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“Diamond in the rough just needing a bit of polishing” 4 of 5 stars
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Alder Inn
Ranked #3 of 72 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Certificate of Excellence
Greenwood, Indiana
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86 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Diamond in the rough just needing a bit of polishing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

We stayed at the Alder over Memorial Day weekend in 2013. The room was good and it had clearly been updated recently excluding the bathroom and entry doors. We stayed in a room on the second floor near the office.
The new owners had just purchased the Inn earlier in the month and had moved from Florida with a 2 year old and an infant so they have a busy personal life but still have great plans to continue the updates for the Inn focusing on the exterior. The new owners were very nice and helpful. The Inn is within walking distance of the beach with restaurants near the beach and also on Ski Run Blvd.
If my wife and I are in the area again we would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Indy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

To start with the bottom line: We loved our two night stay at the Alder Inn and are recommending it to friends who are visiting Tahoe in July. The beach and wonderful restaurants are within a couple of blocks, making the need to drive and find parking unnecessary. You're only a block from the main drag, but from the smell of the nearby trees it felt like we were in the woods. The bed was comfortable and the decorations nice. The room included a fridge, microwave and wi-fi.  There's a small, clean pool, hot tub, and even a ping pong table (which we had a great time playing). The owner, Spence, was welcoming and engaging. He gave great advice on where to eat, where to hike, etc. Although we arrived late on a night of an usual heat wave, Spence greeted us and provided us with a extra fan (there was a ceiling fan in the rom). We were surprised that there wasn't an air conditioner, but the fan did the trick and we had no complaints.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Alameda, California
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

The Alder Inn on Ski Run Blvd in South Lake Tahoe off the beaten track by only a few blocks offers solitude, a very comfortable bed with good linens, a room that is well appointed with tasteful décor, good towels, and cleanliness. The strong water pressure shower (better than home!) was a plus. Because there are only 24 available rooms the ambience is that of a small boutique hotel without the clutter. You can smell the tall trees around the parking area which add grace to the property. There is a small pool, a hot tub, and continental breakfast on weekends. There is no smoking (thankfully). A couple of "goodies" worth mentioning are the small fridge and microwave, coffee maker...all clean and inviting. The price is worth the good value and we would return again.

Room Tip: Room 24 is quiet upstairs..farthest from road
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Treya W
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Amsterdam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for one night only but would definetly go back here. The new owner welcomed us, he actually gave us a beter deal when we checked in. He told us that they start "upgrading" the exterior of the hotel within a few weeks.

Rooms are really nice, don't expect a manderin oriental/standard motel interior but a complete and funky interior. Beds are comfertable, no traffic noise. Onwers were very friendly! Good value for money!!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Pollenboy
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New York City, New York
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87 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

We were a bit taken back as we drove into property. By description we expected a "boutique" hotel or inn. What we saw was a badly in need of updating motel. But the rooms were clean funky and well decorated with great extras. The owner Spence could not have nicer. Made apologies for appearance due to renovating. I suspected when work is done it will be 5 star sell out all seasons

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Solitude1
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Skiruninn, Owner at Alder Inn, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
Thank you for staying with us and for writing a review! The Alder Inn has built its reputation, as this guest alluded to, by offering clean, well decorated rooms along with an emphasis on strong customer service. We are now taking it up a notch by making improvements on the exterior!
With a fresh coat of paint, new doors, a stone veneer, and new landscaping, these quiet improvements will only make the Alder Inn an even more enjoyable place to stay when visiting Lake Tahoe.
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Walnut Creek, California
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We stayed at this place for 2 nights on our last trip to lake Tahoe. Its close to heavenly village and Lake Tahoe Blvd. It has differently themed rooms with beautiful décors. We loved our cowboy themed room. Owner is friendly and made sure our stay was comfortable. They were flexible on changing some room furniture per our needs, late check out etc. Highly recommended for cozy, neat and comfortable stay.

Room Tip: Take an upstairs room. Look for theme photos on the website.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank TwistedReality
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Olympia, Washington
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238 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Cozy as in what the marketing department says about small units. The staff was pleasant and helpful. Linens and towels were nice, room was clean. Buildings are a bit dated and designed around skiing. Wear is showing, door to room had to be forced to open. Value for price is fair. Made me wonder why others ratings were so high. Will look elsewhere next trip.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Alder Inn
Address: 1072 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-8508
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Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#2 Best Value Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#2 Business Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#2 Family Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Alder Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Are you dreaming of the perfect hotel for your Tahoe vacation? WE make dreams come true....With our modern plush furnishings, princess quality bedding and excellent customer service, you will be treated like royalty. Family owned and operated, from reservation to housekeeping! ... more   less 
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