Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort
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Next Best Location to Stateline
This place is value. It is at the foot of Heavenly Ski Run, and about a mile to Stateline. The kitchen is a little short on counter space, but otherwise rooms are very comfortable. I like the place.
Needs to improve parking, but otherwise pretty good
I went to lake tahoe in the summer of 2003 and stayed at the embassy suites. Most of the people were friendly there. I didn't like that I had to park far away from the hotel. The entrance was hard to see from the road. The rooms were average. I The resturant was way overpriced compared to other hotels in the area so I didn't eat there. The service desk was very helpful in booking us tours to sights around Lake Tahoe.
The people were also very knowledgeable. I also liked the elevator.
Another nice thing was the it was in walking distance to Heavenly village and the gondolas. The free breakfast was also nice.
HIGH COST / NO VALUE
The registration staff and activities group belittle each other constantly. The rooms are terribly small. There are no activities worthy of mention. The game room is pitiful. The rooms are extremely small. The furnishings are dark and gloomy. The cleaning staff ignore the "Do Not Disturb" sign. Carpets are dank and musty. The rooms are barely large enough for two adults. Forget putting 4 people of any size in their rooms. Parking is extremely scarce. Coffee maker was broken.
This resort will not honor Hilton Honors points. The rooms available are strictly the left-overs which their time-share owners buy to resell at a profit. No value / High Cost. Stay anywhere else for better value.
A mixed proposition
We stayed at this hotel during a 3 day weekend. Pluses are that it was very centrally located, near a lift to a ski area, with casinos next door. Embassy Suites is always good for families, including the free breakfast, the suite-style rooms, etc. Room service was good. On the minuses, the place was a bit of a zoo, which may have had to do with the holiday weekend. The breakfast ran out of particular items quickly, despite staff's best efforts to keep up. There was something of a crush of people at most times. Some of the elevators were out of service, and there was quite a long wait. The biggest negative was the swimming pool - it was indoors, so could be used with snow outside, but it was terribly unclean. It just got a lot of use, lots of kids in it, and didn't seem to get enough maintenance to keep up. I would recommend this place if they have a good deal and you are willing to put up with the crowds, but otherwise would say someone might want to look elsewhere.
Nice facility, good rates
This property is owned by a time-share organization and managed by Embassy Suites. The units that have not been sold to time-share owners are rented out hotel fashion. ALl of the unites are suites, 1- or 2-bedroom, with kitchenettes (refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, dishes, pots & pans, utensils, etc.), and include a fireplace and spa tub/shower combo. The units are very nice and a good size, with a four-seat dining table in the combo kitchenette-living room, and king sized beds in the bedrooms. The living room couch is a sofa bed. The common facilities, such as the pool and sauna are also nice, as are the public rooms that include a large-screen TV and pool table. There is also a laundry facility on each floor. The room rates for hotel guests can be very favorable (AAA rates, especially). Though they'll ask if you want to listen to a 90 minute presentation on ownership, there's little pressure to do so. We initially thought we would, then decided to skip it ($75 for 90 minutes of two people's vacation time didn't seem worthwhile). A newer time-share facility, just up the road, has been opened by Marriott; the units are selling out very quickly (and not for rent), in contrast to this facility, which is only 60% sold after 6 years, hence rentals may be available here for awhile. This is an excellent place to stay if you're stopping in South Lake and want something more than a motel, but don't want to wade through the Casino's of the Nevada side.
Great value for the price. Room was clean with quality amenities. Happy hour was extensive, though the food provided could use an upgrade.
Breakfast was high quality. While not on the Lake, it was a short walk down to the lake. Casino is convenient next door, yet you are out of the harried autmosphere of the casino. This was a great place to relax for a couple of days.
Not too please
Stayed here in the summer of 2002. Room wasn't all that great and the sofa bed could do with replacing. There was little to do in May, none of the lake facilities were open yet and the ski season had just ended.
Great if you love to gamble
Our family stayed here with mixed results. The hotel is located in the casino area which is convenient if you've come to Lake Tahoe to gamble..we didn't. The spectacular Emerald Bay is a 30 minute drive--well worth it for hiking and "gawking". Also, if you choose to self park (for free) the hotel shares parking with the casinos and you may need to park FAR from the hotel entrance. There is also no view of the lake from the property. That said, the rooms were large, clean, standard ES fare with an included breakfast and happy hour. The hotel is very large and busy and the staff were pleasant if not a little harried. There is also a small indoor pool and exercise room.
Do not stay! Bad deal!
Stay away. Cutthroat timeshare sales B.S. My wife and two boys ages 2 and 4 ventured to Embassy in May 2003. We received an invitation to stay at a reduced rate if we attended a 90 minute timeshare presentation. We informed their reservation people that our kids were 2 and 4 after we saw the packet stating no kids could attend under 8 yrs. They told us "no problem" they would absolutely be able to attend. At the presentation we were yelled at by the guy going to give our presentation repeatedly (5 times)that our kids could not stay. He told us to take them to their "daycare", which the sign on the door states no kids under 5 without a parent, yet we both had to attend the presentation or forfeit the reduced rate, have them watch a movie, and attend the presentation or our rate would be charged at full price. He could care less what his reservation people told us and got in my face when I kept trying to explain. My wife and children became very upset at this guy's persistence that we dump our kids. No way in the world were we leaving our kids after we had been told differently.
Spent week of 26 April-4 May '03 at Embassy Vacation Resort , South Lake Tahoe and accomodations and services were great! The area recreation, entertainment, and dining is outstanding!Reccomend doing the lake shore drive and the paddle boat cruise. If possible hike the beautiful trails. Sunset dinner reservations at Lieuellans (19th floor at Harveys) , the Chart House, Beacon Bar & Grille are advised. Broiler Room at Caesers Casino is great Steak House! Be sure and do lunch at Harrahs' Forest Buffet. (Best Buffet in Tahoe)Nice breakfast at Lakeside Inn and at the Bear Moon Cafe (inside Embassy Vacation Resort) Lake Tahoe begs to be photographed. Enjoy !
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... too cold where every body part hurt so we called it quits early. We found out that Heavenly closed early too because of the conditions. Our plan was to take Jalen to see fireworks at Heavenly village on NYE but we cut the trip short and left NYE because of the horrible weather. It is way to cold, highs of 18. Jalen played a few minutes in the snow but not long because his face turned red. He really did enjoy the snow and kicking it and throwing it. He will have a blast in ...
... then on the way out back to the main road I wasn’t paying attention and took a right turn across traffic into oncoming traffic, luckily the cars coming towards us were a distance away and I managed to swerve off into a conveniently placed garage. The crash yesterday and this shook my confidence.
We drove to the beach, ate the nice but very salty pizza and watched a rather standard sunset. It began to get cold and so we headed back to ...
5. Wiffle ball games with Uncle Steve and the cousins.
6. Going out to see Cousin Sam Ravenna play live in Truckee - and dance and laugh with Marianne, Aunt Betty, Bridget Rose, Joe, Jordan and Jessa.
7. Smores and campfires.
8. Visiting with relatives while the kids played and played and played to the back drop of the Sierra Nevada's.
... 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.
... over that hill. It's too steep, too scary, it's unsafe, it's difficult even for cars, etc. etc. etc. Certainly Takaka Hill was too much for two girls on a tandem....But the Takaka Hill was no match for 2bybike. They rode up and over Takaka and survived to tell the tale. Anna's version is actually quite funny. At one point, grinding slowly up and around one of the many 320 degree hairpin turns, Cristine was breathing so hard that Anna said it sounded like she was having a baby. ...