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“there's better places to stay at” 2 of 5 stars
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Howard Johnson Express Inn S. Lake Tahoe
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3489 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150   |  
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Ranked #43 of 71 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Point Richmond, California
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The room is a very basic motel style room, nothing special. Nice hot shower, bed was decent. Soft pillows.Thin walls you can hear your neighbors. Heater works well. We specifically called before booking to see if hot tub is working, and customer service put us on hold, reached the hotel and they said its working fine. I specifically mentioned that other reviewers had said that they were told the same thing and found out otherwise. well guess what they lied again.Their hot tub is not working and covered up, beware.

Room Tip: Bottom floor rooms have way better access. access to some rooms upstairs is very poor
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hojolaketahoe, Manager at Howard Johnson Express Inn S. Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Thank you very much for you comments on your stay. The cover for the hot tub is for not wasting the engery while it's not using. The hot tub is working fine, the guest only need to let us know before go into the hot tub we will remove the cover for them. I am sorry that you did not enjoy our hot tub during your stay. We apology for this inconvenience.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Geraldton, Australia
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Chaun was unbelievably helpful to us on our stay at HOJO. We spent 3 days on our honeymoon. Room price was a bargain. Although an older hotel it was still great value for money. Included free continental breaky and fruit. Lake Tahoe is absolutely beautiful..we loved it! Management lent us ski gear, gave us advise, discount coupons, cold and flu medication and when we were having trouble accessing money even let us make a phone call to our bank. We are very appreciative and would like to say a huge thanks. We would love to go back again one day for longer and enjoy the area without both being sick with the flu. Husband still managed to go skiing for a day which was awesome and i was in heaven taking photos. Bus pick-up at front of hotel to ski run. Restaurants and hotels for meals close by. Amazing little curry shop beside hotel has all you can eat lunch...best curry ever!! Felt safe everywhere. Wish we had hired a car as it was a bit far to walk everywhere and very very cold.

Room Tip: ask for a room with lake view
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Ok, so this is not the Ritz. But it offers a convenient, cheap stay. The water is hot in the shower, the breakfast is hearty for snowboarding, (not eggs, but the toasted muffins with peanut butter and hot coffee and bananas hit the spot), and the room was quiet. The internet was sketchy....worked best in the lobby. If your stay is more about the outdoor adventure and convenient access to Heavenly and walking distance to some dinner spots and you want to save some money for adventures rather than luxury accommodations, then this is your spot. If you love Heavenly and especially love moguls, check out http://www.bringbackbumps.blogspot.com

Room Tip: If you want internet try to get as close to the lobby as possible.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3489 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #43 of 71 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Inn S. Lake Tahoe 2*
Number of rooms: 59
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