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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 #32 of 70 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Chico, CA
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“We like it, but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have stayed here several times when we have been in the area, using a Groupon the first time and just booking through the hotel site for other dates. The property has a lot going for it - great location in South Lake Tahoe, beautiful beach and pier, and dog-friendly which is a bonus since we often travel with our pet. It's an older property but things are generally pretty clean and it looks like they have been doing some renovations and making improvements. The pool area looks nice but has been super crowded when we have been there so we've skipped it. We love the private balconies and the lake views. Dealings with staff have been positive as well.

But...a few things keeps me from falling in love with this place. The rooms are pretty small, even the more expensive ones. The walls are thin and this is a family resort, which can mean you are stuck listening to the neighbors kids cry/scream/pound things while you try to keep your well-mannered but not without limits pup from barking hysterically at the ceaseless racket. There isn't a mini-fridge in the rooms, which seems weird - not the end of the world but I like to keep some cold drinks on hand when I travel. And lastly, my nit-pickiest complaint - the towels smell funky. I don't know what kind of laundry products they use but I have noticed the same not-quite-fresh smell on the towels every time we have been there. The linens look clean, they just don't smell good.

All in all we have had positive experiences and are likely to stay here again but we wish that management would make a few improvements as mentioned.

Room Tip: Beachfront rooms can be very noisy if the beach is crowded so weigh the view against that possibilit...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Reno, Nevada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What more do you need, this hotel has it all, including a nice pool and spa. The rooms are clean and quiet. We had a room right on the beach and spent much time on the balcony just enjoying the view. This was an annivesary trip for us and we had a fantastic time. I HIGHLY recommend this hotel to any and all who want a fantastic experience at Lake Tahoe.

Room Tip: Room B202 is perfect right on the beach.
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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brandon R, General Manager at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Dear Dennis J,

Thank you for your positive response and we are thrilled that you enjoyed a romantic weekend. Happy Anniversary, we look forward to your return (of course, no need to wait an entire year; Valentine's Day will be here before you know it.

Kind regards,
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Irvine, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with a 10 day stay at this lovely property. We spent most of that time in the honeymoon suite. Roomy, comfortable...and that jacuzzi tub was fabulous! Lori, the wedding planner, who arranged our wow renewal on the pie, is a rock star!!! at sunset. She saw that everything was perfect, just the way we wanted it to be. What a dream she is to work with.

Two issues...housekeeping....don't knock on the door of the honeymoon suite so early. :) Engineering, don't blame the customer wnen the jacuZi in the suite didn't work on the first night on the first try!!

Room Tip: The lake front rooms are more pricey, but have the best views and are quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brandon R, General Manager at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Barbara O,

Thank you for your positive comments regarding your most recent stay. Forty years of marriage, that's fantastic!! Congratulations.

I'm glad that Lori was able to assit you with the renewal of your wedding vows and make it a memorable experience.

I aplogize for the two service issues that you described and I will be certain to address them with the appropriate departments.

Best regards,
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Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a room with lakeview. The rooms were well build, luxurious and clean. They all have a balcony, and the beach and pier are accessible right from the hotel. There is enough parking to accommodate most/all the guests.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Brandon R, General Manager at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Massimo,

Thank you for your positive review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our property and had a wonderful time.

We look forward to your return visit..

Kind regards,
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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel reminded me of Paris hotels in that the rooms are small, but wonderfully decorated and very comfortable. The fact that they can squeeze a fireplace into a small room is a testament to creativity. The public spaces were modern. Everything was spotless, and the bed was comfortable and dressed with nice linens. We were on a ground floor room adjacent to the pool and spa just steps out of our sliding door. We were traveling with a small dog and occasionally find that the "pet friendly" rooms are not desirable. Not the case here. Everything was first class. Great shower--no tub. The hotel is right on the lake with a magnificient pier that is home to The Boathouse Restaurant. Don't miss sunset. BTW the food was wonderful. The staff was very accommodating. I HIGHLY recommend this hotel. There is also a Safeway store directly across the street which is very convenient if you want to pick up a sandwich for the trip to Inspiration Point. The gas fireplace would be a wonderful addition in the winter months, although we turned it on in the morning after the temps dropped overnight. The beach is wonderful but water very shallow. You can rent boats at the pier--next time.

Room Tip: We were adjacent to pool in a pet friendly room, but it was quiet and convenient.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brandon R, General Manager at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Saildestiny,

Thank you so much for your wonderful and most favorable review. Our team feels fortunate to work in such a beautiful enviroment and we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay.

We hope to see you back soon and we appreciate your business.

Warm regards,
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Reno, Nevada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love, love, love this hotel! We had a room which was directly in front of the beach, on the third floor. Our room had a fireplace and a refrigerator, which was nice to have. The view cannot be beat, it's Tahoe a few feet from your room! There's a small balcony, and if you're on the bottom floor, you can walk right out to the beach. This is such a cute family-friendly hotel, there's movies some nights at the pool, and I think they have yoga in the morning in the summer. There's also a restaurant and bar out on the pier, and they had a couple of guys playing music Friday night in a tent near the beach. I loved my entire stay there, such a great atmosphere and location. And big points scored with the shampoo/shower gel/lotion they put in the shower and bathroom - it's in big bottles which stay there so they don't have thousands of those tiny bottles being thrown away every day. We should all thank management for that awesome idea! We have already planned our return trip.

Room Tip: Choose a beachfront room, the view is worth it!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brandon R, General Manager at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear NVsteelergirl,

We are so pleased that you love our property and had a memorable stay.

We appreciate your business and look forward to your return.

Best regards,
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California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first stay here and our room was a little "cozy" for the price but the oceanfront view and location on the beach more than made up for it. The staff was friendly and housekeeping knocked and waited for us to respond. The food at the Boathouse was great, loved their clam chowder and it was nice not to have to drive anywhere for dinner. `Refridgerators in the rooms would have been nice, but did i mention that view!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brandon R, General Manager at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Carol,

Thank you for your constructive review. I am glad you enjoyed the scenic view from your room. I appreciate you mentioning the clam chowder at The Boathouse. We do have refrigerators upon request and may be adding more in the future.

I noticed that we received a couple of 3's in your assessment and we will try harder to get those scores up to 5's on your next visit.

Best regards,
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#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*
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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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