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.
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We loved our stay at The Coachman - hands down the best lodge in South Lake Tahoe if you’re after cool and cosy digs. Great fit out without being fancy in both shared areas and rooms. Lovely communal fire pit and bar area where you can enjoy a few drinks and tasty snacks in the evening and toast s’mores, very social. Really nice staff. And enjoyed the pool too, good afternoon sun
We loved the reviews here and decided to stay. The hotel itself is great. With a funky bar/fire pit and great pool/jacuzzi set up, it offers something fresh and outside of the usual hotel box. They offer free parking, WiFi and a good breakfast and a lovely seating area with board games to play. They put out s’mores ingredients every night to have fireside. The rooms are ski-lodge style and have good size TVs, a fridge and hairdryers. The toilet seat is heated, there is a fan in the bathroom and the sink area is separate which are all good features. The bed didn’t give me a good nights sleep unfortunately and the walls are thin. We could hear our neighbours clearly and the upstairs guests seemed to move furniture to all hours. The room was always warm though and showers were piping hot. The hotel is walking distance to the Heavenly village and the lake. It’s a quiet and safe area and I would prob stay again despite the noise.
If you’re unlucky enough to be in room 301 to 303 be prepared for noise at night. These rooms are next to the outdoor seating area/fire pit and every night we stayed there was LOUD chat from guests and music from the bar. Nice enough motel but very much style over substance. Can get just as adequate accommodation around the corner for less $.
We arrived before check-in hour but were welcome to hang by the pool until our room was ready! The pool-area is small but super-comfortable with sturdy sunbeds, pic-nic-table and a loooong sofa-bed. Also a hot tub in the corner. The pool-area was clean and neat and tidy and the pool clean (not to be taken for granted in our experience..).
The hotel-staff was generally friendly and nice. The breakfast was included (sooo great!) and offered the basics! Awesome! The room was clean and offered comfortable beds, clean bathroom and the basic space you need. We appreciate the non-existing AC because we love the environmental-freindly aspect of things. The bar offered great coffes, gerat wine and a nice area to relax inbetween adventures. Also, we loved that it is a small and quiet place! Highly recommend!
We stayed at the coachman for 2 nights and it was the perfect place for us as a family, the kids could have a nice swim and there was a nice chilling area next to the pool where you can keep an eye on the kids. The design and style are really nice and the staff that was present when we were there was very kind and helpful. In the evening there were marshmallows for on the fire and some mousey seats to relax on.