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Tahoe Seasons Resort – Hotel Review

Written By: Lola Grey - Jan• 27•11

Atmosphere:  The staff is here is friendly, egger to help and happily serve as your tour guides.  Just ask one of the staff for a recommendation to eat and they will plan your whole night!  As with most ski towns the people here are laid back and won’t bother you if you would rather be left alone.  The lodge is cozy and makes you feel like you walked back in time a little.  It’s a rustic 70’s lodge look with warm colors and lots of wood.  Your room is a loft style cabin in the woods… with a racy option of complete openness.  A Jacuzzi tube for a bubble bath and mount Heavenly right out your door, what more could you want?  This out of the way getaway is one of my favorites!  Let’s dive into all they have to offer…

Neighborhood: 

South Lake Tahoe, CA (winter season)

If you find yourself lucky enough to take a trip to northern California you can’t go wrong with a trip to Lake Tahoe.  Your first glimpse of Lake Tahoe is one you’ll never forget; crystal blue waters, perfect sandy beaches surrounded by a spectacular alpine forest.  It is the highest lake of its size in the United States (being 22 miles long and 12 miles wide).  The water in Lake Tahoe is 99.9% pure making the lake so clear they say you could see a white dinner plate 78ft below the surface!!!   The lake used to be a gathering place for three peaceful Native American tribes that considered it a spiritual site and conducted sacred ceremonies on the south shore.  If you find yourself at the top of heavenly mountain you will see exactly what they meant.

Now Tahoe has become a premier resort area with heavenly ski resort and casinos on the strip to bring your night to life.  There are lodges at the base of the mountain to have a warm cocoa, shows at the casinos, and a wide variety of international food around town.  As you drive through the mountain you see little log cabins and resort lodges.  Tahoe truly has a warm friendly atmosphere and as a tourist town should be, the people are helpful and kind to all the new comers.  This is an international destination so enjoy the accents you’ll hear from all over the world.  The God Father 2 was filmed on location in Tahoe, so watch yourself at the casino or you just may get “an offer you can’t refuse”!

One of the best parts of Lake Tahoe is that it’s a transitional vacation destination.  In the winter you have a town full of “ski bums” and just the culture you would expect with it.  In the summer you have the boating and water skiing crowd, with all the party to go along!  In this review I’ll focus one a fantastic lodge to stay on your ski or snowboarding weekend 😉

Price range:  $$ ($110-$318 per night) Holidays Rates may vary

*They also offer packages that include hotel rooms and passes to local activities.

Editorial profile:  Tahoe Seasons Resort has 160 rooms and is literally across the street from heavenly ski resort’s California base lodge http://www.skiheavenly.com/the-mountain/the-mountain-landing.aspx .  The valet and bell hops are a great help with parking and carrying your luggage to the room, however they do love tips so come with small bills ready!  One down side of this resort is that there is no self parking.  You are required to valet and those tips add up!  If you’re okay with the luxury of not having to fetch your own vehicle than you’ll love there jokes and warm wishes for your good day.    

   The suits are a dream come true to someone who loves a retro, wide open loft look.  Check out the floor plans on their website http://tahoeseasons.com/floorplans.html there are two sizes of rooms: one bedroom (sleeps up to four adults) or the master suit (sleeps up to six adults).  They have a cozy cabin feel with a large Jacuzzi tub in the center.  The bathroom is open with a large vanity area and a water closet for the toilet.  The Jacuzzi (big enough to fit all your friends) can be left open or closed up with shutters for a private bath.  Be for warned that the water pressure is quite low and the water temperature is cool out of the shower.  My advice is to draw yourself a nice bath and enjoy some morning water yoga!  When filling the tub the water gets nice and hot, aren’t you supposed to be relaxing anyway?  There is a refrigerator for your snacks and a gas fire place to warm you toes by.  Bring your computer and utilize the free WIFI to find places for dinner (http://www.southlaketahoe.com/).  All and all the rooms are a charming addition to a weekend getaway.  I have to say if you have kids or don’t like open spaces this may not be the option for you, for the rest of us let’s move on to the amenities!

  The lobby is large with big windows that wrap around the building.  There is a fire place and a bar to grab a drink after a long day of skiing.   Better yet, grab a glass of wine and head to the game room.  The game room has a pool table and video games to entertain you before you venture to the casino for some dinner.  Do you need to rent your skis or board?  Take a walk to the end of the lobby and see the guys at Needle Peak Sports Shop.  The rental prices are all on line for you http://tahoeseasons.com/needlepeak/index.html and if you already have your board they’ll wax it down for free.  In the morning be sure to stroll to the other end of the lobby to grab a bite to eat at the in house restaurant.  The food is a basic dinner style and will start your day off right.  They are open till 11am and it’s the only onsite restaurant so don’t snooze!  Before you hit the slopes you can duck into the gift shop to pick up your heavenly lift tickets for a little bit of a discount.  They also have all those touristy gifts for you to take back to family.  There is even an onsite activities department that will set you up with a sightseeing tour.

Dinning:  The On-Site Restaurant serves breakfast ONLY. Food can be delivered to your suite any time from Fat City Food Company, 7 days a week (11 am to 9:30 pm) by calling 530-542-2780.

Insider tips:  This resort is a part of a timeshare program and works with Vacation Resorts International http://www.vriresorts.com/ and RCI https://www.rci.com/RCI/ .

 If you like to snow board then heavenly may not be your place.  The runs tend to flatten out and even the best boarder gets stuck.  I would highly recommend you take the 30min drive to Sierra Tahoe and enjoy the slops that the locals board 😉 http://www.sierraattahoe.com/ .

Pets:  No pets

Smoking: This resort is non-smoking.

Parking: Valet only

Reservations: Can be done on line or over the phone http://tahoeseasons.com/reservations.html 

Payment methods accepted:  Major credit cards

Desk hours:  24 hours

Address:  3901 Saddle Road, P.O. Box 16300
                  South Lake Tahoe, California 96151 U.S.A.

Website:  http://www.tahoeseasons.com/

Email: mailto:res@tahoeseasons.net

Phone number: 530-541-6700

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One Comment

  1. great introduction on Lake Tahoe there. makes me want to visit the place. the seasons resort is great too. it has a nice location and great services.Lake Tahoe Restaurant

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