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Franciscan Lakeside Lodge
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Tahoe Vista
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington, New Zealand
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35 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Lovely Lakeside Cabin”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

We stayed in a cabin here for 3 nights and had an amazing time. The location right by the lake in Tahoe Vista was great. We enjoyed sitting on picnic tables with a beer watching the sun go down over the lake. It was handy to have the full kitchen in the cabin to cook dinner one night. We had a great meal at Jason's Beachside Grille - the ribs were amazing along with an excellent selection of beer. We enjoyed staying on the North Shore and found lots of beautiful hikes around the lake.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank KJNewZealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

Nice private beachside location. Rooms clean & decorated nice Tahoe cabin cozy. Full kitchen a big bonus. Highly recommended for spring/summer - haven't tried winter yet- but planning on doing so soon!

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cat_kaiser
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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

This place is great. Set right along the lake in Tahoe vista, rooms on both the lake and forest side. All rooms are a Value. Clean and comfy. Beds vary on terms of firmness. Kitchens great for prepping breakfast or dinner. All the basics right there. Safeway is a few blocks away. It's my choice place to stay throughout the season. Low maintenance and reliable.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mike M
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redding
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58 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great place for a family gathering because its spread out with more than enough cottages,smaller units , for everyone's budget. The people are very friendly and helpful and obliging. Close to everything on the North Shore.

Room Tip: The cottages on the shoreline are very nice facing the lake.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank doggonRedding
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Central NJ
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26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

We stayed in room #42, NOT on lake side. The bathroom, furnishings and kitchenette were updated, yet we felt as if we'd time traveled to 1959 - which is a good thing. Despite the room's twin plasma TV's, we were more inclined to hit the adirondak chairs on the front porch and meet the "neighbors". There's no bugs, no pests of any kind, and the lack of air conditioning didn't bother us one bit. Tip: keep windows open early morning to cool off your room, then shut your windows and curtains to keep that super-strong Tahoe sun out. The room had everything we needed for a comfortable stay, including a full sized coffee maker, hair dryer, and dishwasher. Warning: construction is happening right outside the rear of the room, hence bedroom and bathroom windows look directly onto heavy machinery and their noise. The office offered us a small discount, but frankly I would have preferred a head's up when booking. Lakeside looks a heck of a lot nicer. Their porches face the beach while our's faced the parking lot. The heated pool was clean enough, but there's fairly loud and seemingly endless road noise . The beach is a dream - plenty of lounge chairs, a volleyball court, grass and shade with picnic tables and BBQ's. Kayak and other toys could be rented next door. Overall, a good value, clean place. Fun time!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank JenniferAer
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Sacramento, CA
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

We have been coming here for 20+ years and have a fantastic time every year! Your deck is just a few feet from the waters edge. A wonderful location for a family or a romantic weekend!
We always get a lakeside cottage with one bedroom and two couches in the great room. They are clean and comfortable and the view cannot be beat.
Great staff and nearby restaurants are not to be missed!

Room Tip: Ask for a lakefront Cottage
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank IrishOne041
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St. George, Utah
Level Contributor
43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

We walked in all friendly and excited to stay here for the second time, and the lady said: "Good news! We're giving you one night free", to which we thought, "Wow.. this is a great customer loyalty program" - only to find out it was because a construction project next door knocked out the gas line and there was no hot water. I guess it wasn't their fault - but that's where the civility ended. The ladies were surly and had a "take it or leave it" attitude. The next day, when my wife when to ask for an update, it was if she jabbed them with a cattle prod. I didn't see the exchange, but she said they were really rude and surly again. In fact, we noticed that where ever we went in North Shore (restaurants, the hotel, to rent a kayak on the water) that the "help" doesn't know about civility or courtesy. It's as if we're an inconvenience to them. But they have so much business, they don't need to "compete" at that level. That's too bad for the consumer.
Anyway, last time we stayed here - the lakeside of the highway is MUCH better, simply because of the proximity to the water and the views. The mountain side is crowded, cramped and noisy. For the area, it's a good value - somewhat cramped, but adequate with fully equipped kitchens, nice cabin-y decor, tiny bathroom and comfy double (not queen) bed. No AC, but a fan in the window that wouldn't otherwise stay up on its own, exhausted air and pulled cool evening air from the other windows - one of which didn't have a screen. Some of the units seemed to be privately owned, as the unit next to ours (#55) had a "For Sale" sign in the window.

Room Tip: Choose the Lake Side units, as the mountain side is like crowded, noisy (kids and people running aro...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank UtahMaka
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Property: Franciscan Lakeside Lodge
Address: 6944 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista, CA 96148
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > Tahoe Vista
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Tahoe Vista
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Franciscan Lakeside Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Franciscan located in Tahoe Vista is your home away from home. With fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes in every room, resort-wide wireless access, comfortable accommodations, and access to our private beach and pier, make The Franciscan your destination for your next getaway. The Franciscan is located in the quiet town of Tahoe Vista, just a short drive to many of Tahoe's great attractions, including Sand Harbor, Thunderbird Mansion, Kings Beach, and some of Tahoe's premier ski resorts. We are also located across the street from the Tahoe Regional Park, which boasts miles of hiking or snowshoeing trails, a disc golf course, playgrounds, playing fields, and a sledding hill in the winter. Stay entertained at The Franciscan at our long, sandy beach, at the volleyball courts, or in the heated swimming pool. Unwind and have a relaxing evening at our barbecue area, with views of the lake. Boat buoys are also available to rent at an affordable rate for our guests. ... more   less 
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