This super-bargain made a spontaneous Labor Day weekend getaway possible for our second anniversary. The location was unbeatable-- only 4 blocks from casinos and the free private beach shared by the area hotels. Unlike many hotels, it is on a quiet back street, NOT along the congested 5 lane Rte. 50 /Lake Tahoe Blvd and Emerald Bay corridor.
As with any discount hotel, expect some quirks: small, old towels, dated carpet, plumbing fixtures and tile (but hot water OK and doesn't cycle hot-cold). Furniture was nice and more modern, and the room itself very spacious. The hotel also has ammenities unusual at this price-- a small pool and hottub.
The owners are friendly and eager to please-- offered to show us the room before committing, suprised us with a discount for 2 night stay (after originally saying they couldn't offer this for a holiday weekend), and warning us in the morning about more convenient parking for the afternoon, since a bus would be arriving.
As other reviews note, the owners are also disorganized with their reservations. Be sure to call to reconfirm 1-2 days ahead, and to honor their policy of a same-day confirmation call. Some restaurants in the area also require this same-day reconfirmation due to an apparently high no-show rate.
We were extremely happy for the price, and the location was even better than expected. We were pleasantly surprised by the private beach within easy walking distance.
Note: Online directions will be slightly wrong. You must now access Manzanita Rd. from Stateline Ave or Friday Ave, as construction has permanently closed the connecting block of Poplar Ave. The hotel's repeated requests to mapquest, etc. have been ignored. No hint of construction noise at the hotel itself, though.
- Also Known As:
- Pine Frost Hotel
- Pine Frost Inn CA