Montbleu Lake Tahoe : The RenoTripping Review 2008

Montbleu Screws The Pooch

Posted by Chuckmonster


Swinging open the door reveals that the 409 shine takes the form of plush bedding, a large armoire, sparse metal framed glass topped desk, and copious amounts of salmon-pink Arabescato marble surrounding the large jacuzzi tub and countertops. It's apparent that the only things that have changed here from it's days under the flag of Caesars is the furnishings. The rest of the stuff is vintage Caesars Tahoe. I guess now is as good a time as any to mention that I didn't record a video walkthrough for this room.

Montbleu Lake Tahoe Hotel Review - Dog PackageShortly after we arrived, Miss Mo called down to hotel reception to inquire about the goodies for the dog package that were promised in the package. The receptionist didn't know anything about it at first, then after asking a co-worker said that someone would deliver the stuff to the room shortly.

About 15 minutes later there was a knock at the door, a porter carrying a 14" tall dog bowl filled with food. He handed it to Mrs. Mo and left. We put the bowl on the floor and watched Maxine circle it bewildered. The dog bowl was about three or four inches taller than she is.

We called down and asked for a smaller bowl, which they delivered an hour or so later. We exchanged the food to the smaller bowl to realize that the nuggets are for "large dogs" and too big Maxine to eat. We called again, to be told that the food we got is all there is. Plus, there were no Montbleu dog tags, doggie door hanger, doggie bed or any of the other stuff they had promised, save the "dog park" out by the parking lot.

I was willing to let it go, and forget about it until Mrs. Mo mentioned that they charged us an extra $100 for all this stuff. Pet friendly? No. Pet profiteering? Totally.

Comments:

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.