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“Great place for dog`” 3 of 5 stars
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Holly's Place
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1201 Rufus Allen Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 91651   |  
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Joshua Tree National Park, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Great place for dog`”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

I found this place when looking for dog-friendly accomodations in Lake Tahoe. It is a sweet little place, great for when traveling with dogs, but it does seem like there are some money issues here. A previous reviewer mentioned all the little "don't do this and that" signs posted about the place and they ARE a little annoying, espec. when you've paid a fairly steep price for a room (or in our case, a cabin). The cabin was clean and, although quite tiny, very comfortable with a loft for our 11 year old which definitely kept her from being underfoot. But, it was about the dog, and this is the PERFECT place if you are traveling with a dog. The grounds are completely fenced in. Upon waking in the morning you simply open the door and let the dog out, just like as if you were at home! There is a little doggy pond for the dogs to play/wade in, and plenty of trees to sniff around. One night we decided to eat out at a restaurant and, after alerting Holly that we were leaving, we just left the dog out on the grounds. He didn't seem to mind and Holly seemed to keep an eye on him and even tried to engage him at one point. The peace of mind we got leaving him was very valuable. Holly and her partner seem to be very nice people and were pleasant to deal with. I would definitely stay here again if traveling with the dog, but i'm not so sure I would stay here if not with a dog mainly because for the price I imagine I could find something more luxurious. All in all a good stay!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Placerville, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

we assumed we were booking a cabin since the only images shown and advertised on their website were CABINS!!!!!!....turned out we were in the "suite".....one room with no windows, a non-locking sliding glass door without a screen was the only option for ventilation which allowed the mosquitoes to feast on us....the VCR/DVD player was in the dresser drawer and we were told to set it up ourselves if we wanted to use it.... no Wi-Fi, no hairdryer, no soap in the shower....the kitchenette was a little vibrating refrigerator, toaster oven and a coffeemaker inches from the bed....the dog did have a great time and the other guests staying in cabins seemed happy with their accommodations but our "suite" was HORRID!!!!!!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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petequigs, Manager at Holly's Place, responded to this review, January 30, 2012
Thank you for your review. This was a new room and we had not yet had the opportunity to test it out in the summer prior to this rental. We are taking the information in this review and fixing the issues stated. We are also very sorry this was a unpleasant expeirence for the guests. It is our hope that guests in the future will let us know about any issues while they are here so that we can correct any issues that might arise.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2011

What a find! We needed a last minute place to stay with our Mini Aussie. I searched dog friendly lodging on Yelp and Holly's place came up. Don't go by the directions on Yelp because you'll never find it.
Holly was warm, friendly and very accommodating. It is a totally fenced and safe compound for your dog. Dusty romper and played in the snow with all the other doggy vacationers and had a blast.
They also have a big lodge house for everyone to share called "The Rainbow Room" which is very cool.
This is definitely a place we will return to again and again!!!
Thanks Holly!

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2011

My husband and I visit Lake Tahoe several times a year and stay in one of the cabins at Holly's Place as often as they have availability. Our dog is treated like royalty and it is super convenient to have a fenced-in area where visiting dogs can play. Holly has managed the property for more than 20 years and knows most of her returning guests by name - a rare quality in today's world. She and her team maintain the cabins well and are almost always on site should you need local advice, extra towels or the snow shoveled around your car. During a recent power outage in Tahoe, Holly's team had candles, ensured our cabin had heat and kindly offered us dinner in the community room at Holly's Place. With so many options in Tahoe as to where one can stay, we find ourselves returning to Holly's as we always feel well cared for. As an example, when we approached Holly for recommendations on where to rent snowshoes, she handed me and my husband each a pair in the correct sizes and did not charge us for the rental. She just asked that we return the equipment at the conclusion of our stay - amazing! Sometimes my husband and I rent a small cabin with our dog and, during our last stay, we shared a cabin with two other families with children. We feel very fortunate that we found Holly's as they have different-sized cabins to meet the needs of couples to large families. While there may be less expensive options in Tahoe, the location near the base of Heavenly and the casinos can't be beat - especially considering the high level of service and comfort we consistently receive. We'll be returning to Holly's again soon!

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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Fallon Nv
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2010

We were married here in June 1995 and it was beautiful then and it is still. Holly was gone for a while and now she is back it was so nice to re-connect and meet Karen.We had an amazing time our cabin was cozy the hot tub was great.We went hiking at Fallen Leaf Lake it was spectacular.We had the time of our lives Thank you so much Holly and Karen I am going to tell everyone how great this place is and you can bring your dogs too!Holly we are so glad you are back we look forward to staying here many more times.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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Santa Cruz, CA
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2010

First, the good... Holly's Place is envisioned as a dog-friendly, informal cabin-based "retreat" where nice folks and nice dogs can come together to relax and enjoy the beautiful Lake Tahoe environs, and for the most part, it succeeds at this mission quite well. The folks we met here were very nice, as were the dogs! Everyone had a dog, and the owner's own yellow Lab wandered about the place, "checking up" on everyone making sure they were "alright" and "having a good time at HIS campground!" :-)

We were especially pleased that Holly's is gay friendly, and we met a nice lesbian couple and their fun dogs during our stay. Holly's is boldly and forthrightly supportive of the GLBT community, and we support this notion wholeheartedly.

