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Americas Best Value Inn - Casino Center Lake Tahoe
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   4107 Pine Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150   |  
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Ranked #26 of 70 hotels in South Lake Tahoe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

For the price it's a good deal. Staff is friendly and helpful. Rooms are a bit rundown and it can be loud. The walls are thin. Having a refrigerator and microwave in the rooms is nice. The breakfast in the morning is basic but better than most.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jamesclark1, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn - Casino Center Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your review. Operating a small resort Inn in a region that experiences as much snow and damp weather as Lake Tahoe is challenging. We prepare for the weather conditions but admittedly it takes it's toll over the winter. We spend most of Spring and Summer repairing and preparing for the next wet season. Perhaps you may visit us sometime in the summer and fall when the weather is dry and the grass is green... it's a beautiful sight. Thank you again and please call us directly for our lowest available room rates.
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  • Location
    4.5 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
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Many times I have stayed in rooms in damp climates and find the rooms very musty and old smelling. This building is quite old, but there was no smell of any sort in my room. With the exception of the carpet, the room was clean. There is free laundry, ski lockers available, blow dryers at the desk if needed, a separate towel for makeup. The TV was small but adequate. Perhaps 20". There were plenty of channels to suit both my kids and myself. The floors were dirty. How can they keep them clean when there is snow all over the ground and shoes get muddy fast? We walked to the casinos and the temperature was 13* on our way back. It was not windy, snowing, or rain and we were just fine. We walked to the lake in the morning. Again it was clear but cold, about 2* outside. Before we left, we walked to Heavenly and rode the Gondola up.

Staff was helpful and friendly. Breakfast was continental, and adequate. Coffee is not their forte. I am a big coffee drinker and those little pots available in many hotels are inadequate. This hotel did not have coffee available nor could I buy coffee nearby. If I am to stay here again I will simply bring my coffee pot from home. I did get woken up three times. Once was a group returning from the casino, second was a car alarm, and third were two men talking and laughing walking through the hallways. Management has signs all over the place reminding people to be quiet, that guests are at rest.

This trip of mine was a spontaneous trip. I decided to go at 3 in the afternoon and I am about 4 hours drive. I simply wanted to see Tahoe with good weather and snow on the ground. I wanted somewhere inexpensive to stay. This was one of the most inexpensive places available on a Friday night. I am very grateful that it was clean and did not smell, and did not cost me an arm and a leg. Most places were almost double the price. Oh, and there was a small fridge and microwave, though we did not use it. The spa is outdoors and many people used it, but I thought they were nuts. We also had a balcony, but we did not use it. We did see other people using their balcony.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jamesclark1, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn - Casino Center Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thank you very much for your real and fair review. I appreciate that you made a note of our positives with a hint of areas needing improvement. You are correct about the snow and mud here in the winter. I have staff here that spend 100% of their time with a carpet cleaning machine firmly in their hands, and he we routinely clean the carpets in nearly 70 rooms weekly but unfortunately the mudd and snow are an insidious enemy of carpets.

We understand our property is not the Embassy, but it's the center of the universe for those of us that work here daily and we strive to create the right balance of price, convenience and comfort.

Thank you again for your fair evaluation. Please call us directly in the future to receive our guaranteed lowest price.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Great experience for the money. The room was very clean, comfortable and the bed was super comfy...I slept like a rock. The free breakfast was more than I expected and started my days out great. The staff was consistently gracious and helpful, especially with the area activities. Have stayed at other hotels in the area who charged much more per night and they did not compare to my fantastic stay at this hotel. Will definitely stay here from now on when traveling to South Lake Tahoe and am telling all my family and friends to book here as well. Excellent stay for the very reasonable rates.

Room Tip: They have a cute cottage that can sleep 6 with a private spa...check that out too.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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jamesclark1, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn - Casino Center Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thank you for your very kind and generous review. It's our esteemed pleasure to accommodate individuals that discover the pleasure in simple but affordable adaquate lodging. Naturally, we understand we are not a five star resort, but we know that we can always afford to provide clean, comfortable and affordable accommodations; and ofcourse, a friendly smile from our staff to welcome you.

Thanks you again and please call us directly for in the future for our guaranteed lowest price anywhere.
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Rocklin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

My Husband and I are avid snowboarders and visit Tahoe on a weekly basis. We have tried many of the local hotels on our quest to find a "Triple Threat". Low price, clean, and dog friendly. The ABVI is that place. Clean sheets,and towels that smell slightly of bleach is a comfort to us, as we have experienced some horror stories (Green Lantern, I'm putting you on blast). The pet fee is one of the lowest in town, and they allow dogs to stay in room while owners are out. Most require you to take the dog along. The price point cannot be beat, period. Added bonuses: they offer a small continental breakfast, have excellent customer service, are walking distance to a beautiful beach, have free wifi, and have a small business center. If you are looking for a way to experience the glories of Tahoe minus the superfluous this is your spot.

