The most popular casino resort on the Nevada side, Harrah’s (15 Hwy. 50, Stateline, NV, 800/417-7247, www.harrahs.com, $110) offers upscale accommodations, all the nightlife and entertainment you need, and easy access to Heavenly and the other South Shore ski resorts in the winter, and to the lakeshore in the summer.
The high-rise hotel has more than 500 posh rooms; even the lowest-end rooms have ample space, a California king or two double beds (your choice), two bathrooms (his and hers), Wi-Fi, a TV with cable and premium movies (for a fee), mini-bar, and more. For (of course) more money, ask for a Premium Room that sits above the treeline to allow for excellent views of the lake and the mountains.
Guest room decor is upscale and contemporary, with white linens and comforters, bright colorful accents, and sleek furnishings and wall art. With its variety of entertainment packages, Harrah’s makes for a good location for both families and adults-only travelers. Be aware that rates vary hugely depending on the season, local events, and the weekday or weekend you plan to visit.
If you prefer the Nevada ski resorts, or you just want a change of scenery from Tahoe City or Truckee, try the Inn at Incline (1003 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, NV, 775/831-1052, $75–150). This budget inn offers 38 rooms in a mid-century-style modest motel. Guest rooms also feel reminiscent of a low-end motel, with older furniture and amenities.
Notwithstanding the inn’s age, the rooms are clean, and the private baths are adequate for their task. The amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub that are available year-round, TVs in all the rooms, and Wi-Fi in public areas.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition