We just returned from a weekend stay at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. First off, let me just say that even though I am an alumnus, I am not employed by the resort, nor was I paid to write this review.
We had a group of 8 people staying in 2 “condolets” (a cross between a condo and a chalet) for a weekend get-away. Even though this is a conference center, they do take individual reservations when there’s vacancy. The 2-storey units are adorable – 2 bedrooms and 2 baths and a small living room area with a fireplace. The rooms are clean and very well kept. Linens were nice and crisp, and towels were fluffy. Each room even had a flashlight for emergencies, and also an iron and ironing board as well. Our bedrooms had a queen bed in each, and sofa beds in the living room.
The resort is about a 5-10 minute drive from the Village, and is adjacent to the lake. The whole area is huge (we didn’t see it all) and immaculately kept. The whole place was snow covered when we were there, but the paths were all cleared. There is a tennis court, pool, jacuzzi, and a gym. We only went in the gym, and it was nicely equipped, albeit small and a bit far removed from the condolets. The tennis court and pool are closed in the winter.
The resort also offers an optional meal plan, and prices are $10 for breakfast, $15 for lunch, and $20 for dinner. Kids are half-price. And the food is FABULOUS! We have stayed at many places, and I must say the food here is up there with the Ritz Carltons. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style, and dinner is waiter served. The breakfast spread was super generous, so if you’re a light eater, just load up on breakfast and skip lunch. And if you’re lucky, they’ll have banana nut pancakes on the menu. They are insanely delicious.
We ate all our meals at the resort and enjoyed them, especially the desserts. You don’t don’t get to pick from a menu though, just what they serve. (Although I heard that accommodations can be made or restrictive diets, but I can’t vouch for it.) Oh, and meals are served only at meal times – 8 am, 12 noon, and 6:30 pm. This was fine with us since we were up already, but I can imagine people not wanting to get up early just to catch breakfast. I do wish they’d offer boxed breakfasts for late risers, or even just continental breakfast boxes. There is tea, coffee, and hot chocolate in the lobby throughout the day. No room service though.
The staff was all very nice and professional. One of our dinner servers was amazing! She deserves a medal for service. Just can’t remember her name.
We paid $150 for the condolet itself, plus the cost of food. I also heard that you don’t have to be affiliated with UCLA to stay there, but don’t know if the prices would be the same. By the way, this is a conference center, so if you're expecting a full service hotel/resort, this is not it. There's no valet, no bellman, no spa, no room service, no concierge. But we love it nonetheless. We’re definitely going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Complete privacy on 40 beautiful acres are yours at this historic resort on Lake Arrowhead's North Shore. Unique, 2-story guest rooms with fireplaces and every service your conference needs including: * beautiful lodging * three exceptional meals a day * comfortable conference and social rooms * coffee breaks and full audio/visual support. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ucla Lake Arrowhead Hotel Lake Arrowhead