Travel Blogs from South Lake Tahoe
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 ...
Monday June 30, 2014
This morning we stayed back at the camper to accomplish some required domestic chores. After Lunch we headed north east to “Virginia City”, during its boomtime the mines around the city produced millions of dollars in gold and silver, equaling billions today. Most of the city has
been rebuilt at one time or another as several fires in the ...
... Bar & Saloon”. The sign above the entrance says “Nevada’s Oldest Thirst Palor”, this was a bar that dated back to the 1840s, and the floor and bar look original. The interior is an intriguing mix of artifacts and pictures dating back to the 1800s. Along with everyone passing through the town we spent some time in the bar drinking and admiring the wall ...
... hill. We drove around the lake trying to find a place to stop to look at the damn thing, but after trying a few places that were marked on my map, we discovered that the edges of the lake seem to be owned by hotel or clubs... and therefore, they want you to pay to get to the edge of the lake... ummm, what the??? We just wanted to have a look. We drove the other way, and found a 'public beach'. Yay - we parked up and had ...
OJ was the first to capture the "Daily Routine" of Bali.
Bueno's up and riding.
Oliver's still paddling out.
TJ and the momma are soakin' it up with a Bintang Beer.
The fin was added for drama, a typical media ploy to create interest.
Don't see any mosquitos! Been a great trip so far!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Secrets Inn South Lake Tahoe
Nicest rooms in Tahoe!!
Secrets Inn is a dream come true... the room furnishings/linens are upgraded so feel like you're in a 5-star hotel, large shower (and shower head), gas fireplace that heats the room fantastically, plasma TV, large jetted tubs, etc. It was a fantastic treat to stay at Secrets Inn. We will DEFINITELY return... it was great.
After calling and reserving our room at Secrets, we were told by the very nice manager on the other line, that he promised we would not be disappointed. We were far, far away from disappointment!
I've got a secret...
For a nice place to rest your head in a clean and intimate setting right on the border of Nevada and California, there's no place nicer than the Secret's Inn in South Lake Tahoe. Having been recently refurnished, we were very pleased with the spacious bath/spa and inviting large bed. Having the fireplace on once we walked in was also a nice touch. Walking distance from the casinos and across the street from a variety of stores, most of what you need is right next door. The gentleman who checked us in was very helpful and hospitable. Don't know if they have larger rooms, but I'd reserve this place as a "couple's only". We're definitely going to stay here again.
Should not be Kept Secret
We were able to book this room last minute and would have been happy to sleep anywhere but when we entered our room we were completly amaized at the room! Appearently they had remodeled them and the new rooms are awsome we felt like we booked a 5 star hotel! it's great and i will stay there every time im I Tahoe from now on I would highly recomend secrets inn to anyone who visits tahoe!
I've used this site a number of times but I've never left a post. I really felt like I had to this time. We waited until the last minute to get a room at the casino where we usually stay so we drove around looking for an alternative. We stopped by The Secrets and the guy at the counter said that they had rooms available and that the new owners had just finished remodeling some of the rooms. The newly remodeled rooms have got to be some of the nicest ones in Tahoe. This hotel is the best value I've seen. Jacuzzi tub, separate glass enclosed shower, flat panel tv and a fireplace! I was really surprised. You wouldn't believe it looking at the outside but these rooms really are great. I don't ski but it's within walking distance to the lift by the casinos. I liked that you could walk to the casinos, shops and the beach. Definitely check the newly remodeled rooms out. I brought my new digital camera so I took some pictures when we checked in.
Well, we have stayed at this place several times. In the past it was a hip place. Several years ago, it was under going construction. Now this past time, it is undergoing new ownership/management, construction again. A working progress. We have had different rooms each time. The upper floor would be best. Yes the bathrooms are like from a low class rental apartment, dark coloring interior, but they do when you don't have reservatons, when all of Lake Tahoe seems to be booked up. The price under $90.00 per night was doable. The only reason we came, was for the spa. Otherwise it would of been for the more priced; Fantasy Inn. Had no problem checking in nor out. Hopefully as next year's events come for Lake Tahoe for us, we would look at Secrets for another stay. No bugs, clean bedding, clean towels, etc..and coffee. Yes, the walls are kind of hollow, but if you are a late sleeper, oh well! Secrets use to have a website, but can't find it at this writing. Remember, you get what you pay for in hotels/motels in Lake Tahoe. Make sure you check them out ask about them, then decide if you are willing to pay the per night price, especially on a no resevervation notice.
After reading the reviews here, I was a bit concerned about the stay I had booked for this hotel. Instead of simply canceling the reservation (which I wish I had), I did my best to be optimistic and hoped that the reviews were not matched with the current conditions. My boyfriend and I had been camping in Lassen Volcanic National Park before our visit, so we were especially looking forward to a nice hot shower followed by a soak in the spa tub. Unfortunately, none of our expectations could be met. When we arrived, we were told we could not check in because the computer was being used by an accountant. The hostess/owner gave us a key to a room like I had requested (king bed with a square spa), and upon entering we were both disappointed. There were broken tiles by the jacuzzi, the shower was tiny and dirty, and the toilet was even loose from the floor and wall. The hot water spurted before finally beginning to run properly in the sink, shower, and spa. On top of the poor quality of the furnishings, the provided bath gel had a broken seal and was obviously used by the previous occupant. Not being willing to give up, we decided to wait since we really wanted a jacuzzi and were unsure of finding another room on short notice. After trying to check in a second time after two hours (again, no luck due to "computer problems"), we went back to the room and decided to give the spa a try in a last ditch effort to save the stay. Imagine our surprise to find that the plug did not even fit the drain! At that point, we decided that there was simply no way we could stay in the room -- the hope of using the spa was the only thing keeping us there after the poor start. Luckily, we were able to leave without too much hassle because we had never been officially checked in -- at least the extremely poor service ended up being a positive, though if we had been registered the hostess said we could not have received a refund. We left and stayed at the Motel 6 -- there wasn't a jacuzzi, king bed, or mirrors, but the room was clean and none of the soaps had been opened. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. If you are looking for a spa suite, pick a name brand and fork over the extra money to get a corporate guarantee. If you are looking for a cheaper stay, try the Motel 6 or something similar.
What a Dive
For those that have posted positive reviews, I'd like to see the trailer park they live in. Our room was straight out of the 70's and hasn't been upgraded since then. Think of a bad Motel 6 and you'll have a good idea what to expect including cigarette stained tub, spiders, saggy bed, non-working lights and bad toilet. We go to Tahoe frequently and have never stayed in a crummier place.
In Secrets defense, we did see a room that had been remodeled and it looked great! Be sure you get a remodeled room if you decide to stay or you'll be thinking what we do, "What a Dive"!