We stayed here for two nights over the past weekend (Feb 22-24). We booked using booking.com for a fairly good rate (second or third best rate of all the South Lake hotels). We were given room #4, a king bed. Overall, the place was a perfectly adequate place to stay for a ski weekend for a budget-minded traveler. I would recommend this to any budget-minded traveler based on the price, location, quietness, outdoor hot tub, and cleanliness.
Details of our visit:
We arrived on Friday afternoon and were promptly checked in. As others have noted, the main office where you check in does have a funky smell, but we didn't spend more than 5 minutes there. A younger lady checked us in and was very polite. We were given an old style key and shown to our room across the parking lot. The room was an average size for a hotel room, single story with neighbors on both sides but we never once heard any noise from them or saw them. Our room was promptly cleaned while we were out skiing the next day.
The bed was a bit hard to sleep on but seemed perfectly clean, and the sheets didn't seem too old and had clearly been washed. We did bring an extra blanket since I tend to get cold, but the bed comes with a comforter (which I always take off) and a small blanket over the sheets. This was enough for us - we both stayed warm all night. There were 3 pillows which were hard - you may wish to consider bringing your own. The room was heated by 2 small space heaters, although we didn't need to use the second one except to dry our ski stuff one day. We found that the other heater was perfectly adequate for heating the room, contrary to what other guests have noted.
The bathroom was old and had some stains/spots but seemed clean enough to us to use, and everything worked properly. The water pressure was good. They did not provide shampoo and only a small bar of hand soap, so bring your own. They gave 2 small towels and 2 hand towels, but these were enough for us to dry off after the shower. The vent adequately dried the bathroom after a shower within about 30 minutes.
The property is obviously very old, as are many of the hotels in South Lake Tahoe. We have stayed at several other places in the area and found this on par if not better than some of the dirtier/scarier places. I have reviewed the Matterhorn on this website, where we also often stay, and would say the Hacienda is a very similar property. The main differences that I would say make the Hacienda a preferable place to stay are that:
(1) We heard absolutely no road noise from our room at the Hacienda, even though our room wasn't too far from the highway (this was surprising to us, I thought it would be loud), whereas we have heard some noise at the Matterhorn and Motel 6.
(2) We heard no other guests at the Hacienda, whereas at the other hotels we always heard other guests (and the place was totally booked on Saturday night - I guess everyone was just quiet?). We also saw very few other people, despite it being booked full. There was also ample parking - probably only a third full, whereas I have had trouble finding a parking spot at other hotels.
(3) There is a nice outdoor hot tub at the Hacienda, which we took advantage of both nights. The water was a great temperature, and we enjoyed a glass of wine and watched the pine trees over head for about 30 min - it was very peaceful (and even though we saw a few other guests during this time, none of them made any noise or bothered us - some other guests did come in as we were leaving, but otherwise we had it to ourselves!).
We did speak with another guest at one point who mentioned that the hotel rents rooms to locals for a pretty decent rate by the week. Perhaps this is why it was so quiet, since most of the locals probably get up early/sleep early. In any case, we never heard anyone and the place was quiet - we seemingly had it to ourselves.
We did not walk from here to anywhere, but drove with our ski stuff and parked in the Harrah's parking lot and walked to the gondola to ski. I have heard you could walk, but we didn't want to carry our ski stuff quite that far. There are some places within walking distance, but again we didn't do that.
I would say the main negative aspects of the property were that:
(1) the bed was hard - the Matterhorn does have more comfortable beds. But hey, we still were able to sleep so it couldn't have been that bad.
(2) the pillows - bring your own. And shampoo and a blanket. And maybe your own towel.
Other than that, as long as you go in expecting minimal amenities, the place will suit the average budget-minded traveler, as it was clean, cheap, and close to the majority of attractions. The owners were very polite to us and clearly need the business. I have a feeling if you are polite to them, they will do their best to accommodate whatever your needs are, within reason. There are certainly many, many nicer places to stay, but I think you'd have a hard time find a cheaper place to stay (well, that isn't full of questionable and very shady characters like the Blackjack Inn).
Overall, I would recommend this to any budget-minded traveler.
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