This property sits high up on the mountain and contains 302 units within several very tall towers. The buildings are huge multi-story towers, many rooms have views down into the valley. Both weeks were Interval International trades for us with the first week being a bonus-week (in what is called a lock-out hotel-style room) and the second one being an exchange into a very big one-bedroom unit. The resort is about 30 years old.
The complex has just about anything you could want: great hiking trails between the Nagle buildings, tennis clinics at no cost (limited to 8 people per class so call recreation ASAP to sign up Friday morning as soon as the sheets come out because the openings rapidly fill up), a full-sized fitness room with loads of equipment, handball courts, shuffle board courts, basketball, pools, miniature golf, cooking demonstrations (we were there for a salad demo), wine tasting ($15 pp and 6 different tastes with a nice explanation of the different wines), and a full service restaurant with limited hours of operation.
The lock-out was equipped with a king-size bed, very ample bathroom with double basins, a bar sink in the bedroom with a microwave and a small 34" high frig which did not keep things very cold. There are barbeques on the 3rd floor deck of the Plaza building. The assortment of dishes was limited (no bowls, no wine glasses, no soup/cereal spoons, no wine cork extractor, no can opener, no bottle opener, no sharp knife) and there is only one small crank-out window for ventilation. The maintenance person had to come and unhook the chain on the window so we could crank it open a little bit more. It was incredibly hot in that room and everywhere in that whole building; room temperatures easily exceeded the high 80's day and night, even with 3 fans running constantly and the hallway door propped open with our suitcase. The fans sounded like a waterfall (think Niagara Falls) and it was difficult to sleep. There is no air conditioning in any of the guest rooms in this complex. We moved a night stand in front of the window and put a fan on that to pull moreutside air in. An ironing board propped the drape open (window is on the non-opening side of the drapery assembly). The room also has a small round table and 2 chairs. Guest laundry is in another building but it is complimentary and worth the little walk.
Week number 2 was spent in a very generously proportioned one bedroom in the Cascade building and the one bedrooms come have a full kitchen with everything you would need. Two barbeques are up on the top deck. The kitchen and bathroms are very dated but we understand from reading outher reviews that there is a remodeling project underway and these rooms will be updated in the future. The furnishings were charmingly lodge-inspired and the quality was very good. If these rooms do undergo a remodel in the future, we would hope that the high quality of furnishings would be maintained. Laundry is on each floor (complimentary).
The Ridge has an agreement with the BlueGo bus service and you can ride for free (non Ridge bus users pay $2 pp). If you take the bus to the Transit Facility, you are very, very close to the center of town where you can catch the gondola for a great ride up the mountain to the ski lifts (even in the summer) and hiking and lots of fun activities and great views. The cost is $$ but worth it. If a storm blows in, the trip is cut short (as ours was) and you can go to their customer service desk and ask about a refund or a return trip another day. We were up on the lift when a lightning storm was making its way over (it was 20+ miles out at the time and moving fast) and everyone got moved off the mountain with no problems. Also, the Base Line Pizza Company is near by (worth searching it out) and they had the best pizza we'd eaten outside of Italy. The fire roasted vegetable pizza was truly excellent. The Raley's grocery store is near by and within walking distance of the transit facility.
If you get off the bus at the County offices (one stop before the end of the route which is the transit facility), you can cross the street for a wonderful walk through a meadow path, down to Nevada Beach. On weekends, it is packed and there is a person who rents kayaks and pedal boats. Many of the beaches in South Lake Tahoe are private so it is especially nice to find a large public beach with restrooms, barbeque pits, and RV camp sites.
We have been told by maintenance and housekeeping staff that the temperatures have been heating up considerably over the past 17 years and, although this was originally built as a ski resort (super-close to ski lifts), it is a year-round destination now. As the owners and management go forward with the remodel and update efforts, may I suggest that they take out the baseboard electric heating in at least one of the guest rooms and install the hotel style under-window a/c & heat combo units? The Cascade building was one of the coolest buildings (based on conversations with maintenance) but some buildings are real ovens and border on unhealthful. The upper pool near the Cascade building needs some work; the deck is lifting away from the tile and there is a large gap between those areas, which has evidence of past caulk repairs (this is near the 3' bump-out). I only used this pool once (it was pretty cold, even in July) and did not use the other pools.
Although their literature says the check-out time is 10 a.m. and, if you don't check-out in time, a charge of $20 per hour will be incurred, we saw so very, very many people checking out well after 11 a.m. (some closer to noon) during our entire 2 week stay. We think this piece of written information must have been changed now but just didn't get revised in their literature.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ridge Tahoe sits high atop the Sierra's at 7,300 feet above sea level. Views are of the Carson Valley some 3,000 feet below and of the mountains. The property is spread out over 11 acres and connects with Heavenly Valley's Nevada, Stagecoach Lodge. Our on-site skier express lift provides free transportation directly to the stagecoach lift. Shuttle service is provided at no charge to and from the casino's in Stateline. Our property offers two bedroom suites, sleeping 6-8, one bedroom suites, sleeping four and deluxe hotel units, sleeping 2-4 guests. All two and one bedroom suites have full kitchens and fireplaces. Our 45,000 sq. feet clubhouse is the center piece of the resort where guests can enjoy all the amenities of a full service resort. Spa, Recreation, dining, deli, market place, concierge services, business center, full fitness center, 4 tennis courts (one in-door), two swimming pools (one in-door), BBQ's, Ping pong, full kids club program, guided hikes, rock climbing, snow shoeing and much more! The best part of the Ridge Tahoe is our people, we care very much about our guests and their vacation experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ridge Tahoe Hotel Stateline
- Ridge Tahoe Hotel Lake
- The Ridge Tahoe Lake Tahoe (Nevada)/Stateline, NV