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“Awesome experience--Classy, relaxed, old-fashioned family time” 5 of 5 stars
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Granlibakken Tahoe
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   725 Granlibakken Rd., Tahoe City, CA 96145   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Tahoe City
Palo Alto, California
1 review
“Awesome experience--Classy, relaxed, old-fashioned family time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Have never written a review online for anything (although have read and heeded many!). Our experience at Granlibakken this past week was so great I felt obligated to give my input. We stayed here over Christmas not knowing what fully to expect. I'd done countless hours of research and finally made our plans for Granlibakken, but did so with limited expectations. Turned out this place could not have been better for our family and our needs, and far exceeded what I'd hoped for.

A perfect combination of hotel amenities (maid service/maintenance staff, 24hr front desk, on site dining, etc) and private space as if renting a vacation home from VRBO or the like (privacy, spacious, freedom of walking around grounds, etc).

Tons of things on-site to do although we did not take advantage of all. We were snowed in quite literally, and yet we were able to walk through the winter wonderland easily to the main lodge for breakfast and for dinner. Couldn't have been easier to wake up and roll out to the ski area. Sled hill was super, and the ski hill was PERFECT for our family of 6 to enjoy-- my black diamond skiier husband enjoyed playing around at the steepest portion (was it heart-pounding challenging? no). My intermediate skiing self had plenty of challenges. My kids, all the way down to my 4 year old, had a great skiing experience with the bunny hill and beginning heights of the main hill. The ski area accommodated all of our varying skiiing skills allowing mom and dad to have fun skiing PLUS allowing us to see the kids at all times and have them occupied

Old-fashioned sled hill with no bells and whistles-- refreshing to see in today's day and age. Relaxed ski environment with common-sense rules, but nothing else. They trust you to ski at your level and pretty much just leave you alone unless you want help with something.

What could be better than having this kind of snow play literally in your back yard, and reasonably priced?

Is the resort a little old-fashioned in architecture and a little dated? Sure. But it's charming, and has history. It's 1970's feel only adds character and intrigue in my opinion. The entire resort was also spotless. I'm hardcore into cleanliness and will notice anything I find gross. Supremely impressed by the cleanliness of everything--even one of the more remote bathrooms I found myself in down a corridor in the main lodge. Spotless. Could have eaten my breakfast in there.

Staff was incredibly helpful and friendly (save for one woman we briefly encountered at one early point). Overall far above the call of duty and incredibly accommodating to our weather-related change of plans. Katie at the front desk was so helpful that she actually gave me a tour of possible accommodations a la a realtor once we realized we may need to alter our stay dates.

We were in a suite-- and it was great. I should point out that which particular unit/suite you are in can make a big difference in the satisfaction of the accommodations themselves. They are generally owned privately and thus can vary greatly. Walls are pretty thin in any case though so go in with proper expectations (and earplugs if you have extreme issues with that).

SO many lovely extras-- A wonderful Christmas Eve celebration at the ski hut with Santa and REAL presents for the kids (not McD's happy meal things), and mulled wine for adults, etc. A lovely festive Christmas dinner for the family in the ballroom.

Breakfast each morning was wonderful to look forward to. Although the food quality itself was only average (for both breakfast and dinner), the convenience of the meals far outweighs my gripes about the lack of gourmet.

Could go on and on about things I loved about our stay. That said, I want to point out that this place is NOT ideal for a family who has hard-core skiiers or who likes very fast-paced vacations. If you're heading to Tahoe to get Northstar slopes and crowds and shopping and high-energy buzz, then go to Northstar. Or something similar. You would not at all be satisfied with Granlibakken. But for our family, it was an absolutely perfect environment.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hotel M, Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our resort. We are thrilled you had an awesome experience staying with us! We appreciate your thoughtful and detailed summary of your vacation. Our staff makes every effort to make each guest feel important and I will pass along your compliments to Katie. We are honored to have earned your trust and look forward to welcoming your family and again soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

