Paradise? Well yeah! Paradise California is aptly named. Paradise is a really pretty place in the western Sierra foothills, a pretty morning or afternoon drive across the Sierra's from Reno and just off California Highway 70.
Ponderosa Gardens was an excellent choice for us while visiting Paradise because we wanted some down time around a nice pool. This property fit the bill perfectly. There are about 28 units arranged in a way that creates a large landscaped courtyard and pool/jacuzzi space. Take a look at the pictures, it really is that pretty in person. If you don't wish to be near the pool there is a fifth building set in a quiet location of it's own. The layout of this "motel" is unique, and I think, rather ingenious. The buildings are located amid the many tall trees of a very large property. It is adjacent to the main drive (Skyway) through town and yet was secluded well away from all traffic noise. This all helps with the ambiance, providing the feeling of certainly more than just a "motel".
Our room (#49) was large and clean - and cleanliness is particularly important to us. Units are inexpensively appointed with somewhat dated furnishings. We didn't really mind, and having a huge clean room seemed a fair trade. Nice refrigerator, even a microwave. Wifi worked fine.
Sally, the night manager, was attentive and is very personable. She had pool towels ready for us, was helpful with some dinner suggestions and genuinely seemed motivated to help us feel welcome. The morning desk manager seemed to have her priorities elsewhere other than greeting the guest, that was the only disappointment, and some milk for the cereal would have been nice.
The pool was excellent, the water crystal clear and in excellent condition. The surrounding patio neat and clean. Everything was in working order in contrast to a prior review by another guest.
Bottom line: Maybe just a tad pricey if you just need a clean place to sleep, but if you can slow down and enjoy the amenities and this really pretty setting then this seemed like a very good choice. Honestly, we've spent about 15 days in Reno this summer off and on where $60.00 gets you a luxury room at a resort casino, so the 90 or so dollars here feels high by that standard. Conversely we understand why the prices are what they are and feel the gap between what we would have liked to pay and what we did pay was probably only 10 or 20 dollars.
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