other couples for the weekend of August 20-22, 2004. Our check-in receptionist was new so she didn't have the drill down yet. She told us we could carry our bags through the front lobby, down a short flight of stairs to the elevator to reach our room. We later learned that we could have parked in the back and entered directly near an elevator. The room was woodsy, a bit dated, the two chairs were very uncomfortable but fit in with the old charm of the room. The fireplace gave the room a warm feel and yes we did use the fireplace. The bathroom was simple and fairly clean but the towels had the consistency of sandpaper. The walls are very thin and you could hear every door open and close and every person who came down the hall. The ice machine was close to all the rooms which is a plus. Complementary coffee and not so complementary goodies are in each room. The restaurant and bar are convenient and a great place to meet especially if you have a large group. The staff was friendly. Location is ideal, close to lake and town, walk to shops and art show. The pool and jacuzzi are rather small for a hotel this size but refreshing. The bottom line is this is an average hotel that would fare better with a cosmetic update, some soundproofing, and better quality linens for the rooms.
My wife and I have been going to Big bear for many years. We have tried all the rest and by far northwoods is the BEST. OH, no bell hop, WOW and yes you park your own car and carry your luggage (you packed it didn't you) This is the quaint little town of Big Bear, NOT Vegas. No they don't baby sit your kids and I think it's a sad statement of the parents when they have to be asked to make their kids behave.
DO NOT STAY HERE! The property its self is semi-charming but nothing great. What makes this hotel bad is its customer service. We went in June when its the slow time for Big Bear and the hotel so you would figure they would give extra attention to there guest. Right? WRONG! No valets or bellmen to help with your car or luggage. Asked for non-smoking rooms and got a room that smelled like George Burns bedroom. Went to there top restaurant (Stillwells) for breakfast and there food was NASTY! We where told that the dinner at the restaurant was excellent so we gave it a second chance. Arrived at the restaurant at 6pm for dinner and it was deserted. Our party of 9 sat down and ordered our drinks when the waitress came out of the kitchen and told us that our kids where to loud and disturbing the other guest. THERE WHERE NO OTHER GUEST! We immedietly got up and informed the waitress we where leaving and she didnt seem to care one bit. Asked the host if we could speak with the manager and he told us the waitress was the manager. So if thats the way management works at that hotel you can imagine the staff. On top of that nothing but old foggies hang out at that hotel. I would highly recomend the Best Western.
Had a nice stay at the Northwoods
While exploring Big Bear, we stopped in to ask what the rate would be for the night. He gave us a great discount on a fireplace room as it was off season. The rooms are comfortable and clean and have a cute lodge decor, ours had a balcony overlooking the pool. The pool and hot tub were nice although they pretty much sit in the middle of the parking lot but with some trees planted around. The location is great, you can walk around the village for shopping etc. Not a remote cabin in the woods, but a very pleasant place to spend a weekend.
Called Sunday afternoon regarding a reservation for that night at Stillwells requesting availability for dinner at 6:30PM We were told would not be a problem AND reservation would not be necessary at that time of night. We arrived at 6:25PM and the hostess acted suprised that we were there, but would seat us shortly. After 15 minutes she agreed to seat us in the bar. The three of us were seated, and I ordered a drink, while my wife and brother decided to order with dinner. We were give the dinner menu. After approximately 10 minutes the lady bartender (real nice) indicated that thte Manager said that we could only order from the bar menu. She infomed us and two other parties that otherwise we would have to leave as regular bar patrons would be coming in. All three groups complained to the Manager, two of whom were staying at the resort. Extremely rude outcome and we have crossed off our list. Poorly trained staff and unknowledged personnel, especially when you call in ahead of time as indicated. Supposedly the people staying at the lodge, were told that reservations were not necessary at that early hour. I now see why you are rated #4
We rented a cabin in Big Bear that turned out to be awful and we refused to stay. On the way out of town and on our way home we decided to stop at the resort to check for a room for the night. The staff was very helpful. We stayed at the resort for 3 nights. The last night we were given a suite for the regular room rate. The staff was very courteous and easy to work with. Although, while waiting for a room there was some problems with other guests..One family was complaining that someone entered their room without knocking..another family made reservations two months in advance for a suite and none was available to them when they arrived.
Every room has a rustic design that will captivate you. The suites are fantastic! The room service is fast and great food. The restraunts have excellent food. The all around service is very nice. The grounds are clean and everything is well kept. The regular rooms are very nice but I think a little run down at this time. They could use better cleaning.
This is the only place I stay when visiting and will always return.