I'm torn about what kind of review to give this place. We paid $80 a night (weeknights in June) and got a big, clean, comfortable room with a partial view of the lake (also a view of the roof of the casino below, but whatever). It's a short drive to all the area attractions. We also ordered drinks & and an appetizer from room service at one point and everything was surprisingly good and only a little bit expensive (which you expect with room service). There's a big free parking lot and conveniently a 24-hour CVS basically right outside their front door. I guess the room decor is outdated, but we really didn't mind. So really, just based on these factors this is a good value for your money and it's worth trying out!
However, a lot of little things bothered me about this place. Some of these are probably common to casino hotels, though - casinos always seem out to get an extra buck out of you at every turn. So with all that in mind take the following with a grain of salt:
-The spa tub in our room did not work (the jets did not turn on). it was our honeymoon and we were really looking forward to using the hot tub considering the one at the pool downstairs was consistently full of small children splashing. My guess is they probably would have switched the room for us if we had noticed this before our last night there, but as it was we didn't try it out until then, so we were out of luck. As this was one of the deciding factors for us staying here vs. staying somewhere other than a casino, I was pretty disappointed.
-It was nice that they had an indoor pool and jacuzzi, but the pool area is definitely very outdated and a little run down looking. For a bright sunny place like Lake Tahoe, the pool area also felt really dark! As mentioned above, the whole area including jacuzzi was pretty consistently taken over by kids every time we used it- not MontBleu's fault of course but annoying when trying to relax. I never really understand why people bring kids to casinos, which are basically adult playgrounds full of people drinking, smoking, and gambling, but then again this place is very affordable so that's probably why families would go here.
-No microwave or coffeemaker in the room, and no breakfast included. I really feel like if a place doesn't include breakfast they should at least give you a coffeemaker. Of course they want you to have to buy from their Starbucks downstairs which charges $3.50 for a small coffee, or have breakfast in their restaurant.
-The TV options sucked. I don't even think I saw HBO. They had a very limited number of channels and basically if you wanted to watch anything good you had to order pay per view. Cheap!
-Front desk service was nice enough but literally told us nothing helpful whatsoever about the hotel, the casino, food options, etc. For example, it would have been nice to know that their buffet was closed for renovations and that the nice restaurant they had advertised everywhere is only open Wednesday through Sunday.
-This is typical of larger hotels, but I really wished that we'd had windows that could open. The air outside was so cool and fresh, but we had to keep the a/c on the entire time anyway since the windows didn't open.
-Spa prices seemed ridiculously high to me.
I would also add, and this again is not MontBleu's fault but just a personal note for anyone planning a similar trip, that staying in one of the most beautiful natural areas of the world just doesn't seem to go together with staying at a casino like this. It was kind of depressing after a day of hiking around the lake, visiting the hot springs, lounging at the beach, etc., to come back to a generic smoky recycled air casino at night. If I lived close by and could go here for a weekend getaway I probably wouldn't mind, but I ended up kind of wishing that for our honeymoon we'd spent a few extra dollars to stay somewhere that felt more like Lake Tahoe.
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