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“super nice budget motel... a happy find” 5 of 5 stars
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Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   4083 Cedar Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (Formerly Viking Motor Lodge)   |  
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“super nice budget motel... a happy find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This motel seems generally under-rated for just how nice it is. The rooms are well-kept and large enough to use the fridge and microwave. The furnishings and design were carefully chosen, not deluxe but very nice for a cheap motel.

The staff is really nice, they were sincerely helpful with whatever I needed. And breakfast was a real treat... I've never had a motel breakfast that was healthy and not made of processed food before ever. There were sliced bagels, huge bowls of serve-yourself high quality yogurt and granola, and a jar of honey with a dipper. Plus hot real oatmeal, hot chocolate mix that wasn't chemically, and the usual coffee tea juice.

The only downside was that I heard every footstep from overhead even though they were treading lightly.

This motel was a great find for an afficionado of cheap motels!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ruben Z, Guest Relations Manager at Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
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Thank you very much for support and business!!

Please come back soon!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

The room was nicely designed. Spacious showers, clean and nice beds. Nice fire place and the kitchen came with dishes, pots, etc. Very nice inn and the best was its location. Walking distance to the shops and casinos. Also there is a pet sitting place 5 minutes away from the inn so it was perfect

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 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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Ruben Z, Guest Relations Manager at Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Hi,

Thank you, thank you, thank you...

Please come bcack soon!!
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Sunnyvale, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Overall I would say the hotel is good value for money; the rooms are large and clean, there is a decent breakfast, free WFI and access to the 'private beach' (which would otherwise cost $5 per person a day). It is also in a great location, within walking distance to the beach, bars and Casinos.

The only real problem was the pool was closed (there was actually no water even in it) over the Memorial weekend, which was a shame since the weather was good and most hotels in the area had their pools open to guests. Since this was one of the key amenities I was looking for when booking, I was very disappointed and would have booked somewhere else if I had known it was not open until June.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ruben Z, Guest Relations Manager at Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe, responded to this review, June 2, 2013
Hi Michelle,

Thanks for your business and feedback. We are very sorry that the pool was not available, our ADA improvements need to be approved prior to opening the pool. But, it will be open by next week.

Thanks for your understanding.

Please come back soon!
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Davis, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We booked 2 rooms a couple days before New Years Eve and were pleased that the rooms were not all torn up with wet vacationers coming in from skiing. I like that we could park right in front of the room and did not have to travel down a long hall and take an elevator. saves time. The breakfast was minimal, but had hot oatmeal, toast, juice and coffee, perfect for winter.
The bathrooms were okay, shower only, nothing fancy, but everything worked and was CLEAN.
I was so pleased with the room at the price we got at Xmas time, ($160/nt) I went again on a Tuesday night in January and got a room for $59. I was just going skiing so I did not need a casino or room service. I recommend this hotel

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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
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ruben Z, Guest Relations Manager at Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe, responded to this review, June 2, 2013
Hi Nancy,

Thank you very much for your review and feedback.

Please come back soon!!!
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South Lake Tahoe, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We stayed here for a bachelor/bachelorette during a busy time in Tahoe. When we arrived, they were very accommodating and nice, when we got to our rooms, a lot better than I had expected, they were very nice and clean, great price and temperature was comfortable, each room in our group was a little different. The location is great, you can hear the outdoor amphitheater from Harveys, and minute walking distance to the big casinos. We will definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ruben Z, Guest Relations Manager at Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Hi,

Thank you very much for your review and business!

Please come back soon!!
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Accommodations Cramped, Not Real Clean. Beds Not Too Comfy. Noisy All Nite Long. This Place needs Some Major TLC But They Do allow dogs And Good Location Within Walking Distance to All the Fun. IfYou Are With Ou Any Other Alternative As We WerE You Make It Work!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ruben Z, Guest Relations Manager at Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Hi,

Thanks for your review and feedback.

Please, give us another chance, if you were not happy during your stay I am not either.

We appreciate you business, please come back soon!

Call me or email me for two nights for free.

Cordially,
Ruben Z
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Sales@thebigpines.com
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Glen Ellen, California, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Love this place and a nice Family owned Hotel. Just one block from Heavenly Valley Gondola and Stateline Nv. Just park and walk to everything. South Shore is just and easy drive from Bay area. Nice Morning continental Breakfast too!
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Jeff

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Ruben Z, Guest Relations Manager at Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Hi Jeff,

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Please come back soon!!!
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Additional Information about Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe

Also Known As:
Big Pines Mountain House Of Tahoe Hotel South Lake Tahoe
Big Pines Mountain House Of Tahoe Hotel
Big Pines Mountain Lake Tahoe
Big Pines Mountain House
Address: 4083 Cedar Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (Formerly Viking Motor Lodge)
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Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#7 Best Value Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Big Pines Mountain House is conveniently located in the center of South Lake Tahoe, within walking distance to major attractions - Heavenly Ski resort, the casinos and the Lake itself. We offer clean, comfortable and affordable rooms. Free wi-fi, complimentary breakfast, heated seasonal pool and the location make us the best value in town. Do not leave your pets behind, we will be happy to accept them in our hotel. Come visit us! Our friendly staff is always here to help you to make your Tahoe getaway simply fun! ... more   less 
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