Historical Traveller Reviews of Northwoods Resort Hotel
Motel 6 quality at Hyatt prices
Where do I start? The rooms were awful. When we arrived, the room was so hot since we were facing the evening sun. We tried to cool the room down, but that did not work. We never got the room cool. The setting that we had it on should have been a meat locker after an hour. We called the desk and they said they were going to send someone up to look at it. They did. The only solution was to open the patio door. That did not work. The beds were awful as well. They were hard and the sheets were scratchy. The maid service was not timely. We went and played some golf in the morning and came back after noon and had to get the front desk to give us some clean towels since the maid had not come yet. The towels for the pool were so small. You need to ask for two to cover the chairs outside. I would recommend using the towels from the room if you have enough. The pool was small but expected since it is more of a winter time resort than summer. The pool is heated and the temperature for the summer was too hot. You would think that you could cool down but it is kept at 80 degrees. We had breakfast at the restaurant one morning and had the buffet. The food was not good at all. We do not recommend the breakfast buffet. Overall, we will not stay there again. The price charged was for Hyatt quality and we got Motel 6. There is a Best Western we saw and will try there next time.
Village convenience in Big Bear
Found good price deal on Hotels--- for the Memorial Day weekend. Full service resort hotel in the village of Big Bear Lake, CA. At check-in the desk clerk advised that I had a small room with a king bed and just enough space to walk around the foot of the bed. That was a bit of an exaggeration. The room was spacious enough for even two people. The decor is lodge-like with lots of wood trim. Clean, good size bathroom.
There were three negatives from my point of view: the windows were above my head making for a view of the mountain tops; the desk was chest-high with no stool for sitting at it to write; and the only chair in the room was cabin-cute but uncomfortable. There was a gas fireplace. A real plus for me was the convenience of being right in the village area within walking distance to restaurants and shops. I would return.
Great place for the $$$
from A TripAdvisor Member
I had decided to surprise my husband for his birthday with a little two day snowboarding trip to Big Bear. We have never been before, did a lot of research, and decided to give Northwoods Resort a try because it looked most like a "hotel".
I am so glad we chose this location. It was SO close to the resorts and right in the middle of the little town. The rooms were adorable with all the warmth of a woodsy little cabin, but all the ammenities of a hotel. The rooms were clean and comfortable, and well worth the already very inexpensive nightly rate.
Stillwells (the restaurant inside the hotel) had a great morning breakfast too. Just enough to give us the energy to head out to the slopes that are 2 minutes away!
After driving around Big Bear, I didn't see many hotels that looked as nice as Northwoods. The room was simple and the decor somewhat rustic (even though the place doesn't seem more than a decade old). Granted, we were there midweek, so we didn't have any screaming kids or the problems others have mentioned. Front desk was very helpful. It was about a one mile drive from the hotel to Snow Summit, but the hotel is right on the edge of the "village", with restaurants and little shops just steps away. In fact, about half a block away is what has to be the best restaurant in Big Bear: The Mandoline Bistro. We also took advantage of the free wireless internet in the lobby, the sauna, and the outdoor hottub. We got a ski package deal by calling the hotel: $109 per person per night, including lift tickets and full breakfast...or $109 total per night without the package.
Northwoods is a newer hotel that is right at the start of the shopping village. It is not the least expensive, but it has the best location as you are steps from the popular village. If you are a skier there are other places closer to the slopes. If you want a few days to soak in Big Bear you are in the right place. The hotel is not plush, as you would think by looking at the outside. It is clean but pretty standard. If you have any questions you can e mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Motel 6 Quality at Hyatt Prices
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Northwoods "Resort" over the Christmas weekend. They had a three night minimum, which I guess may be typical for the area this time of the year. The hotel was so overpriced compared to what I am used to. They charged $207 per night plus $10 for a roll away (not including hotel taxes) for a room with a very mediocre bed and polyester bedding with yellow stains on the inside of the bedspread. I was really surprised when I got my credit card bill for almost $800 for three nights. This seemed really excessive for this type of place. It really is the type of room comparable to a Motel 6.
