I recently took one of the newly established non-stop flights to Mammoth from San Diego for the holiday weekend, fully expecting that my first day would be a half-day on the slopes. But the flight is so quick and convenient as is the ski rental service at the hotel, that I was on the lifts by 10:30 am. Amazing. There is a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel which is just perfect for a quick ski weekend. The hotel was reasonably priced for Mammoth, particularly one that is ski-in, ski-out, and they have made some efforts to update the rooms, but the Inn still comes across as an overgrown 70s motel rather than a gracious ski lodge. As just one example, the new flat screen TV is plopped right in front of the desk top mirror, rendering the latter useless. And don't get me started on the "nightlife." Dead. dead. dead. The Inn's bar shuts down around 9, even on a holiday weekend. And shuttle service into the rest of town doesn't extend into the evening so you're basically stuck in the this desolate outpost until the morning unless you've rented a car. The drafty and gloomy main restaurant makes you wish you had ordered room service.--they don't even bother to take away or hide the morning breakfast buffet service items during the dinner hour. There is a better "German" restaurant/bar next door (though devoid of German food as far as I could tell). It also shuts down before the 10 0'clock news--even on a Saturday. I do recommend this hotel for budget conscious travellers focused purely on the ski experience. For that, it offers great value and convenience--including in and out of the on-site ski rental shop in 15 minutes and then two minutes to the lifts. But for anyone looking for alpine charm and fun nightlife, go elsewhere--preferably in or near the Village.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Walk to the gondola. The Mammoth Mountain Inn is a great place to base your vacation if you want to wake up on the mountain itself. Stay in a recently remodeled craftsman style condo or suite. All rooms have slopeside access in winter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mammoth Mountain Hotel Mammoth Lakes
- Hotel Mammoth Mountain
- Inn Mammoth Mountain