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Econo Lodge in South Lake Tahoe, CA

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Rating: 2.23

Address: 2659 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150

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    Comments (22):

    1. Mariana E.
    A great deal. The room is bright and airy, roomy with microwave, frig, internet, hair dryer. Clean, very nice staff. Well located. I will stay here again. I feel safe and it's far enough from the street to be quiet.

    10/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Javier G.
    Horrible customer service. Booked the room online with choice privileges to try something new. Booked the room and something came up where I forgot to call to cancel the room. I got charged the room because I did not show. I understood with the manager and asked that choice did not really say anything about fees like this because I normally just book the room when I need it and never cared for points. I wanted to see if he could just waive the one charge so that I rent another room. He kept saying "this is a business and you have to pay for that before I can rent a room to you" He did not work with me and did not know how the online site worked and kept just making his own rules as we continued the conversion. He did not want to work with me and never again will use any online type of stuff since the motel and online site have zero communication. What a embarrassing event. Try a different place and skip this one because if something does happen be sure that the staff will not work with you at all and you will be left with whatever happens and charges you get. Stay away because customer service is the last thing on the managements mind.

    19/06/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    3. harpreet a.
    I went  to Lake Tahoe for thanksgiving weekend and happened to show up to this hotel without a reservation and the staff and owners were more then happy to help us out and give us a great deal. My family and I couldnt be more happier to find a nice,clean place to stay for the weekend.

    I cant wait for my next vist to Tahoe and I recommed this hotel to everyone who comes to Tahoe.

    30/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Luthien N.
    We don't have much money, we wanted to ski at Kirkwood for a few days, and this place fit our needs- there was a big bed, a tv with lots of channels for relaxing at night, we paid $40 per night, and the heat worked GREAT.  Our room was clean, it had a fridge and a microwave...I'm really not sure what else we could have needed.  The management was nice and let us come a day early without any sort of fees, even though I called only 12 hours in advance, so that was helpful.  For $40 we certainly got what we paid for and I'm sure we'll be back.

    09/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    5. Loren E.
    Stayed one night on 7/27/11.  Made reservation thru Econo Lodge website.  I must say the info on their website is very DECEPTIVE.  Wi-Fi, sure they have it but only in their lobby, not the rooms.  HBO, none found.  A/C can be had for an additional $7 per night.  Pictures of the rooms are not remotely the same.  Continental breakfast consists of pastries, cereal and toast, period.

    Negatives: Very small rooms, Noisy fan units, noisy traffic from Lake Tahoe Blvd.  Unfriendly staff (Indians) that behave like they would rather be poked with sharp sticks then service customers.

    Positives: cheap prices $52 including tax, generally clean, flat screen TV, comfortable bed.

    28/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    6. Jon Y.
    you get what you pay for and with what i paid here, i am completely happy.  i needed a cheap place to stay while i was looking for a place to live. found the place on craigslist and when i showed up, ron the manager took an extra $30 off the advertised price.  altogether with tax it came up to $206 for 7 days. i wasn't expecting much but was rather surprised at what i got. room is clean and everything works, 36 inch lcd tv.  i am giving 4 stars because for the price you get a lot.  also ron is very cool and accommodating.  its far from 4 diamond, but you get what you pay for.

    15/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Angela X.
    These are the sort of mildly unpleasant accommodations you feel churlish for complaining about, because you get what you pay for. The one thing I will denigrate at length is the complimentary breakfast--yes, even though it's free. It's a small assortment of sugary cereals and pastries that could only be described as fresh in the sense that they had been removed from their freshly opened, Hostess-branded cellophane packaging. Whatever, it's free right? My problem with that is you may get lulled into a false sense of security, which will prevent you from making plans to seek out (or bring your own) wholesome and nutritious breakfast. Also, the dining room is pretty janky.

    11/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    8. Red Tail H.
    When you want to stay in Tahoe on the cheap, it's not a bad place.

    The bed was a bit soft (mostly on the spouses side, but that just meant I got crowded more).  The room was small, but tidy, and the bathroom was even smaller.

    That would have been fine, but there were a few design flaws in the bathroom, one of which was NO soap/shampoo dish!  The other was no fan, and it really needed one.

    The room had that rustic look, and everything worked (unless you wanted to have signal on your AT&T cell phone or find the advertised free wifi), but as I was just in there to sleep it didn't bother me much.  The door chain was broken, but the neighborhood seems safe enough.

    And there's no need to put the heat on if you're on the second floor.  Your downstairs neighbors will make sure you get enough wafting up from them.

    Breakfast is the typical high carb, high sugar junk you get at all these types of motels.

    07/09/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    9. S H.
    We booked a room through Orbitz for the Econo Lodge so we could take my son up to snowboard for the first time. The room we paid for was a queen and a double bed with a fireplace.

