We've gone to see this place once when we've stayed in the Tahoe area and it seemed to have what we were looking for when bringing our toddler daughter. However, after we booked the place I decided to look at the reviews the night before we were to arrive and was surprised at the not so great reviews. It didn't matter because we were going anyways so we were hoping for the best. We made our reservations over the phone and each time I called the front desk people were helpful.
We arrived a bit early and our room wasn't done yet so we parked the car and headed for the lake at their private beach. Stephen at the front desk gave me a call on my cell when the room was ready so that was nice. We reserved a one bedroom and we were very happy with it! Maybe even more so after reading the crappy reviews, we were pleasantly surprised with the space and how well the kitchen was stocked. Yes, this place has some 70's charm but that's to be expected. You can tell that they've done some nice upgrades so it's not run down like some people have described. Not now anyways.
We booked a 1st floor one bedroom on the lakeside of the property. It was my husband, 2 1/2 year old daughter and myself so the one bedroom was a plenty of room. The bed mattress was thick & comfortable plus they had clean, crisp linens. A TV with DVD in the living space and another TV in the bedroom. I brought some kitchen utensils and such not knowing how well the kitchen was stocked... I didn't have to use any of it because they provide just about everything you'd need to cook & serve meals. We did bring our griddle to make breakfasts but we could've easily made it work with the 2 electric burner stove. I liked that we had a full size refrigerator & small dishwasher. Upon checkout all you have to do is load up the dishwasher with your dirty dishes and start it, so easy.
Our friend along with her 5 yo son met us for one night and they had the studio above us. The kitchen is a bit smaller with no dishwasher and had a small frig. There is a murphy bed in the studio with a couch that pulls out to a bed. When I heard murphy bed I envisioned some busted up rusty thin bed that fell out of the wall... it was much nicer with a thick mattress. The studio did have more of a "cabin" feel but still a good space.
As for the outdoor space this is what will bring us back here again next year. The private beach is just a minute walk from the lanai rooms on the lakeside. They provide plenty of lounger chairs so we'd go out there in the morning and set up. We felt safe leaving out towels & such on the beach when we went inside for our daughter's nap or to have lunch etc. This part of the beach on the lake is great for little ones as you can walk pretty far out and the water is still fairly shallow. This was important for us because our daughter could play in the water and we weren't worried about big drop offs. Next to the beach is a swing set and a slide, nothing fancy but she loved going from the water to the play area. Plus if you bring a bucket of water from the lake and pour down the slide she thought it was the best waterslide. The mountain side has a better playground next to the pool.
Besides the beach they have a horse shoe pit, bocce ball, a volleyball net area, small basketball court and the campfire pit (all on the lakeside of the property). We used the gas grill one night for dinner. Maggie was helpful in getting us a new propane tank and starting the grill. When we weren't swimming in the lake or the pools we had plenty to keep us occupied. One thing about the pools... someone mentioned the hard pebbly concrete at the lakeside pool. I remember that from when we went to look at this place and it was awful. I'm happy to say that it's been removed and it's so much better walking around the pool area barefooted. They still have some of it outside the pool gate but just wear your flip flops.
And if we had to point out of some of the negatives here they are:
- Most bathrooms only have shower stalls. Not a problem for us but our toddler still likes her baths.
- Check in time is 4pm. Kind of on the late side but I'm sure you can still use the facilities if you get there early.
- The large grass area has geese walking around and they poop - a lot! You should wear some shoes when walking on the grass or just watch where you step.
- We didn't have a ceiling fan in our bedroom, only in the living space. It can get a little stuffy so we bought a small fan at Ace hardware.
Again, we were very happy with our stay here and will be returning next year. We are even hoping to invite some friends & their families too as we know they'll enjoy it as well. I'm not trying to say this place is spectacular but we are not a fancy schmancy accommodation kind of family. We want things to work, be clean and comfortable... and we found just that!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tahoe Sands Resort. The sunny-side of the lake's best kept secret. Centrally located in Tahoe Vista, the Tahoe Sands Resort spans across four acres of open lakefront property and also offers a more private get-away hidden in the wooded acreage adjacent to the main buildings. Studios, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units complete with kitchens are available throughout the property. The large open grass area offers a great recreational space or a relaxing place for all guests. Our private sand beach, one of Tahoe's best, is just steps away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tahoe Sands Hotel Tahoe Vista