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“Beautiful lake location” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge and Spa

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Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge and Spa
Ranked #19 of 72 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Certificate of Excellence
Basel, Switzerland
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54 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Beautiful lake location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We did not quite know what to expect when we booked this hotel. As we drove up to the hotel we were a bit disappointed but then when we entered the lobby and then later our room, we were glad we booked this hotel. We had a room (2 queen beds) on the top floor and the view of Lake Tahoe is just fantastic. The toilet/shower was very small but that was ok. The room decor is nice and the beds were very comfortable. The room was clean and the free WiFi worked great. It did not have a microwave but we could use the one in the breakfast area. The balcony had two chairs and as mentioned before, the view was great. A shame we could only stay one night. If in this region, we will return to this hotel.

Room Tip: Top floor rooms are great. We had room no. 402
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Sacramento, CA
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Signed up for a Groupon Deal that ended June 6. We decided to book toward that end to get as much summer weather as possible. It worked out so well for us as the weather in Sacto hit the triple digits. Because Lakeshore Lodge and Spa is on the beach, it is hidden from the main strip. It is behind the popular Heidi's Restaurant and the CVS which is the big, Gray building that used to be the Bijou Center. Safeway is across the street. When you pull into the parking lot, you might be thinking, "hmmm... I'm not sure"... We were greeted kindly and warmly by the desk assistant. Because it was a weekday check-in, it was quiet. Although our deal was for a queen (when they say queen - they mean ONE queen bed), we were kindly upgraded to a queen-kitchen. This was due to complaints the night before about guests in the room adjacent to our original queen room which was on the ground floor with automatic access to the beach. We were booked into room 207, and the minute we unlocked the door, it was an automatic "oh, wow!". Because it was one queen bed, and a kitchen - it was so ROOMY. It was large. It was nice, and OH THAT VIEW! When I say the view, I mean the entire length of the wall facing the lake, is glass with a long, large sliding glass door leading out to a wide balcony, two low-sitting, comfortable, cushioned patio chairs with a table inbetween. Yes. You can smoke out there, although we are not smokers. The patio has a large, CLEAN, plexiglass cover instead of railing so no view is hindered. It just opens that room right up. Our kitchen was the size of a small apartment's kitchen. Full refrigerator, cupboards and cabinets, stove. Included were silverware, plates, coffee cups, glasses and wine glasses. A toaster, microwave, pots/pans. Listen, the maids came in and washed our dishes! We didn't expect that! There was a small kitchen table you could move anywhere in the room for your convenience, and four kitchen chairs. If you are staying longer, the cupboards are available for your own canned goods and other grocery items. Also, upon entrance, was a large, long mirriored closet. Huge! The vanity was a smaller area, but sufficient, with plenty of room underneath to stow make-up cases, etc. Off of the vanity area was a separate toilet and bathtub/shower. There was a large, low lying table to place your luggage on. Very nice. Just a nice, large space between the bed and kitchen. Another small table, lamp and two chairs to set up your computer or play games. A cute armoire made of pine with drawers, and a Vizio flat screen TV with cable. There were plenty of extra pillows. The bed was comfortable. In the corner was a cute gas fireplace which was not used by us because it never got cold. There is no air conditioning. We left the sliding glass door open (has a screen) all night and just dozed off looking out at the lake and stars. Amazing. We got the two nights with Groupon for about $99/night (incl tax) and that free upgrade - what a deal for such luxury! There is complimentary coffee in the lobby and hot chocolate. There is also a coffee maker and coffee in the room. I would have no problem returning and paying the full price for this place. I was surprised how many people used the pool, which was too warm (about 85 degrees - bathwater), when the beautiful lake is right there in front of them. The water was PERFECT, and you can walk out quite a ways before it even gets up to your chest. The hot tub was nice, though.

Room Tip: Although we didn't stay in one, the queen corner rooms are great because you get double the view...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Location, location. But add to that, service, service.
The 2-bedroom condo is incredible with a view of the lake on all 3 floors. The 3rd floor bedroom is actually a little loft - with a SKYLIGHT just over the bed. We've never seen stars like this before.
Each room has a great view of the beach and mountains. There's still snow on the mountain tops and nights get terrifically chilly.
We got information on hiking areas from the staff - they must hire locals who really enjoy their surroundings. On their advice we went up to Echo Lake, took the boat across the lake, then hiked up to the ridge.
Another great hike is to go along the Lake Tahoe Ridge trail where at one point, both the lake and then Gardnerville are visible.
Also - the staff gave advice on bike rentals and then provided a map of local bike trails.
We'll be back. And we'll bring more friends next time!!

