New Hotels Reflects Evolution of Lake Tahoe’s South Shore

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2022 0


If you can peel your gaze away from the beauty of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains, you can see the South Shore ( evolving right before your eyes. A trend that began about ten years ago is now in full force.  Lodging properties in South Lake Tahoe are being transformed from “this could be anywhere” accommodations, some originally built in the 1960s, to true Tahoe-style hospitality.  These new properties offer amenities that are more in tune with the experiences that travelers expect today – local authenticity, connection and community, sustainability, the option of seclusion, convenience, value, and pet inclusivity.


New hotels.


The latest addition to the destination, the Desolation Hotel, will welcome its first guests on 30th July 2022  This hotel is all about nature, sustainability, and luxury.   The name refers to the Desolation Wilderness to the east.  Maggie’s, the third-floor restaurant, is named for Maggie’s Peak, actually two peaks within the Desolation Wilderness.  The pool bar (located next to the saltwater pool and 14-person spa) is Velma’s, for a lake also within that wilderness area. The all-new, 21-unit hotel stands on the site of the former Tahoe Villa and the few trees that were removed can be seen in the structural supports.  Ten of the units are three-story townhouses with a private garage, EV charging capabilities, washing machine and dryer, and Japanese-style soaking tub on the third-floor balcony.  The Tahoe Daily Tribune recently interviewed the owners/developers, Tahoe residents Eric and Chet Pipkins.


Hampton Inn & Suites also opened in July 2022.  It looks like a modern ski chalet (on the site of the former Super 8 on Lake Tahoe Blvd.), less than a mile from the beach, Heavenly Village, and the Heavenly Gondola.  Guests will enjoy a lobby bar, heated indoor pool, heated patio, hot tub, and fire pit.  Ski lockers have boot and glove warmers, and bike lockers are available.   There are 12 EV chargers on-site for guests driving electric cars, seven for Teslas, and five standard chargers with conduit underground for future chargers.  This very smart hotel utilizes solar and efficient energy consumption and a complete water retention system, so water runoff does not leave the site, helping to preserve and improve lake quality.   This story in has more details.

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