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“Blue Jay Lodge - Beware”
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Blue Jay Lodge
Ranked #48 of 66 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Pittsburg, CA
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
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“Blue Jay Lodge - Beware”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

We stayed at the Blue Jay this past weekend. Be forewarned that there are two parts to this hotel, the “front” and the “back”. We were assigned to the “back” part of the hotel on Manzanita Road. If the front part of the hotel looked beat up, the back part of the hotel was just plain scary. The walk ways were beat up, the road was dug up in some places and it was even hard to figure out where to park?!?
When we arrived to our room, it looked like it was in the middle of being remodeled. The window framings were visible??? The bed was fine, looked clean, but the other furniture was old and beat up. The bathroom was very dated, but at least it was clean.
They do provide a “breakfast” that consisted of coffee, juice, milk, cereal, fruits and some donuts. It all runs out fast and I don’t think they restock; when it’s gone, it’s gone….
I will say that for the price we paid, it was OK. Me and my wife just needed a place to sleep, not staying in the hotel for any long periods of time. If you’re a budget traveler (I am) and used to these types of hotels, then it’s fine. But if you’re the 4 star and up type traveler, stay away!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wrea Green, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

On arrival they started to charge me a rate in excess of what I booked. When i raised this , they quickly/promptly reverted. I was aware they offered cheaper rates to other people who wanted rooms after the weekend when things were quieter. Also my booking said spa bath but i didn't have one either. Hotel pool was emptied even though next door was ok and the afternoon temps were 85-90. So overall I felt short changed.

Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Wimberley, Texas
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Before we confirmed the reservation, Hotwire stated this property was comparable to a few well known U.S. budget hotel chains, which was fine for this trip. However, the room was less than expected with a really bad smell. Since it was paid for in advance with no refund, stayed there, but won't again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

What a great place to stay! So many things to do. Close to all the fun!Have made a great new vac spot! Walking distance from everything.. Winter, spring , summer or fall! Know matter what you choice of things to do!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Property: Blue Jay Lodge
Address: 4133 Cedar Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6952
Region: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #48 of 66 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Blue Jay Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 64
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