3 Reviews of David Walley's Resort

Slightly dissapointed

- October 2014

My father is a Wyndham owner and used Trading Places to book this facility. He was told it was in South Lake Tahoe (It is NOT). This is not the fault of the resort but of the booking system that they use. It is a short drive of about 20 minutes so not that big of a deal but about 20 degrees warmer then it was in Tahoe.

The beds were not very comfortable and the televisions were old. The outdoor pool was really cold and the 2 hot tubs next to it were broken. The staff we notified didn't even know they were broken as the outdoor staff and indoor staff are run by 2 different companies.

The "hot" springs was luke warm and children were not allowed in most of the pools. The hot springs swimming pool was nice but closed for several days of our visit. It was definitely not what we have come to expect with Wyndham.

The staff was very friendly for the most part and there was a special activity planned on 4th of July for the kids. The town of Genoa was about a mile away on a paved bike path and was really nice.

We made the most of it but it is somewhere that I most likely won't be staying again.

Unique, Historic, Natural Setting

- March 2014

This is a great resort for families to relax. Does the idea of sitting in a hot tub at sunset and watching ducks and geese fly over wetlands with snowy mountains in the background sound good to you? Then you’ll love David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort which is just a mile away from the historic town of Genoa, and was originally built in 1862. It was one of the original Pony Express stops. There are still two original buildings on the site as well as the original hot tub from way back when. The setting is stunning, with mountains on either side of Carson Valley. The resort itself is very cute and well maintained, with a rustic old west theme.

There are two restaurants and a spa on-site. We ate in both, and the food and service was very good. Prices in the main restaurant are high, and the menu isn’t kid friendly. We ate in the attached saloon which had a more kid friendly menu, and they let us order from the regular restaurant menu also. We were the only ones in the saloon on the night we were there, so it was like we had our own private dining room. It was fabulous.

This resort is mainly a timeshare property, but you can book rooms there through any of the major travel sites. We stayed in the Bodie building in a one-bedroom unit. We had a full kitchen, eating area, washer dryer and a huge Jacuzzi tub. It was spacious and nicely decorated. The resort is going through a renovation and we had a unit that hadn’t been renovated yet. We had a few minor issues with our room, but our only real complaint was that the sofa bed, and bedding were really uncomfortable and because of that I wouldn’t plan on using the sofa as a bed even for kids. If you have more than two people in your group, then get a two-bedroom unit and avoid the sofa bed. The Dillon building units are already renovated, so you might want to request that building when staying there.

Spa and Hot Springs:
The prices for the spa treatments are really high, so we didn’t do any of those. We did use the hot springs and pool and enjoyed those. The pool is fairly worm and there are about six different hot tubs at various temperatures to choose one. There’s only one cooler hot tub that kids are allowed to use in addition to the pool. Use of the hot springs was included in our stay, but I read that hotel guests have to pay $30 per day per person to use them. This would be too much to pay in my opinion, for a family to use the pool and hot tubs.

If you like nature, you’ll love it here like we did. It’s such a beautiful and peaceful setting. We hiked along the stream that flows toward the resort. You can see the steam coming up from the hot water that’s percolating up from the ground. We all thought it was really interesting. The naturally hot water is so hot from the springs that the resort has to cool it down before pumping it into the hot tubs. We definitely want to come back again sometime.

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Tour of Property Only

- September 2013

I didn't stay at David Walley's or enjoy any of the spa treatments, but I did tour the property and it was really pretty! I learned that there is a section for adults only and a secondary pool located outside of the Canyon building which includes a pool and several Jacuzzis available for guests of the resort and their children to use.

The Hot Springs & Spa is an area used for a calming and relaxing experience, so they do not recommend children in that area.

I thought the resort's water structures were very pretty. The resort features an old school hot tub made of stone from 1862. It's a cool piece of history.