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Camp Richardson Resort
1900 Jameson Beach Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150   |  
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Ranked #29 of 71 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
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97 reviews 97 reviews
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“Great Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We rented a cabin overlooking Lake Tahoe for the weekend and it was incredible. Our cabin was clean and the grounds around it were incredible. My family including my grandkids had a wonderful time. The marina next door had music until 6:00pm which we sat outside and enjoyed. 9:00pm it was so peaceful outside you could hear a pin drop. The views, the walks around the lake, seeing the old mansions, etc. was great. The staff that checked us in where funny, helpful and professional. .General store is pricey, But there is a Raley's and Safeway in town for supplies. Cabin is fully stocked with everything you need in cookware, plates, cups, silverware. Great Refrigerator and stove. We will be back next year.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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    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
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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English first
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

We stayed for a week in the turn-key trailer parked in the RV sites. The trailer had a walk around queen with closets on either side and cabinets above the bed and storage under the bed. There was a flat screen tv with DVD player that you could have face the walk around queen or face the main living area. It also had a couch that folded out to a bed and a wrap around dinette that folded down into a bed. Plus, my kids favorite...bunk beds. There was a large slide out that had the dinette and the couch on it. The trailer was clean as if it was brand new. And fully stocked like a hotel room. The bunk beds and Queen bed were made with freak clean linens and there were plenty of more linens in the storage cupboards to make the other beds if you choose as well. The kitchen was stocked with everything you could need except the food. Plates, glasses (including wine glasses), flatware, pots, pans, cutting boards, cooking utensils, coffe maker, toaster, mixing bowls, pot holders, dish towels, sponges, dish soap, paper towels...I'm sure I missed something, they thought of everything. Bathroom was fully stocked with endless amounts of shampoo, conditioner, soap, towels and toilet paper(there was even a hair dyer). Plus more than plenty extra supplies in the storage bins. Trailer had full hook-ups (no cable), plus heat & AC. Great campsite under the beautiful trees with a fire pit and picnic table. The kids loved riding their bikes around the campground and even found a area where someone had set up a little track with some small jumps. The beach is just across the street, we would ride our bikes down there each day and drive a truck over with easy up, ice chest and chairs. It is $7 to park at beach, but comes with a $7 coupon for the Beachcomber restaurant that is right there at the beach. The beach was really crowded so we would drive over in the am and claim our spot then come back to enjoy when we were ready. You can rent paddle boats, kayaks, paddle boards and I think jet skis and boats as well. Campground isnt too far from town to run and grab supllies or see a movie or donate some money to the casinos. The Edgewood, just over the NV border is a great place for a nice evening out (without kids). We went up and floated down the Trukee river one day...highly reccomend. The kids (4,7&9) loved it.. We had 3 adults & 4 kids in one raft plus a small ice chest. A great time was had by all. Plus you end at a great outdoor restaurant/bar overlooking the river and then they bus you back up to the starting area. We also took the kids on a horseback trip with the Camp Richardson Corral guides. The kids loved it and we saw some amazing views of the lake from up on the mountain.

I highly reccomend Camp Richardson and the turn-key trailer for a wonderful family vacation.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alameda, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

For a 60th birthday celebration, we reserved 1 RV site and 2 adjacent campsites in the Eagle's Nest area of the campground. You can't beat the location of this resort/campground and the easy access to the lake, bicycle rentals, hiking trails, ice cream parlor, restaurants, etc. However, the campground facilities are less than desirable and the campground is poorly (marginally?) managed.

Specific complaints include: 1) no water spigots at or near campsites so you must go to the bathroom to get water, 2) no facilities for washing dishes (agreed that campers shouldn't wash dishes in the bathroom sinks but there needs to be a place to wash them), 3) no signage on roads with campsite numbers, making it difficult to find your campsite originally and nearly impossible to find your site if you come back after dark by car, 4) virtually no oversight of the campground by management and no enforcement of the rules (one "two tent maximum" campsite was occupied by five families who played music until 5 in the morning, despite quiet hours being posted as 10 PM), 5) requirement to save gray water (good idea) but no area accessible to dump it (nothing at the campsite and the RV dump station was locked), and 6) too few bathrooms/showers to serve the number of campsites.

