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“Perfection in Tahoe” 5 of 5 stars
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Black Bear Inn
1202 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150   |  
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South Lake Tahoe, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Perfection in Tahoe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

I have stayed here twice and recently attended a wedding here. Beautiful setting. The rooms are all upscale "rustic". The lake is just a walk away but this place takes you away from the general crowds and noise. Peaceful. The Innkeepers are attentive to every detail. The breakfast is 5 star.

Room Tip: All the rooms are unique. The cabins are more private
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Santa Barbara, CA
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100 reviews 100 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

This is one of the most charming B&B's in the country. The Innkeepers, Jerry & Kevin are certainly among the most personable hosts in the business and their attention to detail is extraordinary. Breakfasts are varied and delicious, either in room or in the beautiful, high ceiling, log cabin style dining room next to the main lobby fireplace and lounge area. Featuring several second floor rooms in the main building as well as stand alone, small cabins; each is very creatively decorated and immaculately maintained. We have been coming here since shortly after they opened and each time we find everything fresh and clean with the same ebullient attitude by staff and owners.
We are summertime visitors, usually staying in August/September for the opportunity to hike the ski runs and especially the Powerline Trail, located just up the road from the Inn. This hike has several secondary trails, so take a map to pick your distances. The trail views are spectacular with many vistas of the lake and west shore Sierras. On this stay we were in the Honeymoon Cabin at the very back of the property. Wander through the amazing, diverse gardens with numerous small animal woodcarvings, flower beds and unique antiques to acces this romantic hideaway. Featuring a small kitchenette, living room and see through fireplace into the bedroom, this suite also has a large bathroom with a big jacuzzi tub, large walk-in shower, private toilet stall and double vanities, the perfect combination for newlyweds just getting to know each other.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Indiiana, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Nothing short of wonderful. Friendly and helpful innkeepers, great cabins and scrumptious breakfasts. Stay in one of the private cabins--it is well worth it. This place made our honeymoon extra special.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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San Francisco, California
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is a superb bed and breakfast which is a delightful retreat from the general crowds and chaos of South Lake Tahoe. There are several lodge rooms and three or four cottages. We again stayed in the same cottage we did several years ago and it was as enjoyable and peaceful now as it was then. The grounds are beautiful and immaculate, and the included breakfasts are creative, healthy and delicious. This is the best bed and breakfast we have stayed at in the U.S.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, Alabama
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We stayed at this bed and breakfastfor two nights.The owners were very friendly and helpful after our late arrival after a flight delay..We stayed in the main lodge.It was decorated like a rustic western cabin.the grounds were beautiful.breakfast was excellent..

Room Tip: we stayed on the ground floor which in the lodge with a view of the gardens
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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london
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

We spent some time at the lake and rented a huge suite at the Black Bear Inn which was a short drive from the lake.
Amazing guest house.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oklahoma City
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

My wife and I decided to stay at this great place for our honeymoon week and it definitely lived up to all the very positive reviews. It was the tail end of the ski season and was not crowded at all. Because of this, Jerry gave us the option of an upgrade to a cabin from one of the lodge rooms. Every morning at breakfast we were greeted to a fire, nice music, and great food. At times, we were even brought cheese and juice (substitute wine if you drink!) in the afternoon. The cabin was cozy and very warm, especially when the fire was going! The hot tub is set to the side of the lot with a roof and is mostly enclosed and very relaxing. They also have an ever-expanding dvd collection you can borrow from (unlimited amount). This was an amazing, romantic retreat. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Off-setting properties are hardly noticeable and were quiet.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Address: 1202 Ski Run Blvd., 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 Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Black Bear Inn is an elegant, rustic lodge in South Lake Tahoe offering luxury accommodations in a relaxed mountain setting. It is close to all mountain and lake activities. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Black Bear Hotel South Lake Tahoe

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