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“Not too sure if it is Gold-Crown worthy but our experience surpassed expectations so we recommend Red Wolf Lodge”

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Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Tahoe Vista
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

Dates of stay: Sunday 3/1 - Sunday 3/10
Purpose of visit: Winter sports, sight-seeing, relaxing and having fun in a mountain town

Our stay was due to an exchange of our timeshare in Park City through RCI. The lodge was the nicest-lookjng and highest rated property we could reserve during primo ski season.

Prior to our visit I contacted the lodge several times in the hopes of reserving a lake-facing 2 BR unit but we were told it was FC-FS -better get there early on check-in day. We arrived at 3pm (check-in at 4pm) with our rental car from San Fran (first timers to CA) and luckily got a lakefront unit (#21-ground floor).

Erin, the manager, gave us a packet with ski resort ticket info, resort activities weekly calendar, (ex- pancake breakfast, hot toddy day, ice cream Sunday day, nightly fires), map/explanation of what resort features were (hot tubs (2), laundry (free), etc), ability of renting movies ($3 ea or $12unlimited, free use of sleds, snowshoes, fluffy robes, beach towels) and when our units would be serviced by housekeeping (2 trash/linen service days and one mid-week mini-cleaning). We were also given a discount card and a booklet of vendors where the card could be used. This was handy and saved us some $ when we dined out.

The resort is very handsomely themed as a log-cabin lodge with wolf accents. The property is narrow so instead of a courtyard, there is a long parking lot connecting the units, and only those lucky enough to snag one of the 4 units directly facing the lake are likely to be happy with the view. We were resolved in the fact we would not likely get lake front and didn't get our hopes up - now having experienced it I would not go back unless I could get it! From our unit, we had a window and sliding glass door which looked out on the lake and pool area from our living area only (which was ideal). BRs and baths were in the back and either looked soon neighboring building or access porch. We are not talking about a wide panoramic view but one that far surpasses a view of the parking lot. There were just one or two days warm and dry enough to enjoy the porch - but it got a lot of sun and a gentle breeze - truly awesome.

The unit was well supplied. Linens, kitchen and appliances all very well provisioned. There was a hospitality basket of various goodies by the coffee maker. All appliances (dishwasher, oven, micro, fridge), TVs, worked well. All dishes/knives/etc in good shape and plenty for our use. There was a blender, toaster, roast pan, casserole dishes as well. Be careful you set coffee maker filter back just right or else the coffee and grounds will spill out all over counter. Everything you could need to cook for a week was provided. They even gave paper towels and dish soap (countertop spray would have been really great). The fireplace in the living area worked on a timer - we felt like it didn't last quite so long - had to keep winding it but that was ok. It took a very long time for water to get hot for showers and it seemed to waste a lot of water. Deep jacuzzi tubs in both baths were lovely and spray head of showers had good pressure. In bathroom, in addition to the fan there is a "heat" function which was nice.

The unit's 2nd BR didn't have much storage for clothing - not a big deal but we had to keep our clothes in the pine entertainment center in the living room. No closets in unit.

Both BRs and living room had TVs and dual DVD/VHS players. Only one BR had flat screen (our second BR) and other two were tubes. We rarely watched TV - programming was pretty crappy but that's not what we were there for. There are two red boxes at the Safeway inside and one at the ghetto 7-eleven up the road.

The temperature in unit was consistent for the most part except at night our room would get really warm and the other room would get so cold my mom would turn the heat fan in the bathroom on. Not sure of what the deal was and it wasn't a big enough deal to complain about.

Hot tubs were always piping hot (yeah a little dirty on the bottom from people dragging dirt in). The pools are not covered so of you want to jump in (as we did bw hot tub soakings) you could. Pool is not heated. You can walk around the poolroom the dock where you can get your "postcard" like shots.

