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“Perfect stay for two families” 4 of 5 stars
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Inn by the Lake
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3300 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150   |  
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Ranked #27 of 70 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Perfect stay for two families”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Our family, in-laws and another family stayed the weekend. We got a one room deluxe suite, one bedroom suite, and a junior suite. It worked out perfectly. The deluxe suite was the gathering room in which we the families made our cooked our meals and hung out. The rooms were big enough that it never felt small for 6 adults and two babies. The kitchen was well equipped with all the cooking pots, pans, and utensils we needed. The staff at the hotel are very nice. The hotel is located close to the Safeway, a bowling alley, a pub and family restaurant.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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danmchael, General Manager at Inn by the Lake, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Your kind comments were timely as we are in our busy family reunion season. It is great to see families utilizing our varied facilities such as pool, bi-level spa, BBQs, lawn games, bowling center etc. It is quite an honor for us to host so many repeat reunions.
Best Regards,
Dan
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

I recommand this Hotel to anybody passing thur The area.The service is excellent, The rooms are big and clean. They have a small bowling alley on the property, a restaurant right around the corner of hotel with excellent food , & big serving.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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danmchael, General Manager at Inn by the Lake, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Like every other lodging property, we love scores of 5. However, your comments paint a clear picture as to what other guests may expect of the INN.
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Dan
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sacramento
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We love this place, Super modern rooms and super clean !!
Pet friendly and They have a dog area to walk your dog with poop bags included and a garbage specially designed to dispose of the poop bags when used.
Very friendly staff.
The coolest 2 story Hot Tub and heated swimming pool which they keep super clean.
Both times we stayed we've had view room of Lake Tahoe itself, Just stunning !!
All 3 items all together, Lodging, Breakfast and Bowling, Love this place !! :)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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danmchael, General Manager at Inn by the Lake, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you for your very kind comments and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We appreciate very much your repeat patronage. Our seasoned housekeeping and maintenance staff work very hard to keep the property in top shape and thank you for recognizing their efforts.
Best Regards,
Dan
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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

we had an excellent weekend at the inn by the lake.
it was our first time there, everybody was very welcoming and helpful.
room was with beautiful lake fews and king size bed, we traveled with our daughter and she loved the size of the room, it came with a big kitchen and balcony.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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danmchael, General Manager at Inn by the Lake, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you for sharing and we were delighted that you enjoyed staying in one of our delux suites. The views from our deluxe units are quite spectacular. However, please keep in mind that our more echonomical single queen units may not have the lake view but they are very comfortable. Plus, views of the lake may be enjoyed from our lobby, fitness room, restaurant,club room and throughout our spacious grounds.
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Dan
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Pearland, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We booked this hotel the night before we arrived on our motorcycle trip through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The room we got was the King Great Room which was a single King bed in a very large room. Each room has its own balcony but the balcony is not private meaning that you can see your neighbor on theirs (no side walls) and each balcony is only about 4 feet out from the sliding the door and about 8 feet long; so not much space. The views from the pool building are obstructed partially from trees that are in front of the hotel but you can still see the lake somewhat. The hotel is on the inside of the street that runs between the property and the lake so you are not ON the lake. The rooms in the lake building are closer to the street so you can see the lake better. I am not sure if those rooms are more expensive or not but something you might consider.

The rooms are clean and well done. It does have a 1960 or 1970 feel to some of it but nothing extreme and I liked it actually. Seeing the razor blade metal disposal unit with the mirror was neat and you will have a large bathroom with a small hallway.

The bathrooms are clean and the people at the front desk are very nice. The hot tub was not in service as they were updating it but the pool was open. You get cool robes to wear while there too. you get a private mini fridge and microwave. When we arrived our room's AC was not working (it is a central set up rather than a window unit) very well so the front desk put us in another room right below very quickly.

You are by a lot of things in South Tahoe. There is a Safeway nearby and a lot of great places to eat. If you like the water at sunset, go to the Boathouse on the Pier (or sometimes called the Bistro on the Pier) which is just down the block. Reserve a balcony table early though. You will sit on the balcony and watch the sun set over the west mountains.

All in all it is a good hotel with a very courteous staff.

