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“Can't Beat This Beach View” 4 of 5 stars
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Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   3411 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (Formerly Timber Cove Lodge)   |  
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Ranked #28 of 70 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Rockwall, Texas, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Can't Beat This Beach View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We traveled before the summer tourist season opened, so the motel wasn't full. So glad we paid a little extra and were lucky enough to get a first floor room that opened on to the beach. The best part of the morning was sitting on our patio taking in the view, then taking a walk to the end of the pier. Good comfortable room for the price, and the fireplace kept it warm and cozy. We considered it a plus that we were across the street from nice grocery store. Would definitely stay here again. Only unfavorable thing to mention is that since it is a motel, the walls are somewhat thin; so we did experience some noise from the room next door.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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California
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22 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We planned two nights at this resort, but awoke the second morning to a severe weather warning. Not wanting to drive down the mountain in snow and ice, we reluctantly decided to cut short our stay. The staff handled that with aplomb...no charge for the second reserved night.

We were very sorry to have to leave early, as we were happily ensconced in a comfortable room with a lovely view of Lake Tahoe. That is one of the best things about this resort...the location right on the lake. Our room was cozy with a very efficient and much appreciated gas fireplace. The super comfortable king bed boasted very fine linens. The bath, though small, was full equipped with everything we needed for our stay. We found our room to be very quiet at this time of year.

It was convenient to have two restaurants on site, both of which we really enjoyed. Breakfast at Kitchen34eleven right off the lobby was terrific, good food, friendly service and priced right for the size of the portions. The Boathouse on the Pier features a romantic atmosphere, delicious food and drinks and a view that is out of this world. We sat at a tall table near the bar and were served by the bartender. She was fantastic...one of those people who without hovering seems to anticipate one's every need. Quite a feat considering that the place was packed!

As we drove away, we promised each other a return trip next year...a bit earlier in the fall so as to avoid bad weather.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the water. We were on the third floor in building B so our view was un...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodland, California, United States
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We purchased a Groupon for this "resort" for a two day stay. It was advertised as a lake view, which it was, but not lake front. It also came with vouchers for $25/lunch and 2 sun setter sippers. We were not going to be around for lunch, so asked if we could use it for breakfast instead - No was the answer. We also don't drink hard liquor drinks, so asked if we could have beer and wine instead, No - again. Not even credit towards the beer and wine which they said was more expensive than the mixed drinks. The room was fine, but no tub or fridge. The deal was still less expensive than their normal rates, but I'm not sure I would stay there again.

Room Tip: Except for the rooms on the highway side, most of the rooms should be quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Cupertino, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Just stayed for one night. The hotel has great location, and it is nice to walk to beach and view sunset. The room is clean and comfortable.The only issue is that we booked lake-view room, but it is actually half lake-view.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Stockton, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Myself, my two teens, and our golden retriever stayed 3 nights during the week of Oct. 14th. We really enjoyed our stay! Check in was easy and welcoming. Noah was very kind and friendly. I had requested a fridge and he made sure it got there...infact, it arrived right after we got to our room, so we could get it cooling right away. The upgrades look great, the room was very clean and comfortable. Lots of pillows and plenty of towels. The fireplace is a great addition...so nice to warm up after being outside in the evening. The grounds are pretty and well cared for and they have made some nice additions for dog owners. There are several doggy bag dispensers and disposal cans around the perimeter of the resort. Makes it so easy in case you forget bags. Our dog loved it there! We had a ground floor which was very convenient and our patio door opened onto a nice grassy area. It was very quiet except for occasional foot steps from a child upstairs. We would love to come here again and take advantage of the volleyball net on the beach, the hammocks among the trees on the beach side, the pool and the restaurant that is open for breakfast. I felt the price was great for the location and how clean and nice the grounds and rooms are. I have read some negative reviews that I don't agree with we think this is a great place and the staff we encountered was very nice. If I were to give any suggestions to the resort I would say that a fridge being standard in the room would be great. I bet they are harder to come by in the busy season. Also it would be nice to have a continental breakfast included. That would make it feel like an even better deal! We will be back and I will also recommend The Beach Retreat and Lodge to my friends!! :)

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We've been staying at this property for nearly 15 years; those being when it was the Best Western Timber Cove Lodge. Now I have to wonder if it is no longer a member of the BW "family" because it could not meet the requirements of the brand's new property designations (ie, premiere, plus, etc).
This was our first stay under the new management and name of Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge; very disappointed. We requested a King Beachfront room but only a double was available. However we were promised upon making the reservation via the property itself (NOT the website) and arrival that we could move after one night into a King Beachfront room...not true.
We were told a King Beachfront room was available, then it wasn't, then it was, then it wasn't. I was told that the property was "oversold" yet I went online and discovered there were King Beachfront rooms available. Obviously, they didn't want to accommodate guests already staying at the property, just those who hadn't arrived yet. And to add insult to injury, we discovered the room we had originally requested and told we could move into was actually occupied by only ONE guest; who checked in the day after our arrival.
On Day 3 of our stay, we had left our room simultaneously with another guest and both of us put our "housekeeping" placards on the door. Yet when we all returned two hours later, our room had not been serviced yet hers had...the room directly next door!!! This was the final straw...we checked out two days earlier than expected because it was obvious that we were not welcome at the Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge.
There were promises of a King room, "oversold" comments yet a King Beachfront room was available, no housekeeping services and no one interested in our stay upon check-out. Such a lack of customer service during our stay lead me to believe that our folio had listed us as "problem" guests but all we ever did was request a King Beachfront room. The Front Desk Clerk couldn't bring himself to ask about our stay upon check-out; little did he know that I would have NEVER expressed our disappointment to him. He had no involvement and/or control over the circumstances. I would have said it was "fine" and left it at that.
This property is betting on their "lake" location but if they continue with deceptive practices, faithful customers such as ourselves will look elsewhere. We LOVED it when it was a BW property; now, not so much!!!

Room Tip: The King Beachfront Rooms are the best but good luck getting one. The double beds are not designed...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Paso Robles, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We stayed here five nights. This hotel has it's own beach, so that makes it nice to walk down to the water and relax. We paid for a lake-view room, and were very happy with it. The king bed room came with a shower/tub. Our son's room had two double beds, and it only had a shower, because the living area is larger with the two beds. Even in October, the pool was heated. Breakfast is not included with the room, and the restaurant was only open for breakfast. We enjoyed going to some of the many restaurants around town. What really made our time there special was the staff. Yvonne gave our son's family a room close to us and we really appreciated that. They were all helpful with giving maps or directions.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3411 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (Formerly Timber Cove Lodge)
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Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#6 On the Beach Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe 2.5*
Number of rooms: 262
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Also Known As:
Best Western Plus Timber Cove Hotel South Lake Tahoe
Best Western Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Best Western

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