  • Stayed January 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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jamesclark1, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn - Casino Center Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Thank you very much for your glowing review. Our intention is to provide clean, comfortable and convenient accommodations at the best rate in our area. Your review affirms our efforts. I do need to make a correction however, we do prefer that guests not leave their pets in our guest rooms unsupervised. We've had some unpleasant experiences with pets in unfamiliar surroundings and missing the comfort of their owners making considerable noise. Thank you again for your review and please contact us directly in the future for the lowest room rate. The best part, you don't pay until you arrive.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Great price, but you get what you pay for. No blow dryers, no coffee pot. Should of been coffee available in the breakfast room, but the door was locked and desk clerk had no key to open. Beds are "springy" and TV is WAY tiny... Carpets were dirty and needed to be swept. Did appreciate the wash cloth left for makeup removal. Did NOT appreciate being shook out of bed at 1:30am by what we thought was an earthquake... just to realize it was some VERY noisy lovers upstairs, they ignored our plea to hurry up, by our knock to the ceiling. DONT stay in downstairs unit. We requested quiet, upstairs room online and was placed in the exact opposite. Snow boarder was using the cover to fire extinguisher just outside our door to wax his board. Nice to have free laundry offered and a couple Kashi bars at check in. Breakfast is eggo's, bagels, top ramen (yep!) and pears. Plug the ears of your children in the breakfast room, the worker gal, who happily announced she was really sick, was free to throw "F" bombs with another worker. Was promised a gift cert by mail, would of rathered a room credit. Wouldnt stay again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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jamesclark1, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn - Casino Center Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Thank you for your review. I'm disappointed that you had such an experience. I have researched your complaints and am actively pursuing a remedy for those that I have control over. Regarding other complaints I wish to address. We are an economy rated property... it is common for properties within this rating not to offer hair dryers, etc. in the hotel guest rooms. Our breakfast room has specific hours of operation and although we do not advertise 24 hour hot coffee available in that area, we commonly leave the coffee pumps throughout the day if they remain full from the breakfast service that morning. I apologize if you received the impression that this was an advertised guest ammenity. We provide freshly laundered colored guest clothes for the specific removal of cosmetics in our hopes guests will choose to use these rather than make other white towels stained and unusable. It's always frustrating to discover the origin of many of our guest complaints are regarding other guests. This is something we address on a complaint basis as we are not always aware of how guests are behaving in our guest rooms at all times. We appreciate your favorable comments regarding our free fitness/laundry facility. Our complimentary breakfast consists of Bagels, Whole grain bread, toaster waffles, two kinds of cold cereal with milk, instant oatmeal, Raman Noodles, Apples, Oranges, Pears, coffee, tea, orange drink and milk. Most of our guests understand that this is a considerably generous breakfast considering our economy rating. Since you did not mention our free Wifi, free guest computer/printer kiosk, our excellent location or our very affordable room rates I assume you did not have issue with these. We are hopeful you will consider giving us another opportunity in the future to accommodate you in South Lake Tahoe.
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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I have been comming here since the 1990's over 20 years

its the Best of the West No kidding!!!

There is no place like Tahoe and the price and service here cannot be beat!

The Best of California and Nevada from Skiing , the Beach, the Sportbooks

Fabulous Breakfast included

You can Walk to the private Beach with your private gated beach pass, guests receive,

The awesome blue Water and White capped mountains

You can walk across the State Line to Nevada ,to the SportsBooks to watch and wager
Professional & College Football Basketball Hockey and Baseball

Ride to the Top of Heavenly ski respot to ski or the best view in the USA
you can walk to the lift from the hotel

The people behind the counter are allways very nice

I am a regular customer paying regular price, I tell the truth Why pay more?

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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jamesclark1, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn - Casino Center Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, January 12, 2013
Thank you for posting your review. 97% of our guests find our hotel a value. Comfortable, Convenient and Affordable. Unfortunately, the 3% of the guests that did not care for our hotel for some reason are often the only individuals that will take the time to post their thoughts. Thank you for helping to balance out our reviews. Please contact us directly in the future for our guaranteed lowest price.
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Camino, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Stayed here for a quick overnight trip to Tahoe. We were worried that the upstairs neighbors were noisy until we realized it was the hotel crew shoveling snow off the roof. Basic room, beds are way too soft and TV cut off the bottom and the top of the image (unless Reno newscasters have cut-off heads). Price was right and we weren't expecting anything but the basics, Not great but adequate. Hated that continental breakfast didn't start till 8:00 since we had to be somewhere at 8:00.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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jamesclark1, General Manager at Americas Best Value Inn - Casino Center Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, January 12, 2013
Thank you for your posting your review. Although we are considered a Economy Branded hotel we are disappointed that you found anything inconvenient about your stay. Since you didn't convey any issues with our free Wifi, free fitness and laundry facility, our free office computer kiosk in our lobby or our guest service I assume you found those areas adequate. Thank you again and please contact us directly in the future for our guaranteed lowest price.
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Address: 4107 Pine 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 Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
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Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Value Inn - Casino Center Lake Tahoe 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our unique and attractive Tahoe style inn is ideally located only two blocks to the shore of dazzling Lake Tahoe and private beach and marina facilities. Three blocks to famous Nevada Casinos like Harrah's, Harvey's, Mountbleu, Horizon and Lakeside Inn. Only four blocks to Heavenly Village and gondola, the most direct route to America's largest ski resort and a short 1/2 block to Edgewood Golf Course, rated #5 on the American PGA Tour and location of our annual Celebrity Golf Tournament. With everything Tahoe has to offer nearby including famous entertainment nightly and well known restaurants and buffets, you'll be tempted to have fun all day and then stay up late and enjoy the lively Nevada nightlife. Regardless of why you come to Lake Tahoe, AMERICAS BEST VALUE INN - CASINO CENTER LAKE TAHOE is your BEST CHOICE for convenience, comfort and value. ... more   less 
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