On the first night we had the misfortune of locking ourselves out of the unit - and we made this revelation at about 9:30pm - the office closes at 6pm. There is some kind of after-hours access for such emergencies however it was not properly set up ( missing keys?) so we had to awaken the manager who lived (luckily) a short ways down the road. She obviously wasn't too thrilled to see us so soon but obliged us by letting us in and re-retiring for the evening. Other places may not have been so ingratiating - considering this hotel is clearly not staffed 24-7. The manager was probably as nice as she could have been under these circumstances. Our stupidity and a mistake we did not repeat.

A note on the location which, if you are renting a car and visiting in the winter, you should be aware of. The road to Truckee (and Northstar Resort) is likely to be restricted to either 4-wheel dr vehicles or vehicles with snow chains should you be lucky enough to get a snow storm. We had a rental from Budget, a 2-wheel dr Ford Escape. After the storm, we got chains on the drive axel tires (as required by Cali VDOT), however, the manager seemed pretty insistent that the hwy patrol would stop us if we didn't get chains on all 4 tires. Our two tire chains were sufficient as we expected - we were waved on at the check points. We paid $100 for the chains which we only had to use that one morning after the storm. We had to give the chains away before returning the rental at the airport bc rental companies won't often allow snow chains on cars (tires of course were fine after use). Considering we paid less for the rental with the chains than we would have for a 4-wheel dr vehicle for the week (not even considering fuel) we were happy with our decision of the car choice. Just be mindful that if you stay here-as opposed to staying at a ski resort - your travel options may be limited during/after a storm if you don't have chains or 4- wheel dr. We knew this could happen - but we were all too happy to get the snow all the same!!!! We traveled across the country by plane so bringing or taking the 20lb chains home was not an option.

We really enjoyed our stay because we got everything out of this trip that we wanted: Lake view, comfy lodgings, and a convenient location for home base. We still love Park City of course - though we don't think it fair to compare the two. We probably won't return anytime soon but if we have friends making the trip we would recommend the lodge.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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rwll, Manager at Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2013

Hello, sounds like you had an action packed week while visiting the resort. I'm glad you were able to enjoy the many amenities we have to offer here at the Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge. The lakeview units always are a pleaser for our guests, you can't beat the views.
We hope you'll come back and see us soon.

Thanks again for the great review.

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Reviewed 3 March 2013

I booked a studio for a week in February through RCI then read a few reviews here on TripAdvisor that left me questioning my reservation. To my expectation, the stay was great! I knew the studio had a murphy bed, so that wasn't a surprise at all; I did not expect the room to be so spacious, however. The full kitchen was large and completely stocked (Safeway is about 1/4 of a mile away, so this was great for us), there was a table large enough for 2 people to sit at, the bathroom was fairly large, and the living space was perfect. Even with the bed down, the unit still didn't feel like a studio. Kelly (at the front desk) was great - she was knowledgeable about local restaurants, places to go hiking and snow shoeing, and made sure we knew about the weekly social events going on in the 'wolf den.' The entire front desk staff made us feel like family, not like hotel guests!

The amenities the resort offered were beyond my expectations: the Monday morning breakfast was great, and the Hot Toddy Thursday was also great, but the free snowshoes and sleds that we were able to use everyday saved us a lot of money (didn't have to rent them), the robes that are available for the week were so cozy, and the discounts at local restaurants came in really handy as well.

I try to get to Tahoe at least once a year to go skiing, and I will definitely try to stay at the Red Wold Lakeside Lodge again, and will also recommend it to my friends and family.

Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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rwll, Manager at Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2013

I am so pleased that Kelly was helpful during your stay. She is a star at the front desk. Her Hot Toddy Social is a big hit with our guests.
We so look forward to seeing you again at Red Wolf. And please do tell your family and friends about us, thats the best compliment we can receive.

