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“Great spot to stay in Tahoe.” 5 of 5 stars
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Alder Inn
2.5 of 5 Motel   |   1072 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150   |  
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Ranked #3 of 71 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
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Perth, WA
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21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great spot to stay in Tahoe.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

On our big trip of almost a year ago now, staying in almost 30 places, this little hotelstill leaves us with fond memories, the chain hotels are very forgettable. but alder inn is special.

At first it looked a little hmm....not sure ..old? small?from the outside, but the owners were very friendly and helpful, giving us good advice about what to do in the area, and the rooms were very tastefully renovated, and was a very nice relaxing place to stay.

plus I also had a close encounter with a bear, just the road, on an early morning jog, fantastic!

good luck to the owners, and keep up the great work, the good reviews you keep getting here are testimony it's all going well.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

The Alder Inn has a great location. It is off the main highway. The Inn is really a nice motel. The new owners are refurbishing the property. They are very friendly and helpful. The roo was nicely decorated and the shower was good. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

We came to Tahoe to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. I came across the Alder Inn website and fell in love with the place, reserved the room (talked to Spence) and knew this was the hotel for us. When we arrived our room was ready early and exceeded ALL expectations. Spence gave us great suggestions for dinner...(Freshies was our favorite). It was far enough away from Heavenly to be peaceful and very quite, but close enough to walk/bike everywhere. The hot tub and warm pool was great after a day of hiking or biking. I would recommend this hotel to everyone. We will definitely stay again when we go back to Tahoe. Thanks for everything!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Northumberland, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

We stayed at the Alder Inn for 2 nights during our California road trip last September. The hotel was perfect. We had a warm welcome along with some useful tips on finding out way around. The room was beautifully designed and very comfortable. We wished we were staying longer. While in Lake Tahoe we went to Emerald bay which was a lovely drive. We also did lots of walking around the Lake. The weather was mixed as it was so cold in the morning but it turned out lovely later in the day. We would love to return to Lake Tahoe and if we do The Alder Inn will be our first choice of hotel.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

My new wife and I were looking for a place to stay and decided to give them a call based on their reviews.

Spence is awesome! Thanks again buddy...

So when I call I let Spence know that's we are on our honeymoon. He suggest the Love and Peace room. Clean, quiet, and peacefull.

They even have bikes you can borrow. Overall we will be staying here from now on when we stay in tahoe.

  • 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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Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Owners are very friendly, the room was well furnished and it was obvious that there were little things added to ensure our stay was a pleasant one. I've never seen so many travel sized items left for guests before. I normally nit-pick about exercise equipment, but this is Lake Tahoe so there is no reason to be inside! Great location all year round.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We stayed at the Alder inn for 2 nights in June 2013. The new owner (Spence) was very friendly and gave us some tips for restaurants (with discount vouchers) and things to do in the area. They had just recently bought the motel from the previous owners and you can tell they are working hard to make it a nice place to stay. Look, it's an older motel and some things are a little worn, but they are busy repairing and replacing the worn items and everything that's important (like the room furnishings and interior spaces) are all fine.

On my request they reserved the Zebra room for me (since I am from Africa) and that was a nice surprise for my wife. I believe all the rooms are decorated differently which makes a nice change from the beige-box type rooms you'll find at most chain-motels. The room was comfortable, bed and bedding too. The heated pool and hot tub was definitely a winner!

The inn is located within easy walking distance to the Ski Run Marina (where the Tahoe Queen departs from), which saves you from driving and parking at the marina if you do want to take a cruise on the paddle-steamer. At least 4 great restaurants are within 4 blocks of the inn so also within easy walking distance. I recommend the Red Hut for breakfast and Blue Angel cafe for lunch and dinner. It's located off the main drag so it;s not as noisy as most of the other motels in the area.

Overall, we were very comfortable at the Alder Inn and would definitely stay here again if we visit South Lake Tahoe in the future. Recommended!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1072 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#1 Romantic Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#2 Family Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#4 Best Value Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Alder Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Are you dreaming of the perfect hotel for your Tahoe vacation? WE make dreams come true....With our modern plush furnishings, princess quality bedding and excellent customer service, you will be treated like royalty. Family owned and operated, from reservation to housekeeping! ... more   less 
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