    We got to the motel at 5PM and they didn't have any record of us. Fortunately I brought my printout from Orbitz. The manager (Erlinda) seemed quite flustered and was on the phone with Priceline trying to get another straightened out.

    She said she would do her best to get us a room. So I agree'd and said we would go do some shopping and have dinner then come back.

    We came back 1.5 hours later and Erlinda and David got us into a room. The room only had a double bed but we planned ahead and made sure we brought a sleeping bag and our son slept in that.

    One odd thing we noticed was that there were several empty rooms but the maids had not cleaned them yet. Seemed odd since checkout is around noon and it was now 7:30PM.

    The room was very clean with a fireplace (no firewood), LCD TV on the wall and a down comforter on the bed. The bathrooms were clean but very tiny and the shower's water stream forced you into the corner of the shower to get wet as the shower head didn't articulate much.

    When we checked out in the AM there were quite a few "sketchy" people in one room and a homeless dude eyeballing my stuff as we loaded up my truck to go.

    In summary, Erlinda and David were very accommodating and saved Econo Lodge from getting one star. The rooms were clean but the maid staff was slow to turn rooms around. let's not forget the homeless dude and the bicycle people with the aluminum cans in bags in the room next to ours.

    17/02/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    10. Mark W.
    Basic, think camping.  A bed, toilet, shower, heater and wi-fi.  At $149 a week ($185.99 with tax), can't complain, basic  and almost clean.  

    I keep reminding myself it is better than sleeping in my RV without running water and it becomes luxurious!

    05/12/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    11. Kalah A.
    Cheap digs.  If you want to Ski Tahoe and just need a bed for you head,  Econo Lodge is your cheapest option.  I've done my research several times around, calling and calling, using booking engines, etc.  Best bet is to call Econo Lodge directly.

    Tricks of the trade:
    - As for Ron (he is the manager / father of the family that runs it) tell him you are a repeat customer and/or plan to be and ask for a discount.  He gave us $10 off.  (...research the price online first).
    - CALL AHEAD of time with your ETA for arrival.  Once there was no one at the desk for an hour - aka the family was sleeping.   We ended up being checked in by a very tired teenage daughter.
    - Know it's nothing special & don't plan on friends crashing on the floor.  The rooms are small and there isn't much room beyond just the beds.  Def can't fit more than a twin air mattress anywhere... and I don't think anyone would want to sleep on their floor without one.

    14/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    12. Christine S.
    How neat that I sit here writing up this review at 3AM from the bed of the very hotel I'm reviewing.

    Where should I begin...

    Can you guys believe I paid $90 for this room for one night? I joined my friends snowboarding trip to Sierra somewhat last minute, and we agreed that we'd just share a single room between the three of us to save some money. I had planned on sleeping on the floor and brought a few blankets and pillows from home to make it more comfortable.

    Well, let me preface this by saying that I'm not usually picky about accommodations. Sure I'll silently judge a place, but eventually suck it up and forget about my elitism and move on. This takes the cake though. When we pulled up I knew the facade and odd stench in the air would be an indication of what the rooms (floor in my case) might be like and I booked my own room from my phone. For $90. I won't even mention the mishaps that occured when my friends and I checked in (other than the guy assigning my friends an occupied room because I read on another review site that I'm cheating on Yelp with that this has happened before).

    When I opened the door to my home for the next 18 hours, I noticed several things:

    A half full can of Fresca sitting on the dresser. Seriously? I didn't even know Fresca came in cans. That's fantastic.

    The weird boiler-room looking heater that didn't seem to work.

    The hotel notepad with the previous guests' drawings of several species of dinosaurs. I can only assume from the quality of these sketchings that he is obviously a paleontologist.

    At this point I became convinced that the room was infested with bedbugs. It wasn't something to check for, only something to prove. I can only attribute the following to a sleep-deprived, cold, and hungry state of being, but I literally tore the place apart. I started with the sheets, which were either dirty or washed by some kind of overworked helper monkey. I found things that only fueled my fervor. I called my mom, one of the country's leading experts on bedbug hunting, but the poor AT&T reception only served as a reminder of just how alone I really was in this.

    I joined the hotel's unsecured Wi-Fi network against my better judgement and watched a video on YouTube about where to look for bugs that set my target on removing the headboard. I sat on the bed with my legs crossed for a few moments trying to work up the courage to proceed with my demolition. I would take turns just tapping on the headboard, testing the waters for any spy/sacrifice bugs that were sent by the hive to see what exactly I was doing. Finally I removed it from the wall (it just sits on a mounted 2x4 btw) to find absolutely nothing. I also looked in the bed frame and found only dust and an old ski glove.

    Cautiously satisfied, I went to take a shower. The water has two temperatures: holy crap I'm probably getting a first degree burn and cold. The soap dish held the remnants of aforementioned paleontologist's scrubbing device and on the faucet for the sink the cold knob is hot and hot is cold because why wouldn't it be reversed.