One unique feature of the property is the wonderful wooden fence which is actually constructed as one long continuous stack of firewood, albeit the logs in this stack are quite large and heavy. This forms a very sturdy and virtually impenetrable barrier surrounding the property and keeping those inside safely contained. It's an interesting concept that was most likely made possible by the availability of fresh-cut lumber coming from the trees cleared during construction. Really a nice idea and wonderful execution of a unique concept.

The grounds, too, are very welcoming and pleasant. You drive in and find yourself in a roughly rectangular area or compound with the cabins arranged more or less along the edges, and with unpaved "wood chip" drive and parking areas in the middle, interspersed with grassy lawns. There are benches and a few picnic tables set up, and the overall effect is wonderful. A nice, open, informal "compound" where one is likely to encounter an ad-hoc pack of visiting furry creatures hob-nobbing with each other and their owners.

We stayed here for two nights in the charming Tischer studio cabin. Charming is usually a euphemism for something which has many good qualities but is lacking elsewhere, and this is true here too. The bathroom was the size of a postage stamp, literally, barely big enough to maneuver inside the shower or on the commode. There were evidences of small plumbing and electrical maintenance issues which were going unattended, and this is for over $300 per night's stay!

The cabin itself was pretty nice, but again there were small issues here and there that lent a feeling of "we're doing this on the cheap" to the whole business. That feeling isn't evident from the outside, or driving around on the grounds. You expect a bit more, as the whole impression at first is very inviting and pleasant, and the room rates are anything but economical. This is priced in the "luxury cabin" range, and you expect when they say "Free WiFi" that you actually get WiFi -- oops, sorry, no, again, some small maintenance issue was left unattended and was awaiting repair by someone who wasn't available for the whole two days we were there.

Checking in also left us a little bewildered, as we were asked to explicitly pay for some portion of the room charges in cash -- which we weren't anticipating. It took us aback a little, and the explanation for the reason was not very coherent. I don't know if there's funny business going on... but it seemed funny to us. We did as we were asked, but it left a wierd impression.

I'd also like to chime in here to observe that Holly's web site lists various terms and conditions of your reservation, which includes a very confusing explanation of the cancellation policy. The word "forfeit" appears multiple times. The emphasis seems to be on keeping any money you might have prepaid should you cancel your reservation, and there's also talk of $50 and $100 surcharges, yet it's really not clear under what conditions these charges would be made (after the fact, as an additional charge on your credit card, given with the room reservation? or deducted from your refund? It's not clear). I would be certain to get a more complete explanation when you call before you make any commitments. I find it disheartening to realize that the hospitality business in general seems to feel they can get away with keeping all of your money for a cancelled reservation, whether or not they were able to re-rent that same room for that same time period. This has definitely happened to us elsewhere at Tahoe, and while we don't know if Holly's would do this, it seems so, based on what's on their web pages.

Finally, I had to say there was a lingering element of tight-fistedness evident in the little things. You've paid good money at high rates to stay, so why are there little signs everywhere admonishing you to do your own dishes, or to not leave the windows open, or a dozen other little things. Enough already. Having doggie rules is a good plan, but having people rules posted everywhere that treats us like children isn't. And, Holly, you need to spend a few bucks and finally get an electrically-operated gate for the property.

I loved the memory of staying here for those two nights. We had a nice time and I don't regret it. I might return, someday, when I feel I have money to burn, but right now every dollar is precious and my holiday spending needs to deliver a knockout every time.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Reno, NV
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2009

A wonderful hidden gem. Beautiful grounds and cute cabins. Rustic charm, very Tahoe.
So nice to have a place where you bring your dogs. Holly and Karen do a great job at making you feel like one of the "family". Great escape from the slopes, steps away from the main drag.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 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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Address: 1201 Rufus Allen Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 91651
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 14 Specialty Lodging in South Lake Tahoe
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holly's Place is a unique dog friendly cabin retreat. The property includes over 1 acre of fenced in space for the dogs and people to enjoy. While you are here, you can enjoy a safe place for you and your dogs to stay. Whether you are after solitude or wish to meet new people, this is the place for you. We are centrally located, yet of the beaten path, and only 2 blocks from the lake. Many local area restaurants and coffee shops are within walking distance as well. ... more   less 

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