My wife's dream was to get married on New Year's Eve at Lake Tahoe. I spent 8 hours on the internet reviewing locations for a 3 day visit. It was hard to find any place with a view that got reviews that were generally positive. Cottage Inn has very good reviews but wanted a 4 day minimum stay @ $285.00 a night.
I booked it as the pictures looked very charming and we planned on getting married in our room, The Bird's Nest. One month before we left, my credit card was charged for the full stay and although it is listed in AAA, without any discount.
Our room looked nice and had a loft where the bed was. The main floor was an open room, seperated by a flow through fireplace which supplied the heat. On one side of the fireplace was a sitting area and on the other was a jazucci tub for 2. It looked promising.
Neither my wife nor I ski so we were looking at spending a lot of time in the room but being newlyweds, that was fine.
In the sitting room, the furniture was a 4' love seat, small table and a chair. All of these were made of wicker! Ever sit very long in wicker? I had marks on my back that looked like I had just been released from some 4th world prison. That was the only place to sit to watch the TV. Oh yes, the TV. How about a 13" screen?
OK, I'll cut it short and just list the rest as you can see what I thought by now. No heat in the bathroom. Ever go to the bathroom at 3 AM when it's freezing? Small shower, no water pressure (like pouring a cup of water on yourself). The only closet had no light in it and was so dark you couldn't see into it. The upstairs floor creaked with EVERY movement as did the bed. Remember, we were newlyweds. Our neighbors yelled at us more than once because of the noisey floor/bed. The bed was so bad, we both had back aches every day (the place was full so no other room was possible). There wan't any dresser so for 3 days, you had to live out of your suitcase. The stairwell lights could only be turned on/off from downstairs, a real safety hazard or else we had to sleep with the lights on and in our eyes. There were 2, 5" inch diameter holes in the carpet in the front room.
I could go on but you get the point. We left a day early and gave up one night's money just to get back home.
The quality control was terrible and you would think that for $300.00 a night one might only have to indure one or two of these issues. We both have travelled extensively and have never had such similar problems, especially for the price.
We did encounter staff that was less than helpfull as stated in some reviews but the owners were pleasant, just not able to help. They did offer to give us a one night free stay in the future. I'd rather go back to that wicker prison.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cottage Inn,located 2 miles south of Tahoe City,is a cluster of charming cottages with an 'old Tahoe' feel but 'todays' amenities.All rooms have private shower bathrooms, gas fireplaces, TV/VCR/DVD, seating area, some with a 2 person bathtub for special occasions.A full breakfast is served every morning (included in stay) in the main lodge as well as cookies and snacks/wine in the evenings.Our guests have access to a private beach adjacent to our property,bike path southbound or northbound can be picked up behind the property.Secure bike storage onsite.Boat/kayak/paddle board rental nearby.Many restaurants easily to be reached within a few minutes.We are located close to major ski resorts like Homewood,Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cottage Hotel Tahoe City