    I fell asleep around 10pm despite the fact that the outside wall is so thin you can hear every car that passes, which was actually quite calming and reminded me of home.

    I woke up to what looked like the glow of dawn peeking through the curtains and was convinced I made it through the night. In actuality it was a little after 1am, the glow was the ridiculously creepy furnace that decided to turn on after I took apart the thermostat and rearranged some wires, and Dawn was a guest of the gentlemen upstairs.

    Pros: I don't think my room is infested with anything
    Cons: I WANT TO GO HOME NOW

    16/01/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    13. Steve R.
    I dont even know how to begin. Worst place in Tahoe! Think camping in a  third world country run by people that cant speak English nor understand the term customer service.

    It was the only place in South Lake that had a room, but after having a conversation at 12 midnight with the  South Lake Tahoe PD because the neighbors were screaming at each other and the so called management could not control the riff-raff that they let stay there we were happy to just pack up and leave.

    Once you get past the 1950's musty stinch in the rooms and the stained carpet ( keep your shoes on) you figure out that the boiler room heating system that keeps it a cozy 98 degrees does not regulate the temp. Now you debate whether to just sleep in your clothes of just suck it up and rough it and get in bed.

    At the time we did not know that this place is the flop house for Lake Tahoe's finest parolees. Found this out after I was forced to call the police because the fine manager that ran the place could not control the loud trouble makers outside and my girl friend and I could not fall asleep. When I complained to the "management" ( I use that term loosely), he stated in his broken english that " its not my problem"! At that point I called the PD and they showed up promptly and then informed me that my girl friend and I should not be satying at this place as they respond there nightly and that the parolees are housed there.

    Long story short; we packed up and drove back home at 1 AM. The very professional officers told us its better to stay anywhere but at this place and we just want to pass along the message. The very rude manager refused to give us any kind of a refund! Note to the informed, unless you are on parole, steer clear of this flop house!

    16/01/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    14. Bill G.
    This motel is an okay place if staying cheap in Tahoe is your goal. You get barely "1 diamond" level accommodations. It's basically a bed, a roof, a shower, and little more.

    When I stayed here recently my room was small, the bed was squishy, there was no A/C (didn't need it anyway), the manager told me not to use the advertised fireplace in my room, and the advertised wifi couldn't be found. Normally I'd call that a shit-hole and regret staying. But for about $50 on a Saturday night, when the next cheapest room in town was almost twice the price, I was okay with the tradeoffs. At least the door locked, it was quiet enough to sleep, and there was hot water in the morning. I've paid more for worse.

    03/09/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    15. Lynn T.
    DO NOT STAY HERE!!!!

    I was staying at a cabin with my dog and my sister was staying with her daughters here. We went with them to check in and the owner came out to where I was with my dog in the parking lot and said that I can't stay in the room with the dog. I told him I'm not staying here with the dog. And that I was staying somewhere else. He said I know you're staying here and and trying to sneak in the dog. I said no I'm not. He said yes you are.

    And then he called the room phone and my sister answered and the owners daughter said we need your credit card for incidental costs. So she took the card to the front desk. And the owner told her that he was gonna charge her for the extra people and the dog. She told him that we were not staying there and the dog was not either. He kept accusing her of it.

    She went and took all of her stuff out of the room and had to sleep on our floor for one night.

    Luckily she had only booked the room for one night and had booked the rest of her trip at another motel.

    The owner is a complete a$$hole and was harassing my sister for something that was not even true!

    21/07/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    16. Hannah G.
    Despite most reviews on Econo lodge, I had absolutely no complaints. Of course this isn't a high end resort, so I can't rate it 5 stars. You get what you pay for. The owner is extremely friendly and helpful. The heater in my room worked like a charm. The showers, sheets were clean. The flat screen with good channels to choose from. Continental breakfast was fresh. Super close to Heavenly, Casinos, the lake, and good food! All together my stay was great!! I will definitely be coming back!!

    04/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. Allison B.
    You cant be serious, Choice Hotels!

    My boyfriend and I wanted an end of the week escape at a reasonable price.  I'm a Choice Privileges Platinum member and found a room at the Econo Lodge for just 54 dollars a night.  That seemed kind of low to me, but I figured that it is sort of off season so it was probably a deal.  I also figured that Choice wouldn't stick me in a complete dump.  Boy were we wrong.

    I booked online and saw that the motel was pet friendly.  I travel with an ADA service animal for a medical condition, which means BY LAW, I (and my service animal) can not be hassled.  Also, according to the ADA, there merchants are not allowed to charge extra fees for service animals.   So, now that's out of the way, my boyfriend and I checked in and headed over to our room, #133.  We got the handicap spot right near our hotel room.  As I was getting out of the car, there was a door open to the room on the end and two extremely skinny people were in there having a loud conversation and staring at me as I got out of our SUV.  Just at a glance into the room, they had photos stuck to the wall as though they lived there.  Weird.

