I stayed for a week at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, as part of a charter ski trip. Typical Empress Suites-style layout, with a 1980s vibe. Buffet breakfast was included in our rate. The hot food buffet was ok, but I couldn't understand why a decent hotel would use communal jars of jam and peanut butter, instead of individual packets, considering the volume of guests (and their respective germs) going through the buffet every day.
The pool was often filled with kids, and according to some friends, the hot tub was more warm than hot.
All the staff I met were friendly, and the concierge desk had lots of suggestions, as well as discounts at several restaurants. The ski valet was handy.
My bed was comfortable, but some friends found the beds uncomfortable. From our room on the 7th floor, we had a nice view, facing the gondola.
We ate dinner at the hotel restaurant a couple times, which always had a loss leader dinner special that sounded tempting. The steak and shrimp for $16.95 ended up being a fairly tough piece of cold skirt steak, with some garlic shrimp that seemed to have been cooked in advance. Better to order off the menu than their specials. I liked the fried chicken salad.
All in all, a good hotel, with good rates and clean rooms, but the Marriott next to the Heavenly Gondola looked like a much nicer place to stay, if one has the budget to splurge.
Interestingly, the Hyatt at Incline, which was a much nicer, more deluxe property, had the same room rate as the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel the nights I was there. I realize it's located further from the ski resorts, but I'd probably stay in Incline next time I visit Lake Tahoe. I found Stateline/ South Lake Tahoe convenient for Heavenly, but the town itself is very commercial, and I preferred the look and vibe of Incline, if I was arranging my own stay near Tahoe.
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