What We Love
- A stylish and modern retreat near the shore of Lake Tahoe, with breakfast and a welcome drinkBeing within five minutes of the lake and the gondola to the top of Heavenly Mountain
- Gathering 'round the fire pits in the courtyard or getting cozy in the hot tub
- Receiving breakfast each morning, complimentary with your stay
What To Know
- This nouveau motel has a quirky layout (the reception desk doubles as a bar)
- The buzzy lounge attracts a young, fun crowd
- There's no formal restaurant, but guests can fuel up for the day with some Stumptown coffee at the breakfast area
In Tahoe, you’re wise to base yourself at the newly renovated Coachman Hotel. This modern hotel in South Lake Tahoe is perfectly located for exploring all the region’s rugged scenery, whether you’re looking to check out the lake itself or the surrounding mountains. The first is a five-minute walk, and the gondola to the second – or at least to popular Heavenly Mountain, with its 97 ski runs and seven zip lines – is just as close. You’ll be getting started on your next outdoor adventure in no time, whatever time of year you visit, since Tahoe is as beloved for its warm-weather offerings as its skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.
You certainly don’t have to leave Coachman’s grounds, however, to get a pretty good taste of what Tahoe’s about. Sometimes a literal one, if you choose to visit lobby bar, which serves up coffee, wines and brews. Plus, there are cornhole boards (among other games) and fire pits to enjoy here, and a hot tub to soak in. And if you’d like to keep experiencing Tahoe’s take on outdoor fun, just ask the resort’s friendly staff to point you in the right direction.
Coachman accommodations, which offer your choice of one king or two queen beds, put a contemporary spin on the experience of a mountainside motel; there’s even a rubber-floored “wet entrance,” for storing your skis or swimsuits. Freshen up after a day outdoors in your bathroom, which houses a hand-built plywood vanity.
Tahoe is truly a vacation destination for all seasons. During peak months, you’ll find prime skiing and snowboarding conditions, including on Heavenly Mountain, which is just four minutes from Coachman. The gondolas keep operating even after the snow melts, meaning that you can enjoy yet more panoramic views of the scenery in the warmer months, as well as hiking on the trails or waterskiing in the lake (five minutes away). We also recommend wintertime tubing – Hansens Tube and Saucer Resort is a local favorite – and fall, spring and summer mountain biking and zip lining.
How to Get There
We have just left The Coachman Hotel after 2 wonderful nights! I couldn’t rate this hotel highly enough. We are on a little tour of America and South Lake Tahoe absolutely exceeded any expectations we had. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful (one gave us a recommendation for a lovely walk with amazing views). The rooms are clean and ‘trendy’ and fit perfectly with the surrounding landscape. They have lots of little extras in the room that are lovely, such as complementary lip balm, the option for Apple TV, and lovely free toiletries. The breakfast is wonderful (once we got the hang of the waffle maker-apologies for the mess!!), happy hour at the bar allowed my partner to try some great craft beers at a great price, and as a non drinker, the receptionist/bar man gave lovely recommendations (chilli hot chocolate and a refreshing flavoured soda water). The free S’mores and bar snacks were a perfect way to end our evening, along with a dip in the warm outdoor hot tub! I happily could have never left. 5/5 10/10 100% Perfect!
The best hotel we have been accommodated with soft bathing products, fresh coffee, and the best waffles. We were so thrilled to enjoy the pool and hot tub in a day where the snowflakes started to come down. The evening relaxed vibe was welcomed with the warmth of a fire and smores to share. There was nothing but pure bliss.
From check in to chilling by the pool felt like more of a B&B than a hotel. Staff from morning to night were exceptional. Location is excellent as you can walk to the lake or village in 10 minutes. Pool was actually heated and open until later in the evening. Rooms were clean but on the small side. Price seems on the high side but if you consider a nice breakfast is included and there is no parking fee, resort fee...found it reasonable. Go for some fresh mountain air and enjoy.