This was our second year going to Granlibakken for Thanksgiving and, as we expected, it was excellent again.
The staff treat all the guests like family, the rooms were great value, and the location is perfect being so close to Tahoe City, near the North Shore casinos, the ski areas of Homewood, Alpine Meadows, and Squaw Valley.
There wasn't quite enough snow this year for the sledding hill to be open, but the General Manager tipped us off to a great little hill behind the ropes course and we had an absolute ball flying down on our sleds.
We also spent plenty of time in the lovely jacuzzi and the toasty warm swimming pool (it felt like the ocean water in Hawaii!).
I would recommend Granlibakken to any family.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hotel M, Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe, responded to this review, December 2, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our resort. We pride ourselves on making each guest feel like family. We are always happy to share the secret gems around our resort to make your stay with us even more special. On your next visit be sure to try our Lighthouse Spa at the base of our ski slope, its a great place to relax after a day of skiing and sledding. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Rocklin, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Spent a wonderful weekend at Granlibakken last weekend. The staff was very helpful, rooms were clean and the food was excellent! Looking forward to other great visit!!! Will definitely return for another visit to such an excellent location.Summer would be great time to visit this area.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hotel M, Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
Thank you for taking a moment to review our resort. We are so pleased you had a wonderful experience staying with us. When you come back to visit us in the summer, be sure to spend the day at our Treetop Adventure park. We know you will have a great time! Looking forward to welcoming you again soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Spent the week with hundreds of others at a fiber spinning workshop. Food and service beyond expectations. Beautiful setting. Shuttles available. Accomodations nice.
More lighting in the walkways would have been helpful.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hotel M, Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Thank you for taking a moment to review our property. We are so pleased we exceeded your expectations. We enjoyed having the chance to learn more about your craft. On your next visit we hope you make the time to relax in our Lighthouse Spa, you won't be disappointed! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

This was my first conference at Granlibakken and a most memorable experience. We arrived just before a snow storm and I was surprised to see how quickly the staff was out in force plowing the roads and clearing the walkways. Shuttles were available to transport you to and from the Lodge if needed. The Staff at Granlibakken surpasses any resort/hotel that I have ever stayed in. Now on to the food - Fantastic, Incredible, Outstanding are only a few of the words to discribe the the 3 meals per day for seven days. Everything was perfectly done. How they did it I wish I knew. I particularly want to thank Mirian at the front desk, Kitchen James and Ron and staff, Servers Ginger, Julio, Pablo, Raul, Marina, Jorge, Salome, Crispina and Estela.
Bartender Brendan and also Jesse last but not least.
This is defintiely a place that you should put on your to visit list you will not be disappointed.

Pat S

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hotel M, Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our resort. We are thrilled you enjoyed your conference and stay with us. Our staff is the heart of our resort so I will be sure to pass along your thanks and praise to each of the people who helped make your stay so memorable. We are very proud of our fantastic food and we look forward to having you share another meal with us again soon. If you find yourself looking for a relaxing getaway make sure you visit our Lighthouse spa, you won't be disappointed.
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Shafter, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Over the past decade, I have taught at several conferences at Granlibakken. The support for the instructor is fabulous! The staff is ready to help with smiles. Although the facility is set on a hillside, the walkways are kept free and clear of snow and ice. And the food is excellent!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hotel M, Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Thank you for taking a moment to review our resort. We appreciate your confidence in our staff and resort. We are proud of our staff and I will be sure to pass along your compliments. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

This is the fourth time that this event, for handspinners and other fibre folk, has been held at Granlibakken; previous times were in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Our experience on those occasions led us to expect another good stay and we weren't disappointed. Althought the resort has changed ownership, the staff had not been changed, which is a good sign.

The staff were friendly and couldn't have been more helpful. They managed well the clear-up after three days on which snow fell; we enjoyed the Christmas card scenery without any difficulties getting around.

A major problem at several recent years' locations for this conference has been the food. Neither my wife nor myself eat meat and we strongly disliked the attitude of a number of other resorts. We pay exactly the same amount as other participants and objected to being treated as second class citizens. By contrast, Granlibakken displayed great awareness of dietary requirements, catering not only for vegetarians but also for people with nut or gluten problems.

Granlibakken is an excellent resort, well run, in a beautiful location; we look forward to our next visit.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hotel M, Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our resort. We are so pleased you chose to host the SOAR event again at the Granlibakken. Guest loyalty is a mark of a successful resort and we are truly grateful for your business. We make total guest satisfaction our top priority, so I will pass along your compliments to our staff and Chef. We hope you will stay with us again soon and try a trip down our ski and snowboard hill.
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Address: 725 Granlibakken Rd., Tahoe City, CA 96145
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > Tahoe City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Tahoe City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Granlibakken Tahoe 3*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Granlibakken's Tahoe's 74 acre, secluded valley is your very own cozy, alpine getaway. Perfect year-round for groups, weddings and families to connect in an Old Tahoe ambiance. Onsite activities include a treetop adventure park, historic ski & snowboard hill, groomed sled hill, hiking & biking trails, tennis courts and a year-round heated pool and a spa to relax in after all the fun. ... more   less 
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