My wife, daughter, and I spent a very pleasant weekend staying at the Cedar Glen Lodge in Tahoe Vista recently. It happened to be the weekend of the recent Lake Tahoe Iron Man competition, though we weren't aware of it when we planned our trip.
Somewhat Pricey: Shame on me for not trying harder to negotiate on price - we got $2 a night off the rack rate posted in the room. Other places in Tahoe Vista, especially the ones that don't advertise in Yelp or TripAdvisor, seem to be considerably less expensive. Well, as it turned out, the place was full for the Iron Man competition...
Very Pleasant: We stayed in #29, a two-room "mini-suite" on the 2nd floor of the building at the back and top of the property. It was extremely nicely appointed - granite countertops, solid wood cabinetry and furniture, solid core doors with frosted glass, superb Kohler sinks and bronze faucets, very nice mattress and linens, and with a full (but small) kitchen. Interior paint and finish was top-notch, though in a rustic style. Exterior finish is quite dated, and in the back (visible from the bedroom and bathroom windows) the soffit & fascia paint is peeling off in sheets. The facility has a pool, a jacuzzi, a sauna, and deeded access to the Lake Tahoe beach, across the street. Continental breakfast, included in the price, included lots of starches, fresh fruit, but no protein. The desk staff went out of their way to get authoritative information on travel in the area during the race - very helpful.
A Little Peculiar: The layout of #29 is weird - a breakfast table, chairs, and seating "ell" faces across the front window to the hide-a-bed sofa, over which the flat screen TV is mounted. In other words, you can't sit on the sofa and watch TV - you have to scrunch into the seating "ell" behind the breakfast table. In order to walk around the sofa extended into the hide-a-bed, we had to physically carry the breakfast table to the empty space between the bedroom door, the bathroom, and the dresser (it fit up against the wall, even with the chairs added). The bed in the bedroom is so large that there is no room left for dresser, closet, chair, or anything else. We also were inundated with "you must" and "you must not" lists and signs (no problem for us to comply - nothing we wouldn't or would have done ourselves) which left us feeling a little pushed around.
We'd certainly go back, but we'd try for a different room, and on a less contentious weekend, and push harder for a better price.
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. Our guests’ feedback is most important to us! It sounds like you had an, all in all, good stay with us. I would like to address some of your concerns.
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It is not our policy to negotiate our rates, so I am confused about your comment regarding getting $2 off the rack rate. Please know that Cedar Glen Lodge is the only newly renovated property and considered a “resort,” as per the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. Being such is the reason for our pricing. However, we are always very happy to recommend budget properties in our area.
I can’t tell you enough how sorry we are that you felt “pushed around,” by our check-in policies. Please know that those policies are there to protect you and all our guests from incidentals. While the vast majority of people would think these policies are common sense (no smoking in the rooms, no pets in non pet rooms, do not feed the bears), we have found that it is best to have them in writing and to verbalize them as well. Our intention is that every one of our guests enjoys a stress free stay, in a safe, clean and respectful environment.
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