PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn
What We Love
- Mountain location at the base of Squaw Valley and adjacent to the pedestrian village
- Lake Tahoe is just seven miles away
- Two hot tubs and an outdoor pool
- Breakfast buffet with fresh pastries from PlumpJack’s bakery
- The hotel is pet friendly and rooms come with beds, water and food bowls, and doggy treats
What To Know
- The resort fee includes valet parking, ski valet, bike rentals, WiFi, use of the pool, fitness center and hot tubs
- Winter sports season runs from November to April
- The pool stays open until the first snowflakes start to fly in October
- Walls are thin; it can be noisy at times
- Not a ton of closet space
- No elevators, but there are guestrooms on the ground floor
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Squaw Valley’s rugged mountain location provides a dramatic backdrop for this 56-room inn, originally built as a home for the 1960 Winter Olympic delegation. The place still gets plenty of attention for its slopes and snow: last winter the resort registered nearly 60 feet of the white stuff. Your room is steps from Squaw’s legendary Cable Car, which stands ready to whisk you up to 8,200 feet for first turns in the fresh Sierra Nevada powder. The bilevel cedar and glass lodge has an understated sophistication that’s characteristic of the Bay Area clientele it serves. There’s nothing flashy about it, but creature comforts are everywhere: a top-notch restaurant, in-room spa treatments, waffle stations at breakfast, mountain views, wine seminars.
Bed and Bath
Spacious Mountain View Rooms feel just as wide open as the views. Inside the inn’s 56 rooms and suites, the beds are obscured by pillowy duvets, and the spacious bathrooms are accented with hammered metal details: copper cauldrons, swirled sconces, wall hangings that resemble a medieval knight. Overall, the mash-up of rustic wood and stone with muted modern works quite well.
The hotel has a lively bar scene and an excellent in-house restaurant, the PlumpJack Cafe, which hosts winemaker dinners throughout the year. The menu changes seasonally, but expect creations like Kobe sushi, roasted grouper with garlic-stewed greens, and three-cheese risotto with mushroom ragout and black truffle oil. The wine list is notable for hard-to-find California wines and organic, biodynamic selections — like the Arietta “Variation One” blend of Napa Valley Merlot and Syrah, the perfect end to a day spent enjoying the Sierra Nevadas.
In the Area
Home to the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley prizes its slopes. Whether prone to the beginner and intermediate slopes or skilled enough for the legendary KT-22 steeps, you can ski the five peaks and catch the best views of North Lake Tahoe. Take off on one of the countless trails that crisscross the impressive Sierra Lake Tahoe basin, then head down to pristine Lake Tahoe for all things aquatic: swimming, sailing, waterskiing, kayaking and more. Those looking to relax can get a fresh, made-to-order smoothie at Mountain Nectar in the pedestrian village. Or, take the Cable Car up to High Camp on the weekends for a delicious dinner and sensational panoramas. The renowned PlumpJack Cafe is a don’t miss- it rocked the wine world in 1994 when it became one of the first California restaurants to sell wine at retail prices. They take pride in their cellar, which includes many hard-to-find California bottles.
How to Get There
It was a wonderful place to stay and explore Lake Tahoe. The food was amazing and the bikes were free to ride around. We rode to Tahoe city- maybe a mountain bike would be easier but the ride was beautiful. The room was great and a fun place!
The room, beds, and amenities were very comfortable. I was there during summer, and temps were unusually warm. Rooms equipped only with ceiling fans, but they accomodated me by installing a portable A/C, which worked like a charm. Service folks very friendly. Cozy bar scene and setting. Free parking, free bicycles, pleasant pool and hot tub area. Walking trails near by. I'd stay here again!
Last minute trip and I was pleasantly surprised that rooms were available the weekend after July 4th. I showed up at 9:30 am, asked if I could park in the guest lot while we were out and about during the day until check in at 4. I was told the room was ready and I could check in! 9:30 am! I was offered closer parking and help with my bags. The great service continued throughout the short stay.
The setting was amazing. One of the best hikes I’ve been on started within walking distance from the property. Waterfalls, epic views. Just spectacular.
I get others reviews of the property being in need of a little updating, hence 4 stars instead of 5. I didn’t realize until it was too late that we could use the pool/ hot tub at high camp. The pool at Plumpjack was totally fine, but not spectacular. But, given the price point, location, and service, I’d stay again in a heartbeat.
We were beyond disappointed in this hotel experience. The pool was disgusting, the staff was poorly trained and rude (other than the gentleman who checked us in) and the room was no nicer than a motel or low-end hotel chain. What a rip off.
Faded glory -- a planned new development means no one is really investing/concerned with the stained, neglected property still standing. Broken ping pong paddles, unclean/unheated miniature pool, restaurant with 1/3 of the items not available, nonresponsive room service. For these prices we'll just head back to the other property just down the road.