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“Great Vacation - Beautiful!” 5 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 7 Hotels in Stateline
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Carbondale, Illinois
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“Great Vacation - Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2008

My wife and I decided on an October vactaion to Tahoe/Reno area and we usually like the Harrah's hotels. If you fly into Reno, there is not many options for transportaion. Rent a car, but it can be expensive..but worth it. Harvey's was great and all the staff were very friendly. October weather in the mountains can be tricky and it snowed first day we were there. Be very careful on the roads at 7000 ft. On the day it snowed, we just walked around the town of South Tahoe. Great tourist town! Harvey's sits on the Nevada/California border & the California side has more shop and things to do if Gambling isn't your thing. The second day (October 10,2008) it was great weather and drove up Highway 89 around Tahoe. The drive is beautiful! Also, there were many good places to eat. We really liked the Driftwood Cafe near Heavenly Resort ( 2 blocks west of Harvey's). Also, on one of our pretty days, we drove to Virginia City, NV. That was fun too.
We hope to return next year and will stay at Harvey's again. BTW..the gambling there was fun too!!

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Il
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2008

We stayed over the weekend @ Harrah's Lake Tahoe. We stayed one night @ Harveys. We preferred Harrah's. We had a view of the lake and the Marriott next door. The windows come together like the bow of a ship ^ so you get a view of the lake from all the rooms. The room was very well appointed; we stayed in an Executive Suite. Everything was very clean. The 2 bathrooms are nice, but we found that we only used the one with the shower. It was too cold to swim, but from the looks of the pool, that was a good thing. The pool was tiny, rectangular, with a few chaise lounges around it. The only problem we encountered was the room key didn't work. Maintenance had to come up and rekey the lock for us. After that, it was fine.
We gambled and did OK~ I liked Harrah's casino better, but it didn't have a Sports betting area, so we had to go to Harveys to place our bets.
The food was OK~ buffet was average, (it reminded us of a cruise ship buffet), and we ate there for brunch on Sunday (free due to our accumulated points from gambling) and dinner the night before. I thought the hours of operation were strange for the buffet. They opened on Sunday morning @ 8:30 AM. We also ate at Hardrock Cafe. Both places were fine, but nothing out of the ordinary.
We went on the Gondola; this is a must do. It was fun, scary, and worth the 30 bucks. The observation deck on top was stunning.
We also went on a ferry across the lake to Emerald Island. This we could have passed on. It was expensive, long, and boring. You can pay extra to eat and they had an open bar, but it still was pretty lame. There is a castle on the island, and it was interesting, but not worth the money. The lake is beautiful. Clear, cold and big. They have several places on the beach to rent water craft, beach gear, etc. There were bars and restaurants, too.
We shopped @ Heavenly where they have upscale shops and restaurants. It was pretty crowded. We ate lunch @ Fire and Ice. This place was not far past the Gondola. It was fun and entertaining, and we got right in on a busy Saturday. You fill a bowl with Asian inspired veggies, meats, etc. and 2 cooks grill your bowl of food on a huge round flat grill, while you stand in front of your food. It took about 10 minutes from filling your bowl with your choices, to sitting down @ your table to eat. The drinks were good, too. We found this place to be pretty reasonable for Tahoe standards.
The weather was COLD. We wore jackets during the day, and at night it dropped below freezing. After we left, the weather was supposed to warm up to the 70's.


We golfed 2 days, the day of arrival @ Edgewood. We ate @ the Clubhouse, and had the infamous Mojita. This bar is rated in the top 50 of 19th holes (that's bars ) and it was fabulous. The food was the best we had on our trip. The course was expensive to golf, and not very remarkable. Very tight.

I would most definitely go back to Lake Tahoe and stay @ Harrah's.

  • Liked — scenery
  • Disliked — prices
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Noank, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2008

I was booked at Harrah's for three nights as a conference speaker, and my husband and I were pleasantly surprised by the experience. We normally would avoid a casino hotel, but the room and the service here were first rate. The room is more like a suite, spacious with a large sitting area, big windows, and in our case, a lovely view of the lake and mountains. The two bathrooms are a real treat. There was no coffee pot in the room, but you can get one (and a refrigerator) from housekeeping at no charge. I called housekeeping twice for deliveries, and both times they were at the door almost immediately. The service throughout the hotel was prompt, friendly, and efficient. The elevators, for example, are very fast--unlike many large hotels. The climate control in the room worked just as it should--responding quickly to changes, with a wide range of comfort zones--and we were also able to open the window for fresh air at night. I appreciate that the management did not keep the public rooms overly cold--a problem in many large hotels. The one negative (aside from having to walk through the noisy casino to get in and out) is that the hotel does not particpate in the "green" movement. You have to ask not to have your linens changed every day.

  • Liked — two bathrooms
  • Disliked — the casino
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2008

To our surprise and delight we spent a very comfortable night's stay at Harrahs. For under $100 (w/AAA discount) our room had a comfortable king bed,quality bedding, nice TV, good view, 2 separate marble bath rooms, tasteful decor. NO noisy airconditioning, scratchy linens and towels. There's a Starbucks downstairs for coffee, too. Employees were very nice to deal with. Well worth the $.

