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“Great mountain lake cabin!”
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Crystal Crag Lodge
Silver Spring, Maryland
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“Great mountain lake cabin!”
Reviewed 2 July 2011

My husband and I stayed in the Garnet cabin (1 bedroom, lakeview) with our 2 children (6.5 and 1.5) at the end of June. Tons of snow still, but Lake Mary had melted at least. We loved the cabin--very unpretentious and cozy. It is small--we had to keep shifting our luggage from room to room depending on the time of day and the activities we were engaged in, but it was nice to have an authentic old cabin experience. Lake Mary is beautiful and there was a wonderful view of it from our cabin. Staff was very friendly and responsive to all our needs. Our only real complaint was the bed--not very comfortable and the sheets kept rolling off the bed whenever we would move or roll over. Overall a wonderful experience, though one thing to keep in mind is how very high Lake Mary is--amost 9000 feet. This really hit us hard as we live at sea level. After about a day we had all the symptoms of altitude sickness (feeling winded all the time, lethargic, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, etc.), which made it kind of hard to get the most out of our vacation. But obviously this is not Crystal Crag's fault. Nice that they had a laundromat on site, too.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Reviewed 28 October 2010

My husband and I, along with our pup, traveled up to Mammoth in October 2010 and stayed 4 nights at Crystal Crag Lodge............which really is a group of cabins of various sizes. The area is just beautiful and did not feel crowded, but it was October!

Cabins - we stayed in Twin which is a one bedroom one bath cabin on the back row, so not lake view. However, the cabin was very clean and comfortable with all of the the amenities we needed - full kitchen, full bath with shower (no tub), fire place, grill on porch. We very much enjoyed our stay here. We did feel the prices were rather high, however, we'd rather stay in a cabin outside of town rather than a regular hotel room in town. There is no luxury here.....just basics, but that was fine for us.

We brought our bikes and went hiking and fishing around the lake. Pets are welcome for a reasonalbe pet fee.

All in all - we LOVED it!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Utah
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Reviewed 27 August 2010

Group of housekeeping cabins on Lake Mary, Mammoth Lakes, Ca. Even though a bit funky like most housekeeping cabins (what was my grandmother's veneer end table doing in the bathroom?), cabins & grounds are well-maintained. Beds are unusually comfortable & linens very nice. Service was excellent & cheerful. The problem for me was the location, not the resort. This beautiful mountain lake is swarming with people & boats & there is plenty of trash on the shoreline. Car traffic was constant on the weekends.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 26 July 2010

The cabin was a great choice to locate ourselves for a 9 day trip to the Mammoth Lakes area. The furnishings in the cabin were outdated (I know it's expensive to keep everything updated, but if it was my property I would visit Ikea for kitchen items and The Company Store for bedding and linens) but everything that you would need to cook and relax was there. Lake Mary is across the road and we fished, hiked, rode our bikes to the surrounding lakes and had a wonderful time. No swimming in Lake Mary but the Athletic Club in town has a great outdoor pool for the kids and a spa for the moms! The staff at the lodge were very kind and helpful. We are going again next year!

Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 28 June 2010

I know this place has great appeal for a longer stay (the cabin rentals are usually by the week), but I wanted to add it's also great for a one night post-Yosemite stay, if you can get a cabin. Lucky for me, they had a one night opening. I was originally scheduled for a night in "Twin" (one bedroom with a sofa bed in the living room), but I showed up a little early in the day and "Twin" was not ready. Without a word from me, they immediately upgraded me, at no added cost, to "Purple," a three bedroom cabin. Thanks to Pam and the rest of the staff!

The cabin had everything we needed: comfortable beds, plenty of pillows, blankets and towels, wood for the fireplace, everything! And a gorgeous view on top of all that!

Just one more story of Crystal Crag's kindness: a shirt had been accidently left behind. They called, had already washed the shirt, and were offering to send it to us. Very kind, friendly people all the way around! My only recommendation is to try to stay longer than one night!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 February 2010

A great place to catch-up with friends. Most of the cabins overlook the lake. You can day hike into serene wilderness, float tube on Lake Mary or one of the many adjacent pretty lakes, rent a small motor boat (5 lb.+ trout await), or just hang out on the deck of the cabin all day and stare at the lake, forest, and mountains with a beverage in one hand and something to eat (or a good book) in the other hand. No streetlights to blind you at night if you build a fire in the outside fire pit area, or want to take a walk along the small lake front road. They'll also keep you stocked with firewood (no additional charge) if you'd prefer to build a fire in the cabin's fireplace. Laid back owners and employees (in a good way). They'll help you find an extra pot, pan, or special utensil if you're cooking a big or involved meal. Also, the town of Mammoth is only about 5 miles away via paved roads if you need something from a store or want to spend time at one of the town's events (far enough away to not know the town is there, but close enough if something is needed). This is why my friends and I go back every year. Yes, I'd recommend Crystal Crag Lodge to a friend or family; just don't rent out our favorite cabin when we plan to go :)

Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles CA USA
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Reviewed 23 January 2010

To the "CREW" at Crystal Crag Lodge,

We just wanted to take a moment to let you ALL know what a wonderful time we (Mike, my husband, & Zachary, our Siberian Husky) had at Crystal Crag last week.
The place was EXACTLY what we were hoping for. We stayed at Laurel for 2 nights & Horseshoe for our last night. Both cabins were clean, cozy & perfectly situated. Actually, from what we could see, ALL of the cabins were perfectly situated. What better location could one ask for in Mammoth Lakes? We wish we could have remained longer! The weather was a pleasant surprise.... I don't know when we last experienced snow in June but it was ideal there at the edge of Lake Mary. Our warm, crackling fireplace added the perfect ambience after frolicking in the flurries! How nice of you all to provide the firewood, too!

Your description of "north of camping - south of a hotel" says it all! We cannot imagine how someone could possibly be disappointed with Crystal Crag... if so, they do not deserve to stay there! We have camped in the woods & stayed in a few of the most exclusive hotels in the world; different places call for certain types of accommodations. Your cabins are just right. Anyone who complains certainly has plenty of boring places to select from in town.... which really defeats the whole purpose of a true "Mountain Escape", but whatever! We are sure you have a strong, loyal following, of which we are a happy part of now.

Thanks for having such a cool place to stay at! We look forward to our return.

Mike, Jessyca & Zachary (our Siberian Husky) Nygren
Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks), CA

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Crystal Crag Lodge
Address: Lake Mary Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Region: United States > California > Mammoth Lakes
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 53 Speciality Lodging in Mammoth Lakes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have 22 cabins from 1-4 bedrooms set right alongside beautiful Lake Mary, just minutes from the town of Mammoth Lakes, but in a world of our own. Incomparable setting and views and some of the best hiking, biking, and fishing anywhere. Not fancy, but clean and comfortable, and the beds have all been replaced recently and are of very good quality. ... more   less 
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