Harrah's Lake Tahoe rises up behind its lakeside "cousin" Harveys across the street, offering additional restaurants and facilities that nicely complement any stay in Lake Tahoe, whether at Harrah's or Harveys. (You can walk between the two properties by way of an underground passageway, or simply walk across the street.) There is a special Seven Stars/Diamond check-in opposite the front desk, and the friendly folks there also will take care of dining and spa reservations for you, as well as print airline boarding passes for eligible passengers. Outdoor self-parking is complimentary, but it's a bit of a walk if you have lots of luggage. Take advantage of the complimentary valet parking instead. A small coed fitness center is available to all guests on a complimentary basis, but Reflections Spa requires an additional admittance charge – which used to be complimentary for Seven Stars cardholders and their guests. Seven Stars cardholders do get a 20 percent discount on services (see below).
Premium and Executive Rooms offer stunning views of Lake Tahoe and/or the surrounding Sierras. High-speed Internet access is dependable, and there are refrigerators in the Executive Rooms. Decor is pleasant and the rooms spacious.
There is nothing particularly distinctive about Harrah's, and it features all the usual slots and table games. Complimentary drink service in the casino is relatively frequent; and dealers,
slot attendants and servers all are extremely friendly and helpful.
Harrah's South Shore Room hosts groups representing rock, blues, country and classics, plus there is a nightclub, Peek. "Lounge" acts perform periodically on the center stage behind the main casino bar.
Dining is where Harrah's really shines. Located on the top floor of Harrah's and offering spectacular views is Friday's Station Steak & Seafood Grill. Any confusion with the TGIFriday's chain is purely coincidental. On the second floor is Sushi Kai, sushi bar and Asian restaurant; more casual and less expensive Chinese fare is available at Asian Grill Express (see below). Formerly open 24 hours seven days a week, the American River Cafe is open 6:30 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. all other days. Finally, the Forest Buffet, also located on the top floor, is considered the best buffet in Lake Tahoe. Even if you don't like buffets, go for breakfast or lunch and enjoy the view. There is also a food court which includes Fatburger, Asian Grill Express and L.A. Italian Kitchen. NOTE: None of the outlets at the food court accepts Total Rewards Quick Rewards or comp slips.
Special Seven Stars Benefits*
Buffet - There is a special entrance for Seven Stars cardholders (see above).
Lift Tickets - Once each year, Seven Stars cardholders get two lift tickets good at Heavenly, Kirkwood or Northstar. To get your tickets, go to Total Rewards/Casher Center.
Improv - Seven Stars cardholders may receive up to two free tickets to the Improv at Harveys.
Tahoe Star Cruise - Explore the beauty of the largest alpine lake in North America on Bill Harrah's private yacht, right. Seven Stars cardholders get four tickets per year and Diamond cardholders get two.
Reflections Spa - Seven Stars cardholders receive a 20 percent discount on spa services.
Note that, while the ski tickets and cruise also are listed as benefits for Harveys, Seven Stars cardholders may not combine these offers. In other words, there is a limit of two lift tickets and four yacht tickets per Seven Stars cardholder.
Seven Stars Lounge
There is no Seven Stars
Lounge, but the Diamond Lounge offers priority entrance to Seven Stars cardholders. Before your first visit stop by the Total
Rewards Center to be sure your player's card is properly coded. There is no host on duty; you simply insert
your card near the entrance and walk in.
(There is a second entrance near Reflections Spa.) Soft drinks and coffee are self-service, and the bartender may ask you to show your
player's card and identification. Food
service is extremely limited (salads, soups, potato chips, pretzels, etc.) and comes out in
late afternoon. Once it's gone, it's
gone, though you generally can find assorted dry snacks and cookies after the "main" food is gone. Drinks may be taken out of the club into the casino.
Operating hours – always subject to change, so check first – are:
Monday - Thursday: 4 to 9 p.m.
Friday: 4 to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 2 to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In addition, Seven Stars
cardholders staying at Harrah's are invited to visit the Lakeview Lounge
(Diamond Lounge) across the street at Harveys.
Total Rewards Center
The Total Rewards Center is open daily 8 a.m. to midnight.
Should You Choose This For Your Annual Retreat?
Lake Tahoe is an absolutely gorgeous place to be during any time of the year. But, remember that weather may make it difficult to get there during the winter, so plan accordingly. You will probably fly into Reno and take a limo or rent a car to get to Tahoe. Depending on what time your flight arrives, and your originating location, you may want to consider spending the night at Harrah's Reno before making the trek to Tahoe. With Harveys (and its selection of restaurants) across the street, Reflections spa, skiing in the winter/boating and swimming in the summer, Harrah's should be a popular destination for Seven Stars trips. It would be easy to spend four nights (and $500) here – especially since you can "cross charge" to your room any meals, spa treatments, etc., even if they take place at Harveys.
When you check-in, be sure to verify that your $500 comp account has been set-up. Alcohol charged to the room counts toward your $500 in expenses, but not gratuities for meals and spa treatments. Any taxes on food, liquor and spa services are waived, and are not counted toward your $500 in allowable expenses. Best advice is to keep all your receipts until you settle your final bill.
*subject to change, revision or cancellation