I was only going to write about our Lake Tahoe experience and include the hotel snapshots within the same blog, but this hotel deserves its own page because it is one of those hotels that has SO MUCH to offer from facilities, dining, service and unbeatable location.
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort Spa & Casino is located in Incline Village, North side of Lake Tahoe and only a 45-minute drive from Reno Tahoe International Airport in Nevada.
We were informed by the driver who drove us that the North side of the Lake is much more quieter than the South side where it’s much more established (translation: fast-food chains everywhere). From the sound of it, North Lake Tahoe immediately became my favorite side of the lake just for being more peaceful.
The Hyatt Regency do not have a dedicated shuttle service to/from the airport in Reno. We managed to get an Uber within 8 minutes from Reno Airport going to the hotel, however there wasn’t any Uber service available in Incline Village on the day we had to go to the airport. This is when the Hyatt Hotel Concierge came in handy and kudos to them for being able to find two x 8-seater SUV at the last minute to take us to the airport, what a lifesaver!
The drive from Reno Airport to Lake Tahoe was very scenic and breathtaking, so put your phone away, because you do not want to miss the sights.
The hotel lobby beautifully depicts a cabin and ski-lodge atmosphere with a fire place in the center of the lobby.
The lobby level also features the Hotel Casino, a gift shop / convenience store, a ski shop, coffee shop and one of the hotel’s restaurants, Sierra Cafe where they serve the daily breakfast buffet.
Hyatt sends a email confirmation reminder for upcoming stays and an electronic check-in option in less than 24 hours before arrival to ensure a seamless check-in experience, which works really well if you require an early check-in. After submitting an electronic check-in that same day, I received an email not long after to confirm our room numbers and all we needed was to collect the keys up at the front desk as we arrived.
We were a traveling party of 10 (big extended family) and we ended up booking 3 rooms from Deluxe, Regency Club to Grand King so we had the chance to see the different room sizes. The Grand King was the largest room and features a small living room with a sofa bed, perfect for a family of 4. If you have younger kids (under 5), a Deluxe room with 2 Beds should be sufficient too.
The top 2 floors of the main hotel building (11 & 12) are the Regency Club rooms and dedicated for Gold Passport members as it has a Regency Club Lounge on the 11th floor.
Each room we were assigned to has a great view of the snowy mountains and partial lake view.
The resort also has cottages consist of Deluxe Lakeview Rooms, 1-Bedroom and 2 Bedroom units. Cottages are separate from the main hotel building but they have direct access to the Lake.
The Lone Eagle Grill Restaurant is great for lunch or dinner and has the most breathtaking view of Lake Tahoe with surrounding mountains.
Sierra Cafe is another one of the hotel’s restaurant located in the Main Building and offers daily breakfast/lunch/dinner buffet or ala carte.
One of the best features of this resort is its’ direct access to the Lake and their ‘private beach’ exclusively for hotel guests, even though at the time it seemed like it was easily accessible by the general public because no one was really attending the area. I assume it would be a different case and stricter in the summertime.
The hotel offers a car service for drop-offs and pick-ups to local restaurants or attractions. This was extremely useful for our family as we were a large traveling party and the hotel had a mini-bus to take us to local restaurants and nearby sledding areas.
The concierge was sufficiently knowledgeable and they were also helpful in making reservations for local restaurants.`
I’d definitely stay in this hotel for the location / breathtaking views and the full facilities that are great for families.
Other facilities that we didn’t get to try during our stay but will try on our next visit were:
- Camp Hyatt , a year round camp for kids age 5 to 12, so the grown-ups can have some time off
- Outdoor Heated Pool
- Fitness Center
How would I rate this hotel?
Location 5 / 5
Food 4 / 5
Service 5 / 5
Room 4 / 5