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“Great place to stay in N. Lake Tahoe” 5 of 5 stars
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Aviva Inn
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   955 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Formerly Lake of the Sky Motor Inn)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Tahoe City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
San Francisco, California, United States
1 review
“Great place to stay in N. Lake Tahoe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

I really Like the renovation done at this Inn. The rooms are clean, comfortable beds, and the color scheme is warm and modern. The bathroom may be small, but it is extremely clean and the water pressure is like have a spa. By 7am, Breakfast is ready;waffles, cereal with milk,,eggs,fruit, juice, coffee . The staff are friendly but not over the top. Just the right mix of all you d want . Across the street is the lake, with the extensive bike trail, a fitness center, Safeway and CVS, US bank, and a good Chinese Restaurant. Makes it all so easy!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Jose, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

The hotel was fine, but the manager, Rika Dyer is excellent. She is very welcoming, prepares a lovely breakfast, is very personable, and made my entire stay wonderful. I highly recommend anyone to stay at this cute hotel.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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San Rafael, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. My wife and I had a room with a queen bed and the teenagers had their own adjoining room with two queens. We mostly kept the adjoining door locked though! We had a large picture window looking out on the beautiful trees and falling snow. Riva the manager was kind and very helpful. She recommended a seriously great Chinese restaurant across the street (highly recommended - I'm ready to drive three hours just to eat there again but that's another story). The rooms were well appointed and very comfortable. Everything was very clean and fresh. In the morning Riva made fresh waffles for each person as they came through the door. I came back for eggs and toast after that! I can't wait to come back next time we visit Lake Tahoe. Two thumbs up!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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San Francisco, California
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Despite the fancy new cover, this is still an old-school motel. But there's nothing wrong with that, especially if you're in Tahoe for the great outdoors and not about to spend the entire day inside! Here's the scoop:

-- the motel is right on the main drag in Tahoe City, so you can walk to dining etc
-- it is also right across a CVS and a Safeway -- yay, major points!
-- the complimentary breakfast is served right int he tiny lobby, so you either eat in the parking lot or bring it to your room ( extra bonus -- cross the road and go eat by the lake!)
-- the breakfast includes: cold cereal and milk, coffee/tea/juice, some fresh fruit, toast, hard boiled eggs, or waffle. That's it. Not too fancy, not too bad.
-- in the room you got a little fridge, a microwave, and a coffee maker. No real mugs though -- only the paper ones that cannot be microwaved. Bummer for those of us who brought pre-made mulled wine with!
-- All the styling and covers inside are brand new and 100% IKEA. Looks nice but you can tell that the repairs were only superficial (for example, the sink looks quite old.)

MAJOR DOWNER: -- the towels are old and nasty. They're definitely no longer white and also so worn out, you can practically see through them. That's a bummer -- the towels should have been part of the fancy upgrade

Another bummer -- the supposedly free WiFi didn't work either with my Mac laptop or with my friend's iPad.

Overall -- nice and basic in the right location, would come back here again (hoping for better towels!)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We stayed here 3 nights during February while we were doing some skiing around the Tahoe area. Overall, my wife and I were very happy with our stay.

The service was great. The owner was a very nice lady and always prompt and courteous to help us. The provided free breakfast does not have a huge selection, but it was all very good and fresh and the area kept clean. The breakfast included waffles (cooked fresh on a waffle iron by the owner), hard boiled eggs, toast, several types of cereal, some fresh fruits, orange juice, milk, and coffee. There isn't anywhere to eat in the small lobby though, so you do have to take it back to your room to eat, but they do give you a tray to carry it on.

The inn itself seems to be in good condition. Our room seems to have been recently painted and somewhat updated in decor. It wasn't a super fancy job, but for a value motel it is nice when they keep things looking good. The room was clean and had a working mini fridge and microwave. There was one of the old fat type TVs in the room, but it did work the few times we watched it. The free WiFi worked fine our entire stay. The heater also kept the room comfortable during the chilly Feb nights. The bed was decent and the sheets all appeared clean.

The only negative thing was that the walls seem to be pretty thin. We could easily hear the two guys in the next room talking. One of them was the guy who needs to learn what an "inside voice" is and we could clearly hear everything he said. The other seemed to talk in a normal voice and you could hear him talking, but it sounded muffled yet still annoying when you're trying to go to sleep. I had to play some white noise tracks on my laptop to drown them out at night. If you're a light sleeper this could be a problem unless you come prepared.

The bottom line is I think this was a good value motel. It doesn't have a lot of amenities and isn't that fancy, but it should provide a decent place to sleep at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We were very disappointed in the condition of the room. Bedspreads were dirty/stained. Sheets did not fit, kept coming up. Matress pad lumpy. Bathroom needed some cleaning, towel rack broken. Needed light bulbs which they did replace only one. Will not stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

Rita and her husband strive to keep a clean, safe and beautiful property with modern and efficient rooms. The many amenities include free in room coffee, the fastest high speed Internet in any hotel motel environment available, just when you thought you were going to receive no more than a continental breakfast you are surprised with a full hot breakfast that's tasty and supportive of many items of choice. I highly recommend this place, best prices and value on the north lake.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Aviva Inn

Address: 955 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Formerly Lake of the Sky Motor Inn)
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > Tahoe City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Tahoe City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Aviva Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 28
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Also Known As:
Lake Of The Sky Motor Hotel Tahoe City
Lake Of The Sky Hotel

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