DO NOT STAY IN THIS MOTEL!!!
I booked this motel months in advance of our trip because I got what I thought was a good deal and, at the time, it was ranked #4 in the area by other Tripadvisor reviewers. I have no idea how it was ranked so highly. The reviews must have been fake. This place is a DUMP!!! The ranking has since fallen to #18 and it should be much, much lower. Our group stayed in three separate rooms and each of them had serious problems. The beds were so worn that it felt like you were sleeping directly on the springs and the showers barely worked and when they did the water temperature changed from scalding hot to iceberg cold every 10 seconds. Not to mention the fact that the whole time we were there, no one ever came to clean the rooms, bring new towels or soap, or even make the so called "beds." We would have changed to a nicer hotel if it wasn't for the fact that we would have had to coordinate rooms for three groups and for some reason the weekend we were there, all the room prices in town were a lot higher than normal.
As for the location, yes, it is very close to the casinos and Heavenly's gondola, but it is also very close to the main road running through town. The cars sound like they are IN your room all night long! It would have been worth it to walk a few extra blocks or drive.
Now, not everything was completely terrible. The managers were nice, when they were around. The office is only opened from 10:00am - 6:00pm Sun. - Thurs. and until 9:00pm on Fri. and Sat. If you can wait around until 10:00am for your first cup of coffee, they do offer that, but not much else. Apparently, the managers just took over the place about six weeks ago, but that is no excuse. They could have learned how to run a motel in six weeks.
In short, spend a little more, walk a little further, and enjoy your stay somewhere else A LOT more!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Freshly redecorated, centrally located, and affordable too! Come join us for the fun, indoors at the casinos just a few feet away and outdoors at the lake, ski sites, bicycling, hiking, backpacking, skating, fishing or just lazing around at the shore. Lots of restaurants nearby with every imaginable cuisine. And best of all, a lovely room to recover in and rest at the end of your busy day with impeccable service and hospitality for you. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- El Dorado Hotel
- El Dorado Lake Tahoe
- El Dorado Motel CA