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The Block: Expectations, Meet Reality

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  Site Where: 4143 Cedar Ave. [map], Lake Tahoe, CA, United States, 96150
February 8, 2007 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)


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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Napster Suite In Tahoe

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  Site Where: 4143 Cedar Avenue [map], South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States, 96150
April 8, 2005 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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TheBlock, worlds first snowboarder hotel

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  Site Where: 4143 Cedar Avenue [map], South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States, 96150
September 24, 2004 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.