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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.
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 Boardistan.com 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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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.
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]
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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.
· The Block reviews [TripAdvisor]
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.