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“If a low price is all that you want, this place is okay but....” 3 of 5 stars
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Aviva Inn
1.5 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
California
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“If a low price is all that you want, this place is okay but....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Here's the basics:
1. The room decor is nice.
2. Each room has a small refrigerator and microwave. The refrigerator was so loud we couldn't sleep and kept it unplugged for the rest of our stay.
3. There is no air conditioning. Since it was in the high 80's while we were there we sweltered at night.
4. The beds are firm, but not comfy. The first night we thought the bed was okay. By the 3rd night we thought, "Thank god this is the last night on this bed.
5. You can hear the T.V. and the people in the next room. Thankfully they went to bed by 11 P.M.
6. If it's hot you have to sleep with the window open thus hearing the road noise.
7. Our room had a small table with one very uncomfortable chair.
8. There is no breakfast room. You have the option of sitting in a couple of chairs outside the office or carrying your food back to your room.
9. There was no water in the pool even though the web site said it would be open in the summer of 2013. We were there on July 1-3.
10. The sound on the T.V. was so bad we could barely understand what was being said.

If the cost of a motel is all that matters to you, this place will work for a night. We were there 3 nights and regretted that we didn't opt to spend a little more and get a place where we could get a good nights sleep.

Room Tip: I don't think there are any good rooms here.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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 Diego, California
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Great location and they are improving the property. Very quaint property right across the street from the lake. Great waffle and fruit breakfast (included) in the am. I think they are in the process of re-doing the pool so that was not available but other then that great place

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ukiah
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We booked this hotel based on the Online photos and reviews. I'm sorry, but the pool had no water for at least a couple of years. The hotel smells, no air conditioning (it was 88 there when we stayed.) Walls are so thin you can hear others in their rooms.

When asked about what I can FALSE Advertising - the Owners said they have no control over their own website, was a lie in my opinion. Stay as far away from this hotel as possible.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

My friends and I came to Tahoe City for a birthday party and to go rafting on the Truckee River. Aviva was a great hotel for us. The front desk staff was really helpful and put together a lovely breakfast. They also suggested some good places in town for dinner. The rooms looked nice, were clean, and were well designed. The location was quiet, but close enough to walk to all the nearby attractions. A great hotel for the price!! We will definitely come back here next time we are in the area.

  • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

After reading all the good reviews, we decided to give it a try. Don't understand the excellent ones.

Pros: The location. Right across the street from the lake and shopping center with CVS and Safeway. Lovely walking/biking path along the lake, and you can walk all through Tahoe City and never have to drive. The room was nice and clean, although the bathroom needed help.

Cons: Paper thin walls, had to pound on the wall at 3:30 AM to get the guy in the next room to turn the tv down. Tried calling the front desk to no avail. The refrigerator was loud and the fridge, TV and microwave are all on top of the dresser. Tiny bathroom and no blow dryer, the ceiling fan didn't work as well. The landscaping is horrendous, and a defunct swimming pool half full with stagnant water, NASTY!

If the owners could put a little money into the place, it could be a great stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We arrived into Lake Tahoe, CA around 11 pm after a very long and difficult road trip. We did not have a reservation and hoped to find a clean, cheap room. The town of Lake Tahoe seems to shut down around 10 pm as we saw several signs on hotels that they were closed. We were about to give up and just sleep in our car, when we tried one more hotel. Thankfully, Rika Dyer answers the bell, with a big bright smile and checked us in. The room was clean and comfortable. The next morning, Rika is there again, ready to make waffles for customers. She works 24 hrs a day! She is a GEM , who goes over and beyond the norm of customer service. Her warmth and genuine personality makes up for any imperfections you may find in this motel. These type of employees are hard to find as well as to keep. We hope to see her and stay in your hotel again, next time we visit.

Room Tip: If you arrive late into Lake Tahoe and do not have a reservation, STAY HERE. No other hotel in the a...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Oxnard, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Nice room and comfortable beds for a smaller room. Great location right across from the lake and all the biking/walking paths. The room had a refrigerator, a microwave and a nice shower. Rika was very nice at breakfast, making waffles. There was cereal, juice, milk, fruit, coffee and fruit as well. The dining area is tiny but you can take your food back to the room on provided trays. The Inn also has free Wi-fi. We went during the week in early June, and for under $60 with breakfast included, it was a great value. The only negatives are the walls are a little thin and the pool was not available. We would definitely stay here again

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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: 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Tahoe City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Aviva Inn 1.5*
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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