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“Mountain Treasure” 5 of 5 stars
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The Trailhead
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3892 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (Formerly Vagabond Inn South Lake Tahoe)   |  
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Ranked #25 of 71 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Henderson, Nevada
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“Mountain Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a charming lodge decorated in a rustic mountain motif. It is located on the California side at Stateline on the south shore of the lake. We loved the large comfortable room with an in room Jacuzzi spa tub built for two. The staff were extremely helpful and treated us like VIP's. The accommodations are very comfortable and centrally located for skiing, boating, gambling, dining....etc.. You have to check this place out.

Room Tip: For those looking for a romantic vacation, request a room with the in room hot tub.
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  • Stayed March 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Trailhead was the perfect place for me and my boyfriend's first trip to Lake Tahoe. The location is perfect - quick walks to the Heavenly Lift, lakefront bars, and just a short drive to some great hikes. Clearly has just been re-done so the rooms are very clean and well-furnished. The reception staff, who are all from the area, were also really helpful in suggesting fun things to do in and around South Lake Tahoe during our stay. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Me and my most handsome of boyfriends stayed here for two nights in January. Reception was very friendly and our room was spotlessly clean. The room looked as though it had been recently redone in a quirky mountain style. Our room (117) had a two person jacuzzi bathtub and a kingsize bed. Breakfast was the typical free continental breakfast (pastries, instant oatmeal, fruit and coffee). There was also free wifi that worked pretty well (currently being used for this review!). The digital heater was new and more than capable of reaching any desired temperature. Good location that is close to both the Nevada casinos and the California restaurants. Tyler and Ashley are the best!

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This is a nice little place to stay the one night if you're visiting Lake Tahoe on a budget, aren't really going skiing, and can't make it back within a day. The rooms are quite comfy, and we got a room with a jacuzzi right inside - but the jacuzzi is part of the bedroom, and the bathroom is super small and cold in the back of the room. Our friends got a room with a huge bathroom with a regular bathtub, so I guess those are the two choices you have.

The WIFI is great here with many hotspots covering every corner of the building, so I wouldn't see a problem getting connected. We didn't bring a laptop, but for everything we do on our phones and tablets it was good enough.

The front desk people were quite friendly and helpful. But beware that the office closes for the night - and they don't open until 8 AM. We wanted to check out early in the morning, grab some breakfast, and go - but that wasn't possible here. The person even came 20 minutes late, so we had to wait for them to open the office and another half an hour to brew the coffee, which was a little damper in our trip - but if you're going skiing, the slopes are already packed by 8 so don't rely on this hotel for your morning coffee/pastries if you live here.

This hotel is located at the perfect place - amongst many different restaurants and not far from the CA-NV stateline so you could even go to one of the casinos if you want.

Room Tip: Some rooms have jacuzzis with tiny bathrooms; some have huge bathrooms with regular bathtubs - your...
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ashleigh R, General Manager at The Trailhead, responded to this review, January 6, 2015
We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us. We do our very best to provide a clean and warm environment for everyone in our newly remodeled rooms.
We do apologize for the inconvenience of not having our lobby open on time. It is not in the norm for us to be late. We will keep the earlier start in mind for the future.
Please do come see us again!!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This is yet another motel that I have stayed in, in the US. It's got nice rooms with heaters that work. The rooms are clean and spotless.

The whole place is run by a single receptionist so this can take some time. The wifi is ok. Not brilliant but you can email or Skype on it.

The morning breakfast is insipid coffee with a muffin. That you collect at reception. (No tea coffee making facilities in the room).

The only place this place really falls down is the price. I know it's California, but the price just isn't worth it. It's about 25% overpriced.

You'd get better value in a $30 a night room down the road. (Which was full)

Beef up the breakfast and drop $15 on the price and this place would be perfect.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Ashleigh R, General Manager at The Trailhead, responded to this review, January 6, 2015
We are so glad you chose to stay with us. For future reference, we can always loan you a coffee pot for your room upon request at check in, free of charge.
I'm sorry if you felt we were a bit pricey, but we are a newly renovated property with up to date amenities. We compare our prices to many places in Tahoe and are pretty reasonable compared to some.
We hope that wont affect your decision to stay with us again in the future, we would love to have you back!
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Milford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We recently stayed at the Trailhead (Aug 2014). We were lucky enough to get a room with a hot tub. The hotel has been completely remodeled, it was warm, attractive, clean. The bed was extremely comfortable and the interior furniture looked custom made and had a rustic appeal to it. Chris the GM couldn't have been more accommodating. The location was perfect, close to everything including an I Hop for breakfast within walking distance. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ashleigh R, General Manager at The Trailhead, responded to this review, January 6, 2015
We are so happy to her you enjoyed your stay with us! Please, come stay with us again in the future and don't hesitate to let your friends know how great our hotel is.
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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I recently stayed at the Trailhead Motel in South Lake Tahoe, CA and was pleasantly surprised. I have a few places I like to stay at in Lake Tahoe and could not find them anymore....so I started looking at everything and The Trailhead came up. I will return as I was able to rest quietly after a VERY LONG drive and need the QUIET.

Room Tip: I was upstairs and perhaps that made it as pleasant but I believe it was because it is set back off...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ashleigh R, General Manager at The Trailhead, responded to this review, January 6, 2015
We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us! Please, do come to us again in the future, we're always here to help and to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
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Address: 3892 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (Formerly Vagabond Inn South Lake Tahoe)
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 71 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Trailhead 2*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Trailhead in South Lake Tahoe is located in a picturesque area of California in Lake Tahoe, just a few minutes from the Casinos, Lake Tahoe Beaches, and Heavenly Ski Resort. Adventure awaits, exploring all this great area has to offer. The opportunities are endless, from hiking, biking and skiing, to fishing, swimming and sailing the clear blue waters, Lake Tahoe is truly America's playground. When you stay with The Trailhead in South Lake Tahoe, you can unwind in one of our newly renovated rooms, watch cable TV with HBO and enjoy free high-speed WiFi. The Trailhead promises to serve you with our friendly and knowledgeable staff, ensuring a memorable Lake Tahoe experience. ... more   less 
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Vagabond Inn South Lake Tahoe Hotel South Lake Tahoe

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