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“Good value for the location” 3 of 5 stars
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Highway 88, Kirkwood, CA 95646   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Kirkwood
Greenville, South Carolina
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“Good value for the location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

The best part about Caples Lake Resort is the close proximity to Kirkwood ski resort. It's a decent value for the <5-min drive, coming in with rates much lower than staying on-site at the resort. Parking is free, and the cabins (stayed in cabin 9) have all the basic amenities you would need. The resort is by no means luxurious, but was comfortable for the weekend for five adults there for a ski weekend. Some things to note: no linen change except every third night, no TV, you must wash your own dishes and take out the trash, little/no phone signal, they claim wireless, but not one of the five of us could pick up the signal... again, very basic place. It was warm though and had a functioning kitchen and bathroom - except for the last day, when the pipes froze. The management invited us to use the bathrooms inside the lodge, but they didn't look particularly clean, so we went on our way. Overall, an ok stay for the weekend, but would probably be looking for some more amenities for this particular group of people if we were staying any longer.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Fremont, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Caples lake resort is an excellent value for your money if you are looking to stay near skiing and to spend some quality time with your family or spouse/significant other. However, keep in mind that this is an authentic Tahoe lodge, don't expect any frills.

Highlights:
-Watching the sun rise on the mountains and over the frozen lake from my bed in the lodge
-Getting to Kirkwood in 5 minutes and being the first person in the lift lines 2 days in row!
-Snowshoeing around the frozen lake (Snow shoes provided for free)

I recommend bringing your own breakfast and storing it in the refrigerator provided. They do provide baked goods, juice, and a coffee maker with coffee in the morning for the lodge guests, but I need more fuel for skiing.

This is my number 1 choice near Kirkwood and I will keep coming back.

Room Tip: If you are a couple, get a lodge room, they all have unobstructed views of the lake and Mountains...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Ansley S
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Cameron Park
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Stayed both at the Lodge and Cabin 7. Caples Lake is such beautiful lake with gorgeous views of the mountains and steep granite rock. We can always count on the Ospreys flying over our boat as we troll around the lake for trout. What makes this lake even more special is it's a fisherman's lake -- no tubing, water skiing, or fast motor boats. It's meant for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and relaxing. It's the BEST get away with numerous hiking trails for the serious or not so serious hikers. Thank you John Voss for another very memorable vacation. Can't wait until next year!

Room Tip: Cabin 7 is right on the water with a boat ramp out your door.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Deirdre W
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San Francisco, California
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

The best part (in winter) is the quick 4-minute drive to Kirkwood. We stayed in cabin 6 and found it adequate. I guess the cabin is supposed to have a lake view, but it was snowing hard our entire stay so not much to see outside, still it was very scenic, you'll feel that you're in complete solitude.

PROS:
-close to Kirkwood for skiing
-fireplace w/ thermostat was kept the room nice and toasty when needed
-good amount of storage space, kitchen amenities all worked nicely
-John was friendly and helpful - he alerted us to a snowstorm coming the night before so that we could get our car's chains on early.
-cabin was quite cute and nicely decorated (except for maybe the bathroom)
-plenty of parking

CONS:
-beds pretty uncomfortable (our 3rd member slept on it, it was VERY thin!)
-room not fully cleaned when we arrived (trash in a corner, a couple dirty dishes on stove). There is a notice in the room that guests are responsible for cleaning their messes, which is understandable of course, but we shouldn't have had to deal with a past guest's mess.
-fridge was outside the room, very odd! We were told when making the reservation that the fridge in the room was broken, so I thought it was a temporary problem...but in the cabin's in-room directory (seemingly dated from at least 2 years ago), this is stated as well. Why hasn't this been fixed in 2 years?

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Half Moon Bay, California
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

Quiet, Peaceful and Comfortable with scenery that will take your breath away . great summer and fall hiking and fishing all around the summer wildflowers are spectacular and the fall colors are awesome. we plan on making the resort a yearly destination . The owner John is cool and his help is also I give the place an A+

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Jeff B
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Ukiah, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

Just got back from a weekend at the resort at caples lake and we loved it the cabins are well kept and there is a real home like feel there the staff is friendly and knowlageable Dave answerd all of our questions and helped us alot. We will most definately be back loved it loved it loved it!!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank dan f
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Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2011

Super scenic place away from the crowds for fishing, skiing, snoeshowing and no distractions! By myself, with friends - or the family - I'll look forward to visiting Caples Lake Resort for all that it has winter and summer.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Address: Highway 88, Kirkwood, CA 95646
Location: United States > California > Kirkwood
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Kirkwood
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
Caples Lake Hotel Kirkwood

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