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“One of the most disgusting places on the planet! DO NOT STAY HERE!”
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Strawberry Lodge
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Kyburz
Reviewed 19 June 2011

This place needs a match taken to it. Ratty torn bedding with stains. Old old old. I pulled back the sheets that were worn nearly through to check for bed bugs. Was going to use the pillow that had the sham on it , changed my mind when I took off the sham and found blood stains and god knows what else was on it. The carpet and room had not been vacuumed/cleaned in what was probably years. No tv, no phones, no clock. Not even paper or a pen. It DID have a bible. (oh goody..something to read). Missing light bulbs in the bathroom and over head room light. It is exactly as all the bad reviews state. Disgusting and gross. You can hear everything in the hallway and adjacent rooms. We were the luckier of our group, and had a in-room bathroom, so we didn't have to share the "communal" one. $118 bucks out the door for having nothing but filth. How the health dept has not closed this place down due to filth is beyond me. My spouse and I refused to shower at this place. Others in our group reported much of the same type of conditions in their rooms. Do yourself a favor and Drive the extra 17 miles to South Lake tahoe and find a decent place. Finally did find the toileties in the nearly rusted shut medicine cabinet. Have NO idea how long they had been in there as I dont think other people from other reviews thought to look inside of it. Had one small bottle of shampoo and one small bar of soap. So old looking I dont think the company that makes it is even in business anymore.
The staff is loud and rude. ONE exception the nice young waitress in the morning at breakfast. Real sweet. Probably is just trying to make a living. Not much in the area for wage earning.

FOOD....while we were at a catered function the food was not that great. They ran out of salad dressing, and the pasta dish before half the people had even eaten. We had to serve ourselves our own water and drinks. The owner couldnt figure out how to get the beer keg tapped and the first 30 minutes was spent trying to get beer NOT to foam. They finally went inside and got pitchers of beer from the bar. Don't know if they ever got it to work. One would think after years of holding large gatherings and catering functions they would know how to tap a keg.

Breakfast was a champagne buffet. We were informed on check in it was $20 for two. After we got our bill it was $16 bucks per person. The breakfast was just so-so. Certainly not worth 16 bucks a person. Biscuits and gravy were cold, even though it was in a catering type server. Best part about the breakfast was the Yoplait yogurt in a sealed container and the little smiling waitress.

I would NEVER recommend anyone stay here!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 May 2011

You know you're in a very crappy place when sheets are stuck together in spots, you're afraid to tread the carpeting barefoot, and the pungent aroma of stale beer and cigarettes highlight your non-smoking room in the "historic" section of this old lodge. As it was too cold to sleep on top of the blankets (or in our car for that matter) and too late to find other lodging, we offered up our bodies to the indeterminate number of bedbugs, mites, and other creatures who dwell within the ancient mattress provided. After the worst night of rest imaginable, we were surprised by a decent breakfast. The waitress seated us near a huge fireplace and was very kind. If only someone had sufficient funds to return this lodge to its former glory.

Room Tip: Don't stay in the historic section-
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 2011

Nothing prepared me for a COLD long weekend in a hotel like this. To top it off, the beds/mattresses felt about 50 years old (think you and your partner on top of each other in the middle), the way to stay warm were old unmatched dusty blankets (like they picked them up at the good will in tahoe), and a tiny space heater. The space heater is the type you see in an office setting, to keep your feet toasty warm in the winter. Not something to heat a hotel room. We were given an "upgrade" on the room, but it was kind of like a space which had been a closet converted into a "three bed" room. Never again. Even the common areas were crazy cold, we had to wear our snow gear in the hotel to the restaurant. Their huge fireplaces had maybe one small log smoldering in them.

I've driven by on many a snowy morning since then, and sometimes cars are stuck in their lots covered with snow for days. Bring a 4x4 with a plow if you want to get out early and ski.

Speaking of which, the owners got a truck stuck in the snow one night we were there, and kept us awake for well over an hour after midnight revving the truck trying to get it unstuck.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 March 2011

OK, so reading all the other reviews.. Yes, this hotel is old (read.. historic), but it's not bad for a lodge in the middle of nowhere, literally. We were there since we wanted something close to Sierra at Tahoe and this totally fit the bill. The people there were actually friendly and even let us check in way early so that we could change right away and get to the slopes. The rooms were OK and seemed clean enough. The price was just right.
It was not luxurious by any stretch of the imagination but sufficed for what we wanted..A place to spend the night. The breakfast was actually very nice and filling and the wait staff was very friendly and homely.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 January 2011

This hotel is very rustic it's not your typical hotel with all the amenities. don't stay here if you're expecting the embassy suites. We enjoyed our stay and liked that our kids enjoyed the company of the other guests children in the large living area of the lodge. The children had a blast
Playing with the many board games that are located down staires. The room wasn't perfect, but there was soap, cups, and shampoo in the mirror cabinet. It's about like staying at an old grandmother's house. A little worn out and not as clean as could be, but very comfortable, homey, and kid friendly. We're planning to go back every year.

  • Stayed: December 2010
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Reviewed 28 September 2010

A while back my husband and I made the mistake of booking a room here. We'd stopped in at the strawberry lodge for breakfast a couple of times as a warm treat before setting out on backpacking trips. However, a warm meal when you've just spent the night in the cold snowy weather outside can be misleading. During our stay, breakfast was definitley the high point (and it really isn't anything to shout about). Dinner was passable (if you're okay with food that tastes like a cheap freezer dinner).

The woman who mans the front desk is loud and rude. Once we got to our room, we were somewhat surprised by how basic it was, but didn't expect luxury so weren't too disappointed. However, upon entering the bathroom, our feet stuck to the floor -- it clearly had not been well cleaned for a while. There was no soap to be had. My husband had to go across the road to the convenience shop to buy some!

Later that evening, we discovered that the heat in the room didn't work (which explained the presence of a small very old space heater in the closet). The space heater worked, but definitely was not something you'd want to leave on while not in the room since it looked and smelled like it might catch on fire at any minute.

As I spread the lone blanket that was supplied across the bed (remember there was no heat and it was snowing outside), I was disgusted by the large spider that crawled out. Eww! I recognize that we were in the woods and there are going to be bugs -- but not in the bedding!

After freezing in our room the first night, we decided to bring our sleeping bags in from the car and use those for the second night. I only wish we'd had a tent. Relocating to the nearby campground would have been more comfortable dispite the freezing temperatures outside.

My husband and I will always remember what a disaster this trip was. Pretty much dreadful in every way.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2010

I read the previous Trip Advisor reviews the morning of departure and worried the whole drive there about what we'd find. We read the review out loud to our four kids and had rollicking laughter in the car -- what would we find in our room: a full mouse trap? beer cups? worse? Imagine our pleasant surprise when we opened the door to a fresh and clean room that was as immaculate as an old historic hotel in a remote location gets? We fell asleep to the sound of the rushing river behind our room and woke to a clean bathroom and fresh towels, followed by a memorable (good memorable) pancake breakfast in the dining room. The kids are begging to go back. What a way to launch a fun weekend in the SIerras!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Address: 17510 Highway 50, Kyburz, CA 95720-9600
Region: United States > California > Kyburz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Kyburz
Price Range: £48 - £106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Strawberry Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 37
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