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“lovely cottages, but foul odor from the lake and swarms of gnats!!!”

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Clear Lake Cottages & Marina
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Clearlake
Certificate of Excellence
Walnut Creek, California
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“lovely cottages, but foul odor from the lake and swarms of gnats!!!”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Pros: lakeside, very nice and very clean cottages, dog friendly, WONDERFUL STAFF

Cons: the location - the lake has a foul stench that was made worse when the weather is warm and there's a breeze; THOUSANDS OF GNATS SWARMING that it was difficult to breathe lest you inhale them.

we couldn't even enjoy the front porch, the pool, or walking the grounds without smelling the odor, and without being bombarded by these tiny insects. they were present mornings, afternoons, and nights. we bought bug repellent, bug citronella candles, and bug spray. our dog was miserable, too. sorry, but we could not wait to leave.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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KilaProperties, Manager at Clear Lake Cottages & Marina, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
I thank you for visiting us and providing us the opportunity to serve you. Feedback from our guests is critical to our success, and we are delighted you enjoyed the cottages and staff.

Clearlake is a beautiful, natural, warm water lake and can occasionally produce algae in the summer months. This summer we have had a minimal number of days when significant algae appeared, and the smell has typically been very little on most days it has been present. I apologize that the algae negatively impacted your stay. We strive to make our property's waterline algae free with aerators that keep the water moving and the algae at bay.

Because we are close to the lake, there are some non-biting gnats that can increase and decrease in a short amount of time in the summer months. Repellent is often helpful when they are present.

I do hope that you will come and visit us again!
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Bend, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

What a wonderful vacation we had. Years ago my family went here when it was called Ship & Shore Resort. It was run down and the owners were not nice to us. This new family has taken this resort, improved every area. They are the kindest most helpful people. You would enjoy being there. From the improved docks, pier, fish cleaning area, BBQ area, to the cabins. The cabins are so clean and they supply you clean towels every day and even your dogs are given beds, toys, dishes, and doggy bisquits. Wow is all I have to say. This is the best place I have ever stayed. The pool is great they even supply beach towels for you.

Room Tip: Don't let the run down city stop you. The resort is an oasis of greatness. Owners are the sweete...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Spokane, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2013

If you are as hinky about clean hotel rooms as I am, you will love this place. Cute cottages surround a beautiful saltwater pool. We brought our boat which was tucked safely in the slip right next to our cottage. The cottages are clean and stocked with all the needs to cook up a great meal, they even have the all-important wine opener. Every need is handled including beach towels at poolside. Will definitely return when I have to come through town. Cathy, the manager is a gem!

Room Tip: Ask for a cottage facing the lake.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Modesto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We used to come here when it was Ship N Shore over 30 years ago. It has been remodeled with perfection and we cannot wait to come back every year! This place used to be a home away from home for 2 weeks of my every summer and now that we have moved back to CA, this wonderful place "Clear Lake Cottages & Marina" WILL BE OUR NEW HOME AWAY FROM HOME FOR ME AND MY CHILDREN. It is not often that you can gift the gift of nostalgic memories to your children but now I can! I was refreshed, rested and so very content to stay here. #17 was the lake front cabin that we stayed at as children and now over 30 years later, I get to stay in updated #17...WOW! What a treat! The staff was excellent, the rooms spotless and the towels smelt so clean. LOVE, LOVE LOVE this place. I have such great pictures of my trip here that I will cherish forever!

Room Tip: #17 is lakefront and wonderful. #20 is also lakefront and much bigger. All of the units look so da...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Benicia, California, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 25, 2013

I fell in love with this place. We were there 6 days and 5 nights. The grounds were beautiful, the staff was friendly and willing to help in anyway. The cottages were beautiful and clean well maintained. If you have ever been to Clear Lake you know how the towns are this place is a find you feel like your in a tropical Paradise. We will be back with everyone from our Family. AWESOME AND AMAZING

Room Tip: All Cottages are Amazing I was in 24 beautiful view of the Lake
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Clear Lake Cottages and Marina are the best in the area. Their cottages are family friendly, clean and updated. Their services are outstanding and they are willing to go the extra miles for your comfort. The staff is very friendly and very accommodating. They do have a nice pool, a launching dock for boats and a marina to park your boat. The location is very convenient and located right on a beautiful lake and fantastic view. for sure we will be staying their again. Thank you and keep up the good work!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We (couple with 2 small kids) decided to book a quick getaway for a couple nights from the Sacramento area to Clearlake, a place we've never been before, on the 4th of July Holiday weekend. Booking was easy and the staff was very helpful. We were pleased that the property was very well kept, updated, and invitingly decorated for the 4th - seeing as there appear to be many other run-down and less inviting places in the area. The pool was a nice attraction for the kids as the, albeit very busy lots of other kids too. Too bad the lake wasn't more inviting to swim in or wish we had a boat. The lawn area by the water was a nice place to watch the fireworks over the lake. If I came back to the area (there are probably many other places I'd explore first) I wouldn't hesitate to stay here and I'd recommend it for others.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Clear Lake Cottages & Marina
Address: 13885 Lakeshore Drive, Clearlake, CA 95422
Location: United States > California > Lake County > Clearlake
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Clearlake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Clear Lake Cottages & Marina 2*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With 18 brand-new cottages close to Clear Lake’s shore, plus a boat launch, ten slips, a pier, and our own grassy peninsula (with fantastic views of water and mountains), Lake Escape Resort is the place to stay if you want to fish, play, or just relax on California’s largest freshwater lake. We’re close to town and just minutes by boat to all the fun at Konocti Harbor. ... more   less 
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Clear Lake Cottages And Marina
Lake Escape Hotel
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