Wish I had stayed elsewhere A review of Mammoth Mountain Inn
After much searching for a great getaway, I settled on the Mammoth Mountain Inn. The description of the renovated rooms and the fact they are right at the lifts sold me.
I rented a 1 bedroom condo that at their published rates is at least $100 more than what it was worth. The only thing I ended up feeling I was paying for was the location.
The common hallways were filthy. I could hear everyone in the hall, in the room above, and the room next door through the walls. The bathroom was dated with peeling wallpaper, a corroded shower head and dirty shower door enclosure. The furniture looked okay, but the couch must have had broken springs (you sunk in so far you couldn't stand back up). Appliances were cheap and unreliable. The toaster wouldn't toast more than one slice of bread without overheating. The blow-dryer wouldn't stay on for more than a minute or two without overheating. The underground parking had signs that you park at your own risk because leaks could damage the paint on your car. There was no information on the resort, hotel or town in the room. Though there are three or four small hot tubs by the pool area, they were not sufficient for the number of people who wanted to use them and were often dominated by young children (okay for families, not great for a romantic weekend retreat).
On the positive side, the General Store, bar, and resturant were all nice. The lobby area was impressive with a nice fireplace to lounge by.
The view from the bar was perfect for viewing the mountain after a day on the slopes. The proximity to the slopes is great. A short walk across the parking lot and you have access to the lifts.
I love Mammoth and will be back annually, but next time will probably rent a privately owned condo and skip the "resort".