All in all, we had a good time (partly because the campsite was only about 15% full since most schools were back in session), but we won't be returning to this campground.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Rohnert Park, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I have been camping at Camp Richardson for over 40 years and I have to tell you it gets worse and worse each year. Camp Richardson does live up to the rules it has posted when you drive in.
Years back camping meant a peaceful time in the forest. Now it is a zoo. Quiet hours are posted and ten o'clock p.m. is when the campground should quiet down. Well, that is just when the party is starting. The music is so loud and it is like this generation does not get that you go there to enjoy yourself, but they make it miserable for so many families with children. They overbook the campground so that you are standing in line to use the bathrooms. The new bathrooms on the Eagles Nest side are not great. The showers are terrible. Very little water comes out. I love the resort as a whole, but the management is poor for the campgrounds. People come in with their dogs and they give them a slap on the wrist instead of kicking the owners out of the campground.
It's posted "absolutely no dogs" and yet they do nothing about it. I feel it is all about the money.
So disappointed with the management of this place. Another thing I don't like is when I stayed in the hotel they allow people to bring their dogs and sleep in the rooms. I have a dog and I never bring him into a hotel room. I questioned the management about this and I told them dogs can leave ticks in the room. I find this absolutely disgusting. Too much partying going on in these campgrounds and they need to put their foot down and stop it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Redding, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

This hotel is quaint which I usually appreciate but the experience was not my best. The lack of air conditioning on one of the hottest weeks of the year could be part of my dissastifaction however, the noise on from traffic takes away the feeling of being at a camp. When we asked for ice we were told they could not find the key. These were just a few of the items that made this trip less than ideal.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

This review is for the Resort & campground.

The Good:
1. You can't beat the location - right on the lake or half a mile out if you're on the far side of the campground.
2. A coffee shop, ice cream parlor AND general store here - yay
3. Great bear containers - use them
4. Great bathrooms if you use the new one at Eagle's Nest (there are 2 at least - one old, one new)
5. Safe - had no worries about letting my kids run amuck - even the main road that runs through the property is pretty safe because there's a crosswalk and folks are really great about stopping for everyone to cross the street
6. Staff seemed great - never had a problem with them

The not-so-good:
1. Plumbing - seems to be an issue here - there are no sinks to wash your dishes in - you have to use a hose on the ground by the bathrooms. Plus, after 4 attempts to get shower tokens, I finally got a few, took a shower (very nice showers i must say in the New facilities at Eagle's Nest) but they have some sort of water-saving plan I'm guessing because you get one minute of hot water and one minute of cold - for the entire 15 minute shower! Weird. Luckily - the older shower/bath facilities in Eagle's Nest did not have that 'problem' - but the facilities were much poorer. Plus - the only place to get water is near the bathrooms there - no other spickets spotted.
2. Other people: seems to me, campgrounds should start placing you according to your level of camping experience. Rookies nearby at any campground can really affect you when camping (see #3)
3. Bears! I almost didn't book here because of the bears - they totally have them. Plus, I asked for a site furthest from the road which means we would be closer to the bear territory AND the group sites (see #2 above). We had zero problems until the nearby rookies moved in on Night 3 and decided there was one cooler they didn't need to put into the bear container and thus, the yelling, screaming and bear patrol arrived. With people screaming at bears in the middle of the night when a simple clang-clang-clang of some pots & pans will do - its hard to sleep and unnerving as these nice folks basically panic, making it all sound much worse than it is. When I asked the kind young man what it was the bear was doing every night for two nights in a row to warrant such swearing, panic, and car horns, he replied "nothing" - " just standing there". Granted, this is an issue at any resort in Tahoe most likely as you can't control who your neighbors are when camping so my 4 stars versus 5 is really due to the plumbing not the bears.

Overall, I would stay here again but not in a tent. Although am not sure that there hotel or cabin prices are worth the extra money just for the location but I didn't go in them so can't really review those. Either way - have fun & please respect the 10p quiet hour folks!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburg, CA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Went camping with the family at Camp Richardson in Tahoe. The family loved this campground! It’s so close to so many amenities! You could drive to one of many nearby restaurants or even the casinos! No need to cook at your campsite, which is good because the bears do come by and visit every so often. We had (2) cubs and a Mama bear visit the campgrounds twice while we were there.
Camp Richardson has a café, general store, ice cream parlor and deli! This is the lazy family’s campground! You can’t even call it camping anymore with all these nearby amenities, LOL.
Some sites are small and you don’t get a lot of privacy, this is truly a “Tent City” campsite, but it beats paying $100+ for a hotel room and you get to roast S’mores at night!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1900 Jameson Beach Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#7 Top resorts Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This historic year-round resort secluded in old-growth forest on 125 acres adjacent to Lake Tahoe's longest stretch of sandy beach, features 26 hotel rooms, 7 motel rooms, 43 cabins (19 year-round), the 7-bedroom Richardson House, 100 RV sites and 200 tent campsites. Property amenities include a General Store & Cafe, the Beacon Bar & Grill lakeside restaurant, Mountain Sports Center (bicycling in summer, X-C skiing & snowshoeing in winter), as well as seasonal full-service Marina, Ice Cream Parlor and Coffee & Confectionery shop. Horseback riding is available 0.2 miles north. ... more   less 
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