Desolation Hotel will open on June 1

STATELINE, Nevada — The tourist hub’s newest lodging facility, Desolation Hotel, is set to open June 1.

The hotel is developed by two local brothers, Eric and Chet Pipkins, who want to bring their love for Lake Tahoe to life in every aspect of the hotel.

A rendering of the hotel which is described as a micro-resort.

“We want to be a great set of experiences for the guest, and then we want to be a portal for all the great experiences that are here in South Lake Tahoe and the greater Tahoe Basin,” Chet said.

Located at the corner of Poplar St. and Manzanita Ave., the hotel is a short walk from Lakeside Beach and a few more steps from Heavenly Village.

The site was once Tahoe Villa, one of the most dilapidated sites in this area. Eric likes to say that they took the site “from worst to first”.

The hotel sits on the former Tahoe Villa property.

The hotel was named after the Desolation Wilderness and various areas of the hotel are a nod to the wilderness, including the restaurant, Maggie’s, named after Maggie’s Peaks and the pool bar, Velma’s , named after Lake Velma.

Guests can choose to stay in Alpine Studios, Granite Suites, or El Dorado Townhouses. Each room offers king beds and queen sleeper sofas, kitchenettes or kitchens, walk-in showers and tubs, private balconies with soaking tubs, and two-way fireplaces. The Granite Suites have a separate living room. El Dorado townhouses also have a private garage.

There are 21 total rooms on the property so guests can feel like they are having a private experience.

Chet Pipkin, who was the founder of Belkin, a consumer technology company, has spent his entire career thinking about customer experience. Many unique touches can be found throughout the hotel, including in-room Apple TVs and wireless chargers, a workout room with Peloton bikes, a saltwater pool and hot tub that will stay heated in winter and heaters on all balconies and outdoor dining. areas.

More importantly for Tahoe, the hotel is dog friendly. This was proven by Chet’s yellow lab, Harriot, who led the Tribune’s tour of the property. The lobby even has a dog-friendly seating area.

Along with comfort and luxury, the Pipkins had durability in mind. They hired a local company, Sierra Sustainable Builders, who helped them realize their vision.

The construction of the hotel has been underway since Wednesday May 18th.
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The station offers electric vehicle charging stations for guests, the hotel is equipped with solar energy and even the slabs in the parking lot are designed to best capture snow and rain.

Eric will manage the property and although he is modest about the work he has done, it is clear he is proud of this project. Eric said he owed this project to Chet, who he had worked and learned with for most of his life, but Chet credits Eric for it.

“He’s very, very modest, but he’s the one who did this, without him we wouldn’t be here,” Chet said.

The Pipkins have lived in Lake Tahoe for more than half their lives and are determined to see the community flourish. They recently helped open Untethered, a coworking space in Round Hill, and revitalized the Wylder Hotel, which was once Sorensen’s.

The first rooms will be available on June 1, with the rest of the complex due to be completed by the end of June.

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