The MontBleu Casino (55 Hwy. 50, Stateline, NV, 888/829-7630, www.montbleuresort.com, $220–250) definitely shines when it comes to attractive hotel rooms with top amenities. Your tower room will include a comfortable bed, loud decor and fabrics, black-out curtains, room service, shiny clean private bathrooms, and all the conveniences you’d expect at an upper-tier chain.
For extra luxury, try a Spa Room, which includes a pink marble bathroom, walk-in shower, and two-person hot tub in the bedroom. The one big downside in the MontBleu is the paper-thin room walls, so bring earplugs or expect to learn more than you ever wanted to know about your neighbors.
Perhaps the best-advertised Nevada-side non-casino resort is the Zephyr Cove Resort (750 Hwy. 50, Zephyr Cove, NV, 888/896-3830, www.zephyrcove.com, $220–375). This resort has it all: lakefront property, lodge rooms and individual cabins, its own full-service marina, a winter snowmobiling shuttle and park, restaurants, and evening entertainment options.
Guests of Zephyr Cove can choose between a room inside the big lodge, or their own cabin down by the lake. The four lodge rooms all have private baths, attractive modern appointments and fabrics, TVs, microwaves, small fridges, and coffee makers. For a special treat, ask for the room with the spa tub. The 28 cabins run from cozy studios for couples to multi-story chalets that sleep up to 10 people.
Though they look rustic and woodsy from the outside, indoors you’ll find modern furniture, phones, TVs with cable and movie channels, and all the amenities you’d expect of a nice lakeside resort. Because Zephyr Cove bills itself as a rental resort rather than a full-scale hotel, maid service is provided only every other day inside the lodge, and every third day in the cabins.
Zephyr Cove offers pet-friendly lodgings, but you’ll need to let them know which furry friends you’re bringing when you make your reservations.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition