I recently stayed one night at the Cal-Neva after finding the hotel on the internet. If you look at the photos of the "resort and spa", you'll think it's a beautiful hotel and a bargain. Not sure what room they took a photo of to put on their website, but it most DEFINITELY was not the room I stayed in. I'll start with the appearance of the parking lot - make sure you have a car that can handle huge holes as the parking lot leaves a lot to be desired. The paint on the outside is peeling. Weeds growing in the rain gutters. Needless to say, the outside did not make me want to enter but I did anyhow. The hotel does have some slot machines, etc. and must have allowed smoking at some point recently because it smelled of smoke immediately upon entry. Staff at the front desk were friendly and fast. My room was on the 4th floor and smelled of cigarettes as well. The room was dingy and ugly. Wallpaper peeling off the walls. Furniture that must have been there for decades. I did not use the shower as I preferred to drive straight home to shower in my own shower so I can't speak of the water pressure or the effectiveness of the shower in general. The walls are thin. Expect to be able to hear people walking down the hallways - and to hear those who are above you on the next floor. I arrived around 3pm on a Saturday. The restaurant was closed as was the gift shop (which looked horrible anyhow) so my options for something to tide me over until dinner (since I had not eaten since 8am)? Vending machines in the arcade where the kids were playing. The bed was relatively comfortable as were the pillows on the bed. Bedspread was one of those gross, multi-color, poly bedspreads you've seen on every horror news show which made me immediately strip it off. If you have nowhere else to stay, this isn't horrible. (I stayed at the hotel across the road 2 years ago and it did make this place look like a resort so I HAVE stayed at worse.) Just do not expect that it is a "resort and spa" nor that the photos on their website are an accurate representation of the hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Cal-Neva Hotel Crystal Bay
- Cal Neva Lodge
- Cal-Neva Resort Spa And Casino Crystal Bay, Lake Tahoe (Nevada)