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Combining a special blend of luxury, beauty, great guest service and casino entertainment, Harrah's Lake Tahoe maintains a long tradition as one of the highest rated casino hotels in the country. With the acquisition of Harveys Lake Tahoe Resort Casino in July 2001, the combined casino hotel operation is now the biggest, best and most popular casino-resort at Lake Tahoe.

Owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Harrah's and Harveys are located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe, North America's largest alpine lake, central to unequaled year-round beauty and America's largest concentration of ski resorts, including Heavenly Mountain Resort and Squaw Valley USA.

Ever since the opening of the first hotel tower in 1973 (the casino first opened in 1955), Harrah's has offered the best in amenities and guest service. This dedication to excellence has earned Harrah's Lake Tahoe many of the hotel industry's most prestigious honors and set the standards by which other hotel/casinos are measured. Regional President John Koster attributes these awards to the commitment to guest service from nearly 2,400 Harrah's and Harveys employees. "Harrah's and Harveys are the places to be at Lake Tahoe," Koster says. "Harrah's enjoys a long tradition of having the best employees in the business to serve our guests and visitors.

What better way to enjoy Lake Tahoe than to stay and play at our two great casinos with the finest hotels, service and amenities."

A timeless creation, Harrah's 18-story, 512-room hotel, which includes a recently added floor of luxury suites, reflects the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe, its sculptured, forest-colored exterior blending with the surrounding mountain peaks.

Inside the main hotel entrance, the recently remodeled lobby is finished with soft tones and marble floors throughout. Just off the hotel lobby Harrah's features a recently upgraded gift & sundry shop, Starbucks, a sporting goods outlet and other retail businesses.

Every guestroom in this award-winning hotel has been designed with the ultimate in comfort in mind. Each standard guest room is deluxe-sized with two complete bathrooms (each with its own television and telephone), a king or two double beds, and remote control television with movies on command. Wi-Fi is also available in every room. Rooms also feature data ports and wireless internet access is available throughout the hotel. Double soundproofed walls and special blackout curtains assure a quiet, relaxing atmosphere, while angled windows provide a spectacular view of both the Lake and mountains. Seventy percent of the hotel rooms are designated "non-smoking." A complete remodel of every guest room will be completed in spring, 2016.

Harrah's 16th and 17th floor Summit Suites feature custom marble floor and intricate wainscots; some have sleek wood flooring imported from Italy and contemporary wool rugs. All have custom build-ins, rain shower heads, specialty mirrors with integrated televisions in each bathroom. To name a couple, the WOW suite is sexy, and stimulating; it will reach out to all your senses. With its lavish color palette featuring shades of bright fuchsia, fresh whites and deep chocolates, and not to mention the red glass chandelier imported from Venice, this is something certainly to say "wow" about! Also featured are two Sports suites. Each is contemporary in style, yet casual and sophisticated. Both are equipped with billiard tables, state of the art surround sound systems and sleek light and dark wood floors throughout. The Summit Suites include butler service and are all about surrounding yourself with luxury and top of the line technology.

Other features at Harrah's Lake Tahoe include: Reflections Spa, a full-service spa featuring Turkish steam, Finnish sauna and Roman baths, and sensual skin treatments and massages; a dome- covered swimming pool and outdoor sunbathing area; health club facilities; the 12,000 sq. ft. Harrah's Arcade with the latest video and arcade games, virtual reality and a PlayPal indoor "playscape" for young children; and a variety of shops including a beauty shop for men and women.

Additional amenities at Harrah's Lake Tahoe include concierge service, express check-out, dry cleaning service, a pet kennel, free self-parking and valet service, room service, in-room ski rental, and free amenities from toothbrushes to robes on request. The 18,000 square foot Special Events Center accommodates more than 800 people in a banquet setting and complete convention services are available for large or small gatherings. The Sales and Catering Departments specialize in personalized service and elaborate theme parties.

Harrah's Special Events Center was completely remodeled just last year, including all new furniture, fixtures and equipment, plus a new, state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. The 17,500 square foot facility can be divided into multiple meeting and convention spaces and can accommodate over 850 patrons in a banquet setting.

Harrah's Lake Tahoe offers a wide variety of dining choices, serving everything from gourmet to buffet; Asian to contemporary American favorites.

The latest addition to the restaurant line-up is the Highlander Bar at Harrah's 18th floor Forest Buffet. Now it's also the home of a brand new, late night dining option. The late night dining menu is available nightly from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. and offers a wide variety of scrumptious selections

Another recent addition is Sushi Kai sushi bar, located on the hotel's second floor - just off the casino, and offering fresh sushi, sashimi, California rolls and many other inviting selections.

Friday's Station Steak & Seafood Grill and The Forest Buffet are located on the top, 18th floor. The two popular restaurants feature breathtaking views, and were recently recognized as Lake Tahoe's best steakhouse and buffet by the readers of Casino Player magazine. Harrah's also added a new food-court that includes the nationally famous chain restaurants Fat Burger, Asian Grill and LA Italian Kitchen. For hearty, all-American fare, the American River Café (complete with a waterfall and river running through it!), offers an incredible variety of original taste tempting entrees and side dishes. For a casual treat, Starbucks in the hotel lobby serves delicious fresh baked pastries and their renowned specialty coffee drinks daily.

Harrah's Lake Tahoe leads the way in entertainment with exclusive production shows and many of the brightest stars in show business appearing in the legendary and newly remodeled South Shore Room. In 2009, the South Shore Room celebrated its 50th anniversary as one of Nevada's premier, classic showrooms. After hours, the South Shore Room is transformed into Northern Nevada's newest and hottest nightspot, PEEK Nightclub! And the mesmerizing Arthur Hervey, the best disco, dance, R&B party musician at Lake Tahoe, performs weekends and special occasions at Harrah's Casino Center Stage, a free, open lounge that energizes the entire casino.

To top it all off, Harrah's Lake Tahoe is world famous for fun-filled and exciting 24-hour casino action. A total remodel of the 70,000-sq. ft. casino is highlighted by an elegant, contemporary interior design incorporating warm, vibrant colors and dark wood soffits, column treatments and accents.

Guests are assured an abundance of table games (blackjack games, craps tables and roulette wheels), and nearly 1,600 slot and video poker machines of every imaginable design with more than $1 billion in total slot payouts a year between Harrah's and Harveys Lake Tahoe.

Harrah's Total Rewards Center features America's premier casino players' card program, which includes the Total Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Seven-Star players' reward cards. A beautiful, newly remodeled High Limit Gaming area features calm lighting, warm hues and nature- inspired décor. Plus area more table games including baccarat and mini baccarat table. The High Limit Gaming area is located adjacent to the main casino floor.

Located right across the highway, and connected to Harrah's by an easy-access tunnel, Harveys Resort Casino is the oldest ongoing casino operation at Lake Tahoe.

For the best in winter outdoor fun, Harrah's and Harveys Lake Tahoe are just a few minutes walk from the high-speed gondola at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Additionally, shuttles from Heavenly and other area ski resorts offer free, regularly scheduled service to the casinos. For more information and to make hotel/entertainment reservations, please visit and

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