South Lake Tahoe Travel Guide
The keycard for a room at the new Hard Rock Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe's newest hotel and casino is the Hard Rock Hotel, located adjacent to its casino counterparts, which include Harrah's, Harvey's, and the Montbleu. The Hard Rock, which opened about a month ago, is part of a rejuvination going on in South Lake, one that hopes to replace old, run-down inns with a rush of new blood that involves local, environmentally friendly properties (Hotel 968), five-star lodging (The Landing), and destination resorts (Tahoe Beach Resort).
About a year ago, we took an in-depth look at The Landing when it opened, and also highlighted some hotels that exemplified this transition in Tahoe. Now, let's step through the doors of the new Hard Rock and see what it has to offer. Take a moment to browse the gallery, and then see below for more detailed descriptions of the property.
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Despite eight ski resorts in the greater Tahoe area, winter is actually the region's offseason since the campgrounds and harbors are closed, awaiting the spring sun. This year, the area has seen an impressive amount of renovation take place in anticipation of the busy summer season, especially in South Lake Tahoe. We'll be dishing on those details in a separate, in-depth piece but first, let's talk about the area's newest hotel--The Landing.
The hotel in opened in December and is already one of the most luxurious properties in South Lake Tahoe. We'll get to the specifics about the property next week, but as a quick teaser--and to highlight that today's upscale properties aren't designed totally for women--we must share with you the most manly amenity we've come across in some time. Believe it or not, it's in the bathroom.
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What goes under water, is piloted by teenagers, and is sitting in our lobby? asks the Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe. And the answer? Why, a 2,000 lb, 14-foot, fully functional submersible, of course.
A photo on the hotel's Facebook page shows the vessel just hanging out in the lobby. But this isn't some misplaced piece of furniture—it's actually on display at the hotel until next month, when it embarks on a series of 60 dives in Lake Tahoe.
Remember The Block Hotel? The hotel the snowboarding hotel where the staff was adverse to "ho's who talk to much", well they got their own reality show--shocker right? Thing is, we Tivo'd the series premiere and surprisingly, the Block is not only watchable, but it may well be the greatest show modern day television has ever seen.
Ok, that is over the top Trumpian hyperbole, however, The Block is, at the very least, a promising hotel version of The Restaurant, and we have been waiting for this very show since Brunett's fake-reality show The Casino bombed a couple years back. Eventually, someone had to nail the made for reality tv drama of day to day hotel management, and it looks like G4 did it with The Block. How? The cast is a perfect mix of combustible personalities who run a snowboarding hotel in South Lake Tahoe.
From hotelier Liko S. Smith, an x-military man of some sort who actually said "what is your major malfunction" in the premiere, to green hotelie Michael, to the cute, barely coherent girl staffers these folks are totally worth watching.
Premiere episode highlights included:
·Maintenance man Jorge looking thoroughly disgusted with his new crop of workers.
·Petey comparing smoking weed to drinking coffee and explaining to a girl who told him to put his seat belt on "I can't cause I am holding a bong".
·Petey, a self proclaimed "born salesman", walks into a store that had just been burglarized the previous night, and right as the store owner is explaining what happened, Petey, always the salesman, says "anyway, we are having a party over at The Block". Michael K. Scott he is not.
· G4's The Block [Official Site]
Spy Optic, the hip sunglasses hawker, is offering US residents a chance to win a 2-night trip for two to the The Block in South Lake Tahoe. Sure, sure, by limiting you to a summer free stay the marketing wonks made certain snowboarding wouldn't be on your agenda, however, summertime in Tahoe is gorgeous and full of activities.
The prize includes round trip airfare, plus hotel accommodations in the Spy Room at The Block. Ground transportation and meals are not included.
Furthermore, it doesn't look like you have to buy anything to enter the contest--just fill out the form and pray to the gods of Tahoe.
We're in, hope you are as well. Wait, didn't we just screw our odds by posting this? Oh well.
We have mentioned the TheBlock before in this space, but we wanted to let you know about the room "napsterization" that recently went on there.
The Napster room is spacious, with a fold out couch, an 80s egg chair, a PS2, and a stereo system/computer/DVD player all in one, where you can download and listen to your Napster songs.
Sure, it may be April, but Kirkwood got dumped on the past couple of days.
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Going to Tahoe and looking for a party hotel? Check out TheBlock, a hotel for snowboarders by snowboarders. Ahh, how we love the themed hotel.
TheBlock is a 50 room hotel located in South Lake Tahoe, CA founded by Professional Snowboarder, Marc Frank Montoya and veteran hotelier Liko S. Smith.
The hotel has two second story decks, room balconies with exterior music, a rooftop hot tub, free high speed access and wireless terminals as well as. In room amenities include cordless phones, CD players, DVD/game consoles (PS2 and/or Xbox) and coffee makers.
The property is located 1 block from the Heavenly Gondola in S. Lake Tahoe.
The room curators include Zoo York and Vivid Video. Most rooms have snowboarding gear type names. Check out the Spy room pictured to the right.
The Vivid room, which should be open by the end of the year, will include the following (this info comes straight from the hotel owner):
-a stripper pole
-a stage with mirror floors (awwwww yyyeeeaaaahhhh)
-a camera mounted in the corner of the ceiling facing the bed (dont worry, it's fake...or is it?)
-mirrors on the ceiling
-a 56in. high definition TV
-an entire wall of VIVID porn titles
Tommy Lee and Paris Hilton will have to take a number, this is fixin' to be a pop room.
The newest bit of news from this South Lake lodge? Check it out:
We just bought the Monte Carlo next door,.. the rooms have tacky ass furniture from Grandmas attic and we're not gonna remodel until November. BUT the rooms are big, and each room has a CD player, Cable TV w/HBO, big ass beds with a private balcony and covered parking.
So for a limited time only you have a choice, "Grandma" rooms or tricked out signature rooms.