Wife and I, along with three kids, ages 10, 7, and 3 stayed four nights at Ironhorse. Arrived late around 9pm with snow and blizzard winds. Underground heated parking was priceless.
Our 2-bedroom unit was finished off very nice. Large bathrooms, comfortable beds, granite counters, plasma in every room, very high ceilings and gas fireplace. Washer/Dryer was a nice touch. Kitchen included toaster, wine chiller bucket, cork screw, lots of dishes, etc, etc.
Our "south" building was fartherst from gondala, and still not over 150 yards away. For some reaon our unit didn't inlcude ski lockers as advertised, but it worked out for the best as you can store your ski's for free right next to the gondala so you don't have to carry them. Twin hot tubs were behind the lodge. We enjoyed them one night and had them to ourselves.
We stopped at Safeway in Truckee before arriving and stocked up on drinks, snacks, breakfast foods. We are not big breakfast people, so typical day was quick morning snack, hit the slopes, eat lunch on the mountain, then dinner out. Not much nightlife around so if that's your thing I'd go someplace else. We were wiped out after skiing and with kids it was perfect for us.
We used the ski school daily for the 3 year old. Second day she woke the family up begging to get her to ski school. It is exspensive but we felt very comfortable with the set up.
We used the ice rink one afternoon after skiing. Its very large. Skate rental is $5.00. Rink is surrounded by outdoor bar and cheesey and cheap furniture. Cushions kept sliding off the chairs, would of made a funny blooper film. There were only five fire pits, one was surrounded by filming equipment, but knowone was around. Another was roped off like it was reserved for someone. Couldn't get near the others to make the much advertised smores' for the kids. Overhead heater wasn't working. We made the best of it with a bottle of wine and cheese while the kids skated and had a great time anyway.
We had carryout from Pedro's. Pizza was good, spagetti was awful. Both older kids said it tasted spoiled or rotten and I verified by smell something was a foul. Timbercreek food was good, service was poor. Waitress forgot to bring second round of drinks after repeatily reminder her. Waited a long time for the check. They did comp the second round of drinks which was nice.
We drove into Truckee one night and tried the American Pub. I'd pass on this place. Both steaks ordered medium arrived burnt. I kept mine because I was starving, wife sent her's back. Next round arrived looked like a burnt hockey puck again. Waitress was upset at the cook and we all had a good laugh over the situation. It was removed from the bill. What's strange about this place is that half the place is advertised as a gourment restaurant with chef's from around the world. I can't remember the name used, but once inside other half is the American Pub, with the same menu. I'd say an overpriced tourist trap at its worst.
Overall, stay was wonderful. Northstar is great place to ski. Very family friendly. Restaurant at the top of mountain has great food, views are beautiful. We would go back to Northstar again, however be prepared that overall restaurant selections are very limited and quality & service need some help.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Iron Horse Lodge, slopeside in the Village at Northstar, offers luxurious one, two, three and four-bedroom condominium accommodations. Residences include a complete kitchen (or kitchenette), great room, fireplace (most) and outdoor terrace showcasing expansive views of the surrounding mountains or Village excitement. Located mere steps from the gondola and set among boutique shops and restaurants, Iron Horse Lodge guests have access to a year-round, heated, outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs, fitness centers, steam and locker rooms plus complimentary underground parking and private ski storage lockers. ... more less
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