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“Top location, nice building, currently undergoing complete renovation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort

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Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort
Munich, Germany
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57 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Top location, nice building, currently undergoing complete renovation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort is a timeshare resort owned and operated by Diamond Resorts International. The resort occupies one of the rare top spots at lake tahoe being located just a few feet away from the lakeshore. If you are lucky enough you get one of the few rooms with a lake view. The resort is currently (2013/2014) being renovated completely and the rooms are upgraded to the new Diamond standard. We had a Deluxe studio. The "Deluxe" in front of any room description currently refers to the fact whether the unit has already been upgraded or not. The studios are on the small side compared to other resorts but we did not mind at all. However if you plan to use the kitchenette for breakfast, lunch or dinner, I would recommend to book a 1 bedroom unit instead. The resort offers many amenities such as Wi-Fi, pools, bar, restaurant, Concergie service, pool table and more. During the renovations valet parking was mandatory which was understandable as self-parking would have created a big mess with the construction using the majority of the available parking spaces. Valet parking is free of charge for owners so we did not mind at all. Of course the ongoing construction was bothersome at times, but we were lucky enough to get a unit which was not facing the construction site. I could have cared less anyways as - probably because of the ongoing construction - the units were deeply discounted if you booked them using your points. My entire week in the Deluxe studio cost me about $100 worth in points - so no complaints here. If you are not an owner and they do not offer discounts I would wait until the renovations are completed - but then you definitely have to stay at this wonderful property!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We stayed in a two bedroom lock-off from Tuesday, July 15 - Saturday, July 19, 2014. We used my mom's timeshare points that we booked in Dec 2013. I'm sure they were full as it was during the American Century Celebrity golf tournament at Edgewood Golf course about 1.5 miles away. We ended up on the first floor facing the valet parking - not ideal, but the interior accommodations were so nice, it was fine. We actually liked not having to use the elevator to get around. When I called a few days before our stay, I was told the pool was now open, which was a wonderful unexpected plus! - as all communication regarding our stay prepared us for its closure. The valet parking staff was good and friendly. They have been at this for a while as the renovations have been going on for a long time. They run the parking very well. The garage isn't far away if you want to get your keys and access your car yourself (opposite corner of the hotel on Ski run Blvd between hwy 50 and paradise ave) The rooms are nice. Kitchens equipped. Loved using the free full size washers and dryers as we had already been on the road for 5 days when we arrived here. Wifi worked well. Never received a time share sales pitch - probably because we were staying on points. Parking and Wifi were also included since we were staying on points. Otherwise parking is $20/day. Not sure what wifi would cost. We used the grills - 4 nice gas weber ones on the front lawns. We walked to the golf tournament, Blue dog pizza and Nephele's. Great sidewalks/paths for getting around on foot or exercise. There is beach area to hang out on. The sand is more pebble-like than soft. It is shallow out front for a long way out.
Construction is still going on which makes the front entrance, some sidewalks and courtyards inaccessible. All areas are well labeled. The loudest area we experienced was by the pool. Construction noise was never occurring outside of work hours.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Lake Mary, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This hotel was a huge disappointment in all areas. The price was $300 for a studio. I assumed that this price was higher than normal due to the holiday weekend. The room was very small and looked out to a rooftop. The kitchenette was very limited. The room was clean. When we entered, there was no access except through a construction entrance. There was a trailer set up for valet parking. It was complete chaos as the power was out and a very loud generator was running to operate emergency lighting throughout the resort. The check in staff was overwhelmed in every way and frazzled. We arrived at about 3:30pm and did not have any power until almost 8pm. The air conditioning and the television never worked. No hot water without power, of course. The swimming pool was jammed and there were no open chairs anywhere in the public areas. The location of the resort is good in regards to lake access.

