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Lagonita Lodge
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our 3-night stay at Lagonita. Our spacious room with private balcony opened up to a fantastic view of the lake. The fireplace, furniture, kitchen, bathroom, bathroom amenities, bedroom and overall space and cleanliness added to the pleasure of our stay. We spent our time relaxing, reading, hiking around the lake, playing ping-pong and shuffleboard in the Family Activity Center, saw "Gravity" at the local movie theater, and had a truly great dining experience at the Peppercorn Grille where we celebrated a special birthday. And we could not return to Big Bear without our favorite sandwich and also breakfast at Mountain Munchies. Can't wait to return.
David and Karen Brudney.

Room Tip: Request a unit on the 3rd floor with balcony overlooking the lake.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We have stayed in Lagonita for several times already even before this stay in November. That is due to its good location, service, full room kitchen and living rooms separate from bedrooms.

Everything is great as usual. People are friendly and helpful. Rooms feature the whole stuff we need to feel comfortable at home. The property contains heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, playground for kids, barbeque (with drawbacks - see later) and tables, parking. So it is really comfortable to have a weekend here.

We were in a renovated room - so it even shined because of newer appliances. And maintenance was great - our non-working blow dryer was fixed in 10 minutes after contacting the reception.

The couple of issues we experienced were:
- Heater - too hot in the bedroom. The thermostat is located in the living room, which is colder than bedroom, so in order to keep people there warm, the bedroom becomes too hot. Children were wet and slept not well. This is an issue of all the Lagonita's rooms - we experienced it in our previous stays as well. They need to insulate the door, walls and windows better, so that all the rooms cool/heat equally.
- Barbeque. The gas grills there almost don't work. It was a real hassle to find at least one of them with all 3 gas burners working. Some of the gas grills don't work at all, others have just 1-2 burners working. Many grills have thermometers broken. This is worse than during our previous stays - instead of fixing the grills, they let others break.

Overall - Lagonita is great place. Hope the barbeques issue is not a sign of deterioration.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Zerkella
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

One of our favorite family get-aways. We own a timeshare here, and have come up at least twice/year for the past 6 years, and have brought dozens of family members and friends here over the years, who always enjoy it, too. I've stayed at my share of high-end hotels, and while Lagonita is definitely not the Ritz (think more mountain lodge), everyone always has a great time. Everything in my prior review is still accurate, but figured it's time for an update. Where to begin. How about the top 10 reasons we love Lagonita Lodge:

10. Great location, right on the lake, just few minutes from the village and skiing.

9. Comfortable, spacious "timeshare" rooms w/ fully stocked kitchen, living room w/ sofabed and fireplace, separate bedroom, and patio, most w/ great lake views.

8. Lots of free or reasonably priced activities, including: Friday wine and cheese reception, yoga, crafts, ice cream socials ($3), Bingo, Bunco,movie night, lake cruise ($10), free continental brkfst Sat; waffle brkfst Sunday ($7 adults/$5 kids), BBQs on the sundeck ($8 adults/$6 kids), and outings to places like the zoo, Big Bear bus trip.

7. Service is great; friendly, welcoming, very helpful; - a lot of the folks have been here a long time.

6. Your very own boat dock where you can fish (trout fishing contest each week) or rent boats, wave runners or kayaks. Mid-week specials.

5. Game room w/ pool table, ping pong, shuffleboard, foosball, toys, etc.

4. Indoor pool and Jacuzzi, but even better, the outdoor adults-only Jacuzzi, especially when it's snowing outside.

3. Fun stuff to do in Big Bear - skiing, sledding, Alpine slide, water slide, swim beach, horseback riding, zoo, golf course, bowling, mini golf, bike riding, hiking, etc. Plus, lots of special events year-round.

2. Nature/wildlife - watching the fish jump, the ducks and squirrels, the moon rise over the lake, occasionally, even a bald eagle.

1. The relaxing Lagonita vibe - hard to describe, but it just has a peaceful, comfortable feel, like your own lakeside cottage where the adults can hang out and relax, and the kids can run around, play and have fun.

My suggestions for some activities to add: (1) a pontoon or Pirate boat trip to B's Boathouse; (2) some sort of stocked fishing pond/area of lake for kids so they can catch something! (3) lawn sports to check out - corn-hole, bocce ball, etc. But great job on what you've got; keep up the good work!

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

I think we were here five years ago, based on when they had a fire in the area. We were not happy that time with the unit we had (203) but decided to give it another try since I got an II exchange for phase II. This time we were in unit 118 in building 2. We had a lake view from the living room with a small deck. It had a table & two chairs. The living area was quite large; they could have used some of it to make the kitchen bigger. It had a 3 cushion couch and a love seat. There were two stools at the breakfast bar and the dining table had four chairs. The unit is only designed for 4 so why the breakfast bar? The kitchen is small, you can't open the oven door all the way, it runs into the fridge. There is the usual kitchen equipment but it would be nice if tongs were included. The bedroom faces the parking lot but at least it had a window instead of a sliding door. Previously we had a sliding door so you had privacy or you had ventilation, take your pick.

