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Mountain Club at Kirkwood Mountain Resort
San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Location, Average Hotel”
Reviewed 14 April 2012

Six of us went up for Easter weekend and had a fun time. Skiing accommodations were great and the employees were very helpful and friendly as we rented skiing skiing equipment for two days. I even took a ski class and the instructor was very insightful. The hotel room #205 was hot at night and the hallways were even hotter during the day. The thermostat in the rooms only had options of HEAT or OFF. The beds were lumpy and uncomfortable and there was no housekeeping service. The hotel should just charge $10 more per night and offer daily housekeeping. Bub's Pub was a total dud; the food sucked. The food in the "resort" was pedestrian and awful and reminded me of bad diner food. I will probably go back for the skiing, but I hope the hotel accommodations improve as well as the quality of the food in the restaurants.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Oakland, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2012

We just spent the weekend at The Mountain Club and I truly don't think you can beat the location anywhere on this mountain, or any other mountain. The lodge sits right at the base of one of two "villages," where you literally walk out your door to access five chair lifts. The lifts give you quick, direct access to beginning, intermediate, and expert skiing. As we were skiing with our 9 year-old and 2.5 year-old, having the lodge so close for quick breaks and hand offs was so convenient.

The Mountain Club itself has been completely redone, so I would not pay attention to reviews that are from last year. Our unit was a studio loft, everything was updated, and it came with underground parking and a ski locker right on the main floor (again, super convenient). Flat screen TVs, fully equipped kitchen, everything very nice. Also have access to a spa, hot tub, and exercise room. The beds, I will admit, were not all that comfortable. But all in I would definitely return and the Mountain Club itself would be one of the reasons (in addition to great skiing).

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Humboldt County, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2011

We are just completing a one week stay in the Mountain Club together with our kids and grandkids. It has been a memorable experience for us. The Mountain Club is freshly remodeled with new beds, sofa sleepers, appliances, electronics, and elevator. The resort is very family friendly and the grandkids enjoyed the instructors. Even though we worried about enough snow, there was plenty of beginner and intermediate terrain to keep our entire family on the slopes. With a couple of good storms Kirkwood should be ready for the experts too. Being on the plaza side (even numbers) of the building kept us on the quieter side at night as the groomers and the spa are on the other side. The view of the plaza in the morning is fun to see what's going on and how big the crowd is. We brought all our own groceries and cooked our own meals. We know from years of experiencing the mountains that amenities and services can be limited so we arrived prepared with everything that we need but did find that the general store is quite well stocked. The Mountain Club is a great place to stay if you like skiing right to your door.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Sausalito
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2011

My wife and I have skied Kirkwood 30 days a year for 5 years or so. We alway stay at he mountain club - the ski on-off is unparalleled in the Northern Sierra. But we don't recommend it to anyone who want good facilities or service. Frankly, we put up with indifference and apathy from the staff and owners because the mountain and snow conditions are the best - and the drive from the SF bay area is the most civilized.
My fear is that Kirkwood could execute a death spiral. Despite having some of the most loyal, long time season-pass members they could be relegating themselves to a day-ski resort.
What a wasted potential. M&M

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Corte Madera, California
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2011

We had originally booked a room at Sun Meadows in Kirkwood for a mid week stay and ski package. However, upon check in, we saw the room at Sun Meadows and immediately asked for an upgrade.

The hotel style room at Sun Meadows was postage stamp small, crowded, outdated and dirty. Not worth even the package price of $100/night per person with lift tickets. Because there is nothing else to do a Kirkwood in the evening, it would have been torture being stuck in that room at night.

While we paid about 50% more for the room at Mountain Club, it was modern, clean and comfortable. The ski in / ski out was also nice and included a ski locker in the lobby.

My major complaint with Kirkwood is the lack of ameneties. The restaurant choices are very limited and closed early...8 pm. So, be prepared to spend the majority of your time in your room in the evenings.

The lobby of the lodge even quenched the fireplace in the lobby by 8 pm....is that ridiculous? Also, there is no bar open mid week after 8 pm if you wanted a later night out.

While skiing at Kirkwood is fine, for my money, I will go back to Truckee where there are lots of options for lodging, food, entertainment and ski resorts.

This was the first time at Kirkwood, and I was disappointed in the overall experience. I would classify Kirkwood as a second class resort. All of the staff that we interacted with from reservations, to check in to wait staff at the restaurants were competent, but nobody stood out as providing good service.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2011

expensive, small, not very clean, no customer service, no wireless working.. nothing to do when storm..
Our first ski experience in US, disappointing

Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Columbus, OH
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2010

I would never take my family to this resort again. The mountain lodging is dirty and smells. There is nothing open and nothing to eat in the village after dark. Kids have nothing to do here after ski hours. And, given the location, there is too much risk that some or all of the mountain won't be open due to high winds. And, the customer services sucks. The resort even scammed me and my family out of a full days worth of lift passes on December 19, 2010, when it refused to refund the second day of the price they charged me for lift passes despite advising me the lifts would not be operating that entire day due to bad weather. They essentially stole my money.

Of all the resorts in Tahoe to choose from, Kirkwood Mountain Resort is by far the worst.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Mountain Club at Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Address: Kirkwood, CA
Region: United States > California > Amador County > Kirkwood
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Kirkwood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Mountain Club at Kirkwood Mountain Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 170
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