We were at first concerned that this lodge was right on the strip with the casinos, but once you are inside the lodge that opens into Heavenly Village on the California side you can relax in the atmosphere of a busy but customer service -,oriented lodge. Highly recommend the hotel-sponsored Tahoe Rim hike with a guide but only if you are fit. There is a 1/2 mile walk to a lovely, private beach (ask for a pass from the hotel) and a nice beachy restaurant serving up organic sales and gourmet burgers -- pricey but worth it with the beach atmosphere on a warm weather day. Good fitness center and the spa next door at the Grand Residence is not luxurious but they are skilled at massages and friendly -- not stuffy. The Tahoe Queen is a lovely though touristy cruise to Emerald Bay and you learn all the history --- like we are now the beneficiary of gorgeous Emerald Bay because someone could not pay their taxes so gave it to the state!