The Ridge Tahoe
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... as well as the fact that I started the trail in the High Sierras above the cloud line - sky walker. I also truly feel as if I am in a galaxy far far away. It feels so great to be a part of this community now.
Since my last post I have traveled another 150 miles north to a town called South Lake Tahoe. I have now walked a full 180 miles without a rest day so I am treating myself here with a few days off.
The last week or so has been ...
... 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 ...
... off to Kings Beach wondering whether it would be busy.
We managed to park on the road near to our favourite spot on the beach so it was not too busy at that point. Our first activity was to walk down the road to Safeway to buy our lunch of enormous sandwiches. The lady at the counter now recognises us! We walked back to the car, unloaded the beach paraphernalia ...
After a few days in the city we were ready for some fresh air and the great outdoors. We were all up bright and early and after (a slightly odd) breakfast in the hotel we set out for Lake Tahoe. We headed out of San Francisco over the imposing Bay Bridge and soon left the city behind as we drove up through California's Central Valley. We made good time up to Sacramento, the state capital (note for future ...
... was when you started on your butt, moved to a squat position then put your heels back to help you slow and eventually stop. Shae was very helpful at this part and I got the hang if it quicker than the rest! This was the end of our lesson so we were ready to move to a real mountain. I didn't feel ready but I didn't want to miss out and regret it later. So, I got on the lift up the mountain rest to face my fears. When at the top, I boarded up and just went for ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Ridge Tahoe Stateline
We stayed 3 days in The Tower. We had a one bedroom executive suite. It was beautiful with marble fireplace, full kitchen and dining room that looked out over Carson Valley. My husband took the Gondola across the street to Heavenly stagecoach lift. I spent the day at the spa. I had massage, peppermint foot scrub, Eucalyptus Steam bath, and finally indoor pool. The pool connected to an outdoor pool via glass partition that you can swim under. There are soooooo many things to do. We played pool, went to the video game arcade and had Martini's by the fireplace in the main room. The restaurant upstairs was pricey but excellent. There is a market, and a deli for anything you might need. Overall, it was the best. The room was by far the most impressive with the switch on fireplace and lighted wet bar. Very romantic and the view, oh my...........we hated to leave.
We stayed in the #10 Naegle building November 13-20, 2004 I was very pleasantly surprised at the newly remodeled unit. I had read some scary reviews of tired old shabby accommodations. The carpet, beds, furniture and art was all new. If you looked hard enough you could find some original remanents. But why look for the negative when you can look out the windows at the splendid view. This is a true resort complete with spa and daily activities. As long as your unit has been remodeled, I would recommend a stay.
The Ridge is fine. Don't judge it on the hill!
I stayed on the Ridge during the Spring of 2003.
The room was awesome! It had a large kitchen with GREAT appliances. A big bathroom, nice balcony, jacuzzi in bedroom with a second TV.
VERY clean and quiet. The balcony had nice views of the canyon and the backside of Heavenly.
This is not a place to stay if you want someone at your beck and call. It isn't like staying at a casino hotel with 24 hr room service. You have to check in on the other side of the canyon (you can actually see this building from the hotel balcony...it is about 2 miles away) and that is where all of the amenities are (gym, heated pool, restaurant, store, etc.). However, you do get your room cleaned each day and there is a small pool and rec room on site.
Complaining about the Ridge because of the HILL is ridiculous! No, the hotel is not right on the lake next to all the casinos. And driving up the hill and to the hotel takes about 15 minutes. IF you drive very slow. It isn't a big deal.
And while I believe Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places in the U.S., you also get incredible views from the ridge. Not of the lake...but of the leward side off the mountains down into Nevada. But the views are not from your hotel window. These views are off of the other side of the ridge where you check in.
If you want to stay right in the heart of S. Lake Tahoe...don't stay at the Ridge.
If you want a very nice, QUIET room with great amenities right down the street and a quick drive down the hill to the lake and casinos...then stay at the Ridge.
We got our room on special for $57/night!!!!!
You can't beat that in Tahoe. Most places on the lake charge double that...and are dirty and loud.
Not Worth It
The main problem with this resort was that there was NO AIR CONDITIONING in our unit. They gave us a fan but really now, does a fan help in a stifling room to circulate air? no- all it does it move the stifling air around. The second problem was that it was TOTALLY out of the way. If you want to go to Tahoe to be up on a hill and never come down then you should stay here. If you are in Tahoe to experience the beauty of the lake or the fun of the casinos I would stay anywhere else. Even though there was a shuttle that takes you to the casinos it is not a pleasant ride down the hill. Even the view (which wasn't that great to be honest) did not make it worth going up the hill. The third problem was that the service staff (as far as requesting more towels, etc.) was very rude and told us that "I do not speak English" when the person finally did come to our room.
I do not recommend this place, nor will I ever go back, and driving down that long hill the last time knowing I wouldn't have to do it again was the happiest I was with this resort.
