Wife and I stayed here recently for our anniversary weekend. It was a last minute change. We had been booked to go to Yosemite but thanks to the government shutdown we had to change our plans. Inn by the Lake seemed to be one of the better options available on short notice. It was OK, but not as nice as we had expected for the price.
First, when they say "suite" they reall mean a full 1BR apartment with living room, dining area, kitchen, etc. That may have been my bad on reading the description. I assumed a "suite" would be more like a regular hotel suite not a full apartment. That part was OK. Just more than we really expected or needed. Second, when they say "lake view" it means you can see the lake across the parking lot and over the roof of another building and across a busy road and between some trees. Yes, it is definitely a lake view and it is pretty, but not quite as nice as the photos. We were in the "pool building" so further back from the road. There is also a "lake building" which is closer to the lake and presumably has better views, but those rooms would also be right on the very busy main drag road running through SLT, so I would expect them to be much noisier. Our room was noisy enough in the front room. Thankfully the bedroom was toward the back so it didn't get road noise. It wasn't exactly quiet though.
The windows to our suite looked over the parking lot/lake, etc. But the balcony and patio doors and the bedroom windows were right above the hot tub. Thankfully the pool was closed for the season. The hot tub was very popular, though, seemingly all day and into the night with kids having splash parties early on and then adults drinking and reveling at night. Probably could've lived with that except for the fact that the room was also very hot and stuffy. A/C apparently had been turned off for the season so our options were heat (it wasn't cold enough yet for that) or nothing. We tried opening the window to let cool air in but then had to listen to the hot tub crowd and smell their cigarette (and other) smoke wafting in to our bedroom. I would definitely avoid the rooms/suites facing the rear of the hotel away from the lake. Those have a view of nothing but a parking lot and an eyesore trailer park right next door. I would've been really unhappy with that view if the view mattered to me.
Aside from that, it was an OK hotel. The decor is a little dated, but it did have a nice kitchen and a decent bathroom with a big jacuzzi tub. It was clean and comfortable for the most part. We didn't spend a lot of time in the room. Otherwise, I think I would've been more disappointed. All in all, it was just OK. But for $250 a night, I expected more than just OK. Probably wouldn't stay here again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Inn By The Lake Hotel South Lake Tahoe
- Hotel By The Lake
- By The Lake Tahoe