Granlibakken Tahoe

Granlibakken Tahoe

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4.0
#1 of 1 resort in Tahoe City
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.1 of 5 bubbles
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Located within a private 74-acre alpine valley, yet close to the area’s top attractions, Granlibakken offers a classic Tahoe experience where families, adventurers, and groups alike can relax, recharge, and engage in one spectacular setting. Founded in 1934, Granlibakken Tahoe has transformed into a modern-rustic retreat that offers a variety of clean and cozy accommodations, from standard bedrooms to multi-bedroom townhouses, and state-of-the-art meeting spaces that comfortably accommodate groups, conferences and weddings. Guests can enjoy onsite amenities such as the spa, yoga center, pool, and tennis courts, and activities that include hiking, biking and a treetop adventure course, as well as a historic sledding and ski hill. Paired with warm hospitality and a premium location, Granlibakken Tahoe offers a unique opportunity for guests to connect, celebrate and collaborate with intention.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Ski rentals
Children's television networks
Parking
Public wifi
Outdoor pool
Pool / beach towels
Heated pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Yoga classes
Yoga room
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kid-friendly buffet
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Ski school
Skiing
Tennis court
Canoeing offsite
Patio
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Room features
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Sofa
Telephone
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

725 Granlibakken Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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emileeetravels wrote a review Apr 2023
Menlo Park, California
Hotel's Favourite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great stay here - our suite was dated but clean and spacious for our family. The breakfast was good too.

We also loved how close it was to the slopes. After a whole day, they were super comfortable with the smallest hill but the intermediate one was too big of a jump for them so we spent our second day at Donner Ski Ranch, which was a perfect second day ski experience.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Response from DJ Ewan, General Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe
Responded May 2, 2023
Thank you for your review Emily. It sounds like you had a great time in North Lake Tahoe. We hope to have you guys stay with us again
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SupSoCal wrote a review Aug 2020
San Clemente, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 4 nights. Here’s our feedback:

Pros:
Price was competitive (value compared to other options)
Good size room - very spacious (stayed in a one bedroom suite)
Good amenities on site
Great access to trails & treetops course
Pretty views from our balcony

Cons:
Needs updating. Very tired & old rooms. Looks like the appliances, faucets, etc are from 1970. Missing oven door knob, a couple small holes in our sheets. Cleaning was ok. Something sticky was on our kitchen floor. Needs more dishes & silverware (we had a service for 6 so we’d have to hand wash or run the dishwasher after every meal for our family of 4.

