Stay here! My wife and I recently enjoyed two nights at the Alder Inn. It is the number 1 rated motel/inn in S. Lake Tahoe for a number of reasons. First, it's in a great location, close to the lake, shopping, restaurants, casinos, etc. Second, it's adorably decorated. Yeah, it's an older motel, but it's been lovingly updated by its owners who have taken great pains to decorate each room differently and add touches you just don't see in other inns. Third, Chad and Layni are outgoing, friendly and strive to make your stay a pleasant one. (Plus their kids are adorable, too!) My advice, ignore what "I was duped" wrote. If you want "cookie cutter" then stay at a chain motel and enjoy "same old, same old." If you appreciate extra little touches you don't get anywhere else, stay here.