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    Hi Ryan

    I had worked in Hawaii but did not associate your handle with the “Brahs” there. Not sure how 2018 procedures will work, but the Harrahs Diamond lounge has no attendants at the door. Hence your coded Diamond card. So I don’t see a mechanism to limit guests there (within reason). Harvey does have a elevator operator to get to that lounge so that may be different.

    BTW, great late night breakfast $5 at Highland bar near Harrahs buffet. But closes at 6:00am maybe a little sooner than that.

    Finally all Harrahs Tahoe rooms have 2 full bathrooms (go figure). Something to consider if they offer to switch you to the Harvey’s side.

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    Yeah I had a Harvey's res then swapped to Harrah's for the bathroom reason. Our group is generally a pretty active late night, but usually we're down by midnight if we're on a ski trip. We definitely can eat though! Did you have a pref on lounges?

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    Howzit Ryan!

    The late night food at the Highland bar starts at 11:00 pm.

    Harvey’s bar is by far the better Diamond lounge. View of Lake Tahoe is spectacular there. Hours are limited. No view at Harrahs, Lots of TVs though if watching football is important to you

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    Ever go jump in the lake?

    We did, while staying at the Hyatt at Incline Village on the northern end of the lake.

    People said it would be ice cold but it wasn't bad at all.
    What, Me Worry?

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    Sounds like fun. I'm sure there's a spot by us. We're on the south side of the lake.

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    Ha, I was there the same weekend. Was eating dinner at Friday's Station when the power went out. Took forever to get our food, and the steak was overcooked, manager offered nothing. Not my first underwhelming experience there; I think we'll stick to Sage Room from now on.

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    Originally Posted by braddahman86 View Post
    Sounds like fun. I'm sure there's a spot by us. We're on the south side of the lake.

    Well there is Lakeside beach which is walking distance from Harrah's and Harveys on the South Shore. I visited there with the kids during warm weather.

    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...alifornia.html

    But if I were you, I would stick to the heated outdoor Jacuzzis and pools on the Harvey's side facing Lake Tahoe.

    Please report how your trip went!

    FAB

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    Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    Ha, I was there the same weekend. Was eating dinner at Friday's Station when the power went out. Took forever to get our food, and the steak was overcooked, manager offered nothing. Not my first underwhelming experience there; I think we'll stick to Sage Room from now on.
    Hi Guy:

    I am with you on the Sage Room. It is my favorite steakhouse and I love the flambe at tableside. My wife, however, prefers the view at Friday's Station so you know where we usually wind up dining!

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    Originally Posted by braddahman86 View Post
    Nice review! I'm actually going to Tahoe next Fri the 5th for a ski trip. I know the snow isn't supposed to be that great, but the timing worked out for our group. Going with 3-4, booked at Harrah's. Wanted 2 queens non smoking and vip host said rooms are decided day of check in not necessarily based on status. Current reservation shows value room although she said most like I will end up in a suite. Although I have Founder's card, I earn diamond every year through tier credits gambling, go to Vegas every month or two. Thinking about checking out the spa since I'll be skiing 4 days. Any other tips you might have? I've never been to Tahoe before.
    Hopefully you'll read this before you get there, because I see your reservation is later today.

    I also had a "assigned at check-in time" situation with my room in summer 2016, and when I called the front desk while driving there (about 2 hours away), they told me there was no chance I would get a suite.

    As a last shot, when I checked in on-property, I pretended I had never called, and calmly stated, "I'm a Seven Stars member, and I was wondering if you could do a suite upgrade for me."

    The nice woman at the desk went to the back, came out a few minutes later, and said, "Yes, we were able to get a suite for you."

    So I suggest you just ask when you show up if they can upgrade you to a suite (unless they already have you in one), and mention that you're a Diamond.

    Sadly, the snow has been very bad in the Sierras this year, and Tahoe is reporting a very poor 19-inch base. They just recently opened the California side, which does make it easier for you, as you can use the Gondola which is walking distance from Harrah's.

    I don't know... you may not want to bother. 19 inches is really crappy, and you'll probably be running into all kinds of rocks, sticks, and other obstacles.

    Last year I went in mid-late January, and I had the opposite problem -- too much snow! It had just snowed heavily before I got there, and then there was like a 2-day break, one of which I used to drive there. I skied the next day and it was beautiful.

    Then a cold, blizzard-like storm came in, and just dumped mounds of snow every day. The mountain was open in limited fashion on some days, but I didn't bother.

    I was literally trapped in Tahoe for 10 days. The roads in and out were closed, and then only opened if you had both chains and snow tires (which I didn't). My car sat in the garage for over a week without budging. I ate most days within Harrah's, but sometimes walked to other places nearby for a change.

    Finally it cleared up on my second-to-last day there, and I skied. It was not snowing and not windy, but it was COLD. Like 15 degrees the whole day. I was bundled up, but by the end of the day, I was shivering, and it took me awhile to warm up once back in the room. Never been that cold while skiing on a non-snowy, non-windy day.

    I drove home the next day, but couldn't go down 395 because much of it was closed, so I had to go the long way through Sacramento. Then I forgot my skis, which I noticed when 30 miles away, so that added another 60 round trip. By the time I got home, I had driven 560 miles that day, a personal single-day record.

    Highlander Bar does have a fairly good, CHEAP breakfast (and other late night food) after 11pm. Bartender is named Mike (I think) and is a very nice guy. The cook used to cut out 30 minutes early to get to another job, but I think that stopped after I complained about it, so it's probably really open til 6 now. You can play video poker up there, but keep in mind that you'll be bothered by lots of obnoxious drunks, especially on weeknights.

    The restaurant in the basement (American Cafe) is surprisingly good and cheap. I believe they also have a Seven Stars discount. They do have crappy hours, and are closed after like 2pm on weekdays.
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    Thanks for the tips! I'll definitely see what I can do. My birthday was 2 days ago, so I'll prob be pulling that card at the desk too.

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    Hi Ryan:

    Were you at Lake Tahoe when the snow arrived?

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