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“A lovely little place, excited to see what new owners will do” 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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Tiptree, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“A lovely little place, excited to see what new owners will do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

My husband and I love these old refurbished motels, they all have such different personalities. On arrival, the new owner, Spence, gave us a refund on our rate and lots of suggestions of places to eat and things to do. We weren't worried by the lack of breakfast and enjoyed the Red Hut (Jalapeno Bacon!), iHop and Heidi's. We also weren't bothered by the lack of air-con, we liked the ceiling fan - we have these at home. I would echo what another poster said about the house-keeping; we had to leave a note to request extra toilet rolls and we never quite figured out whether we were meant to go buy our own coffee/milk after the first day, as it was never replenished, but we weren't bothered enough to ask, as we went out for breakfast anyway.

We really liked this hotel and look forward to seeing what Spence and family do with it. He certainly seems to have lots of ideas and is a most welcoming host. Until next time!

Room Tip: Go for an upper level room, so footsteps don't keep you awake. This may not be an issue, if the...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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
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San Diego, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is a great hotel, but be aware of a few issues.

Pros:
- Generous, helpful owners. The owner actually lower our room rate because of our mistake!
- Lovely, well decorated rooms. Lots of personal touches, like stemmed wine glasses.
- Terrific location. Walk to the lake. Short drive to the state line and all the casinos.
- Refrigerator and microwave in the room.
- Free wi-fi! Great signal -- really appreciated!

Cons:
- Showers are terrible. Either freezing cold or scalding hot. I kept having to jump out to avoid being scalded when (I assume) someone else turned on the water. Seriously!
- No air conditioning.
- No ice machine! There is a fridge, but I like ice and it seems like such a small thing.
- To run out of toilet paper once is inexcusable; to run out twice is unforgivable! Left a note to ask for a second roll to be left in the room and when the "backup" roll was used, it was not replaced, so we ran out again on the last day. There should ALWAYS be an extra roll. A guest shouldn't have to beg for toilet paper!
- The room could be cleaner. The floor in the bathroom was dirty and there was an ant infestation. The carpeting wasn't vacuumed every day.

Good to know:
- This is one of those older motor inns that has been lovingly restored to add charm.
- All the rooms open directly outside. Women traveling alone - be aware. There are locks on the windows, but those "blocking" locks can be easily broken.
- Breakfast only Saturday and Sunday. I thought this was a B&B. I didn't check and some of the reviews mentioned breakfast, so I assumed (always a mistake) it would be daily. This was my error, but I wish I had know before I booked.
- They only change the sheets and provide fresh towels every third day.
- No work desk in the room.

Bottom line:

If you want all the familiar conveniences of a chain hotel, this is not the place for you. If you want a great deal, to spend your money at a locally owned establishment, and stay in a place that has loads of charm and wonderful, generous owners, this is a terrific choice.

Room Tip: Ground floor you can hear people above you. Second floor you have to carry your stuff up stairs.
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  • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Skiruninn, Owner at Alder Inn, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you for staying with us and your feedback. One of our main goals is for our guests to feel as though they got their money's worth, and, from the title of this review, it seems like we accomplished that goal. We also appreciate that this guest loved the location along with the other amenities that we offer.
I would like to address a few of the "cons" that this guest addressed:
While I am deeply sorry for the issue you had with the shower, this one actually surprises me. Many of our guests (including some that will mention it in a review) say they love our showers...good pressure and hot water. We will certainly check on this so we can make sure all guests can get a good shower!
This guest is correct in that we do not have A/C. The truth is most lodging accommodations in Tahoe do not have A/C With temperatures, even in the summer, normally getting into the 40's at night, it is only on those rare "heat wave" occasions do people mention the heat. And even then we have fans we can put in the rooms that, mixed with the cool nights, can make the room comfortable.
We do not have an ice machine but we let guests know that we will certainly provide them with ice if they just let us know. We keep ice in a separate freezer .
Totally agree on the toilet paper issue...our fault and we apologize.
Our apologies that the bathroom floor was not properly cleaned. We take great pride in the cleanliness of the rooms so please know we dropped the ball on this one. Regarding the ants, we do get a pest control company to spray once a month but every once in a while we do see some carpenter ants. When daily servicing the room we do not vacuum the rooms; we only do that on check out and for stays longer than 3 days. When we do a daily service of the room we make the bed, change out towels (although if a towel is hanging up we keep it in there...similar to all hotels), replenish toiletries, and straighten up.
Regarding the windows, we have ordered new ones that will not have the blocking locks...they will lock just the way all new windows do. Some have already been installed and we are waiting on the second shipment.
Lastly, all of our rooms are designed differently...that is what makes us unique. Some have a classy look, some have a theme, while others just have a nice décor. Since they are designed differently, some rooms have a desk and others do not. Of course you can always request a room that has a desk in it.
I do appreciate the feedback from the guest. And it sounds like she had a good time, which I am thankful for...I just wanted to simply address some of the issues she mentioned.
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Capranica, Italy
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

we can confirm what tab and other reviews tell about this hotel (comfortable rooms, good location, low price, etc.) but we have to underline its great asset: owners' kindness make you feel good when you arrive and it's a big help if you have a problem!
Moreover, obviously, Tahoe Lake is a wonderful spot!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Perth, WA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Huntington Beach, California
Top Contributor
172 reviews 172 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
79 helpful votes 79 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
1 review
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 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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Also Known As:
Alder Hotel South Lake Tahoe
Alder Hotel
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:
#7 Family Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#13 Romantic Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Alder Inn 2.5*
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 five star service, you will be treated like royalty. Family owned and operated, from reservation to housekeeping! Relaxing hot tub and heated pool surrounded by warm firepits and stylish chic cabana beds. A yummy breakfast is served on weekends, or make your own with in room microwave, refrigerator and coffee/tea maker. Great in room amenities such as body washes, organic shampoos, lotions and creams, healthy snacks, cocoa, coffees and teas. Your cozy room awaits you! ... more   less 
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