  • Liked — Great quality for reasonable cost
  • Disliked — ?nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2008

Here's a hotel we'd go right back to when visiting the Lake Tahoe area.

Right on the state line you can book a wonderful spacious room that's got a luxurious feel to it. It comes with two bathrooms: one with just a shower, the other with a bath tub. And both had a little tv in it.

The bed was excellent and there's nothing about the room we didn't like. We stayed there on a week day a paid little under 100 dollars. You really get much more than you usually would get at any other chain for that price.

The buffet breakfast at the top floor was reasonably priced and there was a lot of choice. The view over the lake there was excellent, just like the food. The only downside, they opened at 8.

All in all, one of the best in Lake Tahoe!

  • Liked — luxurious spacy room
  • Disliked — breakfast buffet at 8
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2008

We phoned the (800) number for Harrah's to book our trip. When we arrived after ten hours of driving we were told that the agent who had taken our reservation had booked us for Harvey's the hotel next door, which apparently is also owned by Harrah's, though not nearly as nice. And as luck would have it Harrah's was booked for the night but they could "look" into getting us a room into Harrah's the next morning. When I asked who the agent was the clerk at the desk informed me that they could not investigate that because there was no name only two numbers next to where the agents name should be. She further explained that if you book online with them that it is customary for agents to not include names. I explained to her that we spoke with an agent at the (800) number and her response was that it appeared that the person had booked it online anyways. Unfortunately, my husband neglected to write down the person's name. So, we packed all of our luggage again into our car and drove next door. Once we checked in and took a look at our room we were surprised to find out that we had a king size bed not the two queens that we had booked. We are a close family but not that close...there is no way we would choose to sleep three across in the same bed, my husband and I, and our teenage son. We went downstairs to the front desk virtually exhausted at this point and about ready to sleep in our car. The lady at the front desk told us that they cannot guarantee rooms. I asked her how is it you offer either two queens or a kind bed if you cannot "guarantee" them. I also asked how it is families travel without a guarantee of each person having a bed? She left to speak with the manager. Once she returned she said that a two queen room had "opened" up. She went on to say that her manager said that she could book us into Harrah's for the rest of our stay. She was the most helpful of any person we had spoke with. Once at Harrah's I can honestly say that it is fairly clean, but the mini-kitchen is stocked with items that are available for your consumption but at a rather hefty price. We were told that the refrigerator is "sensitive" so if you happen to brush against something while looking you just bought it. Something we were told after our son had looked around a bit. Needless, to say we were charged a few items that we didn't consume when we left which we did not pay for. How they figure they will convince people to pay for it when they didn't drink it or eat it is ridiculous. The pictures on this site must be very old. First of all the Embassy Suites is adjacent to them on the left which is not at all depicted. Also, the room does not look anything like the pictures. It isn't filthy, but it certainly is not what you could consider up to date. Bottomline, if you do not mind the having a surprise as to which of the two hotels you will be staying at and what your room will look like then by all means book. Obviously we will never stay at Harrah's nor its affiliates. However the Embassy Suites next door looked very nice as did the Marriot. Lake Tahoe is absolutely beautiful and we will be back but next time we will stay at a family friendly place.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2008

Rooms were well thought out, spacious and spotless. The two bathrooms were handy indeed and I agree with others that the televisions waste counter space. Our family booked a suite and two additional rooms. There was an in-room coffee pot if you didn't want to go downstairs to the Starbucks in the lobby. There was also a Starbucks within walking distance. We all ordered room service breakfast which was delivered timely and was delicious. The huge bowl of fresh strawberries was a treat. One night we ate a fabulous dinner at Harvey's "19" which had an even more fabulous view. I didn't use the fitness facility this time but have in the past and it is adequate. There are also great running/walking routes along the lake across the street.

We all enjoyed our massages at the spa, however, the front desk person was vey rude and clearly did not understand the meaning of service. She had difficulty with the most simple scheduling and her demeanor and subtle fit made us most uncomfortable. Thankfully, the attendant and therapists were curteous and professional.

Harrah's booked an afternoon yacht trip for us that was absolutely spectacular. The lake was crystal clear and the boat captain and his mate really went out of their way to make us comfortable. The boat had three bathrooms and three bedrooms, plus several decks and an eating area where they provided a catered lunch. Harrah's also arranged transportation to and from for nine of us. Just be sure you check and double check their arrangements, as we did have difficulty with the host not following through. The young adults went parasailing prior to our departure. Tahoe is the best place for adventure-seeking folks.

  • Liked — Cleanliness of the rooms
  • Disliked — Rude front desk person in the spa
  • Stayed August 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 15 Highway 50, Stateline, NV 89449
Location: United States > Nevada > Lake Tahoe (Nevada) > Stateline
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Stateline
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Harrah's Lake Tahoe 4*
Number of rooms: 525
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