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“A Few Exits North of Awesome!” 5 of 5 stars
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7 Seas Inn at Tahoe
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   4145 Manzanita Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150   |  
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Ranked #7 of 70 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Alameda, California, United States
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“A Few Exits North of Awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I lead a hiking group near San Francisco. Once a year we take an out-of-town trip to tackle a mountain outside the Bay Area. In 2014, we chose Mount Tallac, near South Tahoe.

Since our trip was a week before Memorial Day, when things get crazy in Tahoe, we had our choice of the countless dozens of affordable motels packed in the square mile between the strip and the lake near the state line. But since we had 30 people and I wanted to get it right, several of us made a scouting trip to South Tahoe a few months before, each of us staying in a different motel to get a feel for our choices. Over breakfast the first morning after we arrived, nobody was thrilled with their lodging. But the one guy who hadn't made the trip was the guy who was assigned to Seven Seas, so we decided to go over as a group and talk to the staff.

The first thing you think when you hit the parking lot is "Ummm. Is this the place that has all these off-the-charts reviews?" It doesn't really stand out from any other location in what amounts to a massive subdivision of motels on the California side of the border. But after talking to the owner (Carolyn), manager (Tim) and the resident bartender/baker (Grant) for a few minutes, we got it. And despite informally deciding to stay in a more upscale place on the Nevada side over lunch, we unanimously voted on the spot to give Seven Seas a go. We booked the entire motel.

Three months later, our entire group was thrilled with the choice. We're all hikers who don't stand on formality, but Seven Seas went far beyond what we could have reasonably expected for the price. The rooms were impeccably clean. We had access to a private beach just two blocks away on Lake Tahoe. The casinos of Stateline, Nev. are a 4-minute stumble away, and Heavenly Ski Resort is even closer in another direction.

Tough hikes make for sore muscles, and we loved Seven Seas' spacious hot tub. Moreover, Carolyn and Tim -- who both possess warped senses of humor -- set up the grassy area to accommodate for our annual pre-hike barbecue, replete with gas grills ... we didn't even have to buy charcoal! The bed was insanely comfortable. But the clincher was Room 101, which at night serves as a quaint bar, but in the morning becomes a breakfast room, serving the best continental breakfast I've ever had, anywhere. And all 29 of my fellow hikers agreed.

Did I mention a stunning view of Heavenly, including the entire 3,500-foot run of the ski lift?

And really, in 2014, a place that makes you feel like family? Priceless. In a world full of rip-offs, this place goes down in my traveling Hall of Fame.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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Chico, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small motel with very personable staff. All basic necessities are provided: wi-fi, microwave, fridge, fireplace, good-sized bathroom, firm bed, simple breakfasts, hot tub. Lots of parking plus a welcoming grass-patch & red hydrant for the dogs!

I got a text message from Tim an hour before check-in, saying my room was ready, so I got in at 2 pm and unpacked, with plenty of daylight left to explore the area.

It's a 5-10 minute walk to Harrah's & Harvey's and the hustle of the main drag: Highway 50. Going the opposite direction, the beach & Lake beckons. There are great walking & biking trails all around the neighborhood.

I stayed 3 nights with my little dog, on the ground floor. My only Negatives were: the chatter of passers-by coming & going, and some constant plumbing noise in the bathroom. If there was anyone occupying the room above mine, I didn't hear anything.

For travelers needing a place to stay at night but are otherwise out all day, enjoying the outdoors, this motel is plenty adequate. It was a convenient "base" for me since I was out enjoying the town's attractions, walking the beaches, hiking around Emerald Bay, etc.

Breakfast was very simple but nothing fresh-cooked. Breads, English muffins, waffles, cereal, fruit, coffee. Of course, nearby there's IHOP & eateries. My preference was to shop at the grocery store (Safeway or Raleys) since there was a microwave & fridge in the room.

There are other fancier looking motels nearby if you want the ambience of "class" or luxury - and want to pay for it, staying indoors all day. This being my first time staying here, I was plenty satisfied with this great value.

Stayed November 2014, traveled solo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Spend here two nights, nice clean rooms. We had no bath but the shower was good.
There 's a little bar that serves cocktails, loved that. There is so much choice of motels in the neighbourhood, but some of them look really shabby. This is a safe stay for a good price.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

My husband and I stayed here this past weekend and it was just perfect for what we were looking for... clean, comfortable rooms with mini fridge, microwave, flat-screen TV and a fireplace. Upon checking in, the owner Carolyn was very friendly and just makes you feel at home. Nothing pretentious here. We were within walking distance to everything, which makes it a great location. We would most definitely stay here again and possibly bring our dogs!!

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sacramento
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This motel is right off the main strip in SLT, making the location great. Also, I doubt you can beat the price and the best part is, you can bring your dog (unfortunately, you can't bring your dog anywhere with you - i.e. the beach)! Service is friendly and down to earth. The motel itself is nothing fancy, but everything you need.

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Me and my husband arrived at 9:30 pm and Carolyne was waiting for us with a smile. She gave us a permission to enter at the private beach that is very near of the inn. The hotel is very well located, we walked all around the area. The room was very comfortable, clean and with a great wi fi. A fridge, micro, plain tv and a lovely fireplace. The breakfast was very good, served at the bar by Tim, and there were waffles, coffee, juice, bagels. The owners are great! Outside there is a little waterfall, and we saw squirrels and birds. Very quiet. The restroom is big, with a shower without a bath. There is a little laundry too. I would like to stay again.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elk Grove, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

This is a family ran B&B. The rooms are clean and have all the little upgrades, flat screen TVs, micro and fridge, great WiFi, and a fireplace in all the rooms. A waterfall and creek just makes your stay perfect. They have a full bar with great mixed drinks, a must stay.

Stayed October 2014, traveled on business
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Address: 4145 Manzanita Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#7 Business Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#8 Family Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — 7 Seas Inn at Tahoe 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Clean, Comfortable Lodging at an Affordable PriceYou will Love our Hospitality and ValueClean rooms, great location and excellent service are just some of the reasons why the members of TripAdvisor have ranked the 7 Seas Inn among the best lodging in South Lake Tahoe.The 7 Seas Inn is conveniently located within 2 blocks of the lake, Heavenly Mountain Gondola, the casinos, shopping and casual dining. ... more   less 
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