We had a 6-night stay at the Montbleu as part of snowboarding trip to Tahoe. We booked through Virgin holidays, stayed in a standard room, received 1 night free and $20 per person credit to spend in the hotels restaurants.
First of all the good points. The hotel is in a good location if you're there for snowsports - 10 minutes flat walk from the Heavenly gondola, Shoreline boards, North Face, shopping mall etc. Harrahs and Harveys are slightly closer on the Nevada side and the Marriott (California side) is closest of the lot, but still not bad. Secondly, there's seriously good apres-ski potential here. Players club members (free to join) get $1 (that's right $1!) margaritas, nachos, quesadillas and tacos between 1-6 every afternoon. There's also a nightclub on site and of course the casino is open all night. Finally, the pool is nice and there is a well-equipped gym on site (not that you need that after a day on the slopes!)
Now the bad.
The rooms are in serious need of a facelift. They were clean but run-down - need a lick of paint, change of decor or something. It was like stepping back into the 1980s. Our shower was pretty awful, either scalding hot or freezing cold like a hose-pipe - there was nothing maintenance could do. The walls are also paper-thin, we could hear everything (yes -even that!) in next door's rooms which you don't need at 5.30am when you've got a powder day coming the next day. Luckily the hotel moved us....which was just as well. We were moved from a smoking onto a non-smoking floor (even though we asked for non-smoking initally) - this was a bit of an improvement as the smoking rooms (and indeed the whole of the floor) absolutely stank. If you get put on the 7th or 14th floor then ask to be moved.
Next, although the pool is good; it is frequently very busy - especially on weekends. The clientele aren't exactly the greatest either - twice we had our towels taken, once with the keycard for the room in (you can't get into the pool without your keycard and my shorts didn't have any pockets.) Not good. In fact the hotel clientele in general leaves a lot to be desired. You get your usual share of the rougher elements of society in a casino, but the Montbleu seemed to have more than most.
Wi-fi is also a rip-off at $11.99 a night. Especially when Harrahs next door has it free. Mind you that means going into Harrah's...which in my opinion was just as dingy as the Montbleu. There is a business centre at Montbleu, but there is only one computer and usually a queue to get on.
My advice to anyone looking into staying in Tahoe would be this. If you want to party, Montbleu is an ok choice - you'll not be staying in the room much anywhere. If you're going for the snowsports and want some comfort, then I would stay in California - you'll get a better ambience here.
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