I lead a hiking group near San Francisco. Once a year we take an out-of-town trip to tackle a mountain outside the Bay Area. In 2014, we chose Mount Tallac, near South Tahoe.
Since our trip was a week before Memorial Day, when things get crazy in Tahoe, we had our choice of the countless dozens of affordable motels packed in the square mile between the strip and the lake near the state line. But since we had 30 people and I wanted to get it right, several of us made a scouting trip to South Tahoe a few months before, each of us staying in a different motel to get a feel for our choices. Over breakfast the first morning after we arrived, nobody was thrilled with their lodging. But the one guy who hadn't made the trip was the guy who was assigned to Seven Seas, so we decided to go over as a group and talk to the staff.
The first thing you think when you hit the parking lot is "Ummm. Is this the place that has all these off-the-charts reviews?" It doesn't really stand out from any other location in what amounts to a massive subdivision of motels on the California side of the border. But after talking to the owner (Carolyn), manager (Tim) and the resident bartender/baker (Grant) for a few minutes, we got it. And despite informally deciding to stay in a more upscale place on the Nevada side over lunch, we unanimously voted on the spot to give Seven Seas a go. We booked the entire motel.
Three months later, our entire group was thrilled with the choice. We're all hikers who don't stand on formality, but Seven Seas went far beyond what we could have reasonably expected for the price. The rooms were impeccably clean. We had access to a private beach just two blocks away on Lake Tahoe. The casinos of Stateline, Nev. are a 4-minute stumble away, and Heavenly Ski Resort is even closer in another direction.
Tough hikes make for sore muscles, and we loved Seven Seas' spacious hot tub. Moreover, Carolyn and Tim -- who both possess warped senses of humor -- set up the grassy area to accommodate for our annual pre-hike barbecue, replete with gas grills ... we didn't even have to buy charcoal! The bed was insanely comfortable. But the clincher was Room 101, which at night serves as a quaint bar, but in the morning becomes a breakfast room, serving the best continental breakfast I've ever had, anywhere. And all 29 of my fellow hikers agreed.
Did I mention a stunning view of Heavenly, including the entire 3,500-foot run of the ski lift?
And really, in 2014, a place that makes you feel like family? Priceless. In a world full of rip-offs, this place goes down in my traveling Hall of Fame.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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- Also Known As:
- Seven Seas Inn At Tahoe Hotel South Lake Tahoe
- 7 Seas Hotel
- 7 Seas Motel