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Lamplighter Motel
Ranked #1 of 1 Clearlake B&B and Inns
Reviewed 26 September 2013

This little mom and pop place was decent enough. Reasonably clean, a bit worn and shabby as should be expected considering the price you pay. beds were comfy, internet was good (and free), TV was big 'ol tube. Owners were friendly. Ice machine is unfortunately accessible to everyone, including small children and it's design allows anyone to play in the big bin of ice as opposed to filling a container by pressing a button. It is lakefront, but when we were there, there was an algae bloom going on and the water right at the motel was sort of disgusting. The beach a bit further away was fine. A good enough place for the price.

Room Tip: Get a room near the center so that you are away from the stairs on either end. Lots of foot traffic...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

Upon arrival, we were told that the room we had booked was unavailable due to flooding -- the plumber was at the hotel. We stayed in a very small, corner room that did not have a working lock. Bedclothes had hair (head and pubic) and bathroom was moldy. Is not in a good area of Clearlake and I did not feel safe walking around after dark. Slept fully clothed in the bed and left right away in the morning!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

The rooms are very old and outdated. Not very clean. The locks did not work on the room I was in. The water was not very hot for showers. The TV was as big as the bed with a 12" screen and scratchy picture. It smelled bad. I could only take one night of it. I had a 2 month job in Clearlake and there was no way I was going to spend it there.

Room Tip: Avoid this place.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

When we asked the owners if we could borrow plates and glasses they happily loaned them to us.
The room, with a very comfortable king-size bed, had a little dining alcove with a table and two chairs. We microwaved our meal and were delighted to have a table to eat from.

In this lack-lustre small town this was the best and cheapest accommodation we found.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

For the price you can't expect luxury but what you can expect is the management to take a little pride in their establishment. We were greeted by "Miss Personality" herself who was obviously having a bad day. The husband must have noticed and came to the desk to help instead. After check-in carrying the luggage upstairs was rather interesting because half of woodstairs felt as if they were so rotten that my entire leg would go through at any moment. The room was clean enough except for the mysterious brown spot in the middle of the bathroom floor that was to be avoided. My kids and I slept fine but my wife mentioned to me in the morning that there were people next door having a regular conversation that she could hear almost every word of so obvously the walls are quite thin. The refrigerator did not work.
Perhaps it was the time of year but there is a strong smelling algae that accumulates in the little harbor next to the motel that has the aroma of a dairy farm but the view of the lake the morning we left was beautiful. If you are looking for somewhere to lay your head and take a shower without spending too much money the Lamplighter is accommodating in that respect but if you expect a continental breakfast or any sort of customer service just drive by and wave.

Room Tip: Top floor to witness the beauty of the lake.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

Althought the room was clean and the bed was comfortable, the customer service was very negligent. There was no hot water for the entire night and next day. There is no accessible ice machine, on a hot July day! The ice machine is in their personal quarters and you have to wait outside awhile, a seeming inconvenience to them. The air conditioner/ fan stopped working and I had to get someone to fix it. The refrigerator was not working well and was mild cool. MY cooler was much colder.
But the worst were the poorly designed stairs immediately outside of the office which were not properly finished, made of slate and very slippery so that someone could easily slip(me) and he was only concerned that someone witnessed this. A good part including the second floor stairs need serious attention and may be broken. Overall, I was very displeased and will do more research before looking for a good deal.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 May 2013
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Lamplighter Motel

Address: 14165 Lakeshore Dr, Clearlake, CA 95422-8150
Region: United States > California > Lake County > Clearlake
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Clearlake
Price Range: £54 - £59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Lamplighter Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lamplighter Motel is situated in the city of Clear Lake, on the shores of beautiful Clear Lake, guests will be minutes from Anderson Marsh State Historical Park, McVicar Wildlife Sanctuary, the Shannon Ridge Vineyards and Winery, and Harbin Hot Springs. Breathtaking views of the lake and Mount Konocti can be enjoyed from our location, as well as Lake Country attractions such as wine tasting and water sports. ... more   less 
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