A few things to know. First, the Hyatt has several different hotels or condos or lodges in the vicinity. Trying to figure out exactly where this one is takes a bit of knoweldge. Coming from the road that goes parallel to the water, you have to pass the main hotel (the tall building). Take your next left, and then the entry is on your left.
Don't expect a massive Marriott style propery. There are not all that many buildings and units. And the "lobby" is quite tiny, but it serves the main purpose - to allow you to check in and out. If you want more than that, you'll walk over to the adjourning hotel, which has very nice common areas, restaurants, and a casino.
The units are assigned based on owner. Thus, if you are going through Interval International or something like that, it's not a random decision as to which unit you are assigned. If they are not full, you can work with the Hyatt folks to try to find a different unit. Note that the end units are about a 100 sq feet bigger. We were in one, and frankly we can't imagine it being comfortable without that extra space.
The units are nice. My wife wasn't in love with them, but I thought they were well-appointed. The beds were comfortable, the TVs modern plasmas, kitchen had new stainless steel appliances, and the blinds were very nice. The sleeper sofa had one of those more expensive, more modern futon-type mattress and was really comfy for our 7 year-old daughter. Overall, it has a rustic theme, and it works okay.
Biggest issue to us was the floor plan. Basically, it's a horseshoe, where the living room/dining room is on the bottom of the horseshoe, and the bedrooms on the end, with the bathrooms and kitchen in the middle of the horseshoe. The problem with this arrangement is the bedrooms share a common wall. Thus, you are going to hear what is going on in the other bedroom and vice versa. You can figure out why that can be a problem, particularly with parents in one bedroom and their children in the one sharing a wall.
The second biggest issue - the walls are very thin. I'm talking thin. Like suprised the ceiling didn't fall on us thin. You could hear everything happening in adjouring units, those above you and those below. Everything. My 16 year-old daughter heard the people below her um.....loving each other.
How thin? We are not exactly the most raucous of families, but we actually got a call from the hotel, indicating the people below us were complaining of noise. I inquired what noise, and they said stomping and loud conversations. I explained the family was playing Apples to Apples. The loud conversation was related to this simple, family card game and was honestly more laughter than conversation. The stomping? The kids at one point walked on the porch to play with the snow. I advised the hotel I would not instuct my kids that they cannot laugh and enjoy themselves in the snow.
Anyway, overall, Incline Village is near several ski areas and right on the water. We had a great time in Tahoe and the Hyatt was certainly comfortable and convenient. Just keep the noise down and bring ear plugs for the neighbors.....
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt High Sierra Hotel Incline Village
- Hyatt Incline Village
- Incline Village Hyatt
- Hyatt High Sierra Lodge Incline Village, Lake Tahoe (Nevada)