Great activities, but out of the way
We stayed at the Ridge Tahoe from March 27-April 3, 2004 and had a very pleasant stay. It is an older hotel that, in the early days before the Heavenly Gondola was built, was probably THE first class hotel to stay at if you were skiing at Heavenly. But now that the new Heavenly Village is up and running, it's become an out of the way place to stay. We stayed in the Ridge Plaza and had a nice 2 bedroom with a great view of the lake, but it was definitely dated (think 70's and 80's) in its decor. It had what we needed though- W/D, full kitchen- so we didn't mind too much. We did really like the activities provided by the hotel- esp. the morning aerobics classes. Very well done and a good start to the morning. Didn't stay at the hotel during the day to take advantage of the other activities, but they sounded great. Our kids would have loved the free movies and crafts, but we were skiing most of the day. We also had a one-bedroom at the Marriott Timber Lodge which was newer and nicer, but no good hotel activities. If they update and renovate the Ridge Tahoe, and you don't mind the out of the way location, it would be top notch again. As it is, it's pleasant and very accommodating, but the new hotels in Heavenly Village are tough competition. I think the Ridge is a better "getaway from it all" place for its more complete offerings on site- we did take advantage of the spa, which was also dated but nice staff and service. But if you like the hustle and bustle of being in town, this won't be it. If you like "clean but dated" with lots of on-site activities and away from crowds, this is a good bet.
Not what I expected
The gondola goes approx. 100 yds Down to the Stagecoach ski area (whose extensive carpark is located next to the hotels security gate) which only serves intermediate skiing. (You have to get another bus to the Boulder Lodge to access beginner skiing) The shuttle's only travel into town every hour and then only to the casinos (and cost $1 per person each way) The resturant is expensive and has limited choice(the breakfast area a joke with a miniscule menu) You need to travel by car to get ANYWHERE (especially for breakfast) Most trade comes for this hotel is being a timeshare hotel and its facilities are themed towards that. The hotel is located in the middle of nowhere and if I wanted to go to this area again I would find somewhere more convieniently located.
Jan 2004 - Great Place to Stay
Great location - easy access to Stagecoach Express lift with the private gondola. Staff very friendly and helpful. Fri and Sat rates were $154/night - very reasonable for access to lift and quick return mid day for lunch and a hot tub. Would stay there again!
Terribe service, advertized as full service but no one helped us with our bags when we checked in. even though they coud see my daughter and I were struggling with our 4 pieces of luggage. It is not s ski-in ski -out, we spent too much time on the shuttle bus, The cafe has only cold sandwiches and doesn't open until 5 pm and only Muffins for breakfast . the resort is way out of the way . I would not recommend this to anyone and when we complained to the management he was rude and didn't care.
A Skier/Snowboarder's little paradise
The Ridge Tahoe was a good hotel from the start, but after I noticed so many small extras, I realized I was staying at a place that met all of my needs. I almost cancelled my second hotel reservation just to stay at The Ridge for another 2 nights.We received a good price from expedia.com for a ski trip. Rates were $99 a night, during the week. Arriving on a Sunday, the only difficulty was getting there (because we had not planned on a rental car, so we didn't print directions). The staff could not find our expedia reservation, but still gave us a room for the night, upon promising that we check-in in the morning. That helped us get our sleep for our first big ski day. Nice!!The Ridge is broken out into many small tower hotels on the side of the mountain. All have shuttle buses that pick you up to take you to each one (to bar, movie theatre, restaurant, or back to room). Cool! I could walk from my location to a personal Gondola (Sweet!) that takes you to StageCoach Base on Heavenly Ski Mountain. This was a plus because I could SnowBoard heavy, and then within 10 minutes, make it back to my room to eat, and re-energize (without driving, or being in the noon lunch crowd on the mountain).The room was a smaller size, but comfortable, with TV/VCR, Fridge, Microwave (Hot Drinks!), firm bed and good sized spa tub for bruised bones. The tower has a great indoor Jacuzzi, right next to an outdoor Jacuzzi (with view of mountain), and a dry sauna.Staff was professional at all times, and friendly. Small shop allowed me to get last-minute ski thermal, and also some snackies from miniature food store. Deli had great sandwiches, but a bit $$. We overcame by visiting the grocery store one day in town, and loaded up on microwave meals, and drinks, and stored them in the fridge.Excellent rating for price, attitude of staff, location (on the mountain and in the snow/trees), personal Gondola, ammenities, small movie theatre, bar, restaurant, cleanliness, and overall euphoric feeling (for us). Only wish was that Heavenly tickets could be cheaper.
A great resort and time share location
A great place to stay while in the Southshore Tahoe Area. First class accomodations. Regular Free transportation to Stateline casinos. Off Kingsbury Grade next to Heavenly Stagecoach lifts. Wonderful view of Nevada and the lake.