First and foremost, here's my
disclaimer: I haven't been to the hotel I'm about to hype. But you
can bet your Burton bindings that I'm going to get to this hot hotel
this winter--and that's why I'm spreading the word and hope to see
(We did visit the Block
Hotel after this article. Read about it
The Block Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
is "Anything But Square" (their motto...and it's obviously true).
Let's start with it being the world's first snowboarder hotel. You
can make my rez now. 'Nuf said.
But I have a bit more to say,
actually. Like that The Block was created by pro boarder Marc Frank
Montoya, veteran hotelier Liko S. Smith, master marketer Travis Wood
(of Sims fame), and others--and that it shows. And that the prices
are incredibly low for what you (and your board) get--just check out
the site for current prices and deals.
Located a block from the Heavenly
Gondola and stumbling distance to the futuristic Altitude Nightclub,
casinos, and more, The Block Hotel is literally a snowboarder's
dream come true--both for Montoya and his guests.
Montoya says, "I always used to say
to myself, 'Man, if I ever owned a joint like this I would do this
and that and this...' Well, now it's seriously goin' down."
You can go to their great website and
learn all the dirty details, but here are my highlights (and why you
should go): the rooms; all have fridge, microwave, coffee maker,
WiFi, Xbox or PS2 game systems w/DVD, cable TV, CD player, boot and
glove dryers, in-room snowboard racks, Dean "Blotto" Gray artwork,
themed rooms, room service, and much more; incredible rates (look 'em
up and book your crib--six to a room, with no extra charge!); VIP
entry into Altitude Nightclub (normally $10-20); free board waxing
by Bluebird Wax on weekends; free use of varied CDs and DVDs; free
PowerBars and Clif Bars; rooftop hot tub and two second story decks
with exterior music; and a hangover kit.
You get the picture and can see why
I'm so stoked about getting to this place. To coin a phrase from
Montoya: Dass my word!
If you go, tell them
you read about The Block here at SnowboardSecrets.com. Thanks!
is located at 4143 Cedar Avenue in South Lake Tahoe, directly
adjacent to Harveys/Harrahs Casinos and as well as the incoming
convention center scheduled for 2005. It is 1 block from the
Heavenly Gondola in S. Lake Tahoe. Reservations can be made by
calling 530.544.2936 or online at
virtualtahoe.com. Email is
If you go, tell them you read about
The Block here at SnowboardSecrets.com.
|The Block Helps Inner City
Editors Note: THE
BLOCK hotel has agreed to partner with the Snowboard Outreach
Society by offering donations, equipment and funding of at
least 1% of the hotels annual profits. Marc Frank Montoya,
founder of The Block was an at risk inner city youth himself,
and finds himself extremely lucky to have found snowboarding
early in his life "I've been a fan of SOS since the day that
they first started, anything they want, we'll give them 100%"
he says" for real,..if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be doing
what I'm doing" says Montoya.
Lynn Seldon has spent the past 20
years covering all aspects of travel writing and photography for
publications including Playboy, Southern Living, Cruise Travel and
Caribbean Travel & Life. He has been snowboarding since the late