"Prospective guests should realize that this entire STUDIO CONDO is no larger than a small hotel room. In spite of its limited size, it is comfortable and functional for two people. Excellent forethought and careful organization have made that possible. But four adults? We would suggest a couple with ONE youngster under twelve, MAX.
You enter through a very small “kitchenette.” To your immediate right is a true full bath (incl. tub w/shower). In front of you lies a convertible futon couch (which we did not sleep on), a double bed, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that offer a great view of the ski slope (a very short walk away). The balcony provides seating for two persons enjoying their morning coffee or watching the skiers.
The condo faces toward the south, which means that a summer sun (high in the sky) will NEVER pour heat directly into the condo (as a setting sun would into a west-facing condo). Yet the condo will receive warmth from the lower mid-day sun during winter. (Ideal for passive solar heating.) The ceiling fan above the bed is quiet and effective. As is common in Tahoe Donner, there is no air conditioning
To compensate for the lack of a stove and oven, Sara has provided a remarkable array of smaller appliances–a microwave, rice cooker, toaster, Crock Pot, toaster-oven, induction (i.e., magnetic heating) electric hot plate, coffee maker, etc. (Have we forgotten anything? Possibly.) There is a propane-fueled BBQ grill on the balcony (with spare propane tanks stored in the condo). You could not prepare a complicated meal here, but you can easily manage with simple meals. Sara has put careful thought into this issue.
The refrigerator/freezer is smaller than “full-size,” but it is more than twice what you find in hotel rooms (plus, it has a freezer). The dishwasher is also smaller than any we had ever seen, and Sara cautions that it is “minimalist,” and dirty dishes must be rinsed first. We turned it on as we checked out, but didn’t hang around to see the results.
At home, we sleep in a queen bed. We both thought the condo's bed is a "double," not a true queen."
Date of Stay: August 2015
Review Submitted: August 9, 2015