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“The place to stay IF you are in Minden”
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Carson Valley Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Minden
Miami, Florida
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49 reviews
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“The place to stay IF you are in Minden”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

Minden is a small town, there is little to do. Staying in this hotel will give you stuff to do at night. It is also very conveniently located next to nice restaurants and a winery. Food from the hotel restaurants was also cheap and not bad.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

We have been coming to the Carson Valley on and off for 7 years or so to visit family. Up until the last few years, when the fine Holiday Inn Express joined the hotel scene, the Carson Valley Inn was just about the only decent hotel option while visiting family. And you got both what you paid for and the lack of decent local competition would imply: a smokey, smelly, worn and depressing casino hotel with decrepit furniture, cathode-ray televisions, and the very cheapest bathroom and amenities. Recently, no doubt to address the challenge presented by the clean, modern, smoke-free Holiday Inn, with pillow-top beds and complimentary breakfast, the CVInn has been renovating their property. Unfortunately, even as return guests we were unable to secure one of these renovated rooms on our recent holiday stay.
The room was advertised as 'non-smoking'. But when the CVInn promises that, it promises just that. The strong smell of tobacco smoke (and indeed, possibly the smoke itself) frequently wafted into our room from the main hallway. While the old bed and television has been replaced, even in the 'non-renovated' rooms, our room remained sub-par.
The staff and service of the CV Inn is friendly and competent enough. But if your main focus is on local recreation or a family visit and if you are even mildly offended by, or allergic to, cigarette smoke, I caution you to investigate other options. The Holiday Inn, as I mention, is a good alternative, though it does tend to come in more expensive than the CV Inn. You may not regret paying up for it, though.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the recently renovated rooms, away from smoking rooms and as far away from the casino...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Roseville, California
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

I ,and my friends, spend two days at this hotel. Best hotel in the area, stuff were very friendly, professional and helpful, rooms very clean nice remodeled and comfortable. Indoor pool, hot tub is a plus, we enjoyed swimming more at the hotel than hot springs, which is with in 5 min.Great Location close to everything.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

I have stayed here several times over the past 10 or so years. My most recent stay was in a deluxe room. It was spacious, updated with contemporary furnishings, comfortable bed and very clean. Staff accommodated my request for a late check out, however cleaning staff kept coming into the room even though my "do not disturb" tag was hanging from the door. Paper was provided each day of stay. This used to be a common thing at hotels, but for the past few years seems to be getting rare. It was a nice touch. Room tempature was a little warm and in room controls did not help much in lowering the tempature (air blowing was not cold).

At at Katie's, on site cafe, a few times. Food was good and reasonably priced. Beer selections at bars not expansive but decent.

Despite some small shortcomings, I recommend this recently upgraded hotel.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Newbury Park
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

We had a small family reunion in Gardnerville, Minden and Tahoe on Sept. 17th. We booked a couple of Deluxe Queen Rooms at the Carson Vallen Inn - hotel side, and were very pleased with these wonderfully remodeled rooms. Comfortable beds, nice flat-screen TV, and very nicely appointed, functional appointments in the room and bathroom. The clear, warm late summer weather added to the visit. Huge delicious breakfasts served in Katie's Country Kitchen. Every employee was friendly and helpful, even with a great Country Star concert (Collin Raye) onsite on our Friday arrival date!

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for a remodeled room in the hotel and not the motor lodge.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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california
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

We just returned from spending 3 days at the Carson Valley Inn and we were very pleased with the Inn. I have been in the hotel business for over 30 years and know something special when I see it.

Every single employee that we came into contact with was pleasant and professional and made us feel appreciated. We were always greeted with a smile and the friendly atmosphere was great.

We stayed in Room 234 and it was spotless! Housekeeping obviously has been trained to pay attention to the details and it shows. (Please don't forget to tip your housekeeper, they work hard!)

We were there with a golf group, so we only had breakfast at Katies, which was good, friendly service all mornings and breakfast was cooked properly.

We did attend a private group dinner and it also exceeded my expectations. My salmon was moist and delicious and the bartender (Justin?) took good care of all of our thirsty group.

We even won while playing in the casino! Again, the dealers were quite friendly and nice to chat with, the way they treated each other, it seemed like they were all family. Such a nice atmosphere to be in!

This is an excellent choice for your stay in the Minden area, if you have half the great service we received, you won't be diswappointed. See you next year, if I can wait that long!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Cayucos, California
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

The cleanest room around and Katies cafe really takes care of you.

Room Tip: Well off 395 so noise is not an issue.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Carson Valley Inn

Property: Carson Valley Inn
Address: 1627 US Highway 395 North, Minden, NV 89423-4323
Location: United States > Nevada > Minden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Minden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Carson Valley Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 223
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Carson Valley Inn is a full service hotel/casino located in Minden, Nevada 15 miles south of Carson City and 20 minutes from world class skiing at Heavenly at Tahoe. We are 25 minutes from the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. The Carson Valley Inn has been completely remodeled in the last 5 years. Our casino features table games, live poker, 600 slots and Race and Sports Book. We have two lounges, one with free live entertainment nightly. Our main hotel features a pool, spas, business center and fitness facility. WE have free Wifi. For our value conscious guests we have a motor lodge adjacent to the main hotel. We also have an RV Resort featuring full hook-ups and shower facilities. There is a laundromat. Restaurants: In CV Steak, enjoy great dining, exceptional value and a comfortable atmosphere perfect for a special occasion, casual gathering with friends, or a let's-not-cook-tonight escape. Katie's Country Kitchen, our 24-hour coffee shop has a comfortable atmosphere, generous menu selections, and value-packed specials that makes this restaurant a favorite among locals and hotel and RV park guests. Katie's Nightly Dinner Specials. Stop by Job's Perk for morning coffee, pastries, sandwiches, afternoon snacks and wine. The Carson Valley Inn has 6000 square feet of meeting space and TJ's Corral is our concert venue featuring some of the biggest names in country and rock & roll. ... more   less 
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