This motel is on Rt 50 not far from 89, more convenient than downtown South Lake/Stateline for the Kirkwood crowd. It takes about 45 minutes to drive from here to Kirkwood, depending on the weather and traffic. We made it in less than 40 with clear roads and little traffic at 8am on a Saturday. Also, there is shopping (Raley's, Starbuck's, CVS, restaurants & fast food) at the fork, about 1 mile down the road. Note for the S Lake Tahoe/Stateline crowd, it's several miles out of town, so not quite as convenient as locations downtown if you're headed to Heavenly, tho Pioneer Trail is close by, so it's not far either. Given how clean and inexpensive it is relative to other places, I'd still recommend it. For Kirkwood, it's an obvious choice.
The motel is easy to find, large sign. The 2 bedroom room we stayed in looked recently renovated and painted, with mostly newer fixtures, newer carpet, a microwave and small fridge. The room was an old style wall heater, but it worked well. It was quiet and comfortable.
Overall, while this is a typical simple 2-3 star motel layout with small rooms, we found it clean, comfortable and convenient, and the management was a younger couple that were polite (they happened to have free snacks in the lobby when I checked in). There were a few small touches that made it stand out, like free Tom's of Maine deodorant samples in the bathroom, and a Vit C drink sample packet with the coffee maker. Internet connection is free (and not "per device" like nearby national chains). It is a very good value, with a competitive weekend rate compared with other places nearby, so we're giving this place a very good rating and recommending it especially to the Kirkwood crowd.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Apex Inn is conveniently located on Emerald Bay Road, Hwy Fifty-Eighty-Nine. in beautiful South Lake Tahoe. We offer clean, quiet non smoking rooms in a serene Alpine setting near the campgrounds. We are also near restaurants, shopping, ski resorts and other Lake Tahoe activities. Come stay with us and enjoy South Lake Tahoe in comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apex Hotel Lake Tahoe
- Apex Motel Lake Tahoe