3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club, South Lake Tahoe

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published 31/05/2016 | catsholiday
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Pro Lovely room, free wifi and close to places to eat
Cons No food on site, gloomy reception and misnamed
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"3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club - no idea why they used this name!"

3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club, South Lake Tahoe

3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club, South Lake Tahoe

3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club

931 Park Avenue
South Lake Tahoe
California 96150

We stayed just the one night in this hotel as we wanted to see Lake Tahoe having heard so much about how beautiful it is. We booked through hotels.com as we try to when we can so we earn a free night in every ten stays. It is also on Booking.com and other sites but the prices are pretty much the same

~~~~~~ LAKE TAHOE ~~~~~~

This is a very popular ski resort area but is also a place much visited all year around as it is very beautiful and you can of course use the lake for water sports as well as walking in the surrounding wooded parts.

It is popular as it is cooler than areas nearby in summer. It is easily reached from California and Nevada as it is just west of Carson City.

Lake Tahoe itself is the largest alpine lake in North America and is sits at 6,225 ft above sea level on the California/Nevada border.

I have to admit we were a bit underwhelmed with Lake Tahoe as it paled in comparison to Crater Lake but that may just be our opinion. I have written a review about the Lake Tahoe area on here if you would like to read that.

~~~~~~~ THE HOTEL ~~~~~~~~~~~~

This is more like a motel in its set up in that it was all on ground level or up one floor with car parking near your room. The description ‘beach resort’ is a bit misleading too as we were not that close to the lake and certainly no beach view from the hotel. The lake mariner was in fact five minutes walk away and you couldn’t see it from the hotel. It was a bit like a long mountain cabin in looks made of dark wood. We also never saw the three peaks so the name is a total mystery as resort is also not a description I would have used

It is just two blocks from the Heavenly Valley Gondola so handy for skiing and you could walk to shops and restaurants from the hotel so it was in a good location from that point of view.

The entire complex is no smoking which is a positive for us.


Check-in time is from 4 pm till 10 PM
Minimum check-in age is 21
Special check-in instructions:
This property offers self-service check-in instructions for guests arriving outside of normal check-in hours. Guests arriving after 10pm must register at the front desk by 11 AM the following day.

Check out is by 11 am

~~~~~~ OUR ARRIVAL ~~~~~~

We arrived about 4 or 5 pm after a day driving and exploring the area. We had driven from Reno in Nevada and were heading for Mammoth Lake via Bodie ghost town and then on to Yellowstone National park after that.

First impression was not great as they were digging up the car park and it was hard to park the car near our room and it all looked a bit shabby.

I went into reception while my husband stayed in the car outside. Reception was a bit odd too as it was also a games room and had a few seats but was rather dark and gloomy. There was also coffee and tea available there most of the time but it just didn’t feel that welcoming to me.

By this time I was getting a little concerned but I checked in and then went to explain to my husband where we could park the car temporarily until the workmen finished at 5 pm then we could move it closer to our room.

~~~~~~~ OUR ROOM ~~~~~~~~~

Our room was on the ground floor at the far end of the hotel away from reception so we collected our bags and wheeled them across the ‘road work’ in the parking lot to our room. At this stage I was not expecting much.

We opened the door and wow! What a lovely surprise. The room was lovely, very clean, modern and the bed looked very inviting and made up to look smart and modern and not at all what we expected from the outside.

Our room had a double bed but there are apartments in the complex too.

As we entered the room on the left there was a basin set in a stand with a coffee maker on the top and a nice mirror above it. This was separated from the main room by a part wall was kind of in the entrance hall part of the room.

To the right of that was the door to the bathroom.

Straight ahead was the main room which was not huge but well set out. Along the main wall on the left which the bed faced was a wooden unit with a couple of drawers and a comfortable chair in the corner. The large flat screen TV was above this unit.
At the foot end of the bed was a small table and two upright chairs with very America style fabric seats which remind me of French tuille a little, sort of trees and deer picture in muted colours.

The bed was really high, I had to climb into it. It was made with all white cotton bedding and had lovely comfortable pillows. Behind the bed was pine panelled as a kind of bed head effect as either side of that was wall papered and the two bedside tables filed each side of the bed and the wallpaper was behind those. Two nice big lamps sat on each bedside tables so good for reading with.

Over the bed was a ceiling fan with a light as well and there was also air conditioning so we didn’t need the fan as it was not that hot.

Opposite the basin in the entrance beside the bathroom door was a small wardrobe and in there was a coded safe. We always use those where they are in the room just to be safer.

The bathroom was not big but long and thin with the bath along the length, a toilet at the end and the shower over the bath. A high winder allowed light in and was frosted for privacy. It was all brand new and had obviously all been recently done up.

The bath surround and walls around the bath were mock marble and a small corner shelf held nice toiletries including soap, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in mini travel packs. The rest of the bathroom walls were plain and a pale aqua colour while the toilet and bath were white.

There was free wifi in the room which was quite good, not super fast but did the job.

Also in the room was an iron and board, hair dryer , alarm clock, and small fridge and the TV had cable channels. If we had wanted a microwave we had to ask and pay the extra $4.99 per night.

There was no breakfast at the hotel and so we had to find some along our was the next day.

~~~~~~~~ COST AND HIDDEN COSTS ~~~~~~~

We paid around £100 for our room only and of course being California there were extra charges once we arrived which were not included in the booking and these included: 10.59 % Tax, US$ 3.00 City tax per night, 5.85 % resort fee which is really annoying when you think you have paid a certain price then find it is actually nearly another $20 extra!


There was an outside pool on the site but it is only open in the summer. There is also a sun terrace but it wasn’t that tempting when we were there as it was not that hot.on
In reception there was a concierge service but that was not that evident, there was a Business centre where you could use the Fax/photocopying facilities.

They say pets are welcome in some rooms but you will be charged $25 each for them so check beforehand.

Up to two children under 12 years stay free of charge when using existing beds. $20 extra is charged for cribs and cots, as well as for an extra bed in the room.
There is a self service guest laundry which is always handy when you are on a driving holiday.

~~~~~~~ RECOMMENDED? ~~~~~~~

Yes this was much nicer than it appeared from the outside. It was handy to a number of places to eat and you could walk to them.

California is not a cheap state we found and the additional taxes each time began to grate a bit as the hotels we used there were no better than in other states and were all more expensive.

I clicked average for food but there is none on site.

Thanks for reading

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  • danielclark691 published 02/05/2017
    very good
  • CelticSoulSister published 13/10/2016
  • euphie published 26/06/2016
    On major catch up so apologies for lack of e!
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County: California

Address: 931 Park Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Type: Hotel

Rating: 3 Stars

City: South Lake Tahoe

Rooms: 65

Continent: North America

Features: Beach


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