Montbleu Lake Tahoe : The RenoTripping Review 2008

Montbleu Screws The Pooch

Posted by Chuckmonster

Montbleu Lake Tahoe Hotel Review 409

For now, let's take a look at the room 409 at Montbleu, photos of which contain a very special guest star, our dog Maxine who came along for the trip.

Both Miss Mo and I knew that we wanted to take our 14 month old pug puppy, Maxine, on our summer casino road trip and zeroed in on Montbleu Lake Tahoe, mainly because of the loving proclamation of pet friendliness on it's website (here) Additionally, they had a Bleu Ribbon Pets package which included dog food, a Montbleu branded keepsake dog tag, a welcome treat, water bottle, a doggie bed, a "dog inside" door knob hanger, doggie room service, a dog park and some other goodies. To say we were excited by mixing two of our favorite activities - gamblin' to the nines and playing with our pooch - would be the understatement of the century.

We arrived at Montbleu's porte cochere after a day long drive from Los Angeles and a few minutes later a bell hop (who was great) showed up to take our bags. After a quick check in, we were instructed that dogs are only allowed in one hallway of the resort, and that we should use the side entrance by the parking garage whenever we had the dog. For those unfamiliar with Montbleu's layout (now or when it was Caesars Tahoe) using that entrance requires you to walk all the way around the resort. Not really a big deal, Montbleu - and all Tahoe joints - aren't that big to begin with.

Montbleu Lake Tahoe Hotel Review - Hallway

While heading up to the room, I engaged the bell hop in conversation about the changeover from Caesars Tahoe to Montbleu, particularly how new owners Columbia-Sussex came in and fired everybody. He put a pretty positive spin on the layoffs, saying that most of those let go were middle managers or slackers. We hopped off the elevator at the 4th floor where I was taken aback by how the hotel hallways had not changed, most notably, the doric columns printed on the wallpaper.


The only place I've had the pleasure of staying in Lake Tahoe was Harvey's and that place was pretty awesome. Rooftop pool = great.
But this place you were at does look like it's in the middle of an idenity crisis and salmon marble looks like the jacuzzi tubs in Ballys

I will forgive Chuck's fading memory here.

A couple of inaccuracies:

1. I was not in the room when the bowl of food was delivered. Chuck accepted it while I was out.
2. When I saw that thing I called down to the front desk only to be told that they had no other options. I told them to then call room service and get me a doggamned bowl that my dog can reach cause I did not bring one upon THEIR promise. They finally relented and clearly ran to the market with a cheapo dual water/food bowl. (Which I stole, 'cause F them, thats why)

Another thing he forgot:

Getting food at the Montbleu can sometimes be an impossible task. Mexican restaurant is closed for a good portion of the day, as is the steakhouse.

if you want to eat coffee shop food, however, you are in luck as 20-Four is open 24/7.

While the Montbleu isn't fantastic it has two things going for it: a great indoor pool, cheap weekday rooms if you priceline bid for it midweek. My wife and I frequently visit there as a relative local because in February for example nothing beats hanging out poolside at an empty hotel when everything else in the area is covered in snow.

Friends are staying there right now...their room is almost identical...all the same furniture and soft goods...their jacuzzi is round and surrounded by off-white tile, though.