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“Noise, old and uncomfortable... sums it up.”

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Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe
Ranked #60 of 65 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Reviewed 29 March 2012

We spent two nights at this dump they call a hotel. The rooms and the hotel needs a top to bottom upgrade. But as is, I would avoid it at all costs.

While the rooms were clean, they were old and uncomfortable. Further, there were parties going on all night in the parking area, with people coming and going all night, thanks largely to the strip being a half mile away.

If that wasn't reason enough to stay away, the fact that is has NO direct access to the lake is another. In short, I would suggest shopping around. You will find better, as there is not shortage of hotels, resorts and motels in the area.

Room Tip: Go with an upstairs room... to help cut down on the noise. But if there is a party going on in the p...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here for two nights in January 2012. The room was large and clean, and most importantly it was very warm. The lady at the front desk was very friendly. There is a diner called Heidis in front of the motel and there is an Italian restaurant across the road. We ate in the Italian both nights, it was really good. About 500m up the road there is a bar called McDuffs that was busy and good fun.

I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

We got a last minute reservation on a busy 3 day weekend for a decent price. The room was clean, the bed was very comfortable and there wasn't much road or other guest noise. The only downers were a very small shower with not the best water pressure and the heater took a while to heat up the room.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

My husband and I spent almost an entire month at this hotel. The rooms are very clean, and they provide free wifi, and a continental breakfast. The hotel is close to the beach/lake, but the best part of our experience, was the managers. This couple are so gracious, helpful, and informative, that they made all of the difference. We will always stay at this hotel when we visit Lake Tahoe.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Carrie H
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

Very middle. Not good and yet not bad. Very easy to forget! Decent if you need a clean room to sleep in. Pool is right near the main road!

  • Stayed: June 2011
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hojolaketahoe, Manager at Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2011

Thank you for your review-- as a small 50 room property, we do our best to ensure a clean, comfortable and pleasant stay at a value.

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Reviewed 23 September 2011

My husband and I just returned from a trip to South Lake Tahoe, CA. I booked the Howard Johnson's. I had no idea until we arrived that it is actually on the lake. It is a lovely location; you can just walk right our the door and walk to the beach and there is a great restaurant nearby, too, right on the pier. The room was very nice and comfortable and had a fireplace which we used in the early mornings, even in September. The afternoons were warm, but the temps were dropping into the high 30's and low 40's at night. A hot breakfast is included every morning, although there wasn't a variety or change in the menu. This location is close to the gondola and just a few miles from one of the paddlewheelers that you can take out on a lake tour. Although we didn't visit the casinos, it is just a couple of miles from there, too.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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hojolaketahoe, Manager at Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2011

Thank you for your review about your recent stay in Lake Tahoe! We are happy to hear of your satisfaction and glad you were able to enjoy beautiful Lake Tahoe right in our backyard-- so to speak!
We hope to see you again in the near future!

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Reviewed 20 September 2011

My Hubby & I stayed at this Hotel for 6 nights....Found the Managers to be VERY helpful and informative with info about the area. The location was GREAT.....5 minute walk to the Lake (Timber Lodge Marina)....where there was a cool dock to walk out on for Great Picture Ops of Lake Tahoe, Kayak Rentals, Jet Ski Rentals. Across the street from Safeway & Starbucks, Short walk to Pizza Hut & Other eating establishments. Don't forget to ask the managers for the 20% discount offer if you plan on breakfast or lunch @ Heidi's (which is voted #1 Breakfast spot in Tahoe, 6 years in a row)!!! VERY short drive to Casino's in South Shore (maybe even in walking distance if you are up for it). I'm not going to tell you of our HOT FISHING Spot on one of the nearby lakes!!! As planning another trip back and don't want to give away all our secret holes!! Caught our limit each day!! Able to catch & release successfully about 5 each day....which made me very happy!!! We will be returning to this centrally located hotel again FOR SURE!!!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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hojolaketahoe, Manager at Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2011

Thank you for great review, we really appreciate your comments!
We are very happy to hear that you were able to utilize our central Tahoe location to your enjoyment. With so many different options available close by, it's hard not to enjoy your time at the Howard Johnson!
We hope to see you again soon-- maybe you will be able to let us know about your hot fishing spot? :)

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Additional Information about Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe

Address: 3489 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-8950
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Region: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range: £42 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe 2*
Number of rooms: 59
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Also Known As:
Howard Johnson Express Inn s. Lake Tahoe Hotel South Lake Tahoe
Howard Johnson Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Howard Johnson

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