We are Downtown Mammoth Lakes on Old Mammoth Road, within walking distance of fine eating and shopping and a short drive from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and alpine lakes. Surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in North America, the Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa is only minutes from Devils Postpile National Monument, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Mono Lake and Yosemite National Park.
We are a family owned, 148-room hotel, located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada, only 40 miles from the Tioga Pass entrance to Yosemite National Park. The hotel was originally built in 1967 by Jerry Buss, a major real estate developer and owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team. It quickly became THE place to stay and a favorite getaway for many Hollywood stars. Every day we learn more stories of the history held in these walls, like stories of John Wayne, the “Rat Pack” and Jerry Lewis hanging out in Duke’s Bar, cracking jokes and drinking scotch until the wee hours of the morning.
The Hotel had several owners over the years. Over time, it became rundown and eventually became a Rodeway Inn, until it was acquired by the Demetriades Family. They fell in love with Mammoth and its wonderful community. The hotel and two restaurants, on the six acre property, were slated to be torn down, until the couple decided to preserve its history. With a completion date of December, 2014, the Demetriades Family's multi-million dollar renovation project spans throughout the property, inside and out, including our new Day Spa, Cub Club, Red Lantern Chinese Restaurant and award-winning Greek seafood restaurant, Jimmy’s Taverna.
Jim Demetriades, its current owner, invented a computer industry standard for software integration. His software is used by many of the largest companies and hospitals around the world. He sold his public company in 2004 to concentrate on raising five children with his wife, Nancy.
Nancy was a working actress in the 80’s. She starred in several feature films, television films, and guest starred in many television shows. Her more recent experience in interior design came in handy as she and Jim were solely responsible for every detail of the hotel and restaurant renovation.
The couples’ goal is to provide a place for the community to gather and meet as well as a place for their out-of-town guests to "Make Mammoth Memories." Please join us soon!
Want to learn more about the resort, read the Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa's fact sheet.