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
Clean, spacious rooms. Rustic decor. Furnishings, although clean and in good repair, are not updated. Staff friendly and helpful from front desk to housekeeping and maintenance. Location is excellent. Walking distance to gondola, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. I’d definitely return to this lovely place.
We recently hosted a family reunion at the Forest Suites. The folks in the group sales office were responsive and helpful. They gave us a good rate on a block of one- and two-room suites with full kitchens. They have a resort fee of $20 per day, but even with the added cost, the rates were better than we could find at comparable properties. Parking is free for hotel guests.
The lobby, with its comfortable seating and welcoming fireplace, is a pleasant place to gather and chat. The hotel offers a complimentary hot breakfast for guests. The fare didn't change much during our stay -- scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, bacon, plus cereal, yogurt, and a waffle station. So our morning meals became kind of boring during our stay, but eating breakfast at the hotel helped keep costs down, and gave the group a place to meet before heading out for the day's planned activities.
There is a bi-state park adjacent to the property -- nice for morning walks. And the hotel is located adjacent to the touristy Heavenly Village, with its shops, restaurants and gondola ride to the top of the mountain. (The gondola was closed during our visit. We were told that it opens for summer visitors after Father's Day.)
The hotel allowed us to reserve a space in the pool area for a cook-out. For a small fee, they supply a gas BBQ with propane provided, plus tables and chairs. The staff members who set up the area for us were helpful and friendly. There is a Raley’s grocery store across the street from the hotel, which was convenient for picking up last minute items for our meal.
The interior common hallways appear a little dingy, and some of the rooms have a musty smell. (One member of our party tried two different suites, but found the cooking odors from previous guests unacceptable, and wound up moving to one of the non-suite motel rooms. Not ideal; the motel rooms cost the same as the group rate we had on the suites.) Also, the elevators are old and small. We had difficulty getting the luggage cart we’d borrowed from the lobby to fit into the elevator, and had to ask for help from a staff member.
The suites are spacious with in-room safes and plenty of closet and drawer space -- though the decor is a bit rustic and dated. The bed was comfortable and the property was quiet at night, so we slept well during our stay. Our refrigerator was missing a control knob and there was no tub stopper in the bathtub. And the lid to the toilet tank was cracked and had been pieced back together with an unsightly repair job.
While the maintenance man was unable to supply a control knob for our refrigerator, he did provide us with a refrigerator thermometer, so we could ensure that the copious amount of food we'd brought to the event was being stored at the proper temperature.
The grounds were peaceful and comfortable. We especially enjoyed watching the cottontail rabbits hopping across the lawn. When we first checked in, we noticed some weeds growing outside our suite. But throughout our stay, we saw maintenance folks working to keep the pool area cleaned, and by our second day there, someone came through with a weed-eater to trim the lawn. The sliding glass door needed cleaning, but we suspect this was due to the late season storms that hit the area in the weeks before our arrival.
Bottom-line, unless your group is expecting high-end accommodations, this is a great choice for hosting an event in South Lake Tahoe.
Forest Suites Resort's rooms were quite adequate. All the basic comforts were provided. We were almost snowed in while we were there but the Resort had some good activities lined up for its guests. They had a wine and cheese tasting. Then they organised a Karaoke night. All in all they kept there guests entertained. They had a heated outdoor bubble bath which was quite refreshing.
The one good thing about this place is the location. You can walk to many restaurants, casinos and stores, Heavenly Valley.
The rooms are old, in need of updating and smell musty. They need to deep clean. Maid service is every third day of your stay.
A stranger walked into our room. He thought it was his room. It was not. Scary.
The pool needs a lock on the gate. Anyone can come use the pool and many from other hotels did just that. It is very unsafe.
Their trash cans do not have bear locks on them. It was no surprise we saw a bear-they know where to come get food.
Yes the location is great-but there are so many other options. Choose one of them.
The location of the resort is my number one priority when choosing
The Forestsuites. We can walk everywhere. Restaurants, shops, casino and beach. The size of the two bedroom with living room and kitchen made
Our stay comfortable.