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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Had an awesome stay! Room was well presented and modern. Loved the reception for a happy hour drink, sit around the fire, and the hot tub. The complimentary breakfast is a great touch. Staff were friendly. Look forward to visiting again.
Heated toilet seats, comfy cool hipster vibe, great playlist music in lobby area, games to play in lobby, blankets with fire pit, and s'mores every night. The staff is truly exceptional! They are super friendly and helpful. I've stayed here twice and also visited the lobby bar at another time when I stayed at another hotel cause I preferred this one to the one I had stayed. Dog friendly, they have bikes for use, and chapstick in rooms. Close to walk to beach for day use, close walk to restaurants and shops. Close to walk to hike paths too. I don't gamble but the casinos are close walk as well.
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 $.