We’ve been to (South Lake) Tahoe often enough to have a fair idea of what’s what with hotels of different categories.
There are a several places rated one-star which are adequate but basic. This time there were two of us and we really wanted a restful getaway with decent sleeping and cooking facilities.
It was on the weekend at the end of the ‘spring-break’ ie the weekend following Easter and we reckoned to be able to get that at a reasonable rate. We did check sites like Expedia before traveling and so we knew that there were plenty vacancies all over SLT.
We had also previously been to 3 Peaks with somewhat mixed results but my traveling companion wanted to give it another try.
The most immediately obvious change is the reception area with a new bright clean look. It has a much more business like feel and echoes some of the modern lines seen in Palm Springs boutique hotels. No big surprise then to discover that 3 Peaks is under new management and that Chris Oliver the new manager has very recently arrived from …. guess what, a boutique hotel in Palm Springs.
The young, mainly male, reception staff create a fresh dynamic atmosphere at 3 Peaks and Chris exhibited his potential as a good manager by personally working through a series of options with us till we negotiated a deal on our exact requirements ie a two bed suite with full kitchen and large lounge facilities. It was very clear that he has his focus firmly on the bottom line and was just not about to let a decent two-night booking walk out the door.
As an aside, - or rather downside- there is a snooker room adjacent to the reception area but not isolated from it.. These things rarely attract the type of clientele that this hotel ought to be seeking but they do take up a lot of space and generate a lot of noise. Chris might do well to consider getting rid of the table which hogs so much space and instead provide some comfortable chairs to make a quiet pleasant lounge setting for guests.
Our rooms were made ready within the hour and were clean with all kitchen cutlery, utensils and details down to a small bottle of dish-wash detergent in place. Towels were good quality, plentiful and replaced by a cheery chambermaid the following day. Our suite had 3 big TV's all with a full range of channels plus a DVD player in the lounge - all electrical items were in good working order.
The new management has a major task ahead in upgrading the very dated furnishings in a wide variety of room styles and designs at 3 Peaks.
There are some 4 blocks of rooms, all different- and in common with much of the building in the district they are of wood construction with robust floor coverings on stairways etc to cope with heavy ski boots and wet snowboard style equipment being carried in and out daily.
For this reason as well, allowance has to be made for a lot of noise, often early in the morning, as people ready themselves for a day on the slopes.
Similarly, room furnishings are all quite dated and heavy in style with carved wood fixtures (right down to horrendous toilet roll holders) and heavy, but comfortable, armchairs and settees. Pretty much a maintenance nightmare I would have thought and it will require a lot of imagination, time and money to update the hotel.
We left 3 Peaks having had two comfortable nights and with an optimistic feel that this new management can bring dynamism to a property in a great location and with year round potential but which is beginning to show its age
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