We stayed at the Rustic Cottages for a family reunion for 2 nights in July. We stayed in the Manzanita, a charming little cottage, perfect for our family of 4 that includes 2 teens. The cottage looks like a rustic cabin but it is very clean, and housekeeping was excellent. We loved the cozy feel of the cottage and getting to the gorgeous lake beach across the street was a piece of cake. It's a great change from the cookie cutter hotels like Marriott and Holiday Inn. It's locally owned and the staff does a great job trying to accommodate guests. I was a little worried booking the cottage after reading the four negative reviews, but we found our stay nothing short of FABULOUS! All of the 40+ "very good" and "excellent" reviews are more on the money! When we arrived were were pleasantly greeted by the owner and his wife who go above and beyond in service. Another front desk staff member, Cathy, was incredibly helpful and friendly, too. We loved the coffee, muffins, juice, and waffles in the am and the lemonade and fresh, homemade brownies and cookies in the afternoon. Also, we got simple free souvenir coffee mugs from the Rustic Cottages - nice touch. In the evenings, the staff recommended convenient nearby food options - go with the owner suggested pizza (I think it was called CiCi's Pizza) - NOT China Wok like we chose although we were warned. Rustic Cottages staff also let us borrow (free) movies to play back in the room, and we did turn on our cute fire place even though it was not too chilly at night just for atmosphere and to make the cottage even cozier. In the mornings we found that there were hiking/running trails just up Agatam (part of North Lake Tahoe Regional Parks) which was much better than exercising on the road like many runners do. Overall it was a very pleasant stay and we highly recommend this to those guests looking for comfort, convenience and friendliness.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in Tahoe Vista, California, Rustic Cottages Resort and Motel consists of two properties with over 35 rooms and three full-sized houses available for rent. The rooms are comprised of suites, stand-alone cottages and duplex cabins. With a variety of floor plans, we have warm, clean and cozy options to meet the needs of any sized family! Originally the sawmill and labor camp of the Brockway Lumber Company, the property was converted to vacation cottages in 1925. Our cottages are all different--each with its own charm and modern conveniences. The Rustic Cottages is centrally located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, across the street from the lake--and just a stone's throw away from a sandy beach and the water's edge. We're just minutes from great restaurants, shopping, North Shore casinos, and the worlds best skiing. All Cottages Include:-Romantic Benicia Iron Beds with comfortable Serta mattresses with nice linens-Microwave Oven-Refrigerator-Televisions with HBO and Video Tape/DVD Players-Coffee Maker-Porch with Benicia Patio Furniture. Many Cottages Include:-Fireplace-Kitchen, Little Extras Included With Your Stay:-A Continental breakfast of homemade muffins, waffles, orange juice and coffee in our lodge every morning;-Homemade treats, such as chocolate chip cookies, candy and brownies;-Souvenir Rustic Cottage mugs;-Over 500 movies on DVD and video tape for our guests to borrow;-Free high-speed WiFi;-Firewood for cottages with wood-burning fireplaces;-Barbeque grills for our guests to borrow...-Croquet set to borrow, and a horseshoe pit;-Sleds, discs and snowshoes to borrow in the winter season;-If you're looking for ultra-modern Lake Tahoe accommodations, this may not be the place for you. But make no mistake, the cottages are clean, comfortable and the Rustic Cottages is a very friendly special place to stay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rustic Cottages Hotel Tahoe Vista