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Review of Hotel Becket, A Joie de Vivre Hotel

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Hotel Becket, A Joie de Vivre Hotel
Ranked #34 of 68 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Florence, KY
1 review
“Not worth the money, downright awful!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

Driveup motel, with exterior hallways. Guest services/desk staff horrible. Room was dirty. No thermostat to control temps in room. 10F overnight outside. HVAC unit right next to the bed, and LOUD! Couldn't sleep. Bathroom reminds me of a truckstop, or old hospital. Some parts are clean, look newish - but others look like they are straight out of the Brady Bunch TV show. Run down, beat up, and in overall poor shape. Spend a bit more, and go across the street to the Marriott, or the Holiday Inn. We were supposed to stay 2 nights, checked out early and left after 1. At check out they charged me $15 extra for a "resort fee". This is no resort! Only reason I'd recommend this to someone else, is if they want something on the cheap, and don't care about quality, cleanliness, service, and so forth.

Room Tip: Ask for 2nd floor in the back. Less traffic noise, and they keep all pet rooms on the 1st floor.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fredrik H
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

Short walk to the Gondola, great location. Room had a mini fridge, no coffee maker in our room. View of the mountain. Traffic noise since it is right on the strip. The hot water took over 5 min to heat and a few times turned cold while showering then would get warm again. Ok for the price. Room was basic, small.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank carlie45
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Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

We chose this hotel because it was in South Lake Tahoe. Online, the rooms looked updated and really nice. As soon as we walked into our room, we could see that the room was updated but, in the cheapest way possible. The handles in the shower were pretty much falling off. The shower head was too low and one had to duck down to wash your hair (& we are not that tall). The sink was clogged. The walls were thin, you could hear everything going on in the other rooms. There was only 1/2 roll of toilet paper in the room and we ran out. One day when we came back from skiing, huge blocks of ice had fallen from the roof onto several parking spaces. Had our car been parked there as it was in the morning, there would have been serious damage done to our rental car.

Things got much worse when we checked out. We were charged an extra $12 per night for a "resort fee" which was not disclosed to us when we registered. Also, we were not given a receipt so we called back and asked that one is emailed to us, we never got that either.

It seems like this hotel is pretty confident that lots of people will stay there just because it is in Lake Tahoe. We really got the impression that they did not want to put too much effort into this hotel or the services they provide. If we come back to Lake Tahoe, we will not be staying at the Park Tahoe Inn.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jennifer L
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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

We stayed here for one night because we wanted to be close to the Heavenly Gondola. If you just see the hotel from the street, it looks like it could be really nice, and I noticed the property before during other trips to South Lake Tahoe. We were pretty disappointed. The room was not clean, and everything about it was just so cheap and sad. The bed was decently comfortable but the linen was thin and stained. The website said the bath amenities were "local and organic," when they were just really floral smelling and cheap. The towels were rough and dingy, and the bathroom didn't seem very clean. We only had a standing shower, but the showerhead was about 5 1/2 feet off the ground so it was difficult to use. No in-room coffee. We will not be returning, nor would I recommend the place unless all you care about is location. The Stardust Lodge is next door, even closer to the Gondola, and a much nicer and friendlier hotel. Stay there instead.

Room Tip: At least try for room on the second floor, as the walls are thin and you could probably hear people...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Andrea C
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Central California
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18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

The good: we scored a very fair rate on a 2 night last minute weekend ski trip. The location is within easy walking distance of the Heavenly Gondola, lots of shopping/ dining options, and the Nevada casinos. The average: the room was clean, but small and basic, and the bed was ok. The not-so-good: there was plenty of hot water in the shower, but you need the skills of a safecracker to be able to adjust it from scalding hot to really hot but tolerable; parking is very tight, and we knew that coming in, so if you're coming on a weekend, plan on getting there early and pretty much ditching your car the rest of the weekend; and we were stuck with a $12 daily fee at checkout for we still can't figure out what - hopefully it wasn't for the Internet, as the sign in code they gave us didn't work.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Skiersx2
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Ventura, California
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74 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

We had been here before, so we were ready for a good time. The thing was it had been many years since we had stayed here, and it hasn't changed. I do believe they were using the same blanket we used the last time. The heat fluctuated and the skimpy bed coverings didn't work to keep us warm...so we were getting up and down all night messing with the heat. There was no hot water in the shower...after letting it run for 17 minutes, it still didn't get much above tepid. It wasn't cleaned properly and it was just an overall letdown. I would not stay here if I had had a choice...next time I'll stay somewhere else.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 122...maybe that makes a difference?
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank tGypsyMomma
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Arcata, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

We arrived the evening of December 26th and checked out the morning of the 29th, 2013. The ski conditions were wonderful and Tahoe was packed hence very few places to lodge. It came to our attention the first night that the "Outdoor Year-Round Jacuzzi" was not functioning which would not have been such a disappointment if we had hot water to shower with. This came to our attention when we tried to shower after our first day of fabulous skiing in the 14 degree weather. We attempted calling the front desk for at least an hour from both our room phone as well as our cell phone but to no avail. The following day a staff person sent in maintenance. After running the water for a full half hour we were each able to have a tepid shower with an hour wait between the two showers. Additionally, the " complimentary refreshments" are only morning coffee. When we suggested that they give us a break on the bill they took off the $12 parking fee and refused to give us any other discount as we had remained staying there. Given that it would have been next to impossible to find another place in Tahoe during that time frame and the clause that they would charge us for cancelling anyway we were stuck with no hot water in below freezing conditions in a first world country. We have traveled all over the world and have yet to experience such shoddy regard for a basic amenity or at least the courtesy of an apology and some sort of reasonable mitigation. My parked car did not need a hot a shower, I did. .

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank marnilef
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Property: Hotel Becket, A Joie de Vivre Hotel
Address: 4003 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6930 (Formerly Park Tahoe Inn)
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Casino and Gambling Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 68 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Becket, A Joie de Vivre Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 167
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Also Known As:
Park Tahoe Hotel South Lake Tahoe
Park Tahoe Inn
Hotel Park Tahoe

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