Austria Hof Lodge
The price was right on this place, but it was a bit of a disappointment. It may have had a lot to do with just having climbed Whitney, but being greeted with a flight of stairs, or three flights of them did little for me other than increase the soreness in my legs as I struggled up them after two days of hiking up 6,000 feet. There were no elevators, which required further stair climbing to get to the room, hence the extra two flights of stairs. No elevators is always a hassle with luggage. This might be the norm in all but the big resorts in the area and is something to consider if you travel with lots of luggage. Air conditioning is probably not needed year round, but would have been welcome in the summer, when it was quite stifling. Ceiling fans would be a welcome addition as even cool evening temperatures did little to make for a comfortable night's sleep.
On the plus side, the rooms were large and comfortable. The jetted tub was a welcome treat to ease sore muscles. And there was a nice view from the balcony.
The hotel has a restaurant which was overpriced and decent, but nothing extraordinary. There are probably much better bets in this town for a place to eat.
The hotel is located several blocks from town and several miles from the mountain. There is a shuttle system in the wintertime but no transportation in the summer. The condos are probably a better deal and there are many to choose from. The prices are comparible in the summer as the town is largely uncrowded. But the condos require a two or three night minimum, on the holiday weekends at least.