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Tahoe - Stay at Iron Horse Lodge or Marriott Grand Residence Club

Jun 22nd, 2009, 11:49 AM
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Tahoe - Stay at Iron Horse Lodge or Marriott Grand Residence Club

Now I have a dilemma to stay at Tahoe Mountain Resorts Iron Horse Lodge or Marriott Grand Residence Club. I think they both look like nice places and I will get two completely different experiences out of both. So what are your thoughts/opinions?
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Jun 22nd, 2009, 12:43 PM
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One is in North Lake Tahoe (at Northstar) and one is in South Lake Tahoe (Heavenly Valley). They are both beautiful buildings/condos. The Marriott is on the main drag in a development (pool, hot tub, skating rink in winter, restaurants, shops), with a gondola to Heavenly Valley, and is in walking distance of the SLT casinos. The main drag is not very attractive, but if gambling and/or nightlife is a lure for you, then it's a nice place to stay. Northstar, on the other hand, is in a development of many different condo buildings and homes, self-contained, also with a "village" atmosphere (but not the tacky town that goes with it). I much prefer North Lake Tahoe because it's not trying to be glitzy, and it's not tacky. SLT is more "suburban" in a sense -- more strip malls and the like, but nearer to the lake itself. From Northstar, to get to the lake, you have to drive over the hill (not far, but it's definitely not ON the lake).

So, what kind of experience are you looking for - gambling, nightlife, or outdoorsy, upscale, etc.?
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Jun 22nd, 2009, 01:52 PM
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Gambling is not an issue, because I know if we want to do that one night or something, we can get to a casino, so I don't have to stay close to one. No nightlife really. I do like the idea of being able to just walk out of the place and have restaurants though. We go out for most meals, so that would be convenient. I like the resort atmosphere so Marriott seems nice for that, but then on the otherhand I would like to enjoy nature too. Most of the stuff I am sure we will do, we will drive to anyways...I DON'T -KNOW...decisions, decisions : - )
Not necessarily upscale, but nicer than average I suppose!
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Jun 22nd, 2009, 02:19 PM
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I've stayed at the Grand many times but not during the summer mostly in Sept or other times. I really love it for getting to the places we visit during those other times of year. They do have a nice private beach down Park Ave. There is a beach grill there as well.

I love Northstar during ski season. I love the sushi place there, Mikuni, also.

I'm going to go out on a limb for you and say that I think you will like the Grand over Northstar. Just walking from the Grand to the beach to watch the sunset at the lake whenever you choose will make it worth it. (we took our own drinks there in disposable cups)
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Jun 22nd, 2009, 02:33 PM
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Northstar is NOT at the lake, it's about halfway between the lake and Truckee, so if you want to be close to the lake, stay at South Lake.
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Jun 22nd, 2009, 02:43 PM
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It's true, as I said and crefloors confirmed, Northstar is not at the lake. The Marriott is very close to the lake (a lot closer than Northstar is), but not on the lake, either. The Marriott is not like a typical Marriott "resort" by the way. It's more like a "development" -- there are two timeshares (Marriott Timber Lodge and Marriott Grand Residence Club) separated by a pedestrian area where the gondola "lands". To the right are shops. Back behind the two residences are more shops and restaurants and the pool and ice rink.

Northstar is designed a little differently. Starting at the road, you turn into the Northstar development. Heading up the main road, on both sides and side roads, there are private homes and a few condo developments, as well as the golf course. At the "end" of the road (several miles up I would guess) is the "mountain resort", which consists of the ski mountain (and the Ritz Carlton hotel and residences). In the village area are a number of condo developments with connected pedestrian areas, shops, restaurants around a skating rink. Northstar resort as a whole is much much bigger than the Marriott resort in SLT, but once you get to the main road at Northstar, you have to drive to the lake (one direction) or to Truckee (other direction) to get to "town", whereas the Marriotts are "in town" -- just happens not to be a very attractive town.
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Jun 22nd, 2009, 03:50 PM
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Thanks for all the responses, I think I might go with the Marriott, now I just have to plan what we are going to do all week!!
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Jun 29th, 2009, 08:46 AM
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Well I booked the trip - August 26-September 1. Went with the Marriott. Now the fun begins, planning what we will do all week. ??????
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