South Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite places to visit, no matter what the season. Even though I can’t ski to save my life, I’ve been there multiple times during winter to make snow angels or to admire the slopes from inside a toasty cabin while sipping a hot chocolate. There are quite a few South Lake Tahoe hotels to choose from when you visit — it all depends on what type of accomodation you’re looking for. There are small hotels, motels, condos and cabins to explore.
The Sunterra Lake Tahoe is a great choice if you are looking for a good resort in the area that’s closer to the marina at the lake and the casinos. (FYI: this resort is usually called the Lake Tahoe Vacaton Resort – for easier searching on the web.) If you’re thinking about this place, book early to try to snag a room with a view of beautifully serene Lake Tahoe, it’s definitely worth it. You can get studios up through large two bedroom suites. The hotel has been renovated, and many rooms are now equipped with jacuzzi tubs and flat screen TVs – all rooms have kitchens. The only downside to this property is that it’s a timeshare – so if you’re not a member, then chances are not great that you’ll get a room with a view…but it’s well worth the try.
For a hotel that has a more rustic feel to it, but still provides all the amenities a good resort should, try the Marriott Timber Lodge. A full renovation of this resort has just been completed, so no worries about construction noise. It’s situated in the middle of the new Heavenly Village with all the shops and casinos and restaurants, so that’s pretty cool. The best part? You’re about thirty steps away from the Heavenly Gondola, which takes you up to the slopes! A wide variety of rooms and suites can be reserved here and fireplaces and whirlpool tubs are available in the villas. A restaurant called Fire and Ice is on site, and it gets good reviews. Again, though, this place is a timeshare…so be forewarned. It’s a great place to stay, though.
You don’t have any interest in staying anywhere that’s affiliated with a timeshare, you say? I know. How about the Holiday Inn Express? It’s a very clean, comfortable and cozy hotel that’s set back from the road a bit so you aren’t bothered by any road noise. Free complimentary breakfast, people! This place is a great value, especially if you plan to be in the area for a week and you want to save some money. And you’re only 1/2 a mile from Heavenly ski resort and you’re very close to all the shops and restaurants in downtown South Lake Tahoe. Good deal!
It’s almost wintertime, and I’m starting to think about delicate snowfalls and crisp evergreens…I think I may be scheduling a trip out to South Lake Tahoe this year!