Travel Blogs from South Lake Tahoe
... for a food resupply, I headed out onto the trail by myself for a few days to get to where I am now. I had covered 64 miles in 3 days and was starting to get a few problems with my feet (among other things, slight tendonitis of the left extensor hallucis longus - thank you Bachelor of Science). I found a visitor centre at a highway I was crossing along the trail and bumped into a Canadian hiker called IceCave, offering me some roasted almonds from a ...
... Lake. I must admit that after seeing other peoples pictures of here I was a little disappointed but I think it was down to being an overcast day. After lunch by the Lake it was my turn to take the wheel for the 5 hour drive to our next destination... San ...
... It was a Nevada State park, so you have to pay $12 for parking ($10 for Nevada residents). And it can be very crowded during weekend. The gate will be closed once the parking lot is full. So it's best to be there before 11am or after 3pm during weekends. There are however some roadside parking outside the park, but you do have to walk quite some distance to get to the park.
We had a solid breakfast with the Heinen clan at IHOP. These are some of my favorite trail angels yet. We made sure to stop in and get our photo on the wall at Lake of the Sky outfitters and then back to Motel 6 where we were thrilled to see Cannonball in the parking lot waiting for us. Goodbyes were exchanged with Ruthys folks and away we were to spend the rest of the weekend with ...
... Freight House which there's 2 to chose from. Then you have Club Rise which is down town too, Everything is walking distance or a $5 cab ride, or you can take a bicycle rickshaw, which is about $5.
And if your done with the dancing and you want women to dance for you, well there's plenty of strip clubs to chose from, Wild Orchid, fantasy Girls and Spice House. SO enjoy..
Now if your looking for a bar, there is so many to chose from. But if ...
How has this motel rated in the past?
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.
Lake Tahoe's Best Kept....
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!
On the outside you would not guess that behind each door lies, a spectacular room! The bed was a California King, with brand new super soft sheets, blankets, duvet cover and tons of pillows. The lighting was black wraught iron with lanterns that looked like candles. The walls painted a beautiful dark taupe color that mached the tile in the bathroom and the carpet surrounding the bed. The television was I believe 36 inches, LCD flat screen...very, very nicely hung above the fireflace that was on when we arrived to the room! (nice touch!). The bathroom...HUGE!!! The shower was a walk in, no door..beautifully hand tiled, with a glass enclosure overlooking the whirlpool tub that was on the other side inside of the room. The shower head was HUGE too!!!
We did not want to leave our room, it was so comfortable and just "pretty". However, the next morning we awoke to a very bright sun shining. We looked out the window and found...it was not the sun shining..it was SNOW!!!!!!!! YIKES! About 11 inches of it!!! The very hospital manager, came out to offer everyone brooms, ice cleaners etc..obviously unprepared tourists!
This is an ADULT ONLY hotel...which is a nice retreat once in a while..and when it is time for some alone time for us next year...we will definatley be back, without a doubt; Tahoes Best Kept Secret!
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!
Amazing remodeled rooms!
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.
Secrets is currently under new management when we got there.
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.
Lucky to leave without a charge
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"!