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Alder Inn
Ranked #5 of 66 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Certificate of Excellence
South Lake Tahoe, California
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4 reviews
“Love it so much we are staying two weeks..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2011

Chad and Layni, the owners are setting the standard in customer service, ensuring your stay is as comfortable as possible. The rooms are exactly as they appear on the website, quirky decor and new, very comfortable beds. The kitchenette comes in very handy and a good range of toiletries are thoughtfully provided. There is a pool for warm weather and a large very warm hot tub is available until 10pm. At weekends a complimentary continental breakfast is provided and free Wi-fi is also available in all rooms. The Inn is ideally situated for all that Heavenly has to offer and the free Blue Go Shuttle stops outside, whisking you to the slopes in 5 mins.

A large Safeways is around 1/2 mile away...Tip: ask for a Visitors Safeway card at the checkout and save yourself quite a bit on your bill total.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2011

We Stayed for three nights at the Alder Inn (2 adults and a 6 year old). We were greeted like family at check-in by Chad and Layni. They offer a very personal touch to your stay. They gave us suggestions on great places to eat, where to get the best "photo ops," and were constantly attentive to our every need.

We visited for a first time family snowboarding trip to South Lake Tahoe in February 2011. The hot tub is steps away from your room, and we enjoyed it every night!! The room decor is not run of the mill hotel/motel as you can see in their pictures on www.thealderinn.com, and even included a "loaner" teddy-bear for our son which he raved about. Shopping, gear rentals, and dining were all within walking distance of the Alder Inn, as well as the lake itself. If we needed directions or suggestions at any time, all we had to do was walk ten steps to the office and ask. Chad and Layni were fantastic and they made our stay fantastic as well. If you're looking for a great stay and don't want to be treated like just another room number at the front desk, this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2011

We spent quite a bit of time looking online for hotels/motels/B&Bs and stumbled upon Alder inn. Decided to check their website first and were impressed by their room photographs. All their rooms have new interiors and not just any upgrades but cool designer looking finishes. We called and spoke to the owner, Layni, who was able to help us pick the right room. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised to find our room exactly how it looked on their website. Not all website photos match the actual room descriptions in most hotels. The hotel is managed by the owners and they seem to take very good care of the place like their own house. The place is very close to Heavenly and all the casinos. We are planning to visit them again next week! Beats any of the run down motels you see in tahoe like Rodeway or Quality inn or any of those chain motels. I hope they are able to maintain their prices as it is a steal for all the upgraded rooms and location.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2011

Excellent location so the Go Blue shuttle only took us 5 mins to get to California side of Heavenly so kids could go to their ski/sb lesson and I could go back to the room or bum around South Lake. Walking distance to restaurants/shops and Lake. The rooms were cozy and clean. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alohaha111
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2011

Great family-owned inn managed by owner Chad and his lovely family. Good service & great location if you are looking to ski at Heavenly. Bluego buses stop outside the Inn. Rooms are quaint & comfortable. Decent facilities except for the town-wide electricity outage which interrupted the wifi access for the rest of our stay. Downside, it's little pricey and walls are a little too thin.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lindaa78
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Skiruninn, Owner at Alder Inn, responded to this review, January 23, 2011
We are glad you enjoyed staying at our hotel. Your stay, arriving the day after Christmas, is considered the busiest and most expensive time of the year. Our hotel is priced very competitively with other hotels with like ammenities. Due to the monster snow storm which created epic snow conditions for skiing and boarding, the cities cable and internet provider (Charter Communications) was without power for several days.
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2010

We had 2 rooms - one with a dog & our young adult kids, and one for us that was zen-like, so this was perfect. The owners, Chad & Layni, could not have been more likable & accommodating! This place has charming, fun themed rooms - nice & warm with good amenities; including a microwave, mini fridge, free sleds & a spa that was great for after snow relaxing.
The free shuttle to Heavenly stops almost in front of the hotel & it is walking distance to both the lake & several good places to eat! A short drive has you at the clubs or a bit farther for a super sledding location. So convenient!
It didn't hurt that the weather was amazing & that we watched the lunar eclipse from their parking lot. But even w/o that they made a good situation even better.
I look forward to coming back in the summer, too.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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SF, CA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2010

Reasons why I love the Alder Inn:

1) The owners, Chad and Laney treat you like family and are so welcoming. Anything you need, just ask.

2) Very affordable. The rooms are well worth the rates.

3) Look at the rooms! The building is older, but the rooms have been nicely refurbished by the owners. Check them out yourself: http://www.thealderinn.com/photo_gallery/default.html

4) It's down the street from Heavenly...just hop on the free shuttle and you're there in 4 minutes!

5) The hot tub and pool were nice and warm...was perfect after a long day on the slopes.

6) They also serve you a light continental breakfast....perfect for the snow day ahead.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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 Business Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#2 Family Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#4 Best Value 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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