We purchased a 3 day package from Sinqueaway so we got a very good off season price. We brought along our shih tzu so that added $10 a day, which we considered reasonable. Please note though the pet fee has been increased to $15 per day.
We were initially given room 1. Upon entering the french doors I noted the wall hung flat panel tv, the overall space of the room and the down home coziness of the accommodations. I explored the area and found to my delight a large walk in shower and what appeared to be fairly new bath furnishings. What was a little uncomfortable was the smell of the room. I really have no idea what exactly it was but due to my highly sensitive olfactory senses I found it off putting. As I was considering to request a change of rooms I was asked by an employee if we would mind changing rooms. The room we were given was carpeted and the room next door usually reserved for pets had laminate wood flooring, obviously a much better situation for animals. (that solved the odor problem)
The room we settled in was again large and accommodating. Alas it had a regular bath but was more than sufficient. The king bed was comfortable and warm. We were given two sheets to cover the comforter so our pal could sleep with us. (a policy that I think all pet hotels should consider) This property probably dates back to the 60's or possibly 70's but has been well maintained and has aged gracefully. It is a motel, no if's and's or but's about it. That being said it is a motel as I remember them in my youth, managed by the owners, and trust me that makes all the difference.
The room had a kitchenette that was well stocked with all the basics you could ask for. There was no stove but does have a nice small microwave. Supplied was dish soap and a sponge. Also supplied were feeding and water bowls for our dog.
The overall appearance of the room was a nod to the alpine location of the motel and inviting.I do think it has been a while since this room was updated but the overall condition was very good. The room did not have a flat panel but the tv worked fine and the property provides cable tv and free wireless internet. The wireless is easily accessed and provides a fairly good connection.
The only negative was the bathroom floor. Along the bathtub and walls was loose dirt, probably from shoes and human hair. This is something that is easily picked up with a vacuum and I was very surprised to find that, especially since the floor is vinyl and should have been mopped. I decided to not make an issue of it and actually wanted to see if it would be addressed the next day during the room cleaning. Unfortunately it was not.
To sum up I would highly recommend the Alpenrose to anyone visiting Lake Tahoe. The location is perfect, the staff and owner friendly, welcoming and the accommodations clean, comfortable and homey, and the price at the right time a true bargain for the location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Alpenrose Inn is known for its great value in high quality lodging: exceptional customer service and delightful unique accommodations. It is cozy, quiet and clean! Located in a friendly neighborhood of tree-lined streets, the Inn has all the amenities to make your stay in Lake Tahoe memorable and relaxing. It's an easy stroll to the lake shore (beach, marina and restaurant), Heavenly Ski Resort and Village, Edgewood Golf Course, world-class casinos, dining, shopping and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alpenrose Hotel South Lake Tahoe
- Alpenrose Hotel Lake Tahoe
- Alpenrose Motel Lake Tahoe