South Lake Tahoe, CA – It’s been years in the making, but the goal line is just weeks away from the new Hampton Inn & Suites in South Lake Tahoe. The property’s 120 rooms and suites are being finalized, an indoor pool, restaurant, lobby bar with six beers and wines, and landscaping.
It’s not your typical Hampton Inn with custom features throughout, including chandeliers, solar panels, and energy efficiency. Ski lockers will have boot and glove heating, and the property has a fire pit, hot tub, outdoor heaters, and bike storage.
Owner Sushil Patel and his companies Mountain West Buildings and Laxmi Hotels have been planning the hotel since he purchased the three buildings that made up the old Super 8 Hotel on Lake Tahoe Boulevard 20 years ago. He had been waiting to “take out the pencil” and now seemed to be the right time. His brother and sister ran the Super 8 until it was demolished in 2020 to make way for the new four-story property and nearly 80,000 square feet in size.
Patel is no stranger to South Lake Tahoe. He actually grew up along the way where his father owned The Sun & Ski Motel (where the Day’s Inn is currently located). He graduated from South Tahoe High School in 1995, and since graduating with a degree in business from California State University in Sacramento, he’s been working in Reno building multifamily housing as well as owning a Hampton Inn motel there and Home2Suites.
The Hampton Inn & Suites is adding a new restaurant, Truckee-based Burger Me, which will serve dining both outdoors as well as indoors.
Patel purchased vintage skates that will appear as part of the hotel’s décor. All rooms have microwaves and refrigerators and some of the one-bedroom suites are not the norm with the Hampton brand.
Marking the future are 12 on-site EV chargers for guests who drive electric cars, seven for charging Teslas, and five standard chargers with an underground duct for future charges. The property also helps with lake clarity with a $1.5 million water retention system under the parking lot.
The new Hampton hotel has a bus stop at the front and will carry bikes bearing the hotel’s logo so guests don’t have to get into their cars once they arrive.
To maintain the required maximum height of 59.5 feet, the ceiling height is 8.5 feet, instead of the normal 9 feet, but for the average person it wouldn’t be noticed. The open lobby is large, has high ceilings with chandeliers and will soon be filled with fine furniture.
Just as with anyone else looking for supplies, supply chain problems have swallowed up the property as well and they have been waiting for weeks for all the furniture to arrive. This postponed the opening date that was originally going to be Memorial Day and will open by June 24.
They’re bringing much-needed luxury residential property to South Lake Tahoe, Patel said, and their prices will be in the $400 range during high season, and $200 during low season. He said it’s almost fully operational and they’ve already worked on setting up the property and getting ready to go. He invited Incline High School graduate, Aaron Pons, to be the hotel’s general manager.