My wife, daughter, and I spent a very pleasant weekend staying at the Cedar Glen Lodge in Tahoe Vista recently. It happened to be the weekend of the recent Lake Tahoe Iron Man competition, though we weren't aware of it when we planned our trip.
Somewhat Pricey: Shame on me for not trying harder to negotiate on price - we got $2 a night off the rack rate posted in the room. Other places in Tahoe Vista, especially the ones that don't advertise in Yelp or TripAdvisor, seem to be considerably less expensive. Well, as it turned out, the place was full for the Iron Man competition...
Very Pleasant: We stayed in #29, a two-room "mini-suite" on the 2nd floor of the building at the back and top of the property. It was extremely nicely appointed - granite countertops, solid wood cabinetry and furniture, solid core doors with frosted glass, superb Kohler sinks and bronze faucets, very nice mattress and linens, and with a full (but small) kitchen. Interior paint and finish was top-notch, though in a rustic style. Exterior finish is quite dated, and in the back (visible from the bedroom and bathroom windows) the soffit & fascia paint is peeling off in sheets. The facility has a pool, a jacuzzi, a sauna, and deeded access to the Lake Tahoe beach, across the street. Continental breakfast, included in the price, included lots of starches, fresh fruit, but no protein. The desk staff went out of their way to get authoritative information on travel in the area during the race - very helpful.
A Little Peculiar: The layout of #29 is weird - a breakfast table, chairs, and seating "ell" faces across the front window to the hide-a-bed sofa, over which the flat screen TV is mounted. In other words, you can't sit on the sofa and watch TV - you have to scrunch into the seating "ell" behind the breakfast table. In order to walk around the sofa extended into the hide-a-bed, we had to physically carry the breakfast table to the empty space between the bedroom door, the bathroom, and the dresser (it fit up against the wall, even with the chairs added). The bed in the bedroom is so large that there is no room left for dresser, closet, chair, or anything else. We also were inundated with "you must" and "you must not" lists and signs (no problem for us to comply - nothing we wouldn't or would have done ourselves) which left us feeling a little pushed around.
We'd certainly go back, but we'd try for a different room, and on a less contentious weekend, and push harder for a better price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Where good taste meets serenity - Cedar Glen Lodge is an award-winning, Eco-friendly resort that offers a sophisticated and elegant rustic Tahoe charm nestled under a canopy of majestic pine trees. It offers an array of beautifully and tastefully appointed cottages and comfortable suites with high-end modern amenities . Some accommodations feature fireplaces, kitchens, AC, therapeutic BainUltra ThermoMasseur bathtubs, granite counter-tops, custom made furniture and breath-taking views! On-site wine bar, sandy beach right across the street, outdoor seasonal heated pool, hot-tub, sauna, picnic areas, BBQ's, nightly campfire with complimentary s'mores (weather permitting), volley ball, ping pong, putting green, Tesla and Universal EV Charging Station. Centrally located to all Lake Tahoe activities: kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, river rafting, golf, casinos, shopping, winter sports at world-class resorts, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and much more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cedar Glen Hotel Tahoe Vista
- Knights Inn Tahoe Vista