I took one look at the lodge (as we drove up) and thought, "OMG what have I done?"
We took one look at our wonderful room and the fabulous view of the lake and extended our stay.
As soon as you get past the dumpy exterior, the horrible bunched up indoor/outdoor carpeting on the walkways and the icky elevator, the rest of it is a totally wonderful experience.
I think I met at least 6 people who worked the desk --including Laura, the manager--and they were all fantastic. Friendly, personable, informative & very, very accomodating.
Our room was a dream -- large & comfortable with a walk-out patio right to the beach. The kitchen is terrific.
We laughed when we asked a couple of Tahoe people "what is it that this place is in such bad repair?" and they said, "Well, that's Tahoe for you." I guess most of the places (except the glitzy casinos, of course) are so old and get such hard use (year-round, but expecially in the ski season) that it's impossible to keep them looking new. I'll just hope that Lakeshore Lodge can do a major exterior facelift by the time we go again next summer, but I'm not holding my breath.
Bottom line: I am thrilled that I found this place, and we will be going back as much as possible!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa, South Shore’s only all lakefront property, offering hotel and condominium lodging all with an incredible lake view and cozy fireplace. Pamper yourself in our full service day spa or relax by our heated pool and hot tub. Centrally located to area activities, restaurants, casinos and sitting on 500 feet of private beach, you’ll receive a true Tahoe experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tahoe Lakeshore Hotel South Lake Tahoe
- Lakeshore Hotel Lake Tahoe
- Lakeshore Lake Tahoe