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Ferrari's Crown Resort
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Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

We visited the area for one night and reserved a lake view room. It was more like a ground floor fishbowl for humans, with a wall of sliding glass doors looking into a parking lot on one side and a window looking into another parking lot on the other. To be fair, there was a glimpse of the lake from across two rows of cars in the parking lot and then beyond the building on the other side of that parking lot.

Still, with no A/C provided, we would have ended up having to
open the windows to cool the very stuffy room down (they did provide a fan). However, this could not be done without having people peering into the room from one side or the other, or both. Talk about a night with no sleep!

There was also a cleanliness issue my family discovered while I was discussing the room with the person at the front desk. Given our concerns, we asked that they refund our stay and we opted to go elsewhere. The staff person I dealt with was obliging about the refund once I explained the situation, which I appreciated, but I can't recommend this motel.

Stayed: July 2014
2  Thank GracieCNY
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ferrari8200, Owner at Ferrari's Crown Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2014

I apologize that you did not have a better experience at the Crown. This room is unique on our property and already booked for a number of days next summer, but also it's a room that some don’t like. It's one of the few rooms with a full kitchen but is not our best view unit. Many like the sliding door going out to the lakeside of the property but we recognize that to be completely private one must close all the curtains.

We have AC is some of our rooms but not all of them. Most places in Tahoe were built without AC. We get a few complaints on cleanliness but we work very hard at it.

Thanks again for taking the time to share our concerns.

Dave Ferrari

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Our family came to Incline Village for a softball tourney. Most everything was sold out and my husband found this place through a DoD website. I wasn't so sure at first but once we drove through and saw our room I was/am a fan. The furniture is a bit dated but everything was clean and very comfortable. They offer gas bbq's for families to cook their dinners. They have a shaded patio with patio furniture. They also have ping pong and foosball for those who are feeling competitive. The motel footprint is ideal. They have three separate patios, two pools and a hot tub - all with easy access to the beach. It is ideally located with nearby stores to buy food or anything you may have forgotten to pack. We stayed in Room 364 which has a plate glass window with an amazing view of the lake and mountains. There is also a porch of sorts that runs along the length of the building with seating allowing you to enjoy the amazing view. Staff is/was very courteous in responding to our questions. My daughter' steam didn't do so well but the Ferrari Crown turned this into a very enjoyable mini-vacay. We will definitely be comb back!

Room Tip: Ask for a lake view.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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ferrari8200, Owner at Ferrari's Crown Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2014

We like to think of the Crown as being clean and comfortable. We're glad that your family agrees! See you next time.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

My wife and I just returned from our annual two-week vacation at Ferrari's Crown Resort. This was our eighth year. Our unit looked out on the lake and pools. We were joined this year by friends whose families have come to love the place as much as we do.

Only fifty years ago, Lake Tahoe was dotted with dozens of family-run resorts like Ferrari's Crown. Smallish, rustic places where parents and kids oftentimes shared the same bedroom, awoke at the crack of dawn to snag the day's harvest of crawdads, rented a ski-boat, tried their luck at fishing (usually, unsuccessfully), basked in a daily ritual alternating between beach and pool, fired up the lakeside grill for a paper-plate alfresco dinner, and capped perhaps by a daring evening swim. And all the while, marveling at the ever-changing, moment-to-moment natural splendor of the place -- the majestic mountains, crystalline waters, glorious cloud formations, and Milky Way nights. Year after year in the summertime, families would anxiously await their slated week or two up at "the Lake". And year after year upon arrival, they'd be greeted by members of the same family that lovingly ran the place, catching up on events of the winter past and revealing plans for the week ahead. Kids fanned out to locate friends they'd met the previous year. Parents exhaled relief at having arrived. Suddenly for everyone, time just seemed to slow down. For innumerable families, this was their Tahoe experience and for them it provided the comforting sense of a beloved second home.

Today, the Crown is pretty much the last of these kind of resorts -- at least on Tahoe's North Shore. Sure, as far as accommodations are concerned, if you're looking for the Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt, or Glenbrook, this is not the place. On the other hand, the Tahoe Ritz Carlton's nowhere near the lake, the Hyatt at Incline disallows t-shirts, swimsuits, and bare feet in many areas, and Glenbrook's beach doesn't even come close.

Give it a chance, what the Crown does have too is something intangible, precious. The key is that it's family-RUN. Dave and Marilyn Ferrari and their very friendly, competent staff are tirelessly and professionally meticulous in every aspect of the operation. It's clear that members of their extended, now-multi-multi-generational family -- themselves crawdadding, fishing, sun-bathing, and beachside-barbecuing -- love the place as much as anybody else. And in that, they set an example: the Crown is largely meant for people who have families or who enjoy families. It caters to a range of people -- what used to be called the middle class. These include doctors and judges, as well as itinerant musicians and the guy who drives a beer truck. You can meet, converse, or spend time with any, all, or none of them. But part of the fun is hanging out with many different people who are there just being themselves.

In short, Ferrari's Crown Resort provides that rare kind of experience that families treasure years after the vacation has ended. After all, one learns a lot about his or her family sharing a single room and dashing out at the crack of dawn. And if like us you're childless, there's always the option of sleeping in, rolling out of bed at your leisure, and reveling in the daily maid service -- just like the Ritz Carlton.

Room Tip: The best rooms are closest to the lake. But keep in mind, if you're doing things right, you hardly spend any time in the room.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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ferrari8200, Owner at Ferrari's Crown Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2014

Thanks, Kevin! That's one of the nicest reviews we've ever seen! You captured everything that we strive to be in your review. See you next time!!

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

nice spot, will definitely come back. unusual was our room had no a/c, had to borrow the fan from my cuz's room that had a/c? spotted a bear walking down the beach late night...scary part was my nephews and niece were at the beach catching crawdads when the bear walked about 50 feet behind them...

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Leslie M
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ferrari8200, Owner at Ferrari's Crown Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review us. A few of our units do have AC, but most of them do not as a lot of the Lake Tahoe area isn't equipped with AC due to the cooler, dry nights.

Bears are an ongoing issue in the Tahoe area, the best thing you can do in that scenario is make noise to scare the bear away. Let us know at the front desk too, and we'll make a report to the appropriate authorities.

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Awesome is what I have to say about this hotel. If you want to stay on a great beach of Lake Tahoe, and have a pool, and have a spa, and simple breakfast all in 1 place, this is it! Great, kind, & hard working staff. Don't expect luxury, but do expect clean.

Room Tip: Get the room that has what you need, so many different ones. Some have kitchenettes, more beds, close to the pool.
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ferrari8200, Owner at Ferrari's Crown Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2014

Thanks for the great review! See you next time.

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