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First timer to Tahoe -- CET

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Casino Hotels' started by tmaas21, Dec 4, 2019 at 7:47 AM.

  1. tmaas21

    tmaas21 Low-Roller

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    Hey all -- seems like we have a few Reno/Tahoe regulars on here, so I thought I'd ask for some help.

    Headed to Reno for bowling the last week of May. Planned to stay an extra night or two and head up to Tahoe to see what it is all about. Checked my CET calendar and it appears I could stay in Tahoe until I die, for free. LOL.

    Question is: what CET property should I choose for the best room and comped room value. Harvey's or Harrah's??

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    First of all, Tahoe is "down" from Reno (down meaning south)
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    Secondly, what is "best" to your way of thinking?

    I prefer Harrahs, but the reasons may not apply to you.
     
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  3. FABismonte

    FABismonte Tell my wife I am "about even."

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    Both hotels at Harrahs Tahoe and Harveys Tahoe are fine. They are connected by a tunnel under Hwy 50.

    Harrahs has TWO bathrooms for every room (because Bill Harrah wanted it that way). Also on the same tower as the buffet. Harveys is closer to the Lake so usually better views. The more expensive rooms at Harveys have unobstructed views of the Lake over the tree line.

    Play at both casinos are combined for comps and you can cross room charge for both hotels.
     
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  4. tmaas21

    tmaas21 Low-Roller

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    "up" was a figure of speech. maybe stemmed from thinking about skiing Tahoe, and figured there must be a mountain to go "up" somewhere near Tahoe.

    "Best" would entail the nicest room, nicest hotel possible -- will have the girlfriend along for the ride. Think of it as me asking for advice of staying at Harrahs LV or Flamingo LV... Updated rooms, dining options, etc...
     
  5. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Great idea after doing the ABC (bowling family here).

    Do at least two days. Go one way around the lake going, and the other coming back.

    Both hotels are good.

    Rooms on lake side are a bit newer if I remember. Good buffet on top of other.
     
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  6. DaiLun

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    Harrahs is my home casino at Lake Tahoe.

    There is an undergiorund that connects the two casinos.

    OK, Harvey's rooms are more "modern", and Harrahs are more "quaint".

    Dining options are similar, but Harrahs has a buffet, and Harvey's does not. Harrahs has a food court, but Harvey's does not.

    I only park in valet, so I can only speak to the Valet parking. Both are close, but I think Harrahs is a little closer to the room elevators.

    Harrahs has a view of the mountain, Harvey's has a view of the lake.

    Montbleu is on the Harrahs side of the street. hard Rock is on the Harvey's side of the street.

    CVS (or is it Walgreen's) is on the Harrahs side of the street
     
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  7. NandJfrmNJ

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    Be aware that both properties now charge for parking unless you're platinum and above. We prefer Harrah's. You can get a good view of the lake if you ask for lake view, high floor. We love the two bathrooms-his and hers. The buffet, IMHO is only so-so but it's not horrible. They charge 2 for 1 if you use comps at the food court just like they do at most non-Harrah's owned restaurants everywhere which ticks me off to no end. Food choices are limited during the week; some restaurants are only open on weekends. Harrah's casino is relatively small; Harvey's a bit bigger but we prefer to gamble at Harrah's.

    Despite their limitations, I would never pass up a chance to go to Tahoe. It's my happy place. Be sure to get out and enjoy the sights. If you're a hiker or biker Tahoe has some of the best trails anywhere.

    Enjoy!
     
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  8. FABismonte

    FABismonte Tell my wife I am "about even."

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    Last week of May is usually a great time to visit Tahoe. You are planning ahead of time, but it will be crowded during Memorial Day (May 25) weekend so keep that in mind as you make a room reservations and plans. Since you will be with a sweetie, you will find a lot of outdoor fun things to do.

    The workout place at Harveys (convention level) is much better than Harrahs (in its basement) and includes a steam room/sauna. Just outside Harvey's workout place is a balcony with a pool facing the Lake, if it is not overrun with kids, it may be a nice place to soak with your girl after an active day. I believe you can use the Harvey's work out facility even if you stay at Harrahs.

    Are you a Diamond card holder? There is a few other things I could suggest if you are.
     
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  9. win4me

    win4me It's the year of the piggy, dontcha know!

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    I agree with every point @NandJfrmNJ made.

    @tmaas21 I always stay at Harrah's and request a room on CA side, high floor. I don't always get it, but I like that lake view. I do not have experience staying at Harvey's, but you are closer to the lake there, so I assume you can get some fantastic lake views. I did see a Harvey's room last year and it was very dated. Some rooms at Harrah's were updated a couple of years back, but some were not (ran out of $$?) and they are dated, but not terribly so. You will love Tahoe no matter where you stay. It is sooo beautiful.

    You may want to dine at The Sage Room at Harvey's which just relocated from the main floor to the 19th floor. I have not been there since the move, but it will have the better lake view vs Friday's Station at Harrah's. Of course, Gordon Ramsey is opening in The Sage Room's old location, if you prefer that (no view though).

    If you are interested, here are some recent reviews of the "new" Sage Room:
    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g46004-d3963866-Reviews-Sage_Room_Steakhouse-Stateline_Lake_Tahoe_Nevada_Nevada.html
     
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  10. Robdude

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    After several dozen trips to Tahoe, my personal opinion is:
    Better view is Harvey's.
    Better room (especially with the wife) is Harrah's.

    They are connected by an underground so casinos are essentially the same.
     
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    Not a current one, though... it hasn't been the ABC for about 15 years. :beer:
     
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    We're bowling the first weekend in May, and so we're staying at Harvey's on May 1. Weather permitting, we'll do the standard drive around the lake, stopping to smell the roses along the way.

    We've been to Tahoe a half dozen times due to the bowling tournament, so I've been checking off Bucket List items along the way. About the only new thing I really want to do is to meander around the lake. Usually we have a destination in mind... in 2018 it was to visit Squaw Valley. A few years earlier got to the Cal Neva before it closed, and also the Tahoe Biltmore before that closed (the Cal Neva is still closed, but I think reopening. The Biltmore was supposed to be changed into some fancy-schmancy hotel which hasn't started, yet). Another time we took a sailboat cruise from the north shore.

    But this May, we are going to drive until we see something interesting, then stop, then repeat. And I am looking forward to it.
     
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  13. NandJfrmNJ

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    Tahoe City and Truckee are fun places to walk around if you're looking for some new places to visit.
     
  14. Laugh

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    I'd recommend Harrah's. At Harvey's during wintertime it can get very warm in the rooms and they don't turn on the AC. Room AC wasn't a thing either.