City Escape Amidst Tahoe Pines: The Coachman Hotel, South Lake Tahoe

the scoop

erroguide always tries to focus on hotels that end up being the destination, even more so than the destination itself. Point in case, The Coachman Hotel in South Lake Tahoe. 

To be completely frank, I’m more of a North Tahoe type of gal. I purchase the Mountain Collective pass every winter, which includes Squaw Valley Ski Resort, so there has really never been a reason to visit South Lake.

Until now. 

The Coachman Hotel, which sits at the base of Heavenly Mountain Resort and is within walking distance of Lakeside Beach, is a refurbished 1960’s motel that was built originally for the Tahoe Olympic Games.

Bravo to Brooklyn-based Studio Tack for successfully turning the property into a design-centric escape, that pays tribune to the landscape surrounding it.

The lobby, which also serves as the living room, bar and reception, is by far the highlight of the hotel. What used to be a garage, is now decked in rustic decor, with concrete floors and texturized wooden ceilings.   

Window panels are typically left wide open to welcome guests in to relax on custom furniture covered in leather and fur. Industrial lighting fixtures and cool signage can be found throughout the hotel as well. 

The rustic theme is carried outdoors, with tiered seating and two large gas fire pits. An awesome touch, which we took advantage of, is the custom cornhole boards available for guests to play 24/7. 

Enjoy complimentary s'mores and a glass of wine near the fire.. or a cup of Portland’s very own Stumptown coffee! 

Yes, you heard me. Free s’mores and Stumptown coffee. But wait, it gets better..

Adjacent to the lobby/living room/bar area, is the breakfast kitchen. Which includes a waffle station, for complimentary breakfast waffles! 

There is also a roof deck, pool and hot tub that can be used throughout the year. 

The rooms are minimal, but comfortable. They feature Frette linens and Malin+Goetz amenities. But most importantly, at least for the Winter season, is the heated toilet seat. 

The Coachman Hotel literally blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor, making it reason enough to stay with them in South Lake Tahoe!


The Van Sickle Trail is about a two minute drive from the hotel, and boasts some of the best views of Lake Tahoe! Be prepared to hike a couple miles, but it's rewarding, I promise!


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☎ 530.545.6460

✈ 4100 Pine Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA