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This was our shortest travel day yet. Only took a little over an hour to get from Reno to the quaint little town of Gardnerville. Looking forward to 2 days hanging with Harry's Godmom Ginny, her husband Shane, kids Alicia, Max, Sarah, my namesake Tina & Jessie. My cousin Ginny is one of the most creative teachers and moms I know! During summer break the weekdays have a theme and we were lucky enough to be here ...
... some ice cream. The highlight of the afternoon was our visit to the Silver Queen Saloon and Hotel for a drink at a wooden bar that dates back to the late 1800s; another feature of the saloon was a floor to ceiling picture of the “Queen” that is adorned with 3,261 silver dollars, which is a tribute to the miners of the Combination shaft that is 3,261 feet deep. While having our drinks we spoke to the bar tender who informed us that ...
Sunday June 29, 2014
Today we headed west on US Rt. 50 to Lake Tahoe and the scenic drives that surround the lake. To get there we had to climb the mountains to the west of us, the road was a 4 lane
divided highway that over several miles, most of which were at a 6% grade, climbed over 2,500 feet. As we climbed from the desert ...
... to go to the shop to get supplies and have a good dinner. So, steak and salad stuff bought, we returned to our beers and our balcony and proceeded to drink then eat. Perfect! Later in the evening, after we had eaten way too much, we had fun watching people come back from dinner and choosing where to park and then parking quite badly (I think it was fun because of all the beers..). Good way to end an evening I say.
... other our life stories the entire way to Reno (6 hours). Here's a recap of my last few weeks in the U.S.:
I graduated college! I am now the proud owner of a Bachelors in Economics!
The last couple weeks have been really nice. I cant lie, that was a little scarey and uncomfortable but I had a really nice birthday thanks to my friends.
Fourth of July I got ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsStardust Lodge South Lake Tahoe
The Stardust was a great experience. The units have been very nicely updated, and while our unit was a little small for 4, it would have been just fine for 3, and awesome for 2. Can't beat the location, right downtown, just across the street from the Heavenly Gondola.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Stardust Lodge South Lake Tahoe
I couldn't agree more with the reviewer from Los Angeles who posted a negative review of this "lodge" on July 6, 2005. We booked an overnight stay at this motel for July 15, 2005. Upon arriving and checking into our room, I was shocked to discover that all but four of the rooms have NO air-conditioning. Instead, the rooms are merely equipped with ceiling and box fans. Despite the room's miniscule size, it was a stifling 90 degrees inside. Absolutely awful.
I read TripAdvisor Reviews before I booked Stardust Lodge. It had very good reviews, but we were very disappointed. I have never stayed in a room this tiny! The bed did not even fit in the room, it was folded up against wall so that people can get around in the room. The carpet was filthy with lots of stains. All appliances were old and worn out. The location was good, close to everything including grocery store, restaurants, casino, & other local attractions. The front desk people are friendly, but did not know anything about golf courses or fishing spots in the area. Golf clubs, fishing equipments, bikes are rented at NO CHARGE, which was nice. But if you are a serious golfer, bring your own. Free internet was nice, but free breakfast was lousy as it only offered coffee and donuts which by the way, ran out pretty quickly. I wish it had a safe deposit in the room. This place needs serious upgrading as everything is old and worn out. I can't believe it is a member of RCI. We didn't think it was worth the money (paid $150 plus taxes & fees per night).
Jennifer and staff at Stardust
I have been to many resorts. Jennifer is an excellent manager and her staff follows her lead. This is a converted motel so the rooms are not large, but they are nice and the resort could not be in a better location. It is across the street from the Heavenly Gondola and a block or so from the casinos. We have been there 5 times. If you want Westgate luxury this is not it. But if you want nice people this is it.
Great place to stay.....don't tell anyone though
We have stayed here many times during the last year. Nice rooms & pool area. The staff here is awesome. They really lookout for you. Great place to stay in the wintertime, park your car for a few days as you only need to walk a few blocks to everything.
Stardust in the winter - nice, comfy place
Very nice for a motel and the price we paid compared to other places in Tahoe right across the street from Heavenly Gondola, which is what we are always looking for. It was quiet, clean and very cozy. We will stay there again this ski season.
Okay; not worth $80 or more a night
Stayed 2 nights - 10/8 and 9th. Family of 3 in room 233. One Queen and my 5 year old on a couch. It was nice having utensils, microwave, fridge. Channels were abundant so we cld relax after hiking. It was okay. Not worth the $100/night. Donuts - that's it. Wanted to be close to all but this is too central. Can't enjoy pool or jacuzzi as it's in the middle of all the chaos; plus when we went to check on the pool it was covered and the jacuzzi looked dirty. Nice young staff. This hotel has been around - like an old aunt decorated it. If the rate would have been more reasonable like $60 max I would recommend it otherwise it's not worth it. Next time I'll look to rent a condo or cabin.
A most wonderful place to stay
The Stardust is the nicest place we have ever stayed. Lake Tahoe is just gorgeous and there is a lot to do for families, couples, and individuals and the Stardust has everything to make one's visit the best. Their facility is nicely decorated and landscaped; they have two heated pools and two hot tubs; the rooms are exceptionally clean and very pretty. They have snacks available all day and donuts, juice and coffee every morning. Their staff is very friendly and accomodating; I would go back there any time and highly recommend it to anyone. The Stardust is also so well located that you can walk to all the major places in Lake Tahoe. We stayed for five days (July 12-17) and enjoyed every minute of it.
Great spot for families
My family and I stayed here in March 2004. We were extremely happy with the staff and the rooms at the Stardust. The staff is very accomadating and the grounds are very clean. This is a great spot for families, as you are close to shopping and dining (walking distance). The pool was great (92 degree's), there is a weight room and donuts and coffe is served each morning. Very down to earth family focused...
Extremely kind staff
Staff was great, Many nice Amenities. Had numerous discounts for ski resorts. Also had very clean rooms and very great rates. Thank You
Exceptionally clean, rooms and pools and extremely nice staff. I especially love the "adults only hours" in the main pool during the mid-day. The convenient location to all the activities makes this an A+++ resort. Not only is it for MEMBERS, but the average drop-in is welcomed IF there's a vacancy.