My wife and I spent three wonderful evenings with Ann and Herman (Poole's Guesthouse) last month (AUG '12) and I couldn't have been more pleased. Though we live in Texas, we find ourselves at Lake Tahoe about thrice yearly, not having found a better place to vacation. Normally, we don't pay for lodging because the casinos are happy to comp me a room to ensure my presence at their tables but this was a birthday celebration trip for my wife and I knew she'd appreciate something closer to nature and farther from Starbuck's. The reviews on this site made it sound inviting, especially the one from the disgruntled guest who was so appalled at being expected to honor the arrangement they'd made. It was important that our morning relaxation would not be interrupted by the din of some unruly kids. Don't get me wrong, I have/love kids. Kids running up/down the hallways at the casino/hotel are easy to look past. Having them in the intimate setting that the Poole's provide would have been a distraction.
We had a late arrival planned, which was pushed even later by the airline. Since this isn't a hotel, I was concerned over arriving after midnight. No Problem...the front door was left open for us and there was a note directing us to our room. We all met the next morning, over coffee and tea provided with the accomodations. We sat on the back porch and took in a view that was spectacular. Its beauty never dimmed. The location was central to most anything around the north shore and to the city of Truckee. Ann and Herman are darling people, equally willing to assist guests with plans or questions as they were to let us be. Not being a stranger to the area, we didn't need much in the line of suggestions or directions, but we knew those were at our disposal.
We stayed in the room with the king bed. Comfortable bed and pillows and a TV in the room. Common bathroom was three feet away from either the king or the queen suite. During our visit, the queen was vacant, so we had the bath to ourselves. Even so, I don't think it would have been an issue if we'd have had to share.
Great value, comfort, and the ease that one would feel spending the night with an Aunt & Uncle. I can't think of a downside to staying here. Sometimes, I can close my eyes and go back there for a "quick visit".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cozy, Romantic Mountain Chalet where couples and singles rent 1, 2, or 3 guestrooms. Lodging style is similar to a charming Bed and Breakfast; use of gourmet kitchen and common areas are offered rather than any meals. Common areas include Gourmet Kitchen, Scenic Dining Area, Laundry Facilities and Central Living Room with 23 foot cathedral ceiling, huge scenic windows and spiral staircase.LOCATION IS EVERYTHING!Imagine yourself, sitting on a big comfortable couch in the central living room, looking out through windows that soar 23 feet above you. Winter time, it's exhilarating to see skiers attacking the world famous mountains and carving their own path down the slopes. The best part, is knowing that you are only minutes from joining them!Spring, summer and fall have their own beckoning... golf, river rafting, trails to hike, biking paths, water sports, and oh, so much more! Multi-colored wild flowers, streams and wildlife await your camera; cherished memories for days to come. A BEAUTIFUL SPIRAL STAIRCASE...Takes you between the three levels of this custom designed guesthouse. The central living room with cathedral ceiling and large comfortable furniture is the perfect place to relax and plan your next fun-filled day.KING OR QUEEN-SIZE BEDS and Satellite TV's in Every Guestroom!Just imagine... after another Great Tahoe Day, you *kick back*, cozy into your comfy bed... and discover that you have a Satellite TV System equipped with over 200 movie, entertainment and music channels! ... more less