The hotel was on the west end of the busy touristy strip area, so it was in a quieter location that we liked. We requested the lake view, but it turns out it was partially blocked by a building. It was still nice because we could see the sky changing colors at sunset, and it was rather quiet which was surprising because the main road can be seen from the room.
The room was large, and had a microwave and mini-fridge as well as a coffee maker. We also had a small balcony which was nice. The full bathroom had its own room, with an additional sink outside in the hallway to the closet. There was also a small sink next to the microwave and min-fridge in the room.
Parking was free in their lots. The entry door to our building had a room key swiper to unlock the door--but t was broken, so the door was never locked. I was a little uneasy about that but when we mentioned it they told us a new one had been ordered. The room key was required to get into the other side of the building and into the pool area.
The pool and hot tub were awesome! We used them at night, and both were heated nicely and not very crowded.
There was no complimentary breakfast but that may have been typical in the high-traffic area in which we were staying. We chose the hotel based on reviews and price, as the other ones seemed excessively high just for a hotel.
There were plenty of restaurants around, many within walking distance. The lake was just across the street. Beds were comfortable...but the pillows were the worst, hardest, most awful pillows we've ever used! Free Wi-Fi, worked well.
We asked for late check out (so that we could go to mass) the night before, and were told that they weren't sure if they could accommodate us with our request because it would depend on the cleaning staff who showed up for their shifts in the morning. All we were asking for was about an hour, and the hotel booklet in our room mentioned the possibility of late check out...so we were surprised by the answer. We were told to call the front desk in the morning. They did offer to keep our luggage for us and let us use the changing room near the pool if we needed, but we were hoping to be able to return to our room after mass, microwave our leftovers to eat, and brush our teeth and clean up before hitting the road. All in all they were able to accommodate our request, but it seemed like it shouldn't be a problem as the hotel certainly was not fully booked when we were there and it was unlikely that it would be the next day...and we were only asking for an hour after reading the hotel booklet. However, all of the front desk staff were very helpful, and also offered to mail a letter for us when we could not find a post office (the one on the map provided by the hotel had closed a few months prior). They also helped us with restaurant, church, and sightseeing suggestions, and they had coffee and hot chocolate in the lobby as well as a binder with tourist information.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Azure has undergone an extensive remodel to elevate your stay during your next trip to South Lake Tahoe. Conveniently located across the street from Lake Tahoe's El Dorado Beach, a few minutes away from Heavenly Mountain and providing easy access to all that Tahoe has to offer there is something for everyone at Hotel Azure. We have a fully equipped fitness room, sauna, outdoor swimming pool (seasonal)and bi-level spa. Enjoy our family fun center, Tahoe Bowl - featuring Blue Dog Gourmet Pizza and Lane 17 Sports Bar. Bear Beach Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for your family dining pleasure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn By The Lake Hotel South Lake Tahoe
- Hotel By The Lake
- By The Lake Tahoe