Room Tip: A room with a balcony overlooking the lake would be nice.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Diamond R, Manager at Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort, responded to this review, July 15, 2014
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort would like to provide our sincere apologies for the inconvenience of the Friday, July 4th power outage that affected our resort and most businesses along US Hwy 50 through South Lake Tahoe. Unfortunately, one of our preferred alternate sources for energy was a part of the concerns you mentioned. Our emergency generator, which is located in the back parking lot was running to generate power to our buildings so we could limit inconvenience to our guests. We deeply apologize for the disruptive noise you heard but, we feel it is imperative that we continue to be prepared for power outages and winter storms for the safety of everyone here. Crews quickly and safely completed the necessary repairs by 6:30pm that evening and all power was restored. If notified, our front desk and maintenance team would have been more than happy to address any issues that arose from your room such as, the air conditioning unit and television or looked into relocating you to a more preferable unit. We regret not being given the opportunity to address this with you during your stay. There is no shortage of reasons why our resort is great for families traveling with their little ones during the summer season however due to the demand of our suites during the summer months the rates are higher and the amenities can get a bit crowded. It is our sincere hope that you will consider returning to our hotel in the near future, so we can show you the level of hospitality we are known for and allow us the opportunity to turn this negative experience into a positive memorable one
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Room and location good but resort still under renovation, so if you want a nice room, one bedroom nice with a full kitchen, or a studio with kitchenette(still better than a normal hotel room), but don't need the pool or full restaurant. Then this might work for you. The casino's and heavenly valley resort a mile and a half away. Access to lake rentals / Tahoe Queen large paddle boat and other beach activities lakeside right behind hotel. Several restaurants within walking distance. Renovations should get completed by end of summer in stages for pool and common area---consider calling if you have any concerns.

Room Tip: Had a second floor room -- no noise from above or below...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Manila, Philippines
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32 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a time-sharing hotel and certainly a great place to stay when in South Lake Tahoe.
Rooms are big, bathrooms are huge. Kitchen has all the gadgets to prepare meals and decor is nothing fancy or obnoxious.
Beds are very comfy and clean.
Great place to stay!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Phoenix, Arizona
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289 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

My brothers and I stayed here for a couple of days, and we had a great time!

Yes, there is still construction going on, but we knew that going in. We ended up getting a 2-bedroom unit. This was actually 2 separate living areas with access to both quarters from a main hallway entrance. Let me explain better: When you use your key card to enter the rooms from the hallway, you find yourself in a small vestibule room. On one side is the door leading to one room; you still need a key card to enter this room. This room had 2 beds, its own bathroom and a kitchenette. From the vestibule you also have access to the other room (key card required), which is the main component of the 2-bedroom suite. This area is comprised of a full kitchen, living room, bathroom, and a king-size bed. It also had a nice balcony.

Part of the “hassle” of staying at this resort is that it is a timeshare property. Believe me, the mission of the staff, along with making your stay as comfortable as possible, is to get you to buy. Hey, I understand: it’s a business and they are going to sell, sell, sell. As when dealing with any salesperson, if you are not interested, immediately say, “No, Thank you,” in a confident, firm voice and move on. They will not physically stop you. As long as you did not sign up for a tour, you’re not obligated to do anything. If you were lured in by the freebies and did commit yourself to enduring a tour, then you must grin and bear the sales pitch.

This place is right next to the marina, so if you are interested in going for a ride on the Tahoe Queen paddlewheel ship, or renting some jet skis or other water craft, you can walk there right from your room.

The shops at Heavenly Village are also only a mile away, making it an easy 20 minute stroll if you do not wish to drive around town.

Check-out time of 10 AM is pretty early, so be ready for that (I had asked the previous day for a later time and obtained an 11 AM check-out. The key is to ask in advance, and not the morning of your departure).

PS: There is a $20 resort/parking fee PER NIGHT (unless you are a timeshare owner)

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Lake Forest, California
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345 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 885 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This resort is large and is located just outside of main downtown. It is centrally located near McDonalds and a shopping center across the street. The rooms were large and very comfortable. I'm not sure if this is available as a hotel or a timeshare. Hopefully the construction is done and the parking is better.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort
Address: 901 Ski Run Blvd, CA 96150
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Lake Tahoe (California)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 364
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort puts you amid the setting for the vacation of a lifetime. Come each season, you will find different scenery, not to mention a variety of different seasonal activities. It's hard to imagine anything could beat the views and variety you get when you plan your visit to beautiful South Lake Tahoe, California. This is an area built around the reason for the breathtaking panorama, Lake Tahoe, America's largest Alpine lake. From sight to touch, you will revel in the wonders of the sapphire-blue water of the lake, perfectly situated right at the base of the stunning, snow-capped mountain peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. ... more   less 
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