Good location in South Lake Tahoe on the main boulevard. Easy walking-distance to the casinos and to heavenly village and the gondola that takes you up to the Heavenly Gondola Lodge. (If you dont like to walk 10-15 min, right in front a bus passes by every half hour and in 2 minutes you are there). There is a pizza hut right on the entrance to the hotel, which was great for me. The hotel has many amenities like it says on its webpage, but I didn´t get to use them for I was skiing or snowmobiling all day, and just came back to sleep. I did go to the private beach area once, which should be pretty awesome in summer (definitely going back), but at that time it was covered in snow. The Heavenly California Lodge is just 5 minutes away by car, very close, and if you don´t want to lose time going up the gondola to the gondola lodge, its a great location to be in. There was a free breakfast on Sunday, and a raffle where I won some ski goggles. I was having some trouble booking at the last minute some activities, but the staff in the front desk were really really helpful and didn´t mind all the questions or going that extra mile. Thanks for that! The room had been recently updated, and they were finishing some details in the building, but no excessive noise or anything bothersome. I stayed in a studio, which was good size and had a nice balcony/terrace with a partial lake view. There was a lot of parking, and it was free. The wi-fi had a fair speed, but was always working, and yes, it was free!
My car was really packed with snow one day, and since I was parked by a sidewalk, they had pushed all the snow to the side of my car, which I didnt appreciate much. I went to ask to the front desk if they had a shovel they could lend me, but apparently the maintenance guys weren´t allowed to lend us a shovel. So in my opinion, they should have a couple of shovels to lend to people like me. I didn´t make a fuzz about it because I wasnt going to use it that day, and the sun was coming out, but if I had wanted to leave at 8 am with my car, I would have had to use a broom from the room, and that I would not have liked. That is pretty much my only complaint. In general, good place to stay during the winter and to go skiing. Oh, and I saw a couple of big boats in the pier by the hotel, which I assume is another good thing about its location if you want to tour the lake. Summerwise I don´t know what things change or are different.