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Lake Tahoe is one of those places that most people have heard of, but I am not too sure why. So, thought we'd check it out. It was an easy drive from Mammoth Lakes to Tahoe, with a little stop on the way to get some food for our picnic in a park in Minden (a bit of a nothing town..).
Driving in to Tahoe, we crossed back in to Nevada and …
... snowy mountains and through icy valleys we watched our cars temperature gauge plummet.
Thankfully once we arrived in Lake Tahoe it wasn't too cold. It is situated on the border of California and Nevada. As a result the main street has big casinos on the Nevada side and you can smell everyone smoking marijuana on the California side.
So I asked for advice from my facebook friends as to whether it'd be worth my time to drive to Lake Tahoe being as it was only 3 hours away and got a resounding YES!!! so I decided should come here and it really is magnificent. I had no idea. I would so take my family on a vacation here. The lake is incredibly beautiful and it looks so fresh like I want to drink right out of it.
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... came down safely with no crashes. On the second go Olivia crashed in the middle of the slope right where I was going down I had to do a quick jerky turn and fell on my bum. Third and fourth go was easy and I didn't fall once however I almost lost my balance going over a lump of snow. I can now do blue runs!!! P.S I was never racing Ted as I was controlling my skis by turning. Ted thought we were racing! Olivia's report: Today all the family went to ...
... and say it will be ok - but you have to expect the unexpected and we did as we got up 5 kms or so up the mountain to find the beginner runs were closed....only way down was an easy / challenging run down, but an achievement ! We left Pete to master Red Dog run and the girls and I went to pick up Ted. Not tired enough after ski school - he was keen to keep going ! Liv and Ted skied until close and all happy skiers returned for R&R back at ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews 3 Peaks Resort and Beach Club South Lake Tahoe
This "resort" as they like to call it, is anything but! We were charged an enormously hiked up rate over the 4th of July weekend for a room that was NOT refurbished, but according to the manager, "in the process." The room had enormous pet staind on the rug and the carpeted walls, (charming), and drapes that were falliing off the hangers from the patio window which faced West, allowing pounding heat into the room...which had NO air conditioning.
You cannot trust this hotel. I called to find out how much their rooms were, and was told that they were having a special promo rate of $59. I gave the employee my credit card number & reserved a room for two nights. The employee, who was apparently new, was very friendly; she promised me that she would guarantee this same rate for my friends if they called within 24 hours. When my friends called, however, the rate had changed to $224; when I then called and asked to speak with the manager, the GM got on the phone and told me that the employee had made a mistake, and that, not only would he not give my friends the $59 rate, but that he would now have to charge me the $224. He would not honor the original agreement, would not work with me in any way, and just kept repeating "Do you want to pay the full price or do you want to cancel? Those are your two options." The fact that I had agreed on a price with his employee did not matter to him; he clearly was not concerned with the ethical issue of changing the price, nor did he care about customer satisfaction. It was the most dishonest, disrespectful customer service I have ever experienced.
What an absolute disappointment we experienced staying here. We were part of the first annual "Big Blue Run" motorcycle weekend, and Tahoe was packed. A group of our friends booked a bank of cottages near the 3Peaks, but we decided to stay at the 3Peaks because it looked so nice on line, and had a decent rate. The place is very nice from the outside, nice grounds and staff. However, what they don't show you on line is the real pictures of most of the rooms. They have several banks of units, some of which are very nice. They don't tell you about the other units, which are clearly described in some of the other reviews here. Instead of a nice room like the ones pictured online, here is what we got: 1960's slum meets $30.00 a night motor lodge. I could not believe what I was seeing. When we walked in the room, we were greeted by an ungodly odor of funk that remained in the room the whole weekend. There is no air conditioner, and an old wall heater as well as a mini portable "Honeywell" heater had been left on to give the room that special "blast of heat to bake the bad smell effect" when you walk in. The carpeting is not something I would let my dog sleep on, but it looked as though other dogs might have done something on it. The walls are carpeted, the bed podiums were carpeted and the night stand between the beds was carpeted. I am not kidding. The "hairdryer" in the room looked like a small wall mounted vacuum from 1964. We didn't know what it was, and when we turned it on (after figuring out how), it scared the hell out of me, but it was good for a laugh. Just the thought of how old the bed pillows were and how much history they carried would make a person want to stay up all night. The complimentary hand cream was about 1/8 full. That goes beyond tacky, to leave a partially used complimentary anything for new guests. Some of the towels were stained, there was popcorn left in the microwave from the last guests (or the hungry staff?), and the paint in the bathroom was so old, I think in the parts that were cracking or peeling I saw pieces of a treasure map. I was sure we were stuck in some wierd 1970's sitcom time warp. Don't believe everything you see. Consider yourself warned.
I'll state the facts and allow readers to draw their own conclusions.
I have made a reservation via internet for a room with queen size bed and sofabed for my Christmas Vacation, for my family of 4, for about $650.00. I had cancelled it 4 months in advance and was told that I'll be charged $25.00 cancellation fee and my booking number is my cancellation number. Surprisingly, I was charged $930.00 in December and was told that they do not have a record of my cancellation. On top of it they have charged me additional $280 for rollaway beds. First of all, the rollaway beds were supposed to be free of charge and only used if the promised on the internet sofabed room is unavailable. Secondly, I have not stayed in the hotel, so how dare you add it to my bill! Thirdly, I have cancelled my reservation 4 months in advance! The man who told me that they have no record of my cancellation confirmed in December that the booking number is the cancellation number. I am disputing my charge with my credit card company. The hotel management have sent false information to the credit card company. They denied that the calcellation number is the same as booking number. The manager was unavailable for a few times and when he finally spoke to me on the phone, he was rude and hung up on me! Very unpleasant experience. Do not come close to this place! If you have canceled with them and got the cancellation number the same as the booking number, please post it on the internet, so it would help me with my dispute. Also, make sure to get the cancellation in writing!
My husband, our 2 dogs and I stayed at 3 Peaks Resort this past Friday and Saturday night (May 21 and 22). I was prepared for the worst after reading the reviews and when I saw that we didn't get a renovated room, I saw that it wasn't all that bad. Yeah, there were some (but not many) stains on the carpet, some tiles missing in the shower, an ancient hairdryer on the wall, and a totally 70s look and feel to it but really it didn't make me feel like it was dirty and not stayable. Believe me, I have been in a lot worse! For the price we paid, $49/night, and to have our two medium-large dogs with us (61# and 51#) it was worth it and comfortable. I believe our room # was 132. We were in the northernmost building in the top corner and it had a fireplace. There was a nice green strip right off of the staircase which was extremely convenient for potty runs. The pool and spa were down for maintenance and cleaning, in preparation for Memorial Day Weekend no doubt as I heard several other hotels were doing the same. Overall, sure I would reccomend it to anyone traveling with their pets and we would stay there again.
We were mislead about the accommodations for our 2 families (8 people).
Great Room and STaff
We visited the 3 Peaks September 26, 2003 for one night. the room was excellent and we are wishing that we could be there right now. The staff was great, the accomodations were excellent. We would recommend this lodge to everyone.
One of Tahoes best Kept Secrets
We booked our visit via the internet and were not sure what to expect.
What a pleasant suprise this place was. The rooms are done in real pine and had hand made furniture. The staff was pleasant and went out of there way to help us. The hotel provides you with free beach passes to a private beach which was great. They are located with in walking distance of all the casinos. The hotel did not have air condition but the rooms have fans and it was comfortable. Check out this hotel it is one of Tahoes best kept secrets.