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“Why All The Fuss?” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Travel Inn
Ranked #59 of 66 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Orange County Ca
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Why All The Fuss?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

Have stayed here several times in the past, but not for the last two years, therefore was puzzled by the recent bad reviews, and because of a good coupon deal, decided to come back. Darned if I can see what all the fuss is about. First of all, folks, this is a budget motel, B-u-d-g-e-t, not a 4 or 5 star luxury resort with all amenities. Not fair to expect such and to make comparisons. Yes, the building is old and a bit run down, and perhaps the rooms may seem to be a bit tired, but that is the way budget motels are, accept it. Upon check in and all during the stay, the couple running the place were very friendly, helpful, and chatty. The room was clean, everything worked, the bed was okay, housekeeping was fine, and there was coffee in the office in the morning.

Two very small irritations, both about the bathroom, and they are really pretty minor. There was no drain stopper in the sink, but sticking a washcloth in the drain in order to be able to fill the sink easily solved that. Was not able to completely close the bathroom window because there were a pair of stops in the screen that prevented this. It did make for a rather chilly bathroom in the early AM cold, but these two things were not a big deal. If you want fancy, go right ahead and spend a hundred bucks a night someplace else, but for myself and many others, this and the other budget motels work just fine.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ToteBoard
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Temecula, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

I have stayed in many hotels through out the United States and this is by far the worst ever! I guess first sign was parking lot was empty on labor day weekend in South Lake Tahoe. Upon opening the door had to push it open cause it gets stuck all the time, then lamps by bed did not have light switches would need pair of pliers to turn on. When door close there was crack in door that light would come in, not by door jam but right in the middle of door. towels were nasty looking and had holes in them. There was blood on the mattress, bed spread was stained just disgusting..no coffee pot,fridge not even clock, dont be in shower when toliet gets flushed you will get BURNED. Oh yea little safety factor NO SMOKE DETECTOR

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marty M
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

Do not stay here unless you're really desperate!!! I am over 65, have traveled around the world, and after stay of one night, can safely say its the worst value ever received, most poorly maintained motel ever. Noisy. Missing numerous plumbing parts. Leaks. Light bulbs burned out. No coffee. No amenities of any sort. Dirty, empty pool. Just pathetic.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank beachblu
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

We can say people were nice and did what we asked but rooms were gloomy but clean our problem was pain in our bodies as soon as we walked up the stairs I had so much pain I couldn't move.husband woke up with severe bad headache we would leave and we were back to normal and wetlands back and we felt in pain again I took an accidental pic and by bathroom there was a dark figure standing there and we took a pic together and there was a cat in our pic a ghost cat I still have the the pics in my phone ill post them for proof it was inflicting pain on us the whole time. We left at 4:30 am and it felt like it was pushing us off our motorcycle pain free

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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24 Thank brunobrandy13
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Sacramento
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

Where do I start - As soon as I walked in the room I was grossed out. I wanted to leave right away. But only because everything else was booked in town we had no choice with the 4th of July holiday. Empty pool with no water, mold, old dirty bedding, nasty shower, moldy frig, no AC and it was hot. Young people jammed up in rooms 5-6 to a room partying all night. Lady at the front desk so so rude and cheap. I asked for a extra towel and she did not want to give me one. This room had not been updated in years. We did not get a great deal at all - but pay extra and stay somewhere else. Stay clear of this hotel. I cant believe they are still in business.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Hector T
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23 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

After reading previous reviews, I wasn't expecting much. We were in tahoe for fun, not the room. That being said, it was an average hotel, great location in downtown. It needs upgrades (there was no a/c/heat, small old tv, pool & spa empty in July), but the staff was nice, and the room & grounds were clean.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tonicgirly
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Sacramento, California
Level Contributor
22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

This was by far THE worst stay we have had in a hotel to date! It was first off very hot outside and when we went into the hotel it was twice as hot and there was NO air conditioner! It was unbearably hot which made it difficult to sleep. The room smelled like stinky feet, and did not look it was clean. We paid 3 times the price we normally would have paid for a hotel in Tahoe because it was right before the 4th of July. For the same price we could have stayed at a 3 or 4 star hotel with air conditioning. They advertised that they had a pool, which they did, unfortunately it did not have any water in it. It would have made our extremely hot stay cooler, yet it was not so. This was a last ditch effort kind of place to stay at. NEVER, EVER again!! The shower water was very nice and hot is the only positive thing I can say about this hotel itself. However, it was a very convenient location as it was right across the street from the Timber Cove Marina and pier with some pretty great FREE beaches. In walking distance of Safeway, CVS and many small restaurants. Sorry I did not take any photos of this hotel as I was too embarrassed to even say I had stayed there.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BuenProvecho61
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Additional Information about Travel Inn

Property: Travel Inn
Address: 3536 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-8900
Region: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #59 of 66 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Travel Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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