Montbleu Lake Tahoe : The RenoTripping Review 2008

Montbleu Screws The Pooch

Posted by Chuckmonster

Montbleu Lake Tahoe Hotel Review - Aveda Amenit

Aveda Amenities

Amenities at Montbleu are provided by Aveda, who operated Montbleu's spa up until a few months ago. The copious amounts of goodies are probably meant to introduce folks to Aveda products which, coincidentally, can be purchased in larger quantities at the spa shop. Included within are body bar, moisturizing lotion, face gel, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash and a shower cap. Another body bar was situated on top of a towel by the tub. These amenities get the Mrs. Mo stamp of approval.

Montbleu Lake Tahoe Hotel Review - Tub


I love jacuzzi tubs. They're very possibly a deal maker/breaker when it comes to booking rooms. The Montbleu jacuzzi tub was obviously ancient, judging from the thunderous rumble of its motors and the worn gold plating on the drains and jets. Still, the hour or so I spent bubbling away was pleasant and relaxing not only for the jacuzzi part, but watching Maxine running scared by its loudness.


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.