I've had the pleasure of staying at Rustic Cottages several times and have rented one of the cottages, houses and a room. All of the times I've stayed I've been REALLY happy with my stay and accomodations.
BIRDHOUSE: My family and friends and I have rented the Birdhouse for New Year's Eve a couple of times and have loved it. The house is always clean, the towels and sheets are pressed and crisp, plenty of room for roaming around and hijinx, also close enough to the main Rustic area to get waffles and oj in the morning before hittng the slopes. One of the best things is how incredibly stupid cheap it is to rent the place. Don't tell the owners this or they might raise the price but compared to most vacation rentals in the area it's almost half the normal cost.
Cottages: I can't remember the name of the cottage we rented but I know it slept 4. It was a little crowded I admit for 4 people but I think that's because some of the people snored and the rest didnt lol. Everything was clean and in order no complaints from me.
PROS: Every morning you can make your own waffles, I think they have cereal too. It's easy to carb up before hitting the slopes and this really saves you money and time. ALSO when you get back from the slopes they ALWAYS have homemade chocolate chip cookies nom nom nom soooo nummers. Our ski groups always love Rustic because there is so much more to do than ski or snowboard. It's centrally located so people can go snoe shoeing, sledding or just walk along the lake. Dogs are welcome (however beware the dog friendly cabins are a little more worn from puppy love). Free movie rentals also. Okay so the movies are like 20 brajillion years old but hey its something and they have a lot of movies where you go "oh yeah I remember that one let's watch it again."
CONS: No casinos close by so the gamblers anonymous people have to go somewhere else. It's also on Northside so not a big party scene but honestly I'm too old and grumpy to want to party until I black out.
Although this place may not have state of the art junk it's comfy and the front desk people always treat you like you're an old friend. I think it's a steal for all of the good free stuff you get and can't help but smile when I think of Rustic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in Tahoe Vista, California, Rustic Cottages Resort and Motel consists of two properties with over 35 rooms and three full-sized houses available for rent. The rooms are comprised of suites, stand-alone cottages and duplex cabins. With a variety of floor plans, we have warm, clean and cozy options to meet the needs of any sized family! Originally the sawmill and labor camp of the Brockway Lumber Company, the property was converted to vacation cottages in 1925. Our cottages are all different--each with its own charm and modern conveniences. The Rustic Cottages is centrally located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, across the street from the lake--and just a stone's throw away from a sandy beach and the water's edge. We're just minutes from great restaurants, shopping, North Shore casinos, and the worlds best skiing. All Cottages Include:-Romantic Benicia Iron Beds with comfortable Serta mattresses with nice linens-Microwave Oven-Refrigerator-Televisions with HBO and Video Tape/DVD Players-Coffee Maker-Porch with Benicia Patio Furniture. Many Cottages Include:-Fireplace-Kitchen, Little Extras Included With Your Stay:-A Continental breakfast of homemade muffins, waffles, orange juice and coffee in our lodge every morning;-Homemade treats, such as chocolate chip cookies, candy and brownies;-Souvenir Rustic Cottage mugs;-Over 500 movies on DVD and video tape for our guests to borrow;-Free high-speed WiFi;-Firewood for cottages with wood-burning fireplaces;-Barbeque grills for our guests to borrow...-Croquet set to borrow, and a horseshoe pit;-Sleds, discs and snowshoes to borrow in the winter season;-If you're looking for ultra-modern Lake Tahoe accommodations, this may not be the place for you. But make no mistake, the cottages are clean, comfortable and the Rustic Cottages is a very friendly special place to stay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rustic Cottages Hotel Tahoe Vista