My wife and I stayed at the BBI for four nights in mid July. After reading so many good reviews on TA we had pretty high expectations - some were met while others fell short.
For the most part this inn and property is beautiful and worth the rates they charge, but we found the owners to appear stressed out and not as friendly as we wanted them to be. Anyone staying here should be made aware that check-in time is after 3:00 but before 6:00. This is a pretty small window. We arrived around 6:20 and felt rushed by one of the owners as he was literally waiting in the paking lot for us to arrive so that he could direct us to park in a handicapped parking space to hurry check in. This 'rush us through' begining set a bad tone for our stay.
At check in we were upgraded to a cabin, which was really appreciated and unexpected. The room was big but the decor was very unusual. Although the furnishings could be called antiques, it looked more to us like old junk. Not our style I guess.
Breakfasts were varied yet superb every morning. Each day the dishes and silverware were different also- nice touch. Those staying in cabins can have breakfast delivered if desired - also nice.
Our spa/hot tub experience wasn't the best. Both times there we were startled by finding huge centipeeds in the water, brushing up against us while we were enjoying the spa momenet. Although dead, these 4 inch long creepy things totally ruined the mood. One that I threw out next to the spa stayed there our entire visit next to a dozen or more unsightly bottles of spa chemicals. Come on guys, buy a cabinet or rustic old trunk to store these chemicals. Leaving them lying around is tacky.
Although we most likely won't return, the experience was about 87 out of 100 - which is really pretty good, but it should have been better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Black Bear Lodge is a unique lodging experience in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. With five guest rooms in the main lodge and four spacious cabins, our accommodations are perfect for a romantic getaway or a family reunion. We are ideally located just moments from the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe and the slopes of Heavenly Mountain – walking distance to some of the best restaurants in town. No expense was spared during the construction of the property. Hand hewn logs and meticulously crafted river rock gas fireplaces highlight every room. The one-acre property is fully landscaped with flower gardens and Tahoe’s famous pine trees. We’ll make sure you leave fueled for your day with fresh baked pastries, organic yogurt bar and locally roasted coffee – included with every reservation. After a day skiing, biking, hiking, kayaking, parasailing enjoy a soak in our in-ground spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Black Bear Hotel South Lake Tahoe