1862 David Walley's Hot Springs Resort and Spa
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... During our 2 night stay we took a big paddle boat out onto Lake Tahoe. The lake is the 2nd biggest alpine lake in the world and gave great views of the surrounding snowy mountains.
We also took a gondola up to the top of the main mountain to the big ski resort to see the great views over the lake.
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... I came and heres what I think I remember. it is the largest freshwater alpine lake in the country and it is the second deepest freshwater lake in the country (numero uno is crater lake right there in Oregon...yay PNW)
To demonstrate how ignorant I am, when Savannah told me they were going to lake Tahoe I thought no I don't want to go to a brown dusty looking reservoir by las vegas. I was thinking lake mead, which ...
Started out as a bright sunny day. By one pm the area is covered in a pall of haze and smoke from a huge fire in the Yosemite area. It's around 200 miles south of here but you can smell smoke and there are bits of ash in the air. The sun ...
Weather still clear and hot. So dull.
Went for drive round Lake Tahoe past Emerald Bay. Very pretty. Had a lovely lunch at the West Bay Inn which sits on the lake edge. Could have stayed all day. Plans for next few days include paddle steamer trip on the water. Yesterday went on a cable car trip up Heavenly Mountain. The second part was a chair lift to the top ...
... recitations, all deadpan of course, with a poem about his diapered pet chicken, and quips such as “We thought we had a problem when our town streaker told us he was quitting, but we persuaded him to stick it out for another year.” Tony Argento does humor too, but includes patriotic and serious performances in his repertoire, such as the Gettysburg Address. I heard him do ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews 1862 David Walley's Hot Springs Resort and Spa Genoa
Walley'sIts wonderful - its away from the world, but still close to so many things.....Lots of fun.First, the spa. First, they are mineral baths (natural). The swimming pool is wonderful and warm. Very nice and fun. Families were having fun here; adults could sit in the mineral baths and soak away their troubles. The greatest thing is looking up at the High Sierra Mountains - what a view. It is wonderful, relaxing, and truly beautiful spot. Some of the reviews have complained about the "spa" - its because they cannot bare to look up and see the beautiful mountains; the wonderful view of the valley; and the wonderful cheerfulness of the place. Its great.In terms of the rooms - they're nice condo style with a nice fireplace; nice porches; and nice beds. The best thing is the large jet tub where you can relax again after a wonderful day of gambling, mountain biking, crusing Lake Tahoe, hiking, skiiing, mountain biking; and about anything else you can think of.The greatest thing about Walleys' is you can bring your "refreshments" to your condo and have a very luxurious but inexpensive vacation. If you decide however to take advantage of the wonderful buffets, lunches, brunches, etc - then you can dine on site or take a very short drive to the Lake Tahoe area, Carson City, or for an hour drive Reno. Wonderful location...quiet to get away from it, but within a short drive to all the action.Its also historic - which brings a lot of enchantment to this vacation.
My wife and I stayed here for a week in July 2003. When we arrived we realized there was a wedding that weekend. Staff seemed frantic and unorganized. When we finally got our room, it was a little dissapointing. There was obvious wear and tear. I was there on a time share exchange, we have a 5 star time share, this was deifnitely not comparable. In July it is over 100 degrees everyday day and still fairly warm at night. Two nights the air conditioning went out in the whole building, once for about 4 hours. Also the hot springs seemed old and in need of some touch up. These may be some random occurances, but by the sound of the other reviews this resort needs some work. Proceed with caution. The nicest facet we experienced was the restaurant. The food was superb. As far as the surrounding area, your only hope is Lake Tahoe which is a solid 25 minute drive over the mountain. A little sketchy after dark.
Have spent several weeks, Summer, Spring, and Fall and truly love this place. Warm water pools most relaxing but if you want some action Tahoe only 20 minutes away, or Carson City. And there's workout places on site. Sitting on the deck and watching the wildlife and birds passing by in the Carson River Valley Reserve is so great. Very nice room with great tubs. Not crazy about DW's Restaurant, only negative. Nearby golf courses are excellent. Enjoyable drive there on Hwy 88.
Terrible Terrible TerribleI had gone to South Lake Tahoe for a little R&R and found that over the mountains (in the Nevada valley) there were a variety of locations with mineral waters for soaking also offering spa services (massages, facials, etc.). I'd picked up a variety of brochures and called around and was told by David Walley's they were "five star" with an excellent facility. The brochure looked excellent.
We vacationed at Walley's the week of August 23, 2003. There are no signs to indicate "this is the place". Nor are there any lights at night to show you the road into the complex. Believe me it is dark out there around the mountains. Once we drove into the complex we had no idea where the check-in ofice was. We had to ask some people walking down on the sidewalk. The first room we got (for 4 people) was nice but the sofa bed was unbelievably flat and uncomfortable. However we did complain to the manager and she got us into another building. It still had a sofa bed but it was much more comfortable. It was beautiful and quite cozy. Our balcony was long and able to hold all four of us. Our view was the mountains and the wet lands. A babbling brook ran past our balcony but then on the third day everything shut down for repairs. The brook dried up and algea appeared. The restaurant was great but we had to give up our first born to pay for the meal. It was very, very, expensive. Bring a mirror with you because if one person is using the bathroom there is no mirror in the other portion of the apartment.
Time Share Tour a Hoax
My boyfriend and I went for a timeshare tour and our accomodations ended up being in a motel instead of the reserved hotel, the spa services advertised in the pamphlet they sent us were not available and there was a lack of usable assistance from the booking company.
A classic case of "you get what you pay for" or in this case not pay for.
After a 4 hour drive we were more than dissapointed on our Labor Day Vacation.
We visited Walley's on June 21 2003. What was to be my surprise birthday present was something less than enjoyable at Walley's. My girlfriend scheduled a 1pm massage and a 3pm facial massage for me with Walley's staff. When we arrived, there were alot of timeshares sales persons driving clients all over the property in golf carts. The hotsprings was packed with potential clients and guests. The atmosphere was something like a "cattle-car loading operation". The check-in desk told me to be upstairs in only a little white robe at 1pm for my massage. I did so, and sat there for a half hour until someone figured out that Walley's had changed my massage to 2pm ! It was grerat sitting there for the half hour -with only the little white robe on for nothing. We then attempted to obtain something to eat at their Deli cafe. There too, throngs of people and timeshare clients were overwheling the cafe staff. We received our meal 45 minutes after ordering, not allowing time for my 2pm massage. Just proir to eating I went to the desk and asked for a refund for the massages. The front desk ckerk denied the refund and any wrongdoing with our scheduled massage time. I insisted to speak with the manager - and she kindly refunded our reservations in full. Ok, it ruined our day and we got over it. We won't go back because Walley's has become too impersonalized - and too much like a cattle- herding operation for it's timeshare business. We heard other guests complaining of the same.
It was our second visit and the hot springs pools are as wonderful as the last time. I wish they would have stayed the way they were before, though. They used to have four cottages that could accomidate six partys and it made it very comfortable. Now in addition to the cottages, there are two LARGE hotels on property and it seemes busy now. Our cottage was wonderful and right across from the pools. Which, actually was the best place on the property. We will make sure to stay there again on our next visit.
The moon rises over the Sierras. You turn to your wife who is relaxing in the hot tub next to you. Your children are swimming in the 80 degree swimming pool. You tell your wife: Its a wonderful night. All is well here at Walley's in Nevada.
Soaking in a hot tub - relaxing in mineral pools -and then you look up and there is the Mighty Sierra. Gorgeous mountains - big beautiful blue sky. You look around and everyone is smiling and enjoying the spa facilities. It is so relaxing and so quiet and so soothing.