Overall I would recommend it & stay there again. The value, views & location made up for the small ‘issues’ in the room.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Granlibakken Lake Tahoe, General Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe
Responded Oct 9, 2020
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Most of our units are individually owned so there are some differences between rooms. Please call us and let us know what unit you stayed in so we can fix any issues. Thank you again and we hope to see you sometime soon!
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Monica G wrote a review Mar 2023
Worldwide
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Granlibakken’s location is hard to beat, we have been staying here pretty much every time we came up here for a ski trip at palisades Tahoe. We have stayed pretty much all room types so far, the rooms are comfy but a little dated, so are the amenities. Their breakfast buffet is quite good and you have cedar house (a bit pricy) to save you the trip for dinners. The staff is really the star of the show and I really wanted to thank Steven (don’t know his last name, sorry!) who saved my most recent trip. Steven is so kind that he gifted his usb-c cord to me since I have forgotten my MacBook charger at home, he insisted to not take any monetary compensation tho I really wanted to. Definitely saved the day(s) and I am really moved by his kindness.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from DJ Ewan, General Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe
Responded Mar 15, 2023
Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, we appreciate your business. Thanks for mentioning Steven, he is a great Front Desk agent. We hope that you will be back.
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KMC wrote a review Feb 2020
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff were unprofessional at the front desk. They told us our room would be ready in 30 minutes, every 30 minutes for 3.5 hours. They were discussing with each other (in front of us) how poorly organized the housekeeping was (the reason our room wasn’t ready), and offered no compensation or apology for the delay. When we asked about in-town shuttles, they also failed to provide information about the *free* shuttle if you schedule by 5pm the day in advance, but rather, tried to get us to use an Uber-like service (NOT Uber) that seemed really sketchy to me. I wouldn’t recommend anyone staying here due to the unprofessional staff at the front desk. The breakfast was good, the rooms were basic with several things broken/inoperable (outlets, porch screen door, etc).
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Granlibakken Lake Tahoe, General Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe
Responded Mar 8, 2020
We are sorry to hear about your experience and apologize your room was no ready prior to our standard check- in time. Our front desk and housekeeping staff do their best to accommodate all of our customers requests and we are sorry they we not able to accommodate your request. The majority of our guests are comfortable taking a short ride into Tahoe City by taxi, uber, or lyft. We have shared your feedback with our staff and hope your next experience is more enjoyable.
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vstopaz74 wrote a review Jul 2020
Roseville, California
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
This was an absolutely horrible experience for us from the moment we arrived. We arrive at 3:00, told that our room is not ready, check-in is at 4:00. OK, no problem. They take my cell number to text us when the room is ready. The text never came. So at 4:15, I go back to the front desk. Our room was ready, they just didn't let us know. OK, so not the end of the world. Then we get to our room. We walk in, and it was quite stuffy. Low and behold, there is NO Air Conditioning! I think that Air Conditioning is expected, and not having it should have been something I agreed to in advance. We were provided with a plug in fan. The carpet in the room was absolutely filthy. The service was also bad. We go to the patio area for breakfast. I ask where we can get breakfast service and this girl at their ordering/beverage cart tells me that breakfast is only available on the patio. No problem. We go and sit on the patio. After 20 minutes of waiting for someone to come out and take our order, I finally ask a server behind me. She tells me that we have to order at the same cart where the girl told me to sit on the patio. She never said "Order here and have a seat, someone will bring it to you." Well, I go back to the cart and the same girl tells me that the kitchen is now closed. Thanks, no breakfast, and there is no place close by to get anything to eat. That afternoon, we went back to the patio for lunch, BUT the grill doesn't open until 3:00. No food again. Every employee we ran in to seemed totally disengaged. We paid a lot of money for a filthy room with no air conditioning and I feel totally ripped off. And their website says "Clean and Safe Certified". I uploaded pictures of my room. You can be the judge of Clean and Safe...
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Date of stay: July 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Mae E wrote a review Jul 2020
San Francisco, California
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The room looked absolutely nothing like the pictures on all the sites we researched. I would even say that they are using a different hotel's pictures.

The staff is also kinda off for a resort staff. We checked in at around 8 pm or so. The front desk clerk gave me the keys, wi-fi passcode, and circled where my room was on a map. I don't even think he said 2 words to me. Once we got to the room, the keys wouldn't work and we had to wait for someone to come help us.

The room was clean, but I just couldn't get over how different it looked than what was advertised. 99% of the time, any hotel's rooms don't look as good as what you see on websites, but I've never seen something so completely off. Type in "Granlibakken Studio Room" and you'll get cabin-like rooms. What we had was more similar to a college dorm in need of repair.

Lastly, our neighbor at the Granlibakken was apparently quite bothered by any noise. At around 8 pm or so on a Saturday night, he knocked and asked us to turn down the TV, which wasn't even on. My guess is that he was hearing his upstairs neighbor's TV and he probably went up and asked them to turn it down. I don't think it went over too well. We eventually heard stomping, someone purposely setting their car horn off at all hours of the night, and people speaking very loud. I'm pretty sure it was in response to the neighbor asking people to be quiet so early on a Saturday night. Moral of that part of the story: I don't recommend this place, but if you are still considering it and can't stand noise, definitely don't stay here.

