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Review of Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe

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Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe
Ranked #57 of 68 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good value budget accommodation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here for two nights in January 2012. The room was large and clean, and most importantly it was very warm. The lady at the front desk was very friendly. There is a diner called Heidis in front of the motel and there is an Italian restaurant across the road. We ate in the Italian both nights, it was really good. About 500m up the road there is a bar called McDuffs that was busy and good fun.

I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dublin1984
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Vallejo, California
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2012

We got a last minute reservation on a busy 3 day weekend for a decent price. The room was clean, the bed was very comfortable and there wasn't much road or other guest noise. The only downers were a very small shower with not the best water pressure and the heater took a while to heat up the room.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Caldwell, Idaho
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2012

My husband and I spent almost an entire month at this hotel. The rooms are very clean, and they provide free wifi, and a continental breakfast. The hotel is close to the beach/lake, but the best part of our experience, was the managers. This couple are so gracious, helpful, and informative, that they made all of the difference. We will always stay at this hotel when we visit Lake Tahoe.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Carrie H
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Sacramento, California
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72 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2011

Very middle. Not good and yet not bad. Very easy to forget! Decent if you need a clean room to sleep in. Pool is right near the main road!

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dannirose3
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hojolaketahoe, Manager at Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, November 17, 2011
Thank you for your review-- as a small 50 room property, we do our best to ensure a clean, comfortable and pleasant stay at a value.
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McDonough, Georgia
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25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2011

My husband and I just returned from a trip to South Lake Tahoe, CA. I booked the Howard Johnson's. I had no idea until we arrived that it is actually on the lake. It is a lovely location; you can just walk right our the door and walk to the beach and there is a great restaurant nearby, too, right on the pier. The room was very nice and comfortable and had a fireplace which we used in the early mornings, even in September. The afternoons were warm, but the temps were dropping into the high 30's and low 40's at night. A hot breakfast is included every morning, although there wasn't a variety or change in the menu. This location is close to the gondola and just a few miles from one of the paddlewheelers that you can take out on a lake tour. Although we didn't visit the casinos, it is just a couple of miles from there, too.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JCE777
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hojolaketahoe, Manager at Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, November 17, 2011
Thank you for your review about your recent stay in Lake Tahoe! We are happy to hear of your satisfaction and glad you were able to enjoy beautiful Lake Tahoe right in our backyard-- so to speak!
We hope to see you again in the near future!
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Brea, California
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19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2011

My Hubby & I stayed at this Hotel for 6 nights....Found the Managers to be VERY helpful and informative with info about the area. The location was GREAT.....5 minute walk to the Lake (Timber Lodge Marina)....where there was a cool dock to walk out on for Great Picture Ops of Lake Tahoe, Kayak Rentals, Jet Ski Rentals. Across the street from Safeway & Starbucks, Short walk to Pizza Hut & Other eating establishments. Don't forget to ask the managers for the 20% discount offer if you plan on breakfast or lunch @ Heidi's (which is voted #1 Breakfast spot in Tahoe, 6 years in a row)!!! VERY short drive to Casino's in South Shore (maybe even in walking distance if you are up for it). I'm not going to tell you of our HOT FISHING Spot on one of the nearby lakes!!! As planning another trip back and don't want to give away all our secret holes!! Caught our limit each day!! Able to catch & release successfully about 5 each day....which made me very happy!!! We will be returning to this centrally located hotel again FOR SURE!!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank happyocwife
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hojolaketahoe, Manager at Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, November 17, 2011
Thank you for great review, we really appreciate your comments!
We are very happy to hear that you were able to utilize our central Tahoe location to your enjoyment. With so many different options available close by, it's hard not to enjoy your time at the Howard Johnson!
We hope to see you again soon-- maybe you will be able to let us know about your hot fishing spot? :)
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Walnut Creek, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2011

I stayed here with friends while attending classes at the Community College. While the property itself is average, the rooms are clean, comfortable and reasonable. The location is very convenient with restaurants and drug store within walking distance - and the lovely fishing pier just a few blocks away. The hosts are friendly and responsive to requests. There is ample parking - some behind the facility. No elevator.
The breakfast was above average, with hot oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, peanut butter and jam, yogurts, and fruit.
I would definitely stay here again. A great value!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Margaret C
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hojolaketahoe, Manager at Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, November 17, 2011
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time here with your friends during your program at Lake Tahoe Community College.
Glad to have been able to provide a little more than your typical continental breakfast and hope to see you again soon!
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Property: Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe
Address: 3489 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-8950
Phone Number:
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe 2*
Number of rooms: 59
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