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Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1850 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145   |  
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Ranked #3 of 7 hotels in Tahoe City
Cape May, NJ
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“went for our honeymoon and loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2008

My husband and I stayed at Sunnyside in October 2006 for our honeymoon. We thought that October would be a good (i.e. less crowded) month to visit Lake Tahoe. We loved Sunnyside - we had a room with a fabulous view of the lake, and everything was clean, comfortable, and welcoming. The hotel staff were very helpful and friendly. Our only complaint was that the pizza joint they recommended to us had absolutely the worst pizza we'd ever had, but that's probably just an east coast-west coast difference! Loved the breakfast and afternoon snacks, and we had a fabulous and relaxing time. The restaurant was a bit noisy and not our favorite in the area, but that's no big deal. And I do have to say that our room was right above the restaurant and we had no problem with noise in our room - and we go to bed early! I have no idea what the other rooms are like, but ours was fabulous. Ask for a lake view! Room 37!
And PS, we were there for a week and spent a lot of time driving around the perimeter of the lake. Tahoe City is definitely one of the top spots on the lake, and Sunnsyide appeared to have the best location of any hotel there.

Stayed October 2006
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pompton Lakes, NJ
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2007

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our 5 night stay. We went to Lake Tahoe primarily for the hiking and this is a terrific "base location" for that. The resort itself is wonderful. We stayed in one of the upstairs rooms overlooking the marina and dining area. The bed was one of the most comfortable we have encountered and the view was outstanding from our balcony.
We ate from the grill every night and loved the cajon fish tacos. Would highly recomend them. Our room was close to the breakfast nook and we took advantage of the fresh muffins and bagels every morning. The service was excellent; the staff goes out of their way to be sure guests are happy. We would strongly recomment this resort to our friends and expect to go back. I plan to call them & order some of those down pillows for my wife for Christmas.

  • Liked — service/location
  • Disliked — slightlu pricey
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grapevine, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2007

I was eagerly anticipating our 1 night stay at the Sunnyside Resort; however, I did end up being a bit disappointed.

There are definite pros: It is a FANTASTIC location - right on the lake with stunning views. The food on the deck was good (we had a late lunch after checking in). The room was comfortable, although not nice as I expected it would be after reading many reviews (online and books).

But there are cons: Our room overlooked the patio, which is great for lake views, but stinks - literally and figuratively. It was loud with all the restaurant guests going in and out to eat. And the fumes from french fries and other fried foods wafted up right onto our deck. Yuck. The deck - while scenic and the food good - is so cram-packed, I felt like I was having dinner with the people on our left and our right.

For the price, I don't think I would stay there again, but I'm glad I did once for the experience. The sunrise from our balcony was beautiful and peaceful - the highlight of the stay.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — Not enough value for the price
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2007

We spent two nights at Sunnyside Lodge this past week, taking advantage of the mid-week special ($250 total). Our room, #40, was a bit too near the road, but traffic noise eased off by bedtime. The room was quite large, with a huge stone fireplace, but also a bit dark. The king-sized bed felt wonderfully soft until we actually settled into it, when we discovered that if one person moved, the mattress rocked up and down like a waterbed. The bathroom was also large, with beautiful slate flooring, and equipped for the disabled.

The continental breakfast served in the upstairs nook was adequate;, with house-baked pastries,cereal, bagels, orange juice, and fresh fruit. Even with a knee problem I was able to climb slowly up the 2 sets of stairs, having known in advance that there was no elevator. I found that odd, however, as the rest of the lodge is quite handicap-friendly, but the manager offered to bring tea and breakfast to our room if we wished. However, there is a long bar in front of the downstairs (small) lounge, and one wonders why breakfast could not be served there. One nit-pick: the web site says “afternoon tea,” but it’s really just tea and cookies. Someone from Britain would be disappointed.

We ate in the dining-room-with-a-view both nights, as the midweek special included dinner. We were told on check-in that we would get a $60 credit toward dinner, although the web site said that dinner was included in the package. I don’t know how two people could have dinners both nights for a total of just $60, given the prices in the dining room. Our meals were excellent, though, especially the prosciutto-wrapped scallop appetizer and a prawn and scallop couscous that was Michelin-class. Service was good, and the dining-room manager was outstanding.

The lodge's location is excellent, away from the noise and activity on the other side of Tahoe City. In the fall it is beautifully calm and quiet, and the likeside setting is lovely.

  • Liked — Cleanliness and relative quiet in the evening.
  • Disliked — Lack of elevator for easy access to the breakfast area.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sarasota, Florida
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2007

Sunnyside is a wonderful upscale full service resort right on the shore of Lake Tahoe. It's just a couple miles south of Tahoe City, so not in the middle of busy tourist traffic. There are great walking and bike trails nearby. Rooms are very nicely appointed, spacious, clean, and have great balconies on second floor units for views of the lake. Continental breakfast and afternoon tea are included and are quite ample. The front desk staff were all friendly and helpful, making our reservations for dinners and boat cruises. The spectacular outdoor dining room had excellent food. We ate there two nights in a row because it was so good! One minor complaint was a lot of housekeeping and restaurant worker noise outside our balcony in the mornings. I think it was over a delivery area, so trucks and delivery carts were noisy there. It's such a perfect setting for enjoying the sights of Lake Tahoe and more classy than some of the more crowded tourist areas. Very highly recommended!!

  • Liked — Location on the lake
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2007

Great lodge/hotel right on Lake Tahoe! We spent two nights there and had dinner on the deck the first night - the food was great but the nicest thing about the lodge and the restaurant is the setting! Book dinner on the deck - the food is good and the views fab! Though Sunnyside is pricey (two nights usd 500), the prices were similar to other accomodation around Lake Tahoe. Well worth a visit!!

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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san francisco, ca
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2007

I've always loved the Sunnyside deck, having stayed in cabins on the West Shore for 10 years, and so was eagerly anticipating the treat of spending the night in the hotel. What a disappointment! For $250/night, one just expects more. The room was fine, but the street noise was noticeable, there is no guest parking, being a guest helps not a lick in getting a table for dinner....and it is clear that the staff just does not care--in fact, the check in lady was just plain rude. Seeing the cash cow that is the restaurant I don't blame them for ignoring the hotel; but we felt gross after stayed there. My advice is that, if you want a lovely time in Tahoe, stay someplace else and maybe visit the Sunnyside for a dinner if you are in the mood for a loud party experience.

Stayed July 2007
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Additional Information about Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge

Address: 1850 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > Tahoe City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 hotels in Tahoe City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunnyside's spectacular location on the pristine West Shore makes it the place to be in Lake Tahoe. Panoramic views of the lake and mountains beyond abound from nearly every table and during the summer, guests can also enjoy alfresco dining on Lake Tahoe’s largest outdoor deck.The Lakeside Dining Room features new American cooking – fresh, vibrant presentations of American classics with a focus on premium seafood and steaks. The award winning wine list has been carefully selected to complement the menu and offers a wide variety of wines including some rare & limited offerings. Our Mountain Grill offers a more casual atmosphere and is seated on a walk-in basis only.Sunnyside is also a classic lakefront lodge with guest accommodations overlooking Lake Tahoe. The 23 mountain inspired lodge rooms are inviting places to sink into after the day's activities. ... more   less 
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