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“Standard rooms need rehabilitation” 2 of 5 stars
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Harrah's Lake Tahoe
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   15 Highway 50, Stateline, NV 89449   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 hotels in Stateline
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Standard rooms need rehabilitation”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

This was once a very good hotel, and some rooms are still very good. However, management has allowed the standard rooms to deteriorate. The carpets are threadbare; the upholstered furniture is dated and dusty. The standard rooms give off the aura of "worn out and tired." The executive rooms are much better and are worth the extra charge.
I was also not pleased to find out that the hotel has instituted a $20 ($22.60 with tax) per night "resort fee" to the room tariff. This supposedly is to pay for amenities such as in-room internet, the swimming pool, and the gym. However, if one does not use these amenities, this fee is roundabout way of raising the room tariff. If one uses only the internet, this fee is still a ripoff since the daily fee for internet is $10.95. The hotel should make this fee optional and allow the guest to opt out at check-in.

Room Tip: Pay extra to stay in an executive room.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

All novice travelers to South Lake Tahoe probably wonder if they should stay at Harrah's or Harvey's or one of the other hotel casinos to gamble and recuperate after gambling all day. We have been going to South Lake Tahoe for many years now, and definitely prefer Harrah's over all the rest, even though Harvey's has better views of the lake.
The room/suites are very large and come in three varieties, mostly based on how high the room is, but also on the amenities provided. We prefer the Executive Suites because we get coffee automatically, as well as a fridge, which we never really use, and great views, but last month we were relegated to a Superior suite, I had to ask for a coffee maker, which was never serviced, and there was no fridge, but the furniture surprisingly made the room feel larger without the massive couch lining the windows in the Executive Suites and the wooden blinds which can be semi-oppressive. So we were not all that disappointed.
The Luxury Suites are on the lower floors, and it is my understanding that the views can be less than optimal, although I have never seen them.
By all means, wherever you stay, ask for a California view---much preferrable. But the his and her baths are what make all these rooms into "suites," and have always sold us on Harrah's.
We divide our gambling between Harrah's and Harvey's with the convenient underground tunnel back and forth.
What really separates Tahoe from the rest of Nevada is the attitude of the staff, both in the hotel and the casino----so much more laid back and friendly.
By all means, visit South Lake Tahoe.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mission Viejo, CA
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I've stayed at Harrah's Lake Tahoe a couple of times nearly 20 years apart. Enjoyed it both times. The area on the California side of the border (right next to the hotel) has really built up with lots of shops and restaurants, and they're all an easy walk from Harrah's. Hotel has lots of free parking, a good sized casino area, and very nice rooms - each with two bathrooms (my wife really liked that). Very comfortable and spacious. If you ask for an odd numbered room on a high floor you'll be treated to a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe and the South Lake Tahoe community. Thanks to the bay windows we could easily see all the way from the Heavenly Ski Resort nearly to Emerald Bay. Pricing is good, though I think the "resort fee" of $20 a day is a scam. You really don't get anything extra for that money that you didn't used to get before they started charging it. It just raises your daily rate, so you need to factor that in when making reservations.

While you're in Lake Tahoe be sure to take the Emerald Bay cruise via the Tahoe Queen or MS Dixie. The company will pick you up from the hotel, and the views are tremendous. Pricing is reasonable and we were able to get discount tickets through Groupon.