Stay somewhere else in North Tahoe.
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Date of stay: July 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Ben Blumenberg wrote a review Jan 2022
Seattle, Washington
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We were excited for our stay at Granlibakken, but it was fraught with problems from the start. First, the good: Beatiful grounds, a nice big hot tub, and proximity to Palisades Ski Resort. The bad: I booked a 2 twin room for my brother and I, but when we arrived, they had us in a room with a single bed. Back to the desk, and they moved us to a studio unit with a Queen and a sofa bed. Alright. This room had its own set of problems. Heater was not really capable of warming the room overnight, so we had to ask for extra blankets. Water heater only gave about 15 minutes of hot water for showering. Last but not least, we found dirty diapers and a bag of trash on the balcony, presumably from the previous guests to use the room. We asked 4 times for this trash to be removed, starting at 7:30AM the next morning. Each time we were promised that someone was on their way. They finally came to remove the trash at 11PM that night, after we had already been asleep for an hour. Absolutely ridiculous experience. We probably won’t be staying at Granlibakken again in the future.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Granlibakken Lake Tahoe, General Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe
Responded Mar 1, 2022
WantsToBeADolphin: We are sorry we did not exceed your expectations. This was certainly an isolated incident and the executive team will use this as an opportunity to learn and train our associates. I have placed additional room inspections on my list of added procedures prior to guest check in. We do hope you will consider us in your return to Granlibakken Tahoe on the future.
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292Dina wrote a review Jan 2020
Redwood City, California
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We reserved a studio in this place and when we arrived we found that front door was cracked, fireplace was making a loud buzzing noise, the carpet and sofas were so dirty. We asked for another studio but there was none available so we got a bedroom with a refund on room price which looked a bit better. But all in all the place reminds of 60s with old appliances and low lighting. One of our lamps didn't have a bulb in it. We stayed only one night instead two and checked out earlier as we did not feel comfortable.

A little updating as new appliance, new lighting and new carpet would be nice. Breakfast was great and the hill for.sledding for kids too!

