By Lyndsay Fraka
South Lake Tahoe is a city that attracts travelers from all over. Its stunning scenery paired with the long list of amazing activities available there make it next to impossible not to plan a trip there at some point. From a family of four to a couple celebrating an anniversary, we’ve come up with four places that will make your trip a memorable one in this edition of “Four Rooms.”
Location: At the base of Heavenly, in the village right next to the Gondola.
Clientele: Families looking for convenience and quality and aren’t too concerned with pricing. Ranging from studios to two bedroom villas, there is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy themselves. Perfect for children of all ages as it’s walking distance to plenty of fun activities and entertainment (ice rink, pool, spa, fitness center, shops, etc.) Great value for what you get and the area it’s located.
Food and Beverage: On site is the Italian restaurant Capisce; for casual dining, however, there are various restaurants within the village nearby, such as FiRe & iCe Grill and Bar, which is equipped with cozy outdoor fire pits. This is an improvisational Mongolian-style grill and bar where you can create your own custom meal. Chevy’s is only half a mile down the road and Raley’s, the local grocery store, is nearby as well.
Best feature: Location, location, location. Whether you want to stick around the Heavenly Village and casino area, hit up the Gondola to get some runs in, take in the gorgeous views, or walk down to Lake Tahoe, this hotel has got you covered. No worries about driving to have a good time.
Worst feature: Just as mentioned above, the area the Marriott is located always has something going on. If you want peace and quiet, this may not be what you’re looking for.
For reservations: 1.530.542.8400 or 1.800.845.5279
Location: About 1.5 miles from Heavenly Village off of Highway 50. Still very close to town.
Clientele: Small groups or couples looking for a cozy getaway that’s decently priced for its location ($179/night for a typical lodge room and $219/night for one-bedroom condo). It’s the only place in South Lake Tahoe with a full lake view in every room. Lakeshore has 500 feet of private beach along with its own heated pool and spa. This is suited for people looking to be located a little bit outside the chaos of the village/casino area but also close enough to keep the option open. They offer options of the regular lodge rooms or the Lakeshore privately owned condominiums. On top of that, for those looking for a more intimate setting they have “Romance Condos” with jetted hot tubs.
Food and Beverage: Located in front of the Lakeshore Lodge is the quaint Bistro on the Pier. It’s convenient and lakeside dining is always a plus. Smaller menu but the portions are plentiful. The Lodge is centrally located to many other spots to grab a bite as well but may require driving.
Best feature: Setting and vibe. During the summer they offer free live music on the private beach; year-round you are surrounded by breathtaking views and you are steps from the lake.
Worst feature: Not as kid friendly as other places. During the summer, the beach may provide some entertainment close by but other than that, it’s ultimately a couple’s destination.
Reservations: 1.800.448.4577 or 530.541.2180
Location: Base of Heavenly, near the Village at Stateline
Clientele: Those looking for a quality room who are ready to enjoy the nightlife and prime location of Harrah’s for average pricing. Luxury rooms with two queen beds are all under $200/night and are a few elevator rides away from restaurants, gambling, clubs, and the ski resort.
Food and Beverage: There are eight restaurants located in Harrah’s including the popular Friday’s Station Steak & Seafood Grill that provides a wide array of delicious fine dining dishes. This restaurant is located on the top floor, offering panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe in its entirety. The food is top notch although on the expensive side (around $40 per person). There is also the Forest Buffet, LA Italian Kitchen, and fast food at Fatburger within the casino.
Best feature: The nightlife and access to entertainment. The South Shore Room is the venue for endless amounts of concerts and shows. On other nights it’s transformed into the Vex Nightclub.
Worst feature: Lacks the mountain town vibe that many travel to South Lake Tahoe to find.
For reservations: Harrah’s Resort and Casino
Location: Near Stateline, across from the Heavenly Village on the lake side of Highway 50.
Clientele: Travelers on a budget who want a comfortable place to sleep but plan to be looking for adventure outside of the resort. Rooms start at $50. This motel offers a homey, rustic feel in every room and is located close to everything you would need.
Food and Beverage: The Driftwood Cafe is within walking distance and it offers hearty comfort food for breakfast and lunch. The motel is also very close to all casino restaurants and Village food.
Best feature: You get access to everything you would want to on the cheap. Includes a nice double hot tub and pool and access to a private beach in the summer. This place gets the job done, is pet friendly, and you’re still staring up at the face of Heavenly when you walk out the door.
Worst feature: The building is dated; don’t expect any modern appliances or chic decor unless you decide to go with a suite.
For reservations: 530.544.4131