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A Look at 4 of South Lake Tahoe's Newly Renovated Hotels

March 27, 2014 at 1:31 PM | by | Comment (1)

South Lake Tahoe's newest hotel, the Landing.

Despite eight ski resorts in the greater Tahoe area, winter is actually the region's offseason and, this year, it has seen an impressive amount of renovation take place in anticipation of the busy summer season. Below, we take a look at some South Lake properties that have been brushed up of late:

The Landing

It's the newest hotel in Tahoe having just opened at the end of last year, and it's also South Lake's most high-end boutique resort. We told you about the bathrooms that sport the manliest hotel amenity ever, and that novelty is just a tiny aspect of what makes the lake-front Landing impressive. Its in-house, wood-fire Greek restaurant, Jimmy's, is perhaps the best dining in town (we recommend going with the tapas), and its position on the lake results in killer views. A full-service spa, free wine tasting, valet parking, and in-room fireplaces round out the perks. Rates start at $199/night.

968 Hotel

Of all the hotels featured here, this one might have the biggest personality. Its design is an example of how a modest, honest approach can shine brighter than a bag of silver dollars. Every inch of the interior, including the rooms, is made from repurposed items, including couches made of old bed frames and carpet spun from recycled milk jugs. Even if you don't spend the night, it is worth popping into its coffee bar for a drink to see the colors and flair of the decor. Point to something in the room, and it no doubt has a story attached to it, which the staff will be happy to share. More to come from this hotel and its ecological approach in a separate piece. Rates start at $99/night.

Lake Tahoe Resort

The fact that Lake Tahoe Resort was formerly an Embassy Suites is apparent the minute you step in from its inside/outside balcony design, but recent renovations to the lobby and the guest rooms have energized this 400-room property. The hotel now has premium and standard rooms, the former offering better amenities including Egyptian cotton sheets and bedding, bathrobes, and bath rugs. Location puts you literally on the state line between California and Nevada, right on the main drag across the street from the casinos and gondola. Rates start at $164/night.

Beach Retreat and Lodge

This sprawling, affordable 266-room property is similar to the Landing in that some of its rooms offer lake views, it gives guests direct access to the beach, and it has a great restaurant, the Boathouse, on site. Grab a drink and some appetizers during the sunset, and be sure to take a walk through the property and along the beach. Expect a brand new lobby this summer to go along with refurbished guest rooms. Rates start at $108/night.

[Photos: The Landing/968 Hotel/Tahoe Resort Hotel/Beach Retreat and Lodge]

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