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Archives for the day Sunday, June 17th, 2012

I don’t usually stay in ski hotels, but you can’t beat the location.  The Park Tahoe Inn is directly across the street from the Heavenly Gondola and the Heavenly Resort.  The resort is a really nice area but you can’t get a room there unless you rent a time-share for a week.

Snow plow

It is really cool when you pull into parking lot and see an old four-wheel drive truck parked in the corner with snow plow and tire chains.

The staff was really nice when I checked in.  A suite at a ski hotel is not the same as a suite in a normal hotel.  Here, a suite means you get a bigger room, king bed and a pull-out couch.  I guess you need all of the room for your ski gear but it is nice to have the extra space for a summer visit.

The king bed is a memory foam bed.  I never slept on a memory foam mattress.  It felt odd but I slept well on it.  The pullout bed was not as comfortable as the memory foam but it was one of the more comfortable pullout beds that I have tried.  The bathroom is okay with good water pressure.  It was nice to have the sink outside of the shower area.  This is probably to keep things moving along on busy ski mornings.  I did not notice a breakfast area that I would consider essential for a ski hotel.  It does not seem right to get a hotel across the street from a ski resort then have to drive to breakfast.

I did not notice if the TV had cable or a bunch of HDTV channels.  It did not matter to me because it seemed like there were plenty of channels.  There were no plug in ports for Internet connection anywhere in the room.  The hotel does have Wi-Fi but the bandwidth is pretty low.  We got a better connection to the hotel next door than we did to the one here.  There was enough bandwidth for me to check my email this morning but connecting to the Internet tested my patience after dinner.  I did not come out here to play on the Internet anyway.  I came out here to check out the sights, hike, swim and run.

The next time I go to Tahoe, I will look into staying at the Park Tahoe Inn again.  The people at check in are very friendly.  The location is great, the price is great.  The room amenities are a little light but it is well worth limited bandwidth for a clean hotel with nice people at a great rate.

I usually rent a house or condo when I go to Tahoe.  It costs more for one night than it did for three nights at the Park Tahoe Inn.  It is really nice to spend more for food than lodging.