This place looked so good on their website with smores and fire pits, like an ideal family place but fire pits were covered in snow, nobody offered smores. We will stay in Squaw Valley Lodge next time as we stayed there and it was very nice for the same price.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from GranlibakkenTahoe, Owner at Granlibakken Tahoe
Responded Jan 25, 2020
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We are sorry the room was not up to your standards. We have shared your feedback with our housekeeping department and the homeowner of the studio you stayed in. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the sledding hill located in our 74 acre private resort, which is a better value and is located away from the crowds of Squaw Valley.
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Z414 wrote a review Feb 2022
San Francisco, California
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Great location, horrible customer service. We've been here four nights. Our tire blew on the way up, and as it's a holiday weekend, nowhere by the lake could get us new tires before late on Tuesday, when we are scheduled to leave. Worse, it's now snowing. As the holiday weekend is over, the hotel is now clearly empty. We asked to extend our stay, and our room is booked tomorrow, which is understandable. When we explained our situation asked if they could help us out and accommodate us elsewhere, the front desk staff was wholly unsympathetic, and told us we had to leave our room by 11am, put all our things and our two young kids in our car that we currently cannot drive, and wait until 4pm until getting another room, and insisted there was no wiggle room in that, and didn't seem remotely interested in helping us. I would probably feel less angry if she had at least pretended to be sympathetic!
Given the great access to a sledding hill, small ski hill, lessons and a heated pool, I could have overlooked the overpriced dingy outdated rooms and no housekeeping services and would have come back. But it's hard to want to now.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Granlibakken Lake Tahoe, General Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe
Responded Mar 1, 2022
Z414 I am very disappointed to hear your stay with us at Granlibakken Tahoe did not exceed your expectations. I was not informed of any guest issues related to your stay with us and again I am sorry I was not involved to assist in making your stay with us memorable. Hospitality is the basis and foundation of the resort experience, although you enjoyed our ski hill, sledding and pool we certainly have room to learn and improve. I would like to personally invite you for a return visit in the near future. This will give us the opportunity to redeem ourselves and show you the hospitality we are known for. Please feel free to reach out to me at markdean@granlibakken.com.
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Vanessa wrote a review Jul 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Granlibakken over the 4th of July weekend with another family. We like most, are concerned with covid and were pleasantly surprised to see the measures set in place for all guests. What's more, the staff was beyond friendly. Julio, went out of his way to set up tables in front of our rooms so we could bbq and Jenn in the front desk put our two families together. Our bikes ran out of air and we needed an Allen wrench to adjust the seat, and upon hearing our conversation an employee came to our rescue with his personal truck! The rooms are clean, the food is good the customer service exceeds expectations. I will absolutely come again and after this weekend plan on celebrating my 40th there with all of our friends and family.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Granlibakken Lake Tahoe, General Manager at Granlibakken Tahoe
Responded Aug 18, 2020
Thank you so much for your review. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us at Granlibakken Our staff members are like family to us and truly care about the service we offer to our guests. We hope you come stay with us for your 40th!!
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Amy in Ca asked a question Dec 2022
Santa Rosa, California19 contributions2 helpful votes
Is the pool and hot tub hot enough for use over Christmas and New Years?
Answer from brandone272
Tahoe City, California1 contribution
The hot tub is kept at around 104 F and it just awesome to sit in after a day of skiing or while it is snowing
Me asked a question Jan 2020
5 contributions4 helpful votes
Where are the most recently updated studio bedrooms located in the hotel?
Answer from Firehousecat
Sierra Vista, Arizona420 contributions459 helpful votes
Sorry, I do not know. Call them, they should give you a straight answer.
Answer from TANYA B
Los Angeles, California237 contributions7 helpful votes
It’s better to rent a car to drive around the lake to see everything but Uber Lyft is fine too if you are just going a couple places.
Answer from Granlibakken Tahoe
Tahoe City, California5 contributions
Hi Iris, Thank you for your inquiry. Our upper floor rooms are the most quiet. The best way to guarantee that your needs are met is to speak with one of our reservationists. You can do so by calling 530-583-4242.
Laurie T asked a question Jul 2016
Los Angeles, United States12 contributions10 helpful votes
Hello, May I get an e-mail address for Ron Parsons please? Thank you. Laurie Trainor
Answer from Granlibakken Tahoe
Tahoe City, California5 contributions
Hi Laurie, Apologies for the delayed response. Ron's email is ronparson@granlibakken Thank you!
Mary H wrote a tip Jun 13
ANTELOPE2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I enjoy the quiet and relaxing day, look forward to coming back."
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naomi f wrote a tip May 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great breakfasts, amazing staff, such enjoyable stays in the most beautiful setting imaginable. Make the trip to this special place!"
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Tracy S wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just know the restaurant opens at 5pm. Breakfast ends at 9am and tge hot tub opens at 4pm. Not sure if it was just a seasonal situation. "
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Daphne E wrote a tip Jan 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you are clear in reception location "
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SaratogaMom wrote a tip Jan 2024
Saratoga, California107 contributions46 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is one pool but it was quite a distance from our room and with the frigid temperatures, not worth the trek (or drive)."
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PRICE RANGE
C$220 - C$445 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
granlibakken hotel tahoe city, granlibakken resort tahoe city
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaLake Tahoe (California)Tahoe City
NUMBER OF ROOMS
160
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Frequently Asked Questions about Granlibakken Tahoe
Which popular attractions are close to Granlibakken Tahoe?
Nearby attractions include Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (3.3 km), Alpine Meadows (7.1 km), and Commons Beach Park (1.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Granlibakken Tahoe?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Granlibakken Tahoe?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Granlibakken Tahoe?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Granlibakken Tahoe?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Granlibakken Tahoe?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fire Sign Cafe, Christy Hill Restaurant, and Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Granlibakken Tahoe?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre, a heated pool, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Granlibakken Tahoe have airport transportation?
Yes, Granlibakken Tahoe offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Granlibakken Tahoe?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Granlibakken Tahoe offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Granlibakken Tahoe?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
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