Thank you,
Erin M. O'Brien
General Manager

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Reviewed 24 February 2013

Thank you Erin and Kelly for always taking great care of our family and our needs! We are long time owners @ Red Wolf and are very pleased with the property and the hospitality we receive. Thoroughly enjoyed the jacuzzi tubs and full kitchen in our 2br/2ba suite, as well as the outdoor hot tubs after a day on the slopes. Tahoe vista is close to Northstar and other attractions. The views of being right on Lake Tahoe are unsurpassed. We had adventure-filled days and very comfortable, restful nights @ Red Wolf. Look forward to returning.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank aliehssunday
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rwll, General Manager at Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2013

Hi Aliehssunday,
Thank you for reviewing Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge. It's always great to hear from our owners and we are so glad that our staff took amazing care of you during your stay. The views of Lake Tahoe are breathtaking and we're so thrilled you loved them as well. We look forward to your return!

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Reviewed 14 February 2013

Yes, it is one of many, many such lodgings around the Lake. Yes, it was a motel that was converted to a more useable kitchen, living, bedroom combo. You might even think you have pulled into a place from 50 years ago. Yet inside, the rooms, bathroom, kitchen are all bright and modern, if not spacious. Almost all furniture and trim is made of rustic looking pine. The bed was comfortable, the room clean, and the service was responsive. A gas fireplace provides a nice cozy spot.

The property sits in the midst of the tall pines that surround the lake, and it extends via a swiming pool and picnic area all the way to the lakefront. We came to ski. The location was good, and ski rentals and a Safeway were very close by. We would return to this rustic facility. Caution, the entrance is somewhat difficult to see while in traffic.

Room Tip: It appears that room size may vary, and there appeared to be a new and possibly more luxurious build...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

My husband and I love to go to Redwolf Lakeside Lodge. We have traveled internationally as well as Domestically and have always felt that when our family stays at Redwolf Lakeside Lodge that we are visiting old friends and that we have arrived to our second home. The lodge does not have AC however normally by the time we come back from playing all day at the Lake or pool the rooms are cool. We were there in October and I am late in sending this but I need to express my extreem gratification to visit the lodge. In October it was cold enough to snow and the town was preparing for the winter. Our room had a gas fireplace which I asked to be turned on and snuggle with my hubby. We had a few good days to play so we walked or I normally paint a rock or pine cone, enjoy a smore or Trinidads BBQ by the Lake. The lake is beautiful all year long and worth the vacation. ENJOY!!!! WE AlWAYS DO!!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

This place is awesome! From the customer service (Thanks Kelly) right down to the smores, this place ROCKS! Beautiful room with every luxury you could ask for and all at a great price! Will definitely stay here again in the future.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank LocalMan97502
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Reviewed 7 December 2012

Beautiful place,,,close to Northstar and Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley,Homewood,
Cabin rooms are cozy and friendly staff makes this place 5 stars!!
We always have fun up here at the lake..north shore is peaceful,quiet,exciting...
Good energy...close to Truckee...Yoga wellness center is a must.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the lake are nice..ask for # 1...cozy...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 7630 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148
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Region: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > Tahoe Vista
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Tahoe Vista
#2 Green Hotel in Tahoe Vista
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tahoe Vista
Price Range: £95 - £225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge is a cozy, classic mountain retreat along the banks of Lake Tahoe. Guests enjoy unparalleled mountain and lake views, year-long outdoor activities, and a quaint ambiance that makes this resort an award winner. Accommodations include studio, one, and two-bedroom condominiums decorated in traditional mountain lodge style with warm, natural wood; and featuring a gas fireplace and fully-equipped kitchen. In the warmer months, guests enjoy an outdoor heated pool overlooking Lake Tahoe, an on-site beach, and a private dock perfect for taking in a mountain sunset. Outdoor enthusiasts will find endless hiking trails to explore the Sierra Nevada wilderness with spectacular lake and mountain views. A daily resort fee of $15 plus tax per night will be collected at time of booking. Guest must be 18 years of age or older with a valid ID and credit card to book and check-in. Front desk hours: 8am - 7pm daily. ... more   less 
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