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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This location was chosen by the bride and groom for their wedding. We stayed on property for convenience and were extremely pleased at the level of service and dedication of the entire staff. Everything was comfortable, cozy and clean. My husband, who is rarely able to sleep in hotel beds well, had a difficult time getting up in the morning because the bed was so comfortable! Food at the wedding was very good and the breakfast each morning was a great selection of mini waffles, eggs, bagels, sausage, bacon, fresh fruit, juice and a great tea selection. This was our first time at PlumpJack but we will return in the future based on our experience.
I stayed here one night in the low season, with my dog. The young staff was very nice, and the room was comfortable enough. When it opened in the 1990s, this property was considered a jewel in the area. It is now almost laughably frozen in time. Literally nothing has been updated in 20+ years, and it shows. Don't forget to bring your iPod to use in the docking station in your room! ;) And don't expect the small appliances to work, either. The tiny one-cup coffeemaker described as a Keurig (it's not) wouldn't hold the mug provided, and spat out an inch of brackish black water before dying. The overhead fan in the room did not work, either. It appears that management has banked on the fact that people will stay here regardless of the state of the property because of the great location. Beware that you will also pay a hefty $150 fee to bring your dog, even if you stay just one night.
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This is review is going to be difficult given the time of year for my stay. The Good: I'll be the first to admit my mistakes, and I messed up the reservation and came a week early. The front end made every accommodation and gave me a room for myself and the dog. Good location, right next to the 1st floor exit, and very dog friendly. Close proximity to the grounds for dog business.
The Bad: The temps at night were in the 30's. The baseboard heat did not work in this room. I got a vague answer as to why the heat didn't work. One front desk employee gave me a space heater, and that worked in a pinch. Also, the room had a King bed, a table and 2 chairs. Once again, I came here to relax, but no lounger in a room at this price and location? I'm not a bed-and-laptop kinda guy.
The Ugly: The room and decor had some noticeable wear and tear with some dark food? stains. These were not pet stains. Most likely chocolate and red wine. Bathroom fixtures were dated and just ok. Let me restate-Clean, but dated. I get that it's probably a designated "pet" room, but again, at low season, not worth the money.
The Shiny Penny: The free full breakfast was delicious. The am/pm bar service was probably the most accommodating part of the stay. The light meal/dinner was decent for the price, and made me stay in the hotel. These folks were the only ones to go above and beyond the call during my 2 night stay.