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Reviewed 2 January 2017

We arrived at the carpark 17:00 (in the dark) and were whisked away to the Gondola , with all our luggage put into another Gondola (which was manually pushed onto the track), and we were taken on a ten minute ride over a ravine with snow and in the distance, the sparkly lights of the hotel. On arrival we were lead away through wood clad corridors to reception, then on to our room (with our luggage following us). And we passed a lounge with families playing board games (including Settlers of Catan, my son’s favourite). It was like we were taken to another world. When we woke in the morning we saw the breath taking view, and really enjoyed the slopes, the lounge (with games), the breakfast (great options) and the bar (with good choice of beer and meals). The whole experience was wonderful. A quick mention of the room – we had a family loft. If this was anywhere else, I would say it was small, with a terrible moving mattress, was Spartan in decor and overpriced. But it isn’t anywhere – it’s in a magical otherworld, so it makes a fantastic family adventure.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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2  Thank OwlNewforest
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

This lodge is truly rustic. We have stayed in several historic hotels and know to expect gliches. This lodge however could use a bit revamping. The walls are very thin, the floors very creaky, furnishings "tired" and the worst, was looking forward to a hot bath after a day of skiing and see that the water coming out of the pipes was rust orange. Even after letting it run for a good 10 min, it was still not clear. We ended up switching rooms. The water wasnt as bad in the other room........but still not clear. The bath idea came to a disappointing halt. There were water leaks dripping from the ceiling in the lobby/lounge area and other places as well.
There is a lot of noise with the grooming equipment running in the evening and in the morning. We had to open the window all night as the room got very hot and stuffy. We found it a bit cumbersome to get to the lodge via gondola, and then have to wait for an available staff member to get our luggage back to the gondola. Do not leave anything in your car...because you won't see it until your trip is over (Which could be relaxing for some).

On PLUS side: The lodge area has some charm and the restaurant is very good. Service is friendly and it is nice to be able to wake up and ski.

But for what they charge, some of that money needs to be spent on upgrading it to "historic charm"...and not just "old ski lodge".

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank SusanWPetaluma
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Reviewed 17 September 2015

Beautiful location, fantastic outdoors experience, and the staff is awesome. This is a great place for a wedding (or skiing) but not of a luxury experience. The rooms are old and walls thin. Rustic is the word. I would happily go back for either summer or winter.

Room Tip: Ask for a Mountain View
  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with family
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Thank Billy F
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

With only 2 days to ski, we wanted convenience (exactly 1 1/2 hours from Sacramento where we were visiting), personal attention, minimal crowds, and comfortable accommodations. The Inn exceeded our expectations. First, Sugar Bowl's large lodge is Mt. Judah Lodge on another part of the face of the mountain. Ski lessons are probably best taken at that lodge. The Inn has a small lodge and during peak snow season may require access via a gondola. We skied stayed during spring break. Clear roads allowed us to park at the lodge. When we arrived, families were playing board games offered by the lodge around a roaring fire in the large fireplace. The Inn's lodge has limited indoor seating but lots of outdoor seating on the deck. It feels like a rustic, charming, quaint boutique hotel. Lots of black and white photos of the resort from the 40's and 50's hang on the walls. California's first chair lift was at Sugar Bowl. The Disney lift and mountain were named for Walt Disney who was an early investor. The staff is exceptional! They helped take our bags from the car up to the room and even retrieved the skis we'd rented and stored at Sugar Bowl's Mt. Judah Lodge and had them delivered to us at the Inn so we could ski that side of the mountain the next morning. We (1 adult, my senior mother and my two boys ages 14 and 9) shared a room with a separate queen bedroom, living area and 2 lofts that each had 2 twin beds. There was lots of built in storage. The room had a Keurig coffee maker that we used to make hot tea from bags we'dd brought not the pods. A mini refrigerator would have been nice since we had snacks and fruit for the kids. The rooms also do not have microwaves. The bathroom was very spacious, cute and clean and appeared to be recently updated with Restoration Hardware fixtures. We appreciated the abundance of towels in the bathroom. The beds and linens were very comfortable. We stayed 1 night mid-week and got a great deal. You are steps from the lifts which close at 4. There is something for most skiers - greens that bordered on blues and were a bit challenging for my boys who are beginners, solid blue bordering on black and blacks. The series of lifts are configured well and allow you to ski from one side of the mountain to the other. After the lifts closed (they should stay open until 5 during daylight savings time) the hotel supplied us with free sleds which was a blast! Other than 2 other families, we had the mountain to ourselves for sledding and making snowmen. The resort was amazingly peaceful and had a beautifully lit tree in front of the lodge. The lifts offer breathtaking views of the Tahoe valley. Very picturesque and in line with the beauty of California skiing. Dining options include a nice restaurant with french style food, a typical lodge grill and a casual style bar and dining area which is where we ate lunch and dinner. The bar/dining area had lobster sliders, incredible french onion soup, over sized hamburgers and good sandwich and salad options. Service in the restaurant was attentive and cheerful but not intrusive. The food was surprisingly quite good. Bring your own snacks since there isn't a shop in the lobby. Sugar Bowl's Inn is not your spot if you're looking for an upscale luxury hotel style resort but it was perfect for us. We will be back!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank LegalmomHouston
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Stayed here for a handful of nights over the past couple of years. It certainly has a rustic charm to it, by which I mean it is older and quirky. The heat in the rooms is difficult to regulate, especially if you're in one of the family suites with a separate room with a bunk bed for the kids (the kid room gets hot and stuffy). You actually have to crack the window open in the dead of winter and then get up occasionally through the night to adjust the aperture to achieve optimal comfort. Bare minimum amenities in the room - no microwave, mini-fridge, or coffee maker.

Dining options are extremely limited. They have a fancy restaurant, but with little kids and their little-kid food preferences, it's hard to justify the cost of eating here night after night. You can order food off the limited bar menu across the lounge, but after several nights you find yourself yearning for more variety.

Can't beat the location though - right at the base of the lifts of the very fine Sugar Bowl ski resort. It's fun to walk out the lodge and not find yourself in a street or parking lot. There's several buildings that house the ski shop and ski school as well as vacation condos for the more well-heeled clientele, and there's certainly a feel of walking around a snowed-in Alpine village.

Staff is friendly and accommodating, but if I recall correctly there is no 24-hour front desk service. No matter, really, since there really isn't anything that they could offer at 2:00am anyway.

My only real complaint is the price - typically around $300 a night or higher for a very basic hotel room. You're paying for the convenience though, and obviously it's a price that the market can bear, so I really don't have any grounds to complain. I'll probably be back again someday.

Room Tip: The family rooms (small separate room with bunk bed) gives the parents a little bit of privacy, but the temperature is difficult to regulate.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank LelHMD
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