Our family of 2 adults, 2 teens and 1 dog stayed in a 2 bedroom unit at the Westin Monache over Labor Day Weekend. The resort is a condo hotel and the 2 bedroom unit was spacious, very comfortable and furnished in a pleasant contemporary styling. There is a 3 level underground parking garage, which would be great during times when the snow and ice come outside.
The Westin Heavenly Beds were awesome and allowed for a great nights sleep. There was a king bed in each bedroom and a comfortable queen sofa bed in the living room. A total of 6 persons easily could sleep in the unit. The 2 bedrooms are at the end of each hallway and therefore are extremely quiet. We did not hear any neighbors during our entire stay. Plenty of closet space and 3 flat screen TVs throughout the unit. The 2 bedroom unit had a fully stocked kitchen from which we cooked breakfast each morning ... be aware that any smaller unit will only have a kitchenette.
Bathrooms are contemporary and very nicely maintained. The master bath had a separate glassed-in shower and soaking tub. The second bath had a tub/shower combination. The 2 bedroom units are the only rooms with 2 bathrooms and this comes in handy on busy mornings with a family of 4. Only suggestion is that more towel racks need to be installed in the bathrooms (one each is insufficient). But water pressure is great and the tub was large for relaxing.
The condo hotel is situated on a hillside overlooking the new Mammoth Village. The concept is supposed to be like Whistler Village in British Columbia, but it still has a long way to go. About half of the ground floor retail space was vacant due to the poor economy. In winter, the Village Gondola would be a convenient way to access the ski area without having to drive, but there is a long flight of stairs from the hotel down to the street level in order to access the Gondola building. Could be very exhausting as other posters have mentioned previously.
Check in was smooth and staff were quite friendly and welcoming. Staff could be a bit better informed about Mammoth Lake activities and amenities however. For example, the shuttle bus to the Devils Postpile could be caught just outside of the hotel in the Village. We were told we had to park up at the Main Lodge up the mountain and shuttle from there. Lost about an hour's time hassling parking because of that. Likewise, we were told that dogs had to be muzzled on the trail. No such policy we came to find out once we were on our hike to the Devils Postpile.
The Westin accepts pets and having our dog with us was one of the reasons we decided to stay here. Despite accepting dogs, the hotel carpets, rooms and common areas were maintained in an excellent condition. Those who are not dog lovers would do better staying somewhere else even though the rooms are extremely clean and in top condition. The Westin provided a doggy bed, water dish and bowl and floor mat. Plenty of woodsy areas out of doors to walk our dog. Plastic poop bags are available throughout the Village, so the dog friendly atmosphere of Mammoth obviously carries forward to the Westin.
The outdoor pool was too cool to swim in, but the two spas were comfortable to relax in. Also tried the gym one night, but thought it was too small and the one step machine and one elliptical machine were not functioning. There were 4 treadmills and a recumbent bike, along with a single stacked weight machine that had 3 stations around it (sort of a home gym set up that would be insufficient if the gym were busy). After that, decided to hike and bike for exercise in the great outdoors of the Sierras instead.
We did not dine in the restaurant as the entree prices were in the $18-$30 range. We had great dinners at Josh Slocums, Angels and Perry's Pizza instead. Outside of the Mammoth Village area, the town has not really changed much as far as we saw (after a 10 year absence). The Westin is just about the nicest hotel you will find in the area and I would highly recommend staying here if you can afford it and don't mind the pet friendliness of the resort. We are picky and would definitely stay here for the ski season.
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- Surrounded by the spectacular Eastern Sierras, The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth enjoys a prime location with stunning panoramic views of the mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Monache Resort Mammoth Hotel Mammoth Lakes
- Westin Monache Hotel Mammoth
- Westin Mammoth Lakes
- Mammoth Lakes Westin