New South Lake Tahoe Hotel Set to Open | South of Lake Tahoe
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — It’s been years in the making, but the finish line is just weeks away for the new Hampton Inn & Suites in South Lake Tahoe. Finishing touches are being made to the property’s 120 rooms and suites, indoor pool, restaurant, lobby bar with six beers and wines on tap, and landscaping.
It’s not your typical Hampton Inn with custom features throughout, including chandeliers, solar panels, and energy efficiency. Ski lockers will have boot and glove warmers, and the property has a fire pit, hot tub, outdoor heaters and bike storage.
and his companies Mountain West Buildings and Laxmi Hotels, have been planning the hotel since he purchased the three buildings that made up the former Super 8 Motel on Lake Tahoe Boulevard 20 years ago. He was waiting for it to “write itself” and the weather seemed perfect now. His brother and sister ran the Super 8 until it was demolished in 2020 to make way for the new property, four stories and nearly 80,000 square feet.
Patel is no stranger to South Lake Tahoe. In fact, he grew up just down the street from where his dad owned The Sun & Ski Motel (where Day’s Inn is now). He graduated from South Tahoe High School in 1995, and since earning a college degree in business administration from Cal State Sacramento, he has worked in Reno building multifamily housing and owns two Hampton Inn motels and a Home2Suites there. .
The Hampton Inn & Suites is adding a new Truckee-based restaurant, Burger Me, which will offer alfresco dining as well as indoors.
Patel has bought some old skis which will be part of the decoration of the hotel. All rooms will have microwaves and refrigerators, and some one bedroom suites which are not normal with the Hampton brand.
A sign of the future are the 12 on-site EV chargers for customers driving electric cars, seven for Teslas, and five standard chargers with underground conduit for future chargers. The property also contributes to the clarity of the lake with a $1.5M water retention system under the parking lot.
The new Hampton has a bus stop across the street and will carry bikes with the hotel logo so guests don’t have to get into their cars once they arrive.
To stay under the required maximum height of 59.5 feet, the ceiling height is 8.5 feet, instead of the normal 9 feet, but for the normal person this will not be noticed. The open lobby is large with high ceilings with chandeliers, and will soon be full of high-end furniture.
As with anyone looking for supplies, supply chain issues have also affected the property and they have been waiting weeks for all the furniture to arrive. This pushed back their opening date which was originally scheduled to be Memorial Day and will be open by July 1.
Patel said they are bringing a much-needed high-end lodging property to South Lake Tahoe, and their rates will be in the range of $400 high season, $200 low season. He said it’s nearly complete and they’ve already worked to get the property up and running. He tapped an Incline High School graduate, Aaron Ponce, to be the hotel’s general manager.