A Family Stay at The Village Lodge Mammoth (Hotel Review)
It's that time of year. Within days, it will be Mammoth Mountain's annual Opening Day for snow season. I know certain people have been feeling very antsy since the report of the first snow. Take a deep breath. Imagine that smell of freshly-fallen powder. Hear that sound of squeaking under your boots. Feel that adrenaline rush through your veins when you get on the lift. Taste the hot chocolate in your mouth après-ski.
OK. Enough torture. First things first, you've got to book a hotel. If you're heading to Mammoth Mountain, I highly recommend staying at The Village Lodge Mammoth for the following reasons.
First of all, the location is ideal. The hotel is in the heart of the Village at Mammoth, which is as central as it gets. Within a few minutes' walk outside the hotel, there are restaurants, retail/service stores, and everything you'll need to feel that you're on a proper ski resort vacation. Furthermore, the hotel is situated between the gondola ride to Mammoth Mountain and the Village Ski Back Trail, it's a good base for snow-related fun.
Another reason to choose the Village Lodge is that it provides a location-specific lodging experience. As its name suggests, the property feels like a mountain lodge yet it also provides the comforts of a resort hotel. There are several roomy fireplace lounges, outdoor hot tubs and fire pits... all intended to give you a warm, welcoming stay.
The Village Lodge offers spacious apartments instead of rooms, which makes it a good choice for families traveling with kids. We had a studio apartment complete with a salon area, a dining area, and a fully-equipped kitchen. If you're traveling with more people, there are also apartments with one, two, and even three bedrooms.
The apartment felt cozy and homey, and there was ample space for the kids to run around.
The mammoth/elephant towel display by the bathroom sink was a lovely touch.
At night, it's easy to just hop outside and go around town. No need to drive and debate who needs to be the designated driver. Just follow the girl about town and take in the warm sparkles everywhere.
There are some outdoor games at a corner, great for the young and the young at heart.
You will most certainly run into some spirited locals, they can be great material for bedtime stories.
There were many dining options around at the village, but the orange pizza oven and the live action of pizza-throwing lured us into Campo. The interior of the restaurant hits the right balance of mountain and industrial chic. The pizza was indeed satisfying. Word of caution: if you order fries to share with kids, remember to ask them to go easy on the paprika.
Whether you're going for some time on the slopes in Mammoth or you're on a family road trip to California's eastern Sierra Nevada (see our itinerary), staying at The Village Lodge with family is a nice and simple choice if you want to relax and enjoy.
After a day out exploring the trails or perhaps trying out some wild hot springs in the area, isn't it nice to come back to a fire pit where villagers gather for light and warmth?
We tend to think so.
Book your stay at The Village Lodge Mammoth!