This was our firth year staying at Timber Lodge. If you are looking for a cozy cabin in the mountains, this is not your place. The key here is location, nice rooms (but no balconies), excellent valet service and the ability to have a kitchen with a one or two bedroom suite, or a small service kitchen area in a studio. The pool can be very hectic....but remember this is summer in Tahoe and a family get away location for many Northern Californians. We never eat on property. If you do your homework you will find many restaurants within walking distance and some a short drive. We use the Marriott as a home base and go off to hike, kayak, sail and enjoy the beautiful Tahoe area.