Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village
What We Love
- Heart-of-the-action location on the edge of Heavenly Village, walking distance to the gondola, shops, restaurants and casinos
- Resort-style perks include hot breakfast, WiFi and parking, plus s’mores/ice cream socials, wine and cheese receptions, pony rides and more
- Huge rooms start at 650 square feet, and most have separate living rooms and full kitchens
What To Know
- No restaurant, but a hot breakfast is served daily
- The pool is closed in the fall and winter
- Stock your room at the grocery store (a five-minute walk away)
- A $15 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
At the edge of Heavenly Village, a short walk to the gondola, Forest Suites Resort is a family favorite with huge rooms and resort-style amenities. The vast lobby is done up in traditional mountain style, with chalet-like eaves, a centerpiece stone fireplace and an eye-catching metal chandelier. Guestrooms start at a huge 650 square feet and sleep four or more guests in king beds and pull-out sleeper sofas. Most have full kitchens and open-plan living and dining areas, plus en-suite bathrooms with single vanities and over-tub showers. For larger groups or longer stays, two-bedroom suites offer an extra bathroom and more living space. While there’s no restaurant, guests can fuel up on a hearty (and free) hot breakfast spread of sausage, bacon, eggs, fruit, oatmeal, baked goods and more. Hot coffee is available in the lobby round the clock, and there are fun seasonal food treats including a wine and cheese reception and s’mores sessions by the outdoor fire pit. The hotel has an outdoor pool (open in spring and summer only), an XBOX game room, occasional movie nights and special events like weekend pony rides, a hot chocolate bar and ice cream socials.
In the Area
Catch the Heavenly Gondola up for pristine pistes and stunning Tahoe vistas. Whether you’re snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling, there’s plenty of winter sporting fun to be had off-property in the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. When ski season ends, Adventure Peak (9,100 feet) picks up the action with a rock-climbing wall, restaurant and hiking trails galore. South Lake Tahoe is right by the Nevada border, where all the casinos are located. Harrah’s, 10 minutes down the road, is the largest, and it frequently hosts big name entertainers in its South Shore Room.
How to Get There
This is the first time we visited Lake Tahoe and without any prior knowledge, we chose to stay here. It turned out a good choice!! Rich breakfast, clean and spacious rooms. The best thing is the fully equipped kitchen and a cozy rest area in the family room! Though a bit old and one of the towel had stains on it, this is still the place I'll recommend my friend for a few days getaway!
This was the second time that we have stayed here. The resort is a little dated, but very clean and well kept. What you are really getting is good service and a great location. We also like the option of getting the daily maid service or an amenity. We were offered either a bottle of wine or a movie snack pack. The kids loved the soda, popcorn and candy while they watched TV in the room. The sofa bed was reasonably comfortable for the kids and the king bed was very comfortable. The location is perfect. Very close to everything. The two pool areas were well maintained with hot tubs, fire pits, plenty of lounge chairs as well as tables and a comfortable seating area.
We always recommend the hotel to friends.
This place is in a great location, but the remodel was not going well. When I got there, painting had been finished but just painted signs were up past their time....considerably past their time....elevators were not operational. The place was dark...lots and lots of kids and I was there on business....not business friendly....the breakfast area was a mess....people were nice...wifi was inconsistent and did not work half of the time, that was the most irritating part of the trip...never repaired it despite three attempts...musty....
We were very pleasantly surprised when our very last minute booking turned out to be terrific! The location can’t be better - right behind heavenly village with shopping and great restaurants right there. 2 block walk to the casinos - no driving necessary. Breakfast was free and very good with lots of options. Our room was huge with a full kitchen, dining table, 2 TVs, separate bedroom but a tiny little shower. We were very happy with our stay!
This place was probably beautiful around the time I was in high school or college (hint: I’m GenX age). It is totally underwhelming. The web site pictures look fantastic and the lobby is nice but the suites are like a run down apartment from the ‘90s. I could live with the outdated decor, but I have to wonder how often they scrub the carpeting and paint in a place so outdated. Our room smelled like stale cigarette smoke and mildew or mold. Both my husband and son immediately got stuffed up and had to pop allergy pills to stay.
The bed is uncomfortable. The shower smelled like PineSol so I hope that means it is clean. My husband refuses to take his sandals off or shower here. The sofa sleeper was so dusty we could not stop sneezing when we opened it up.
I took a plate out of the cupboard and there was food residue caked on it. We were going to save money by cooking but I wouldn’t eat anything cooked in the suite’s kitchen.
My son and I tried to swim in one of the pools only to find a layer of brown, oily looking scum floating on top of it. Keep in mind we have to pay a resort fee on top of the outrageous nightly rate and we can’t even swim?
So far, I agree with everything I’ve read in the 1 and 2 star reviews. Smelly, not clean, run down.
I’m afraid to try the free breakfast after overheating another guest complain that the frozen waffles weren’t fresh. The coffee in the lobby tastes like diesel fuel.
Finally, I’m lying in bed reading reviews of this place (why didn’t I read them before I booked it?) only to hear a thud followed by a skittering. It was a large moth divebombing my lamp. Normally bugs don’t bother me, but I think that was the last straw. If there was a vacancy at the Marriott, which is the same price, I would move. We are counting the days till we can get out of this place.