During our week stay at the Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort, both the property and many of the streets, including sidewalks and bike paths were under construction. Lake Tahoe Blvd. was in the process of getting completely rebuilt in both directions from the resort. Although it meant doubling back for as much as a block or two at a time to cross at a controlled intersection when construction would not allow us to travel any further on that side of the road, we took it in stride whether on foot (no pun intended) or on our bicycles.
The Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort’s exterior fits beautifully with the rugged landscape of the Lake Tahoe area. Despite having been informed of it at the time of booking, the level of renovation being done to the building was far greater than we expected. We had been told that the construction would be confined to normal business hours, which it was. Upon arrival though, we saw cranes and other heavy equipment and immediately thought that it would constitute a major imposition upon us in the course of our vacation. This was not so. On the couple of days in which we returned to the room mid-day to rest prior to engagements in the evening, we were totally unaware of any extraneous noises once we were in the room.
The biggest inconvenience caused by the resort renovation was the valet parking. Most vehicles had to be parked in a multi-level parking structure across the street. This meant that the valets were hustling during most of the day to minimize the guest’s waiting time, and during peak times they were at a dead run. The longest we had to wait for our car was about 40 minutes after we called down to have it brought around.
Despite arriving late on a Saturday night, or perhaps because of it, the check-in procedure was quick and simple; nothing out of the ordinary. Shortly after taking possession of our room though, we became aware of a couple of problems. The lighted makeup mirror in the bathroom did not light and the air conditioning failed to cool sufficiently. We immediately reported it to maintenance and an engineer was dispatched to remedy our concerns. Ten minutes with the air conditioning system was all that was needed to get the unit back in working order. The makeup mirror, on the other hand, was a different matter. The engineer initially thought the problem to be a burned out bulb, but after a trip to the maintenance room for a replacement, changed his thinking. He apologized for not having been able to fix it then and there, but assured us he would try to return on Sunday, or as soon thereafter as possible, with a replacement mirror. I’m sure he must have been busy, as it wasn’t replaced until Wednesday, after my having made mention of it to the front desk staff on Tuesday afternoon.
As I briefly mentioned earlier, our room was quiet even during the middle of the day with construction at its peak. Our room was somewhat small, especially with our bicycles parked inside, but everything in the room was very convenient and well laid out, including the kitchenette. The bed was VERY comfortable. It was a bit awkward having to traverse two hallways and two elevators to get to our sixth floor room, but we made the best of it we could.
Every individual staff member was pleasant and cordial, and eager to please every guest. The one pool which goes from indoors to outdoors was clean and well maintained without being over chlorinated. Both the indoor and the outdoor spas were also maintained at the proper chemical levels and were very close to the prescribed 103 degree F. temperature. We also made use of the sauna which was well received by both my wife & myself.
Since this is a Diamond Resorts timeshare property, they want you to listen to their sales pitch, which we eventually did, but only after much badgering by the concierge staff. Overall, the only detractors from our vacation due to the accommodations were minor. These included the initial mirror and a/c problems, somewhat poor room lighting, and a lack of sufficient electrical outlets in the bedroom area for two laptops, two cell phones, an iPod and a camera battery charger. Thanks to our frequent travels, the lack of outlets was easily solved as we carry an extension cord with us when we travel.
Although we had asked for an extra hour to check out on Saturday morning, in case it became necessary, our early check-out proceeded smoothly. The valet brought a luggage cart to our room, loaded it, and delivered our luggage to our car and loaded it for us with such a big smile on his face, I thought perhaps he was glad to see us go, but I know that wasn’t the case.
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- Lake Tahoe Vacation Hotel
- Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort CA
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