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“Good resort with a few issues”

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Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort
Livonia, Michigan
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219 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Good resort with a few issues”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

We have been owners at this resort for the last 15 years and have stayed here every year over that time. We like this place. The 2 bedroom units are large and have everything you need. There is a full kitchen, 2 full bathrooms, sleeping for 8, with a king bed, 2 doubles, and a pull out couch. The units have recently been renovated and they are stylish and functional. The location is good. It is very near the lake, a mile from Heavenly, and the gondola, and next door to Riva Grill (excellent happy hour).

The place is in the midst of an ongoing renovation. The front entrance is closed, the parking situation with the valets has been moved to the back of the resort and was a bit awkward, but not usually too much of a problem. The pool is closed. I think you can use a pool at a fitness club nearby, but we hardly use the pool as it is, so we didn't bother with that. The internet was free for a change, which was great, but based on something I heard at the desk, I question whether it will remain free. The valet costs something like $20 a day for people that aren't members, which would deter my from staying here if I wasn't an owner and had to pay it. The parking area is far away, but that isn't the guests' fault. The front desk staff were nice and helpful. The concierge desk doubles as an area to sign up for the timeshare tour. I recommend avoiding the tour at all costs. We hadn't gone in years, and got talked into doing it when we had some down time. The pitch this time was the most absurd that I had ever heard. Not worth the $100 at all. The room only gets cleaned once a week, which is fine for us, although that may be an issue for some people. There is a restaurant and bar in the resort, but we haven't used it in years. We love Riva Grill, MacDuff's, Basecamp Pizza, and Stateline Brewery.

Room Tip: Ask for a lake view room. If you get lucky enough to get one, it will be great.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Corona, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2014

Right on the lake. Close to ski resorts. Room was very nice -- we had a 2 bedroom lock out. Should have been a way to keep the inner doors open (a lockout has a 1-bedroom plus a studio with their own doors and a shared door.)

Pool was closed (which we knew) but could have gotten a temp Jacuzzi for ski season.

Ski tip: Go to Sierra-At-Tahoe skiing versus Heavenly. Much better pricing and about 30 minutes away. Use Liftopia for tickets. Great deals!! Best service and prices for rentals at www.ripnwillies.com/‎

Resort is being refurbished. Construction started WAAAAY too early.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2014

I Stayed at the Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort the last week of February 2014 with a ski club. The suite, room 520, was well appointed, spacious and clean. The location, a short walk from Heavenly Gondola, is easy even in ski boots. The area provided great après ski and dining options. The free breakfast was great and the happy hours were fun. My interactions with the staff were all positive.

The suite included two flat screen TVs, a couch, dining room table and two comfortable queen size beds. It was spacious enough for two adults with ski equipment. The room is in a very quiet portion of the hotel, far enough from the garden dining space to not hear the nightly happy hours or breakfast noise. The beds were great, I had seven great nights sleep.

The restaurants in the area were a short walk from the hotel and gondola. Included were both upscale and reasonable, and very good, pizza shops.

The ski valet was responsive and always available. The concierge was friendly, and informative concerning local dining spots and activities. I did not have any issue with sales staff; One person on the trip mentioned being offered a sales tour but did not take it. The desk staff were friendly and helpful.

The cooks for breakfast were great. The food was always well prepared and good tasting.

The happy hours with an open bar were well attended and a great place to gather.

Room Tip: Tip: If you want a quiet room ask for 520 or one of the rooms in the same area of the hotel.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2014

Let me first say that the accommodations are good. The rooms were clean and the valet service was great. But, we felt like we didn't have the chance to appreciate the quality because we were constantly harassed by the "sales" staff. It was awkward. They are EXTREMELY pushy about taking a tour and try to bribe you with gifts ($75 visa, extra stay) for attending a 2-hr presentation about their "awesome" hotel. Needless to say, not exactly the way we want to spend our vacation. When you check-in they promise things (ex. late check out), that they only delivered after we complained because we got locked out of our room early.

Overall, we don't plan on staying here again, as the negatives (pushy staff, awkward encounters) outweighed the positive (nice accommodation).

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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San Diego, California
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2014

This property is undergoing a major renovation, and to the employees this the hassle is normal and make you feel like you are doing them a favor by staying at this property. The rooms are basic dated timeshares and the best way to reserve and save LOTS of $$ is to find an owner on Craigslist that needs to get rid of their week and rent directly from them. The cost will be much lower than renting direclty from the property management company and at that point is less expensive than staying in a full service hotel. The cost to use thier WiFi is extortion! Can't beat the location though!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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South San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2013

This location has been under renovation for over 2 years now, but I mean a RENOVATION. Literally, they've removed every piece of exterior and are redoing the whole thing inside and out. I like what they're doing, but I wish they would hurry up! The construction has impacted the stays for a while now and it's not very parking friendly. Speaking of Parking friendly, did I mention MANDATORY valet parking?!? This adds costs to your stay, so be ready to pay, or find somewhere else to park. I reviewed this place before, and you can read the details. The accommodations are nice and worth the stay, don't let the construction dissuade you, stay here if you can!

Room Tip: Still under construction, stay here, it's still worth it. Also, be ready to pay for your parking...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Queen Creek, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2013

This is our timeshare home base. The resort is right on the lake, across the street from Heavenly chair lifts and walking distance to the casinos. Check in was fast and friendly. Remodeling is currently going on. Our room had been updated with all the latest amenities. The only negative is The Bear Moon Cafe. The service was very slow and the staff was worse. The food was good when it finally showed up.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Additional Information about Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort

Property: Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort
Address: 901 Ski Run Blvd, CA 96150-8569
Region: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Lake Tahoe (California)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 364
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort puts you amid the setting for the vacation of a lifetime. Come each season, you will find different scenery, not to mention a variety of different seasonal activities. It's hard to imagine anything could beat the views and variety you get when you plan your visit to beautiful South Lake Tahoe, California. This is an area built around the reason for the breathtaking panorama, Lake Tahoe, America's largest Alpine lake. From sight to touch, you will revel in the wonders of the sapphire-blue water of the lake, perfectly situated right at the base of the stunning, snow-capped mountain peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. ... more   less 
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