Lake Tahoe Travel Guide

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Six Last-Minute Ski Hotels That You Can Actually Afford

February 8, 2011 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

Lake Tahoe last week, from the Hyatt Regency

The ultimate ski weekend of the year is almost upon us, with Presidents' Day fast approaching on February 21. And while the slopes are almost always packed—and some hotels we checked are already fully booked—we managed to find a few deals still floating around. reports that Park City, Utah's Courchevel, part of Deer Valley, has rooms discounted from the usual $325 to $260 when you book at least four nights. The Best Western Landmark Inn in Park City has rooms for the weekend for under $200 with a non-refundable internet booking rate. And Park City Crash Pads, an achingly hip management company that's putting hotel-style branding on area rentals, has rooms for as low as $109 a night.

The Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe, Vermont has rooms for $199 over the holiday. Killington's Greenbrier Inn has rooms for $156 a night while the Snowed Inn (ha) is at $192 a night for the long weekend.

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No Surprise Here: The Block Hotel Put on The Chopping Block

Where: 4143 Cedar Ave [map], Lake Tahoe, CA, United States, 96150
July 21, 2009 at 6:15 PM | by | ()

Not surprisingly, the snowboarder hotel, The Block at Big Bear Lake, Calif. is now up for sale. Atlas Hospitality Group is selling the hotel for just over $2 million. Actually, it's a court-ordered sale which likely means that The Block forfeited on its loans.

Aimed at snowboarders and other young folk and once a subject of a G4 reality TV show, the hotel brand (there was another location in Tahoe) could never deliver on hospitality. The NY Times once reviewed it saying it was like "camping out at Urban Outfitters." And how could we forget the staff profiles

However, it seems like there's also something a little more sinister beneath the surface as reports that The Block hotelier Liko Smith was arrested for a few few things including failure to pay transient occupancy taxes. Ugh.

[Photo: Atlas Hospitality]

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The Block: Expectations, Meet Reality

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: 4143 Cedar Ave. [map], Lake Tahoe, CA, United States, 96150
February 8, 2007 at 3:02 PM | by | ()

As could be expected, we're heavy into The Block, the reality show/30-minute ad for the Tahoe snowboarder hotel on the G4 cable network. Now that we're a couple episodes deep, we feel like we've got a pretty good handle on how things work at the hotel.

After holding our breath for the first episode, we got pretty much what we expected. It looks like hiring a bunch of snowboarders who smoke pot on camera doesn't lead to the most efficient operation. However, The Block is a serious operation, so management bought these kids army jackets and tried to kick these kids into shape? Is it working? Well, the hotel is sold out almost every winter weekend. Furthermore the property has scored with its nicer, sponsored rooms, like the DVS room, Napster room and Vivid room--yep, that Vivid--these rooms are much nicer than some of the run-of-the-mill barracks-style hotel units. But what's it like to actually stay at this place?

A recent guest may have summed it up best:

There are the people who stayed here expecting the usual comforts of a hotel and were sadly disappointed, and then the people who were looking for a place to drink and party (regardless of age) after a day of snowboarding who loved it.

With guys like Petey working there (hmm, wonder if he even works there any longer...somehow we doubt it), this doesn't really surprise us. Rooms start at $79, but much nicer rooms start at $139.

Related Stories:
· The Block Hotel [TripAdvisor]
· G4's The Block [Official Site]

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The Block's Hotel Staff in Tahoe Don't Like Ho's Who Talk Too Much

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: 4143 Cedar Ave. [map], Lake Tahoe, CA, United States, 96150
October 18, 2006 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

The Block Hotel in Lake Tahoe bills itself as the first snowboarder hotel which was created by professional snowboarder Marc Frank Montoya and Las Vegas Hotelier Liko S. Smith.

The place is totally geared for the younger generation as witnessed by the amenities like game consoles, board pegs, bike hooks, microwavable popcorn, and free wireless access.

But you also get a feel for the 21 and under vibe with the hottie staff profiles that read like MySpace pages. Take for instance, the Steve-O look-alike/wannabe Gilbert Perez who is the hotel's front desk agent. In listing his likes, he writes:

Money, Beeatches, 40's, hus'lin

Listed as his dislikes are:

When people give me quarters nickels and dimes. SNITCHES! Skantless Ho's, Stuck up bitches, people who don't ride on motherfucker's. Ho's who talk too much.

These staffers ain't fronting but we'd hate to see what they would do if you had any special room requests.

As for staying here, half of the rooms are called Signature rooms, each with different themes. But forget lame ski, snowboard or moutain themes. Try out the  Vivid room which features (as they describe)

"Stripperpole, Padded wall, Big ass TV, PS2 / DVD player, and enough porn to feed a small country! No sniffin' the panties..."

Lovely. You can also book the Napster, Zoo York, Roxy, DVS or Jones Soda room among others. Each one is different from the rest so make sure you really want the Vivid room and not the Napster one.

Rates start at about $229 a night on the weekends.

Related Stories:
· The Block reviews [TripAdvisor]


Caesars to Sell Tahoe Property

November 22, 2004 at 6:19 AM | by | ()

Caesars Entertainment, which continues to eliminate pieces of its empire in preparation for its announced sale to Harrah's, disclosing late last Friday it had agreed to sell its Caesars Tahoe hotel-casino to Kentucky-based Columbia Sussex Corp. for approximately $45 million.

Does this mean Kentucky Bourbon for everyone?