INCLINE VILLAGE, Calif. -- The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort
& Casino here is investing $60 million in a renovation that
will bring the quality of the hotel up to par with the
neighborhood, probably some of the priciest mountain property in
The renovation -- expected to be completed by early fall 2003,
in time for the ski season -- is transforming the hotel into a
destination resort and one of Hyatt's premier properties worldwide,
company officials said.
Built in the 1960s, the resort has undergone improvements over
the years as the Incline Village area's property prices
Part of the attraction of Incline Village is its accessibility
to Reno/Tahoe Airport, a scenic, 40-minute drive from the town.
Bill Hoffman, director of the Incline Village Visitors Bureau,
said the renovation promises to give the area a destination hotel
it has never had before.
"We are a woodsy resort area with not a lot of development,
unlike the South Shore [area of Lake Tahoe], so this is something
new for us."
The first phase, which wrapped up in May, saw a $27 million
redesign of the lobby, rooms, restaurants and casino. The changes
are first apparent in the lobby, with its stone fireplace, beamed
ceilings and leather chairs.
In this phase, 279 rooms, including suites and 24 one- and
two-bedroom cottages, were renovated and now feature decor
reminiscent of the "grand lodges" of the 1920s. The casino was
redone in the same style.
restaurants at the resort were redesigned: the Lone Eagle Grille,
which serves contemporary American food; the Sierra Cafe, a casual
restaurant serving daily buffets; and the Ciao Mein Trattoria,
offering Asian and Italian dishes.
A new restaurant and lounge, Cutthroat's Saloon, has a rustic
apres-ski bar atmosphere with nine TV monitors along with a
The $30 million second phase of the renovation began with the
closing of the 150-room Aspen Terrace wing to make way for a
complex that will consist of a three-story building with 147 rooms
and suites, a swimming pool with three tiers and waterfalls, an
expanded conference center, a patio dining area and a spa.
The spa, called Stillwater, the name used on Hyatt's more
upscale properties, will encompass 15,000 square feet. There will
be 14 treatment rooms, including a couple's massage room with a
private fireplace. The facility also will consist of a fitness
center and a beauty salon.
The hotel will add a Camp Hyatt for children, with an expanded
The project will be capped by a new hotel exterior, consisting
of river rock and shingles. The porte cochere will be redone and
will feature two outdoor fireplaces.
Winter rates for the 2002-03 season start at $69 per person,
double, Sundays through Thursdays. A Sunday-through-Thursday
package is $109 per person, double, including a lift ticket at the
Northstar, Alpine or Square ski areas, a breakfast buffet and a ski
shuttle. A four-night package starting any night of the week is
$499 per person, double, including three lift tickets, breakfast
buffet and ski shuttle.
For more information on the renovation or the hotel, contact the
Hyatt at (775) 832-1234 or visit the Web at www.laketahoehyatt.com. For customized, commissionable
ski packages at the hotel, call (800) 510-0586.
Diamond Peak adds sparkle to resort area
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. -- There are numerous ski resorts within a
30-minute drive of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. The closest is a
little-known resort called Diamond Peak.
There's a reason Diamond Peak is not well known, said a
spokeswoman: It is owned and operated by the Incline Village
General Improvement District, a public agency funded by affluent
local homeowners who want to generate a profit but not turn the
area into a huge ski attraction.
There is a ski and snowboard school and free shuttle service
from resorts around Incline Village, including the Hyatt
All-day lift tickets for the 2002-03 season will be $41 for
adults; $33 for kids ages 13 to 17; $15 for children 6 to 12 and
seniors 60 and older.
For more details, contact Diamond Peak at (775) 832-1177 or
visit www.diamondpeak.com. -- L.D.R.