Room Tip: The condos are wonderful for a family, but the lodge itself looks to have great value in rooms.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Adelaide, Australia
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59 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

My daughter and I originally booked in here for one night, but very quickly decided on extending it to two nights. They advertise that all their rooms are lake front and they aren't lying! Our room was on the ground floor and we had a sliding door which led to a lawned area which led straight onto the beach! The view was to die for!
The bathroom was a little small and the room could have used smaller furniture, but it was comfortable. The heating was via a fake wood fire which was a nice touch and very efficient.
Location was good with several restaurants in walking distance and a CVS store practically in the parking lot.
I wouldn't want to stay there in the height of summer or ski season as I think it could be a bit noisy, but for when we were there (mid May) it was perfect. Go for the view and location!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Wow I bought a Groupond for this resort and was not expecting a lot but when I got their check in was a Breeze and fast we were upgrade to a codo the place was very clean and smelled very fresh each view I saw the lake their are lots of places to eat and parks for the little ones on site and in the Surrounding area the out door pool was warm the staff did not speak English put pointed very well this place is right on the lake with the ducks every room has a fire place I would stay again

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reno, Nevada, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We decided to take a small getaway from our home and see Lake Tahoe for the weekend. We had several choices on which hotels were "best for the buck." Both my wife and I, have stayed several places in Lake Tahoe but mostly stuck to the casino's for their outstanding service and amenities. We decided to pick the one we called "Balcony on the Beach" at the Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge. I was skeptical at first, looked older than the other and the pool wouldnt suit the kids and it maybe wouldnt have been as clean as I wanted. But, right as we arrived the rustic look and smell of the pines outside was truely amazing and once they gave us the room key, we quickly went to our room and it was quite a bit larger than I had expected and was CLEAN as could be. Right on the beach our room overlooked beautiful Lake Tahoe, the pool was very nice at 85 Degees and everything went more than perfectly. My wife is still saying " I Told You So."

Room Tip: The only tip I would have to add is... Bring your sunblock and get ready to make some unforgetable m...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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CA
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

This property is truly amazing! For the location, you cannot beat the price! We stayed in a 2 bedroom condo and it was immaculate. We were really impressed with how clean and nice it was.

There was 1 queen bedroom and bathroom downstairs and then upstairs was a loft bedroom (no door, queen bed) and a bathroom, along with 1 twin bedroom. The layout worked well for our family, but the twin bedroom does have a skylight window and another small window on the side that did allow a lot of light in. We covered them with a towel to let our son sleep a little later.

There was a full kitchen that was well stocked. We loved the fact that the property is RIGHT on the lake. It was amazing to wake up to that view every day. The kids loved running on the beach. There are several BBQs for use which were really handy.

This hotel is in walking distance of many restaurants on Lake Tahoe Blvd, which was wonderful. It was nice not to have to worry about driving and parking. We walked to Tep's, which was good, and to The Brewery, which we thought was fantastic--good food and drinks.

The staff was outstanding...they were kind and courteous. The property was well maintained as we saw staff cleaning the BBQ grates, adjusting the sprinklers, and making sure the hot cocoa machine in the lobby was working.

I cannot recommend this property highly enough. Off the main street, it is quiet and avoids road noise. It would not catch your eye from the outside...it's a bit hard to find, tucked in behind the CVS and Heidi's but wow...once you are there you won't want to leave!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge and Spa
Address: 930 Balbijou Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-8919
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#8 On the Beach Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#9 Family Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#12 Romantic Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge and Spa 2.5*
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa, South Shore’s only all lakefront property, offering hotel and condominium lodging all with an incredible lake view and cozy fireplace. Pamper yourself in our full service day spa or relax by our heated pool and hot tub. Centrally located to area activities, restaurants, casinos and sitting on 500 feet of private beach, you’ll receive a true Tahoe experience. ... more   less 
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