Harveys is situated right on beautiful Lake Tahoe. Blocking the view from some of the rooms at its lakeside "cousin" Harrah's across the street, Harveys offers additional restaurants and facilities that nicely complement any stay in Lake Tahoe, no matter which property you choose. (You can walk between the two properties by way of an underground passageway, or simply walk across the street.)
There is a special Diamond check-in (opposite the front desk and down the hallway on the left) that has a small bar offering cocktails, beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee or bottled water. Self-parking in an adjacent garage is complimentary, but it's a bit of a walk if you have lots of luggage. Take advantage of the complimentary valet parking instead.
Request a lakeside view in the newer tower at Harveys. While rooms in both the original tower and the newer tower have been renovated, rooms in the newer tower are larger and offer better views of Lake Tahoe and/or the surrounding Sierras. Rooms do not have coffeemakers, but you can request on at no charge.
There is nothing particularly distinctive about Harveys, and its small two-level casino 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.
Entertainment and Dining
There is no showroom, but Harveys has an outdoor arena that in the summer that attracts a somewhat more stellar roster of performers than Harrah's (Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Phish and the Dave Matthews Band, to name a few).
The Cabo Wabo Cantina features mostly local groups, and there is an Improv for comedy fans.
For scenic dining, Harveys answer to Harrah's Friday's is 19 Kitchen~Bar on the 19th floor. At ground level is the historic Sage Room Steak House, open since 1947. Artwork by Remington and Russell complement the dark and mellow Old West decor where tableside preparations and flambéed desserts take you back in culinary time. Mexican food is the order of the day at the Cabo Wabo Cantina.
There is also a Starbucks, a Cinnabon and Hard Rock Café. (Cinnabon and Hard Rock do not accept Total Rewards credits.) The newest addition to the food outlets is the Straw Hat Sports Bar & Grill. Straw Hat accepts Reward Credits 1:1.
Special Seven Stars Benefits*
Fitness Center - Seven Stars cardholders and a guest receive complimentary entry to Harvey's fitness center overlooking the outdoor pool. The fitness center also has a sauna, but whirlpools are located outdoors.
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/Cashier 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, left. Seven Stars cardholders get four tickets per year and Diamond cardholders get two.
Reserved Parking - Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders can get an access card for covered reserved parking near the third floor parking structure.
Note that, while the ski tickets and cruise also are listed as benefits for Harrah's, 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 Lakeview Lounge (Diamond Lounge) -- hours change seasonally -- offers priority
entrance to Seven Stars cardholders. To reach the club, look for the employee-operated elevator
in the high limit slots area. (Alternatively, some days entrance is from the top floor of the Mountain Tower.) Sit at the
relatively large bar, enjoy the view from seats along the windows, or relax in
the lounge's comfy overstuffed leather chairs.
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.
Total Rewards Center
The Total Rewards Center is open Sundays through Thursday from 10 a,m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to midnight. (Hours subject to change.)
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 Harrah's (and its selection of restaurants and Reflections Spa) across the street, skiing in the winter/boating and swimming in the summer, Harveys should be a popular destination for Seven Stars retreats. 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 Harrah's.
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