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post #1 of 14
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Going to be in south lake tahoe jan 27-29,skiing at heavenly ,need a resonably priced hotel, for 4, 2 rooms, any decent places to stay?

then going to reno til feb 1st need a decent place there for two guys-2 beds

any info is greatly appreciated

post #2 of 14

There are two Marriott properties right at the base of the gondola. Also, the Stardust Lodge which is less expensive than the Marriotts, but still in perfect location, is right across the street from the Heavenly gondola. These are all timeshare properties, but available to be booked on Orbitz, etc. The advantage to them is having kitchen facilities. Although the studios maybe just have kitchenettes. The renovated units at Stardust are very nice even though you might not expect from what appears to be a "dive" type motel.   I believe the renovated units are usually given to renters. That's what I was told last year by an owner I was chatting with in the hot tub. There's a fun hot tub and pool in the front you can look up at the mountain in the evening. It's beautiful at dusk when the lights come up on the boulevard. The Marriott is very nice, but more expensive. Then, of course, there are the casinos which would be a longer walk or bus ride, but cheaper. 

post #3 of 14

Try The Grand Sierra resort In Reno,

 

They always seem to have some deal going

post #4 of 14

The Marriott properties are the nicest ( the American Ski Co. ran out of money while building the properties).   Harvey's and Harrah's have decent rooms close to the lifts.  The advantages of the casinos is gambling, shows, the buffets and things to do without going outside.  The disadvantages are obvious: gambling and smoke (it is NV after all).

 

 I would avoid the Horizon since the buffet is an embarrassment and the rooms are dated.  The magic show (if it is still there) is entertaining, and the movie theatres are OK. The Lakeside Inn and Casino does not impress me at all.  Avoid it.   I never stayed at the other larger hotels preferring timeshare properties.  I would avoid Reno unless you want to drive back and forth each day.  It will be much easier (and more expensive) to stay near the lifts.  

 

Note 1: Check the casino hotels directly for package deals. If you don't have tickets the deals can be good.   Room rates vary during the winter based upon demand.  A room can cost $49 one night and $200 a few nights later (really).  Renting timeshare properties offer the advantage of being able to cook in your room.

 

Note 2: Harvey's and Harrah's have decently sized rooms for $55-$66 on up for the dates you want to ski.  This is a dirt cheap alternative to the $180 -$250+ at the Marriott (although not as nice).  If there is lots of snow, those cheap room rates could easily triple with demand.


Edited by quant2325 - 12/2/13 at 10:45am
post #5 of 14

I always stay at the casinos. I don't gamble (not tempted, besides usually too tired) so it doesn't really bother me. They all have separate entrance for the hotel. 

 

The only reason I can think of to stay in Reno is if you plan to ski Mt Rose (a perfectly good reason). I pick the cheapest casino I could find from any online search site. Been paying between $19.99 (mid-week)to $39.99 (weekend). All have perfectly clean room of very generous size, pool and hot tub are standard amenities. 

 

For food at Reno, I usually hit the buffet at Atlantis. (I suppose one can stay there too, though a bit more expensive)

post #6 of 14

Well gee:

 

I wouldn't stay at any of the places recommended so far, especially any of the casinos, if you gave me a free room and paid me.

 

Try the Alpenrose.

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by stevescho View Post
 

Well gee:

 

I wouldn't stay at any of the places recommended so far, especially any of the casinos, if you gave me a free room and paid me.

 

Try the Alpenrose.


If you have the spare cash to pay extra for lodging on top of the lift tickets, all the power to you!

 

Some of us however, will be tempted to sleep in the car and put the cash towards one extra days of lift ticket (or an extra day of no pay leave to go skiing)

post #8 of 14

I've stayed at the Embassy Suites several times and at Harrahs. Both are great and Embassy has free breakfast and free happy hour drinks. Both are within walking distance to he Gondola.

post #9 of 14
The Driftwood Inn was the absolute worst dive I ever stayed at, in the world. It made the hostel in Mumbai look like a palace.
post #10 of 14

I've stayed at the Embassy Suites (what's being referred to as the "Marriott properties"), and have had nothing but good luck. Nice rooms, good breakfast and fall out the door onto the Heavenly gondola.

post #11 of 14

We have stayed at the Aston Lakeland Resort in South Lake it is near Heavenly, not really walking distance but a short car ride. They also have free shuttle service. The units are nice but not lavish. The one we stayed in had a full but small kitchen. We were able to find groupon's for killer deals ~80 a night and they seem to run deals regularly. We will be staying there again for sure.

 

The 968 Park Hotel is also pretty basic but nice. Again, not lavish but enough and really close to the gondola you can walk to any destination in south lake right from the hotel. Units were basic hotel rooms with minimal extras no kitchen. Happy hour beers are only 3 bucks and they seem to have live bands playing often. Overall, plane jane but killer deal and nice.

post #12 of 14

I would book a room using a site like hotwire. The Casinos are centrally located. There's many other motel type places, some look pretty rough and some are surprisingly decent. Read reviews before pulling the trigger on one of these places

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
 

I've stayed at the Embassy Suites (what's being referred to as the "Marriott properties"), and have had nothing but good luck. Nice rooms, good breakfast and fall out the door onto the Heavenly gondola.

 

I should have been more specific rather than just saying the "Marriott properties".  I was referring to the "Grand Residences by Marriott" and "Marriott's Timber Lodge", both of which are accessible from the gondola plaza. Embassy Suites are Hilton properties. But, I don't know if there is one in South Lake Tahoe. I think there was one down the street toward the casinos, but it might be something else now. I have never stayed there.

 

This is the Grand Residences. The Timber Lodge is opposite on the right side of the gondola. 

 

 

Here's the view of the Timber Lodge:

 

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Kim View Post
 

 

I should have been more specific rather than just saying the "Marriott properties".  I was referring to the "Grand Residences by Marriott" and "Marriott's Timber Lodge", both of which are accessible from the gondola plaza. Embassy Suites are Hilton properties. But, I don't know if there is one in South Lake Tahoe. I think there was one down the street toward the casinos, but it might be something else now. I have never stayed there.

 

Unfortunately, the Hilton dropped the Embassy from their properties last year due to the continued demise of convention business in SLT.  It is now the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel.

I'll miss it since I stayed there for free at least 6 times on my HHonors points.

 

The new hotel would still be a good choice though.

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