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Historical Traveler Reviews Thundercloud Resort Big Bear Lake
Wouldn't Wish This Place Upon My Worst Enemy!
It was small, filthy and falling apart. You had a choice of scalding hot water or freezing cold! We thought this place was hardly a "resort"! As a matter of fact we thought it was a dump!
Awful would be a compliment
This was a group ski trip with about 30 others. When we checked in everything seemed normal until we were told our room was across the street. Upon entering the building, we noticed how dirty the common area was. When we entered our room, we saw the filthy carpets, which were wet. The old disgusting bathroom should have been torn out years ago. We should have brought seat covers for the toilet. This place is a dive. We couldn't get any sleep because people outside were having a fight with someone next door to us and they kept on throwing rocks at the windows.
Made the same mistake as other people...went off the reviews and thought it would be decent. Can't call it a "flea bag hotel", but can call it an "ant bag hotel". The ants were everywhere, we were annexed from the main building, the shower didn't work. We should have tent camped!
This place is dying a slow death. Reserve a room months ago & was sent to an annex building of rooms next to the Bowling Barn.Room was large but there was a constant droning of a generator or compressor all night. Ants crawling around bathroom sink, poorly painted room, kleenex box was empty & the toliet that ran forever. Furniture seemed to be brought in from another hotel they had a flyer on in the room. We'll never go back.
We were really worried about staying at this place after reading the other reviews, but we had already made the reservations and didnt have time to change them. The staff was amazing, they allowed us to check in early (9:00 a.m) so that we could head out to the trails of Big Bear. The room was huge and beautifully decorated. We were quite surprised considering we had only paid $69/night. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Big Bear. There is also a nice little restaurant in Fawnskin called the Goldpan. Nice people great food. We were WOWED!
Worse than College Dorm Rooms
We didn't believe the reviews we read. This place was terrible and it's location was not great either. I share a triple dorm room that was better than this place.
Don't go hee unless you are desparate!
Matt & Heather
The resort from hell.
This place is a nightmare. The room was dirty to say the least. The bathroom had not been cleaned with bandaids in the shower and an unsanitary toilet. The kitchen was a mess and smelled horrible. The fireplace was so full of cigarette butts, it stopped working. The owners need to start with a bulldozer and renovate this place. The best part was checking out and driving away.
Couldn't wait to get out
We stayed in one of their family units and it was such a horrible experience that we didn't stay the second night. The heater was very old and noisy that when you had it on, you couldn't sleep. We had to turn it off to go to sleep, therefore we froze during the night. The shower was so old and the pipes made noise. We actually had to call the desk and get a maintenance man over to adjust the temperature of the shower or else we would have been scalded to death. Everything in the unit was run down and old, such as the cracked, old toilet seat, and not inviting at all. The kithenette was filthy and I didn't even want to go in there. Dust was on everything. I will never go there again and tell everyone else to never go there. We paid too much money to get such a dump!
Thundercloud is definitely not the "Ritz", but it is perfectly acceptable if your on a budjet. I would recommend it more for the younger croud who's going to spend most of their time out of their motel anyway. It's also one of the only motels that doesn't require a 2 night min. which is always a plus. I just booked a room for next month and definitely looking forward to it.
Avoid this place
We stayed there in a family suite for one night in Sept. The heater was broken so they give us a second suite. After we moved more nightmare came.
One mattress was in such a bad shape it was not usable at all. The room was not clean with visible dust everywhere. Even worse, the temperature adjustment level was broken in the shower!
The staff was friendly and courtesy, that is the only good thing I can say about this motel.
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Travel Blogs from Big Bear Lake
... Eventually I noticed Joshua Trees begin to mix into the flora, a sure sign that we were near the dreaded Mojave desert. Upon reaching the Hwy 18, we scored a hitch within 2 minutes. Wow!! That was fast. A young mother with her 2 daughters picked us up to take us into Big Bear. From the center of town, we called up trail angel Papa Smurf to see if he had space at his place. He did. It wasn't to crowded but crowded enough for me. Honestly, ...
Wind seems to be the story here in the west in the spring especially. The view out our window could be St. Maarten! Very, very windy, sound of waves crashing on the beach, mountain in the background..... Watched a little boat this morning, we think he was fishing, flying across the water at 5 knots without sails OR his motor on. Got seasick watching him. This isn't a huge lake and the wind is relentless and looks like it will be until we leave... (Sigh). We had hoped ...
Left Vegas around 11 am. Windy windy windy.. all the way there. Makes driving more tiring fighting the wind. Drove through the Mojave Desert..interesting landscape..lots of Joshua trees. And what a find..getting a place to store the RV on the way. Secured, locked storage at a nice campsite... and cheap! Couldn't be better. Good thing, the switchbacks going up into the San Bernadino mountains would ...
... bighorn sheep, desert tortoise and iguana, Wiley coyotes and kit fox. A large variety of plants live here as well. Yucca, smoketree, bottlebush, ocotillo, palo verde, juniper, scrub oak, Perry's Nolina, prickly pear cactus, and the namesake Joshua Tree. Of course there are the obligatory slithery rattle snakes, non-poisonous snakes chuckwallas and smaller species of lizard.
Driving up the road into the park is a steady climb at first, then flattens out ...
... more on clean contact and hitting them straight. Almost accomplished that a couple of times! Did some putting on the practice putting green.
The weather here hasn't been frightful nor has it been outstanding. The sky was cloud covered for the first four days and actually rained once. The higher peaks to our south and west got a new coating of the white stuff. The high for this week was today's 65 degrees. Many days haven't been north of 55 degrees. The lows have ...