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“Better Than Expected”
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Hotel Azure
Ranked #15 of 66 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Certificate of Excellence
Benicia, United States
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Better Than Expected”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

After having read many of the reviews claiming this property is "dated", I was expecting far less than what we actually received. Inn by the Lake is not a Grand Resort and Spa, so if that is what you are expecting, go elsewhere...It is on the other hand, clean and comfortable and reasonably priced given the area. It is right across the street from the lake, which is beautiful (you do have to look beyond the road because it does run between the hotel and the lake). I enjoyed the noise from the cars because I do not like silence at night. The room came with a fridge and microwave (which I wish I would have realized before we came up or I would have packed additional snacks). The room was "up-to-date" as far as linens go. Was the furniture a smidge dated, yes...but it is not enough so to call the entire hotel "dated". Overall, this was a great trip for my family. Places like Inn by the Lake make it possible to go on long weekend family trips without it costing an arm and a leg! I would definitely recommend staying and will more than likely be going back.

P.S. You MUST try MacDuffs Public House which was about 100 yards from our room. DELICIOUS!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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danmchael, General Manager at Hotel Azure, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Thank you for sharing. You captured the essence of Inn by the Lake and shared a few of the elements that make it special. What more can I add?
Best Regards,
Dan
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Roseville, California
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

We stayed here for a wedding along with the rest of the wedding guest. It was definitely a step up from some of the other places we've stayed in Tahoe! The room was very big and spacious! It was clean and bed was comfy! The small balconies were a nice feature especially since the weather was so beautiful in March! The only reason I gave a 4 rather than 5 is we were the only guests from the wedding that got stuck on the other side of the hotel away from our friends with a view of the trailer park rather than the lake! Lol! The location was ok but you'll have to cab it to the strip if you're going out/back. I think we would definitely consider another stay here!

  • Stayed March 2014
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danmchael, General Manager at Hotel Azure, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Thank you for your kind comments. Lake view units, while they cost a bit more, can be reserved in advance. Let me know prior to your next visit and we would be happy to upgrade your reservation.
Best Regards,
Dan
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santa rosa,ca
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Inn by the Lake is a very good place to stay. Rooms are large (we had a queen regular room)and well-appointed. Coffee makers, fridge, iron those sorts of things. The place is nicely decorated and not at all plastic. I read some reviews prior to booking that criticized the decor as "dated". I didnt feel that way at all! Oak furniture, good lighting, very comfortable bed, great shower,clean. Pet friendly at 25 x tra a night. Adjacent to a lot of great walking trails not to mention the lake across the street.
Check in was friendly and easy. I would and probably will stay here again.

Room Tip: I prefer the "pool" building. Cheaper and quieter.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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danmchael, General Manager at Hotel Azure, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Quite candidly, we agree completely with your assessment of the Inn. However, we do respect all opinions and are constantly working on improving the Inn. Thank you for posting your comments.
Best Regards,
Dan
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Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
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26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2014

I can't say this is the best hotel I've ever been. It is rather general, standard and ordinary. Through it opens view to Tahoe Lake. And it is too expensive for such a small rooms and absence of breakfast.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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danmchael, General Manager at Hotel Azure, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
It is rare that the value we offer is questioned but thank you for sharing your comments.
Best Regards,
Dan
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San Jose, California
1 review
Reviewed 23 January 2014

The property is clean and well managed. We stayed in the 1 bedroom king suite. The decor was out dated but that was ok for me. Lake Tahoe is about the great outdoors regardless of the season, so we weren't in the room much of the time. Staff was friendly, parking was great, and there are security cameras in the hallways which the reception personnel is able to view 24 hours a day, which made me feel safe coming in and out of the property.

Overall, I would come here again. Good location and reasonable prices. (make sure you book through Hotels.com for the best rates)

Room Tip: There isn't any room service at this inn. There is a restaurant that serves breakfast which is w...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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danmchael, General Manager at Hotel Azure, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
Thank you for your very nice comments. We were delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Like most first class hotels we strive to maintain rate parity through our various channels of distribution. Plus, you can always call us on our 24/7 #800 for special requests or questions on the inn and area. Come back to stay with us again soon.
Best Regards,
Dan
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Denver, Colorado
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2014

Like most places in S. Lake Tahoe this was built in the 60's or 70's but it does a great job of making you feel comfortable. On property is a bowling lane and a breakfast joint. It has a great view and a large hot tub.

Room Tip: Dont get the handicap room unless you want lots of space.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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danmchael, General Manager at Hotel Azure, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
Thank you for your very nice comments. Your right about Lake Tahoe it is very difficult to build anything in the basin so many buildings predate local restrictions. The Inn was completed in 1982 and features contemporary standards such as interior corridors, central A/C & heating, double pane windows and fire safety systems. Our Alpine architecture sometimes garners a "dated" comment but it is a look appreciated by many to include our European visitors.
Best Regards,
Dan
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2013

We've been staying here for three years straight for our family's annual winter vacation. Wife, two young kids, and myself for two nights. Summary of pros and cons:

Good:
-Well managed, friendly staff. All requests promptly handled with great customer service.
-Good value - may seem pricey but South Lake Tahoe is not cheap in general. This is a nice mid-range hotel that meets all our needs.
-Places to eat - walking distance to MacDuffs, pizza from the bowling alley. Haven't tried the pizza but heard it was excellent. MacDuffs a little pricey, but good food and service.
-Pets allowed - we don't have pets but are concerned about dirty rooms from pets. Haven't had any issues with dirty carpets from pets in our rooms. I believe they are kept in a separate wing from the rest of the guests.
-Park across the street - there's a park and closed campground across the street by the library. This was a nice convenient spot to have the kids play in snow without having to drive somewhere.

Bad:
-Dated decor, furniture, carpets.
-Lakeside view from across the street. This is more a place to stay than to enjoy a lakeside view.

We'll be back again for sure. Thanks to the staff at IBTL for a wonderful stay as usual!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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danmchael, General Manager at Hotel Azure, responded to this review, 31 December 2013
Thank you so much for your repeat patronage and constructive input. We look forward to your return visit in 2014!
Happy New Year,
Dan
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Property: Hotel Azure
Address: 3300 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-7907 (Formerly Inn by the Lake)
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Region: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Azure 3*
Number of rooms: 99
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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