The first night was rough. We weren't sleeping well when we heard a popping sound at 4am. We had heard the furnace kick on earlier but this was a cross between a pop corn maker and an old percolator. We knew the buildings were old so we were concerned that the noise coming from the furnace area was a problem. We called the desk and he was going to come over but it stopped after about 10 minutes. The desk couldn't confirm that the unit had a carbon monoxide detector in it. So we tried to go back to sleep hoping we would wake up in the morning. Engineering came over at 7:10 to check things out. He told us the furnace was new and that we had CO detectors. He said it might be the hot water tank that is behind the furnace. But he couldn't explain why it was heating water at 4am. Saturday night we were so tired we slept well.

Sunday morning we found out that we had no hot water. Engineering came out again to find out the pilot light was out. We were heading for church so instead of showers we heated some water on the stove and took sponge baths in the kitchen sink. By the time we got back after lunch we had hot water.

After running the dishwasher we started noticing that the dishes weren’t really clean with residue being left. We hand washed the load while waiting for engineering. He worked the dishwasher thru its cycles but didn’t see anything. He said it would have been better to have dishes in it when he checked. We told him we would call when we were ready to run it again. When he came back it still looked OK but the dishes weren’t clean. Some glasses were dirtier than when they went in. Engineering came back again and cleaned out the filter, he said it was bad. He told us if the next load wasn’t clean that they would bring in a new unit. The next day we got a new dishwasher.

There was also a power failure but that wasn’t the resort’s fault. Someone was trimming limbs and took out the power for the whole valley. That and a fire Sunday morning at the other end of the lake made for the excitement for the week.

As for the resort, they have a full schedule of activities. I assume it changes as the season changes because most of our activities were more adult oriented than for kids. This was one time we decided to make the most of the resort activities so we enjoyed the wine/cheese party on Friday. We would have stayed for bingo but we had to unpack. Saturday was movie night with a fairly recent release (Oz the Great & Powerful). Sunday was Black Jack, Texas Hold ‘Em followed by the ice cream social ($3), but since we had won at Black Jack we paid for it with Lagonita dollars. Monday was Mexican Train and pulled pork BBQ ($6). We went for an hour’s walk around the neighborhood. Tuesday we tried our hand at Bingo and won a free movie video with another long walk on the pedal path. Wednesday we went back to Black Jack but skipped the 2nd ice cream social with another long walk on the 2nd half of the pedal path. On our last day we did the off road adventure (modified for things closed because of gov’t shutdown) with more Black Jack and Texas Hold ‘Em. We won a few more Lagonita dollars during the games so bought 2 choc muffins and a bottle of soda.

Over all, we enjoyed our stay in late September. The day we left the Santa Anna winds started and there was a lot of haze. It also turned quite chilly. Would we return again? Maybe. We went over to the Worldmark resort and looked at their units. If we can use our Wyndham points for that vs going thru II or RCI for Lagonita, we will go back again to the area. Although Lagonita has the best location and a full schedule of activities, I would like a newer resort and a better bed.

Room Tip: Don't stay in building 1 if can avoid it. They are converted motel rooms.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

This is one of our favorite mountain top resorts as it is located right on the lake. During this stay, we were put in a room with a full view of the lake. It is very relaxing to sit on the private balcony and watch the boats and water skiiers. There are lots of family friendly activities every day and you can fish right from the docks or rent a pontoon boat for a ride on the lake. The view is spectacular!

Most of the units are quite spacious and very comfortable. The resort does not have air conditioning but with the breeze off the lake and the moderate temperatures, you won't need it. We highly recommend this resort as a wonderful place for a vacation you won't forget!

Room Tip: Ask for a unit with a "full lake view".
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

We stayed at the Lagonita Lodge in Jan 2013 because of the good reviews and the price.The 2 bedroom is huge, with an open floorplan and full kitchen.We loved the indoor heated pool and spa. Lagonita has lots of fun activities for my grandkids everyday, some of the other Timeshares we own have boring activities or very few.The 2nd and 3rd time at the lodge this year vacationing was after buying a Timeshare at Lagonita Lodge. The 2nd trip was a girls get a way,my best friend and myself stayed in a 1 bedroom with a incredible view of the Lake! We could hear the water hit the shore. The staff is super friendly and Jason/Jake was beyond helpful. The 3rd trip this year was Easter week with the family, and all of us love this place and we will definitely be back

Room Tip: Ask for a lake view room. Also if you need the use of the sofa bed, ask for a room that has one of t...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

We stayed on the lake and really enjoyed it. I had been there when I was younger and now brought my own kids which was fun. They really offer a lot of family friendly activities like their game room (ping pong, pool tables, etc), swimming, lake cruises ($10), bingo, black jack, trips to the zoo, nature walk, lakeside bbq, and so much more. It's fun to fill in your time with their trips and activities. The room was well maintained but needed a little updating. Everything worked great.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Lagonita Lodge

Address: 183 Lagonita Lane, CA 92315
Region: United States > California > Big Bear Region
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Big Bear Region
Price Range: £85 - £206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lagonita Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 98
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