This is the 2nd hotel in what is intended to be a chain of eco-friendly hotels. When we stayed there (June 8,9) the hotel had only been open for about 4 weeks. They probably opened too soon, the developer admitted. The restaurant was still under construction; the laundry facilities (at that time the web site promised laundry facilities)weren't open, painters were still working, the smoke detector in the room was still covered in plastic wrap, there was nothing in the room explaining room features or providing help#s., etc.
We stayed in a suite with a king bedroom. The sitting area was attractively furnished, in a clean, modern look. Green and earth colors promote the "eco" theme. The bathroom was too dark, and the light switch immediately inside the bathroom door turned on a light out in the bedroom. The room "keys" are made of stiff cardboard (eco again) but bend easily if stuck into a pocket. You can feel environmentally sensitive knowing all the materials are recycled or eco-friendly. I wouldn't call this a "resort" myself ... it's right off the 5 Freeway, and there are no extensive grounds to enjoy. It's just a nice, basic hotel.
The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, and when I sent a note about the various issues to the hotel developer, I got a call from the manager within a few hours (I'd been out) and an email frm the developer. They were grateful for the criticism and suggestions and fixed what was fixable at the time.They certainly seem committed to their vision of building environmentally sensitive hotels. Plants are low water use and often native; they hope to eventually use the remaining pecan trees on the property in pies in the restaurant.
This location seems fine if you have activities nearby but not as a destination on its own. Shasta is about an hour or so away; Lassen National Park is about 1.5 hours away. Anderson sees temperatures above 100 routinely in the summer.
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