Room Tip: Ask for a high room on the lake side for a great view of the area.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Parkland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This property is one of my all time favorites. I make an annual visit to refresh my spirit, as it is one of the most beautiful places in North America, in my opinion! Every guest room at this property has a view of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra mountains. I always visit in winter because when it snows, it looks like a "winter wonderland". I especially love the fact that all rooms have two full bathrooms (his/hers), which is awesome. The rooms are extremely spacious and tastefully decorated. The staff is professional and always provide the best customer service! There is a heated indoor swimming pool, ski resort, gondola rides with breathtaking views, and great live entertainment, including a comedy club across the street at the sister property, Harvey's. My only suggestion is that they recruit more skilled gourmet chefs. A property with so much to offer should also offer the best meals in town! Otherwise, great fun atmosphere and the best customer service!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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San Francisco, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Ok there's been an aura of disappointment and complaining about this hotel in many past reviews. In my opinion much of this had to do with some folks going "cheap" and not being satisfied with the results. First, if you are going to stay here (and there are many reasons to) get an Executive room. They are large and well-maintained (with the 2 bathrooms which is the Harrah's trademark). They all come with a coffee maker (and excellent coffee) and complimentary bottled water daily. So those complaints are solved by upgrading your room selection.
Second, the complaints about poor and/or unfriendly service was simply not present during our recent 3 day stay. In fact just the opposite. Every staff person encountered, and I do mean every, took the initiative to greet us in a very friendly and pleasant manner. Our maid was very accommodating in supplying extra coffee and bathroom supplies as requested. The room was serviced in a timely and efficient manner daily.
The front desk was also friendly and efficient. I will state that this was an off-season time so things were not so rushed or crowded as when other travelers have visited. We ate one night at the topfloor buffet and it was certainly adequate for the $20 per person cost. Nothing of gourmet quality but nothing that was junk either. Standard American comfort foods in a large selection of choices--typical Nevada casino buffet stuff. Location is great for many reasons. One is the abundance of restaurants, shops and casinos all within easy walking distance. I was not charged the resort fee because "your booking was made prior to its imposition". I did pay $10.95 for 24 hour internet. That was included in the $20 resort fee for future reference. So finally has this hotel seen better days? Probably. Is it shabby? Definitely not. Is the casino smokey? Naturally. Are the rest of the public areas smokey? No. I paid $101 per day for my Executive room. Was that a bargain? More than a bargain, it was a steal.

Room Tip: Request an odd numbered room for better lake views.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

This hotel is very good for the amount it cost for the room and the room was really big. The location was near the gondola but I didn't like casino in my hotel on a ski holiday but some people like this for a night out.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ft. Worth, TX
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Harrahs Lake Tahoe for our 25th Anniversary. It was a GREAT time of year to visit. Snow was in the mountains but roads were clear. Our King room at Harrahs was really nice. Bed and linens were comfortable but the BEST amenity was the TWO bathrooms. His and Hers. One with a shower/sink/toilet and the other with a shower/tub combo, sink, vanity, and toilet. I had my space, he had his. Nice sized closet as well. I was a bit disappointed when we ASKED if we could have a room with a view since it was a special occassion and although we had booked several weeks in advance, they told us they could not swing that. Our room viewed the roof of the lower part of the hotel but we did manage a slight mountain view between buildings. Although we frequent other Harrahs properties, we must not be high enough rollers for any "special" treatment, such as a 25th Anniversary view. Otherwise our stay was very pleasant. We had a room at the end of the hallway and it was VERY QUIET. We never heard any other guests, only an occassional person going down the stairwell. We flew into San Jose, CA (cheaper than flying into Reno) and rented a car (which we would have done in Tahoe anyway) and drove the 2-3 hrs. Parking was plentiful and free. The hotel has several dining options but we enjoyed the RIVER CAFE as it was like being in a cave and they had a good variety of food and prices. We ate at the buffet once. It was a typical over-priced buffet but the view was awesome. Try tipping the hostess to get a seat by the window and you will not be sorry because the view of the lake can't be beat. I would stay at Harrahs Lake Tahoe again if I want a hotel/casino. However, there are so many other hotel options that I think we could do better. I was not crazy about the front desk staff. It seemed everytime I asked a question, they didn't know the answer. The Casino was OK, but it is probably one of the better casinos. There is an underground passage from Harrahs to Harveys so you don't have to walk outside. The Monte Bleu is next door within easy walking distance but were not impressed. We mostly gambled between Harveys and Harrahs. But gambling was only a small part. There are so many things to see and do around the lake, don't go to Lake Tahoe to gamble. Go for the view and outside activites. Stick to Reno or Las Vegas if you are a hard-core gambler.Concierge desk at Harrahs is great and they are very helpful. You can charge most dining and shopping to your room number (including Starbucks and some gift shops and dining places) and then pay for it when you check out.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the end of hallway as ours was very quiet. We only shared one wall and never hear...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Harrah's Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe (Nevada)/Stateline, NV
Address: 15 Highway 50, Stateline, NV 89449
Location: United States > Nevada > Lake Tahoe (Nevada) > Stateline
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 8 hotels in Stateline
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Hotel Class:4 star — Harrah's Lake Tahoe 4*
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