Room Tip: Get a room in the Lake Building to see the lake close.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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danmchael, General Manager at Inn by the Lake, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
While our friendly competition will do anything to get a 5, detailed reviews such as yours are what make Trip Advisor worth reading. Thank you for taking the time to write. Incidentally, our bi-level spa is back in full operation. Come up and try it sometime.

A typo appears in a review response which follows stating we are 100 "years" from Lakeview Commons. It's not that far and should read 100 yards. If I could proof properly, I would not be a hotel manager but a travel writer.
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Dan
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Bay Point, California, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

I have found this place pretty decent for the most part. It's clean and friendly, the rooms are comfortable and our A/C works which is really nice. Although we didn't get a lake view room which would have been very nice, it didn't really change my opinion, yes there is a trailer park in our view, but we really are only staying just one night and didn't find it a big deal. The one thing I would say I didn't like is that the hallways I noticed are very warm, they don't seem to have air conditioned halls. The Lake is right across the street, and easily accessible by walking. You have a Safeway, and Bank of America not too far up the road and quite a few restaurants to choose from. Would I stay here again? I would but not more than one night or two. Would I recommend this Inn? Yes, I would. I did read that a few people found the rooms smelly, I didn't notice a smell and a few people were complaining the Lake was across a busy road, to this I say it is across a busy road BUT as I said before it is EASILY accessible by walking across the street, which does have crosswalks, so it is in no way impossible to cross the street safely to get there.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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danmchael, General Manager at Inn by the Lake, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Thanks for your detailed review which I am sure will be helpful to others. Summer has come early this year and we are excited about the activities planned for our neighborhood. Inn by the Lake will be the host hotel for the Race the Lake of the Sky standup paddle competition over the weekend of June 27-29th. This will take place at Lakeviwe Commons the newest and we think best public beach in the Tahoe Basin. The Inn will also be one of the sponsors again this year of Live at Lakeviwe a free Thursday night live concert series, starting June 20th, also taking place at the Commons which is located roughly 100 years west of the Inn. Please come up to enjoy!
Best Regards,
Dan
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Auburn, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

We have been staying at this hotel for years because the price is right. The staff has always been helpful, professional & friendly. The Hotel, however, is definitely in need of a face lift. The heating/cooling system seems outdated & struggles to keep up. The spa jets were non-functional so it was like sitting in a hot tub of water. The rooms are good sized & comfortable, they just look old.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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danmchael, General Manager at Inn by the Lake, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
What a relief!

Initially, I thought you were refering to the age of management and was relieved when you specified the Inn. Yes, IBTL opened in 1982 and we have worked diligently to keep it in good repair, friendly and clean. Now that the economy is greatly improved we are working on plans to update our architecture and overall look. More to come on this later. We sincerely appreciate your repeat patronage. This winter a jet supply line to our spa, encased in concrete, reptured. Unable to repair in the winter, we operated it as a hot tub. We completed the necessary repairs over this past weekend and our 20 person, bi-level spa will return to full service tomorrow.

For those intrested in the grisley details, we initially had no idea just where the pipe, burried under multiple layers of brick, concrete and soil, had ruptured. Our initial exploratory efforts were unsuccessful. We then retained the services of a leak detection service. They pumped gas into the suspected faulty lines and isolated the leak to a 5' section of spa wall. We cut through two layers of brick and as many layers of concrete to find the cracked 2" PVC pipe. We then had to cut into the gunite spa wall, avoiding other pipes, to make the necessary repair. A local mason then came on site to replace the bricks and return the spa to its origional glory.

I am not sure yet of the cost of reparis and do not much care. However, I do sincerely regret that our spa was not fully operational during your stay and we apologize.
Best Regards,
Dan
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Address: 3300 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #27 of 70 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Inn by the Lake 3*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inn by the Lake is conveniently located across the street from Lake Tahoe's El Dorado Beach. Heavenly Mountain Resort is a mile away and the Inn's mid-town location offers easy access to all that Tahoe has to offer. We have a fully equipped fitness room, sauna, outdoor swimming pool (seasonal)and bi-level spa. Enjoy our family fun center, Tahoe Bowl - featuring Blue Dog Gourmet Pizza and Lane 17 Sports Bar. Bear Beach Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for your family dining pleasure. ... more   less 
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