We have stayed at many B&Bs and have seldom had such a warm and welcoming experience.
What we loved:
First and foremost, Linda and Johan! What gracious hosts! They are truly delightful and immediately made us feel at home. It is obvious they love what they do and treat their guests like family. Tasty breakfast every morning, cookies and water in our room every day, tons of excellent recommendations for places to eat and check out (along with discount coupons), and just lovely company. We enjoyed chatting at evening happy hour each day over beer, wine and snacks.
Other pros include the location (except for the noise – more on that below), which is close to Heavenly Valley ski resort (bus picks up/drops off just across the street) and within walking distance of lots of great restaurants. We particularly enjoyed Nepheles (including the hot tubs you can rent there!) and Blue Angel Café – both recommended by Linda and Johan.
There is also a huge DVD collection to choose from. We only took advantage of this once during our stay, but there are plenty of options.
So, why not five stars? A few factors, which were important to us, though may be less so to others:
Noise. The Lodge is right on the intersection of Ski Run Blvd and Pioneer Trail, and there is a lot of traffic. Even with ear plugs, we could hear cars and trucks go by. Also, the walls between the rooms are very thin, so we could hear people talking, watching TV, and even snoring.
Room size. The rooms are definitely cozy, but for us who were skiing and had a lot of gear, it felt a bit too cramped. A common storage room for guests to put skis and dry/warm their boots might be a good addition to the Lodge. The bathroom in particular was tiny and very cold (as was the kitchen) since the only heating is from the fireplace next to the bed. None of the rooms have tubs, so if you want something to rest your tired skiing legs at the end of the day, it is not ideal. As others have pointed out, it is also hard to find outlets in the room, though there were several in the kitchen.
Despite these issues, we really had an amazing time! Great value and highly recommended. Thank you, Linda and Johan!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly renovated in 2011. Managed by the Owners! All of our rooms were completely remodeled with brand new beds, linens and furnishings! Our goal is to make this a unique, wonderful and relaxing experience for our guests. We invite you to experience a Lake Tahoe stay like no other...we are now officially open!!! Lake Tahoe has so much to offer and is also a great home base for skiing, boating, fishing, hiking, biking or just to relax in a beautiful serene location. It is also close to neighboring hotspots such as Yosemite, San Francisco, Napa Valley Wine tasting, and other Northern California & Nevada locations. The Heavenly Valley Lodge Bed & Breakfast is a quiet, Tahoe-Style property located at 1261 Ski Run Blvd just below the world-famous Heavenly Ski slopes, and only a 1/2 mile down to the shores of Lake Tahoe. The property is on a wooded acre and is very spacious and quiet. ... more less
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