My family stayed here over New Year's weekend in a one bedroom suite, via timeshare exchange. Southern California hadn't seen that much snow in 5 to 10 years, so the snow sports was fantastic. Big Bear is *quaint* and with a very provincial or *country* feeling. Mobile data/internet is well known to the locals as being very poor in all parts of Big Bear. Do not expect the location amenities to be on par with Vail or Tahoe.
**The suite comes with a serviceable full kitchen, living room with a Queen size pull out couch, two bathrooms, and master bedroom. There was a gas fireplace. There was no separate dining table, only a breakfast bar with tall stools.
**The master bedroom and the living room area were separated with doors, but connected at the front door with a very small entrance area about the size of a closet. In this way, the cold air could be shut out and the warm air kept in.
**The bathrooms had that special heater/fan, which made the bathrooms the coziest place in the apartment.
**Location-- easy drive to Bear or Snow Summit mountains. Also very close to Bear Village. It is *not* walking distance to either place. I thought that there would be public transportation (city bus) or hotel shuttle to mountains or village, but alas no.
**The WiFi in the hotel was terrible. The best reception was outside of the building or right up against the window which for us faced the street.
**We never figured out how to use the gas fireplace. No instructions in the apartment. It was not intuitive at all, and different from other gas fireplaces we've encountered before.
**The room was consistently cold and there was no way to increase the heat. It could be that the weather was colder than normal, but it made us all fairly grumpy to be chilled even indoors.
** No elevators!
** Parking was limited. Only half of the spaces were covered. Only one car per room. All that snow had to be plowed away, and that meant no street parking! I had to park about 5 miles from the hotel in the lot for a National Park picnic area. I paid $5 per day for the special permit.
Bottom line: The location of the hotel and its affordability (time share exchange), means that I will likely book here again. Next time, I'll ask for a room with good wifi!
Tips: When you book, ask for a room with good WiFi. It turns out that some rooms get better reception than others.
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