At the last minute, my sister and I decided to go up to Tahoe for one night. I was surprised when I began searching for a room. Everything was so expensive! (A hotel I usually stay at for $79 was now $299.) I tried various travel sites, and ending up booking a room on Priceline. To get the better ‘deal’ we selected an unnamed 2-star hotel, which ended up being the Ambassador. We read several reviews on TripAdvisor so we would be prepared.
The Ambassador is an older motel, but we’ll call it ‘Midcentury Modern’. Check-in was easy, and the gal at reception was very helpful. We paid the $7 resort fee. This seemed reasonable since it included passes to the private beach club (which are normally $5 per person per day). The room itself was fine – fairly large with two wing chairs, a queen sized bed, and desk/dresser/tv area. The bathroom sported a groovy green toilet and tub. There was an ice machine on site, but no ice bucket. (Plus there was a warning on the outside of the machine not to fill up your ice chests with this ice.)
The location was great. It was just a little over a block down from Harvey’s toward the lake and a 5-10 minute walk to the beach. An outdoor concert was taking place at Harvey’s outdoor arena, and people were sitting in chairs along the outer fence to enjoy it for free (although you couldn’t see anything).
The worst thing about the Ambassador was the squishy bed. It would be fine if you were sleeping alone, but they didn’t have any rooms with two beds available. Every time my sister moved, I was jostled awake. A continental breakfast was included in our stay. They had toast, bagels, cereal and Costco muffins along with orange juice, banana, and coffee. I grabbed the last bagel, but tossed it in the garbage because it was a bit soggy. (It must have been previously frozen and icy.) There are lots of good places to eat in Tahoe, so that was fine.
I would happily stay at the Ambassador again, but would definitely need to have two beds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ambassador Motor Lodge, nestled between large pine and poplar trees, steps away from the pristine shores of Tahoe's Lake, one of the largest lakes in America. If golfing is your passion we are a breath away from the "celebrity noted" golf courses in California. "When you can stay here, why stay anywhere else" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ambassador Motor Hotel South Lake Tahoe
- Ambassador Hotel Lake Tahoe
- Ambassador Motel Lake Tahoe