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Some rooms still available for New Year’s Day

by Sally J. Taylor

There’s still room in the inn – and motels and casinos – for the New Year’s 2000 celebrations. But don’t expect it to last long.

“Suddenly, in the last two weeks, we’ve been getting more calls (for reservations),” said Pete Mac Roberts, manager of the Viking Motor Lodge and president of the South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association. “This is the time of year that people start thinking about New Year’s Eve.”

Most lodging properties are requiring five-night minimums, he said.

“They’ll have no problem filling them.”

The Lakeside Inn & Casino sold out earlier in the year, but with cancellations, they now have eight packages left, according to Todd Majoris, Lakeside’s director of marketing.

Those packages include two nights, a New Year’s Eve party and Sunday Champagne Brunch for $799. The New Year’s Eve party features the band Jump, Jive and Swing and a seven-course meal.

Locals can enjoy the New Year’s Eve party at Lakeside, as well as the parties at other casinos, for a price.

The Lakeside, party-only package costs $250 per person.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe has a few rooms available, according to Marketing Director Skip Sayre. For $2,995, hotel guests get three nights stay, a black-tie dinner party with entertainment by the John Carlton Orchestra and all the party gear and souvenirs appropriate for the celebration.

“Space if very limited,” Sayre said. “We expect to sell out quick.”

As with the other casino/hotels, Harrah’s will also host a VIP invitation-only party.

A Harveys Casino & Hotel, there are still rooms available for $450 a night with a three-night minimum, said Jim Rafferty, senior vice president of corporate marketing.

Hotel guests have priority for reservations for the “Street-View Millennium Party” in the Top of the Wheel. The champagne and appetizer party and dance costs $200 for hotel guests and $250 for the general public. Harveys has not yet announced the band it expects to sign this week.

Another party will take place in Harveys showroom and be built around the show, Rafferty said.

And “the casino floor’s always hopping,” he added.

At Horizon Casino Resort, hotel guests can buy four nights and a party for $500 to $750 or the party only for $500 a couple, said Evelyn Berg, Horizon’s special events coordinator.

The public party features and art deco theme, she said and the Buddy Right band.

Lilly’s Night Club will also host a party, she said, but details were not available.

At Caesars Tahoe, Brooks and Dunn will play for its party, with tickets available to the public. The private party has an Egyptian theme, according to Trish Gilbert, Caesars marketing services director.

Disco Inferno will be playing inside Neros.

On a normal New Year’s Eve, rooms are hard to come by come December. This millennium year celebration, expect a full house long before then.

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