The pool is very small, despite what the Internet pictures suggest. At least they keep it very warm (87 degrees or so), because you really need it when you get out in 20 degree weather, and there are no towels by the pool. I had to send my husband up to the room to get the towels from our room and then we had to go into a housekeeper's closet to get more towels so we could use them for the shower. If the price was $50-$100 per night instead of almost $300 per night, I guess the place would be OK. But I just think of all the very nice places I could have stayed for this price and wish I had done that instead.
If going to Big Bear, maybe look for a nice cabin somewhere. This hotel just isn't worth it.
It is standard for Hotels, Motels, Lodges and Private Cabins to have a minimum night stays; the minimums usually range from 3 to 5 nights. Northwoods Resort and Conference Center has maintained the property with several upgrades since July 2006. Our resort has installed carpet, bedspreads mattresses in all guest rooms. We have added amenities such as compact refrigerators and complimentary wireless internet access in all guest rooms.
Our pool is heated and open year round. We do provide pool towels for guest use; they are located at the front desk.
Our resort maintains high standards of service and amenities that you do not find at a Motel 6.
We spent one night at the Northwoods and enjoyed it very much. I printed out a 2 for 1 coupon I found online for the restaurant downstairs, and we had a lovely meal!
We plan to go back this spring with our kids and g-kids for a 3-day getaway.This is the best place we have stayed in Big Bear Lake so far.
re tired of the cabins
I thought Northwoods was actually pretty good. I was thrilled to be able to stay somewhere other than a cabin. I'm sorry, but after staying in places that resemble people's unkept basement guest rooms I just really needed to stay somewhere more - normal? My friend and I drove up on a weekday afternoon last January. Check in was quick and simple, there were people ready to help us unload our ski equipment and the staff was very friendly. Our room had two queen beds and looked pretty much like any standard hotel room - desk, chair, lamp, tv, dresser... The bathrooms were great too, mainly because they had a steady supply of hot water (something not every cabin offers). We then went out to eat at this really good Italian restaurant right up the street, although it was on the pricey side. Then came back to watch a movie and go to bed. In the morning breakfast was complimentary and the server was incredibly attentive and very nice - it felt like one of those friendly small cafe's. Check out was quick and easy, and because we were on the ski package we spent the rest of the day on the slopes. Lodging, breakfast and lift tickets worked out to be $80 each, which was a great deal. The golfing package looks pretty good too. I highly recommend Northwoods and intend on going back at least a couple times this coming winter.
Northwoods was Awesome
We stayed here for two nights in late July with two children. It was a Wednesday and Thursday night. We loved everything about it ! The room was very nice and clean, the furniture was unique and very rustic. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom was well stocked and clean. The staff was super! At first they put is in a room that was an ajoining room, but we were afraid our teething baby would disturb our neighbors. The front desk gave us a different room right away, with a smile. The night staff, Laura and Jack, were extra special nice and helped us with directions to Palm Springs. I would stay here again in a second. The location was right in the village, we walked to shops and dining. The pool and whirlpool were also nice. Overall a lovely place. Not one complaint.
Loved the Northwoods Inn
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I love to vist Big Bear and stay at the Northwoods Inn. We always find the entire experience fabulous. Judy Nancel, one of the managers there, is an absolute doll. (Thank you for the cheesecake Judy!) The rooms are charming, clean, and cozy. Big Bear has finally arrived with having this establishment in their town! We will never go anywhere else. Kudos! Michael, Suzanne and Chance Sneary.
Top Local Tips for Big Bear Lake
Tubing on the slopes just down the road was big fun the for the little ones.
Food poisoning at the Northwoods
You should NOT eat at the Northwoods, or you might get food poisoning like several of our guests did.
Grab a Paper
Every Big Bear hotel and most restaurants have free newspapers that tell you what is going on around town. Definitely pick these up so you don't miss out on some fun during your stay.