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“Good & Bad, depends on the room”
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Travel Inn
Ranked #54 of 66 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Bay Area
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60 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good & Bad, depends on the room”
Reviewed March 7, 2009

We booked 2 separate weekends. The first, we were stuck in a one bed room next to the front office. Very bad experience. The room was smelly, the sheets were clean but the cover was dirty. The carpet was dirty. There was no hot water so we can't shower. The light in the bathroom did not work. We checked in late and so just decided to go to sleep. We had another night reserved but the room was so bad and they didn't have another one available so we just left. Overall, one of the worst stay at Tahoe.

We decided to give this place another try since we already prepaid but made a separate reservation at another place just in case. This time, we were given the handicap room which was very spacious and has 2 beds. We don't ask for much, just the basics and yes, this time the lights and the hot water in the bathroom worked! There was also a fridge and microwave which is convenient. Also there was free Wifi. This stay was much better than the one before.

So to sum up our experience. It depends on the room you get at this motel so it is not consistent. I recommend that if you request another room if available if you end up with the ones near the office which seem to be the worst ones. The ones far away or in the separate building seem to be in better shape.

Would I recommend this place? Not really unless you like to gamble and take a chance you get a good room. They need to make all their rooms the same. I mean, all we really need is a clean bed and hot water for shower. As far as the light, we could have contacted management but at 1 AM it was better to sleep it off and let them deal with it in the morning since we don't want to waste any more time at this place.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
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Sacramento
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2008

We stayed at the Travel Inn in South Lake Tahoe on July 18, 2008 for a dive trip. It is a small traditional motel right on the main drag. The price was reasonable and we even got a reduction when we checked in. Clerk was very friendly and helpful. Room was rustic and basic, but clean and neat. No A/C, so it can get hot even with Tahoe's cool summer nights (fans are in the room). Small pool and nice hot tub were reasonably maintained. All in all a place we'd stay again.

  • Liked — Neat and clean for a decent price; friendly, personable staff
  • Disliked — A/C would be nice
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Portland, OR
1 review
Reviewed July 20, 2008

The room was REAL cheap with a coupon from a travel magazine. We didn't expect much but hoped for cleanliness. I would not go back to a place that was dirty, no matter what the price. Travel Inn exceeded our expectations. It was very clean, newer paint and bathroom appointments. Everything worked. There was no air conditioning, but a fan was provided. In Lake Tahoe, that is sufficient. People seemed to be enjoying the pool, although we did not swim. It looked clean. We stayed 2 nights and had no complaints. We would definitely return if the price was right.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — carpet was old
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank lane67
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2008

Drove in to this place simply because it was convenient.

Didn't expect too much, but was very pleasantly surprised given that I only paid about 44USD per night (June 2008).

Receptionist (Lisa?) was friendly and helpful.

The room was clean and well maintained. The free wireless internet worked fine.

There is a brew-pub right next door, if that's your thing. But if it isn't, then don't worry, there was no noise coming from it that I noticed.

The paddle-wheel tour boat, a couple of small tourist malls, restaurant and boat-hire marina are also only about a block away, so well within walking distance.

All in all, there was absolutely nothing to complain about. Indeed, in my three-week road-trip around California and Nevada this was the best value motel that I happened across.

I'd recommend it.

  • Liked — Great summer value.
  • Disliked — Nothing to dislike IMO.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled solo
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Thank flyee_boyee
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florida
1 review
Reviewed February 20, 2008

This place exceededt my expectations. The hot tub was great after a day on the ski slopes and $164 for 3 nights in South Lake Tahoe and about a mile from Hevenly in mid Febraury. how can you go wrong. Its an older motel but I had no problem and would stay there AGAIN!

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled solo
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Thank projoeFlorida
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Kingwood, TX
1 review
Reviewed January 30, 2008

BEWARE! Large room but the positives end there! No A/C had to open window to trash strewn alley for some fresh air. Rooms are in extreme need of upgrade as they have seen way too many parting teenagers. Stained carpet and ancient bedspreads, funky smell. Was completely grossed out the entire stay. Will NEVER return.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Thank Dudeguy
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Reviewed December 24, 2007

We picked this hotel since it was the cheapest, and it turned out to be a really nice place. The rooms were very spacious and clean, and the people working there were very friendly.

I came in to the front desk every morning before going snowboarding to drink some coffee and chat with the lady working there who was always cheerful and pleasant.

The place has a hot tub, which is soo nice specially when its snowing.. it has excellent value for its price...

I'd definetely stay there again when I head back to Tahoe.

  • Liked — Price, Convenience, and Comfort
  • Disliked — None
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Travel Inn

Property: Travel Inn
Address: 3536 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-8900
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #54 of 66 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Travel Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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