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“Beautiful Lake, Horrible Traffic Noise & Price Baiting”

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The Lodge at Blue Lakes
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Upper Lake
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SF Bay Area
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful Lake, Horrible Traffic Noise & Price Baiting”
Reviewed August 13, 2008

The Lodge seems to have gone through an ownership change which might explain the difference between what their website claimed was the offered package and what was asked of my family.

We were charged for the "upgraded jacuzzi" room in advance reservations, yet we were offered the "standard" room. In both cases, the heavy traffic on the nearby highway could be heard. Upon questioning the room assignment, we were told they were "booked"... inferring we had no choice at our initial arrival. From what we could see, they were not "booked" as the "upgraded" room was offered to us when we declined the first room.

The rooms and facilities are without a doubt a throwback to a former time when people expected less. I suspect the heyday of the motel was about 50 years ago.

The lake is very beautiful, without a doubt. Its small and pretty clean. The kids obviously love the place as can be seen from various locations around the water. We could see a windsurfer, kayaks, and swimmers.

Unfortunately for the motel, their prices are too high in comparison to the amenities. All you get is the use of the lake for the premium pricing.

My suggestion to their owners, if they read this, would be to install soundproof windows on the highway side of the rooms to allow for peaceful sleeping. Also, honesty in pricing needs to be addressed as you can't put one price on your website and then attempt to charge more once people show up.

The staff was friendly. No problems in that regard.

Stayed August 2008
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Oakland, Ca
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Reviewed August 2, 2008

"What a find! I just spent two nights at The Lodge at Blue Lakes and absolutely loved it. The management was incredibly nice and accommodating and the rooms and location on the lake was perfect. They have kayaks you can use for free and this itself was a huge money saver. Rental places around the lake charge like $20 an hour to use kayaks ...my boyfriend and I kayaked every morning and afternoon and would have spend almost $200 just in kayak rentals. I would definitely recommend The Lodge at Blue Lakes for anyone who wants a relaxing and peaceful retreat. I can't wait to go back."

  • Liked — Amazing Lake views
  • Disliked — Not much to do in the area besides playing in the lake
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Washington
1 review
Reviewed July 28, 2008

My husband and I were on a road trip with our 4 month old son from Washington to California. We had not planned on stopping near Ukiah but our son had had enough driving for one day. To our dismay all the nearby hotels were booked for the night. We used our TomTom navigational tool to look for anything in the outlining areas. We choose The Lodge at Blue Lakes out of sheer desperation. Once we got there we were so excited to see that the room was super cute and very clean! We had our own little seating area out the back door overlooking the lake. It was a very welcome surprise. It was by far the best stop along the way as we traveled on. We wished we could have stayed longer. What a great find! We definitely recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Nevada City, Ca.
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed July 19, 2008

My wife and I have organized reunions with our friends for over (25) years. We spotted the Blue Lakes lodge just by doing a google search of lodging in the area. The website was great but the lodge is even better. Our hosts Pete and Maryann were the perfect hosts. They met and exceeded the needs of our large group cause we had booked the entire lodge. Their events center is the best and largest of any small resort in America and the rates were reasonable. Why pay huge dollars for a wedding or large function at many "rip-off" facilities when you can save money and have such a beautiful a setting as this? Our hosts took an old resort and totally remodeled and upgraded it throughout and kept their room rates reasonable. Blue Lakes also should never be confused with Clear Lake. Clear Lake supports warm water fish, is shallow and turns a yucky algae green much of the year and turns your bathing suit into the same color. By contrast, Blue Lakes is deep, cold and supports trout. You can fish, kayak, boat, swim, or just relax around the lake. You should ask your hosts about a "Pontoon Boat Wine Cruise" on Blue Lake, you won't be disappointed.

Okay, so there it is. A (5) star resort that is a short drive anywhere in Northern California, so what's not to like? Lastly, we met Pete and Maryann as strangers and left as friends. Who could ask for anything more?

Dennis & Patti, Nevada City, Ca.

  • Liked — Top quality resort, great owners, great prices, great location
  • Disliked — No restaurant within walking distance
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
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Mountain View, CA
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Reviewed July 6, 2008

We recently enjoyed a wonderful stay at The Lodge at Blue Lakes. This lakeside lodge was recently and completely renovated, and offers guests a quiet, totally relaxing get-away in a beautiful location just a couple of hours' drive from San Francisco.
The accommodations are up-to-date, very clean and comfortable, with an attentive and gracious staff. The beautiful lake is literally steps from your door, offering swimming, kayaking and fishing (This is a "no-wake" lake; no need to worry about the loud sounds of motorized watercraft zooming around the lake, disturbing your rest!).
There is a newly completed events center at the Lodge with a large deck overlooking the lake. Think lakeside wedding or party with on-site reception and overnight accommodations for your guests, all in one spot---what a find!
The drive from the Bay Area is easy (101 north; east on Hwy. 20) and scenic. You may want to do a bit of wine tasting on your way up to Blue Lakes.
With the price of gasoline skyrocketing, who needs the expense of a long trip to Tahoe for a lakeside rest when the Lodge is so close? We highly recommend a stay at The Lodge at Blue Lakes!

  • Liked — Peace and quiet; beautiful scenery
  • Disliked — Can't think of anything negative about this experience.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Bay Area, CA
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed June 17, 2008

We really liked the location - the hotel is right on the lake shore.
Rooms are nice but not worth $200 a night. We had a deluxe
King with Jacuzzi.
Breakfast was pretty simple (toast, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt)
served on the deck overlooking the lake.
Overall - it's nice.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — overall look and feel is that of a motel
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Lucerne, CA
1 review
Reviewed June 4, 2008

I'm a professional photographer in Lucerne,CA. I want to recommend The Lodge at Blue Lakes. This beautiful location at the edge of the Blue Lakes is like having your own personal resort. The rooms are elegant, and the management goes out of their way to make you stay the most pleasant possible. Their new Special Events center is perfect for Weddings and other special events. If you find yourself in Lake County, this is the place to stay!

  • Liked — The room, the spa, and the Lake View and activities. Also, the management was very friendly.
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Lodge at Blue Lakes
Address: 5135 W State Highway 20, Upper Lake, CA 95485-9513
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Location: United States > California > Lake County > Upper Lake
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Upper Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lodge at Blue Lakes 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lodge At Blue Lakes offers 21 premium guestrooms, including one Waterfront Executive Suite. Rooms feature lake or mountain views. Room types are deluxe 4 poster beds with in room jacuzzi tub, kitchenettes, lakeside and mountainside rooms. Guestrooms are individually furnished and decorated. Wireless Internet access is limited and is only available to certain rooms/areas. Free local calls. Flat screen TVs, small refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are provided. Air conditioning, climate control, welcome amenities, and hair dryers are also included. Microwaves and irons/ironing boards can be requested. Rooms are accessible via exterior corridors. Housekeeping is provided. All guestrooms are non-smoking. ... more   less 
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