I suppose it all depends on what requests you make and what room is available. Our experience was nothing short of excellent. Two things to keep in mind though. First, "By the Lake" does not mean the hotel has its own shoreline, it is actually across the street from the lake; although there is nothing on the other side of the street except lake. Second, you probably have a better chance at the best rooms in the fall; after the summer season but before the snow season.
Having said that, we were greeted at the desk by both helpful and interested staff. Our room was in the front of the hotel; maybe 30 yards across the street from the lake... no parking lots or low buildings as in a review below. Be sure to ask for the front building for a great lake view. The glass door is sufficient that we were unaware of the noise from the road 10 yards away and the room was very comfortable. We were lucky enough to get a corner room and the one room next to us was unoccupied so I was able to practice my guitar without disturbing anyone. Otherwise the room was quiet; no noise at all from the room above or below or from others on the floor.
There is a good restaurant on-site. The staff there is "friendly to you if you are friendly to them." Makes sense, Lake Tahoe is a neighborly community. The food is a little expensive for breakfast because all of their choices are lumberjack-size plates of food. If you want a small bite, you'll have to order everything ala carte. Seriously, if you want a light breakfast, go offsite to Heidi's or some other specialty breakfast place in the area.
The hotel is also adjacent to a bar & grill, bowling alley, pizza place, and ice cream stand; and has services like shoe repair in the same set of buildings.
The price was great, the food was good, the view fantastic, the beds comfortable. I give my experience 9.5 out of 10... and then only because the air unit squeaked when on the low setting.
- 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