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“Can't beat simple and economical!” 4 of 5 stars
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The Blue Lake Inn @ Heavenly Village
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   944 Friday Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150   |  
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Ranked #41 of 70 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Pleasanton, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Can't beat simple and economical!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

If you're a high maintenance and super luxurious traveler, you might disagree with all the other ratings on this place.

Simply put, the Blue Lake Inn is in an incredible location and offers an economical rate without sacrificing cleanliness.

The best part about this inn is most definitely the location- you're in walking distance to the Gondola and casinos without being on the main road.

The rooms on either side of us were occupied, but noise was not an issue. We were on the first floor close to the office, and probably the only slightly off-thing was either closing the curtains and limiting our light, or noticing all the other guests walking by our window/giving them a peak into our room. But still, not a huge deal.

Yes, the breakfast is minimal. I only went to check it out one day and enjoyed a donut, instant oatmeal, an apple and a cup of hot water.

It's a perfect spot for if you need a place to crash that's in walking distance of the gondola! Don't expect much else.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We stayed at this property in April 2012 and stayed for 2 nights.
On arrival, we were checked in quickly by a very friendly lady. The room had been left with the heating on and this was such a great touch as the weather was freezing at the time!
The room was well equipped and the beds were extremely comfortable, and very welcoming after a long day driving from Las Vegas on our way to San Francisco!!
The whole room was clean and tidy and met our expectations.
The breakfast room is a little on the small side for the amount of people it had in it when we used it, but there was a decent selection of food, hot drinks, pastries, cereal, fruit, all replenished regularly.
Overall we enjoyed our stay here and would certainly recommend it and would use it again ourselves.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chandler, AZ
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3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

I think other reviewers are right - you get what you paid for. If you have the right expectations you'll be satisfied with your experience. Get your expectations a little to high and you'll be disappointed. It's a cheap place with clean sheets very close to everything - the shopping, the lake, the casinos, and the restaurants. The rooms are meh, there was a little fridge there though and like I said the sheets were clean and the bathroom was palatable. If you stay on the first floor though you'll have to keep your curtains closed the entire time. But when we travel we never spend much time in our room anyway so we didn't mind that that much. The staff is also friendly and helpful.

I would even give this place 4 stars because of the price for the location if it wasn't for "breakfast". Now they say they offer continental breakfast. Well, my husband and I went in the kitchen the first morning we were there and "breakfast" consisted of bad coffee, apples, some instant oatmeal (I think) and donuts. Now, what's wrong with donuts, you might ask? Well, first of all, I would like something a little more nutritious and healthy (yogurts would work) and second, the average age of a donut must be younger than 7 days old. Those donuts were waaaay past the acceptable age of maturity. And when I went into the kitchen to wash my apple I saw another crop of donuts sitting on the counter under a towel waiting to be served to unsuspected travelers in a week or so. Needless to say we got our breakfast somewhere else after that. My question is why bother? It would be better not to offer any breakfast at all then a week old donuts. No one expected made to order omlettes but at least make it palatable.

Will probably stay there again but will steer clear from breakfast.:)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kensington, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great Location for skiing, a short 2 block walk to the Heavenly Gondola and close to casinos, bars, and restaurants. Inexpensive basic hotel ($50 a night or so) good beds, so-so pillows, heavy curtains, and decent walls. The sheets, bathroom, sink, microwave and fridge were clean and maid service was good. The breakfast was so-so, juice, coffee, milk, oatmeal, and fresh doughnuts. Wi-Fi was about 2meg up and down so good enough for most except for streaming HD. The staff is nice, I have stayed here three times and while not exciting it has been consistent. The hot tub while small was plenty hot and clean.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Arcola
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This hotel is decent for the price. We paid about 50 dollars a night through booking with Heavenly Village. I would not pay any more than that. The rooms are very outdated and not welcoming. The continental breakfast has old donuts and coffee. One good thing about the hotel is that the staff are very friendly and are willing to help you with anything.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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120 reviews 120 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

It was inexpensive. The bed was hard and lumpy, the pillows were hard. The room is heated with a space heater. We needed two space heaters cause one was not warm enough. The second space heater did the trick. The room is large came with microwave and fridge. Breakfast there is eh. Oatmeal packets, fruit, coffee, juice, milk and donuts. This place is about 1/2 block from the gondola to Heavenly. I left my wedding ring in the room the entire time and it remained in the room. Within walking distance to the village, shopping, casinos, groceries. If you can just get past the bed and pillows or bring your own pillows.
Really cheap easy upgrades could be egg crate mattress tops, flannel sheets and change out pillows every 6 months or so. I see pillows for as low as 5.00 at Target.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sunol, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

My husband and I chose Tahoe for our destination for our anniversary and his birthday trip. We booked at The Blue Lake Inn based on the location and reviews. We used to go to tahoe all the time and know that, with the exception of some of the new, highly priced resort type hotels, all of the older motels are "slighly" outdated and have the motel 6 feel to them. This hotel is no different. When we arrived we were asked if we wanted to upgrade to the suite with the jaccuzzi tub and fireplace. We were so glas we did! That was perfect. It was pretty empty because of the time we went(late September) The rooms all have small fridge and microwave. We brought our ice chest with food and saved a lot on money. The rooms are within walking distance of EVERYTHING! We could walk to Raley's(supermarket), the gondola, the beach and the casino with no issues! Even a child could make it! Don't expect much for the coninental breakfast. Donuts, oatmeal apples and Coffee. Would definately go back!

Room Tip: Book online and if you go during off season see if you can upgrade to a jacuzzi room!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bolnov, Guest Relations Manager at The Blue Lake Inn @ Heavenly Village, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Thank you so much for your review. We are located in the center of all things fun in Tahoe, which makes it very convienient for our guests. It is especially important now with skiing season approaching. Heavenly ski resort is just a block away and you can walk there in your skiing boots in 3 minutes. No hassle with parking and no fees for parking at the ski resort! We are economy hotel but we really focus on providing value for your money. Our breakfast is very simple but we thought it would just a nice start of your day. Thank you so much for staying with us. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon
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Address: 944 Friday Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Blue Lake Inn @ Heavenly Village 2*
Number of rooms: 68
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