The good (the not so good in the second part of the review):
The 968 is a green hotel: they recycle all the waste, use bio-degradable supplies, etc. The hotel itself is built out of recycled materials.
It is a very elegantly designed hotel with a 'distressed' look which is nevertheless luxurious. The interior design, the appliances (coffee maker, fridge, etc.) are top notch. LED lights, cotton sheets.
It is clean like a whistle and there is a crew of cleaners in place that does not skimp on work.
The pool is a clean, salt water heated pool. The pool area is in partial shade from the pine trees, so it's easy to find your level of comfort. The pool is, however, not very large (since it's heated).
The massage is good to very good. We tried deep tissue and it was the real thing.
The rooms have radiant heating, the showers are excellent, the carpets are clean.
The beds are all mite-proof, allergy-proof, etc. and very clean.
The not so good:
In the end, it's a bit gloomy. The decor, though tasteful and a far cry from the kitschy setup of chain hotels, is, after a few days, rather gloomy and some people may find it oppressive. Combined with the fact that the rooms have large windows but are not very bright, the hotel is not an uplifting environment.
The towels are very clean, smell good and feel good on the skin as they are absorbent and 100% cotton. But they look like they've been driven over by cars! They were white and now they are grey. After one use, it's a bit hard to reuse them. They just look so dirty.
The sheets are white but not as white as snow. Perhaps the hotel should review their choice of detergents.
The appliances should be checked more often. In one of our rooms, a misguided traveller had put coffee in the water container of the coffee maker. Only one of our two rooms had a fridge.
The bar does not match the progressive image of the hotel. No lemonade, fresh juice or healthy drinks. The only soft drinks are Canada Dry root beer, San Pellegrino water and (diet) coke.
I suggest you call ahead and reserve a room that has what you expect to be needing. Some rooms are larger, some have fridges, some haven't, etc. The reception is very busy, but hard working. We found the reservation process to be unbiased: we purchased the room through a LivingSocial deal but we were given good rooms (not next to the ice maker) and we were well helped by the receptionists.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are here to embody Lake Tahoe. To hand deliver to you by Tahoe locals a genuine Tahoe experience. We take pieces of the Tahoe culture, our style, the way we speak, our wood, our stone our history and we share it with you. You'll see it in the rustic industrial look of the hotel, a look that gives it hints of Tahoe's rich mining and ski history but we do it with a modern twist. We are located steps to the Heavenly Ski Village, beautiful Lake Tahoe and just a few blocks from the Stateline Nevada Casinos. You will see our dedication to sustainability in the design of the hotel along with the countless awards and certifications recognizing our efforts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel 968 Park
- 968 Park Lake Tahoe