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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Red Wolf Lakeside Hotel Tahoe Vista