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Lake Tahoe Hotels

Northstar California Resort

  • 100 Northstar Dr. Map It
  • $$$
  • Luxurious Retreat

Pros

  • Array of lodging types
  • On-site shuttle
  • Several dining options in Northstar Village

Cons

  • Family accommodations are very pricey

Updated 04/29/2014

Fodor's Review

The area's most complete destination resort entices families with its sports activities and concentration of restaurants, shops, and accommodations. Lodgings range from hotel rooms to condos to private houses, some with ski-in ski-out access. Lodging options often include ice skating passes, on-site shuttle transportation, and access to the Swim and Racquet Club's pools, outdoor hot tubs, and fitness center. Golfing, tennis, skiing, and snowshoeing are also available.

TC's Pub ($$) in the Village serves contemporary American fare.

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Hotel Information

Address:

100 Northstar Dr., off Hwy. 267, 6 miles southeast of Truckee, Truckee, California, 96161, USA

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Phone:

530-562–1010; 800-466–6784

Hotel Details:

  • 250 units
  • No meals

Updated 04/29/2014

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Jun 24, 2003

Northstar the Fallen Star

We were very disappointed in the accommodations at Northstar. We stayed in a loft room (#311) on the top floor of the Village during summer (2003), paying $175/night. It's possible that the condominiums scattered elsewhere on Northstar property are a better experience than the Village rooms and lofts--however, the reservation staff at Northstar recommended a Village loft, (and the Village lofts cost more, too), so we went with their recommendation.

We would never stay there again. Be aware of the following: 1) Don't expect the staff to air out your room before you arrive--our room was about 90 degrees and very stuffy when we walked in, and there's no air conditioning. You just have to open the sliding glass door and wait for it to cool down, says the staff. 2) The Village commons below blasts tedious, dated rock music all day long, and it's loud. Forget about napping in your room or curling up with a good book--you're a prisoner to the music in your own room. Of course, you can close the sliding glass door to screen out the noise, but then you can't breathe because the door is the only source of ventilation in the room. 3) The room was in sad shape--the furniture is battered and scratched, and some of the planks on the flooring of our balcony were completely unhinged on one side! 4) The staff will listen to your complaints very politely, but don't expect them to actually take them to heart--most of them are college-aged kids who could care less. And it appears the management feels the same way. We tried to let the office staff know how we felt about our stay there, but it was clear that they were uninterested. Good things: the Fitness and Recreation center is tops, and the rooms, while in poor condition, are very clean.

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