    As we were walking along the sidewalk, we noticed the window and curtains to the room next to ours (room 132.)  That room was torn apart, the bed flipped up, garbage all over the floor...just looked foul.  We got to our room and opened the door to our teeny lil room.  It looked clean enough, aside from the 1980s fitted piss stained bedspread.  We pulled it off and shoved it in the corned the second the door closed.  

    A few hours later, my boyfriend took my dog outside to use the bathroom and that's when the manager/owner/warden came out of his office and shit a brick all over our vacation.  He got all crazy on my boyfriend about us having my service dog in the room. He threatened to charge us 50 bucks for having the dog in the room.  My boyfriend tried to explain that the dog is an ADA dog, but the manager guy just didnt want to hear it.

    That nights sleep was horrible.  The bed was like sleeping on concrete.  I woke up several times that night and even though I wanted to sleep in on our vacation, I was up at 6am both days.  I went to take a shower in the shower capsule and almost fell and broke my ass on the super slippery tile floor.  Also, if you want to have a decent shower, turn the hot water on all the way...then turn the cold on slowly until you get the temp you want.  

    Our second day, the manager Nazi was seen in the parking lot, staring at our room.  My boyfriend had forgotten to take the "do not disturb" sign off the door, so we didnt get fresh towels.  While taking my dog out to use the bathroom, he stopped at the office to get a few towel.  The manager nutted up because the dog was in the office.  Then, he accused us of lying about him being an ADA dog because he is a small breed.  I had to text my boyfriend a picture of the ADA certificate for my dog and my boyfriend had to explain why I have an ADA dog because the manager was such an asshole.  His constant harassment was completely illegal and totally jacked up the romance of our trip.

    Next time, we'll stay at Harrah's or Montbleu.

    29/09/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    18. Alicia B.
    When i arrived I was asked to wait 20 min to check in BC the internet was down. When I went to ask for the WiFi password I was given the third degree by an unhelpful rude man. At 8:30 in 33 degree weather the power went out. When I went to ask why the maintenance man got in my face and accused me of having " everything on" in actually the only things on were the heater one light and the TV. I sat in the dark for 20 min and encountered only ride people.

    08/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    19. Dewey D.
    Stayed here in 2011 and am new to yelp so adding review now. Nasty horrible rooms. Cold air through door and heater did not work. Icy walk ways and did not salt them. Staff was unfriendly and we would never stay again. Spent more money and now say at Marriot

    02/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    20. Vickey A.
    We waited for roughly 5 minutes in the lobby before trying to dial "0" on the courtesy phone to get someone to help me.  No one answered so we waited a little longer and finally knocked on the "Employees only" door.  This is apparently how the front desk staff is summoned.
    Upon check in I was asked if I had received a phone call regarding the internet, cable, and phones not working.  I had not received a phone call and at 8pm it was a little late to find another hotel.  Fine, we can deal with no amenities.  
    After arriving in our rooms we received a telephone call asking if we would like maintenance to turn on the heat.  Well yes, I suppose heat would be nice, it is Tahoe in April, it gets a tad chilly.  Apparently the heating system is a tad jacked and the pilot light has to be lit every time.  Some guy with an open bottle of wine cruises over to turn on the heat.  He was kind enough to offer us some...straight out of the bottle.  The bottle he found opened in another room but didn't want to waste because it was good wine.  
    Last but not least would be the crusty vomit found in the bathroom sink.  Yeah, that was a pleasant surprise.  Maybe the maintenance man had too much wine earlier in the evening?
    The gentleman working the desk in the morning was kind enough to take $20 off of each room for the lack of phone/cable/internet but that still won't woo me back to this place...unless I am looking for a case of Hep C and no way to call an ambulance.

    15/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    21. Billy D.
    BEWARE! Aside from a filthy room with a shower that didn't work, when I went in to discuss my concerns with them a lady named "Maria" had the audacity to say it wasn't their fault and walked away only to continue speaking very loudly in the back room about how I was not telling the truth!

    I am a Tahoe local and often book rooms here out of convenience for my friends when they come to town. This time, my friend started by letting me know they shower did not work but this was the least of his concerns when he found fresh blood on the bedsheets which I have a picture of  and will post here if I am able to. Again, when I brought this to the attention of the Hotel they rudely and loudly discredited my concerns! I left my information for "Ron" whom I booked the room with any never even received a call back.

    There are hundreds of places to stay in Tahoe and I would strongly recommend finding a different place than here.

    03/01/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    22. Ame P.
    I was on a super tight budget and Econo Lodge was right in it. I had a few local friends in the area who scared me about staying here, but when I arrived I was pleasantly surprised.

    My room was comfy and clean AND there was a good sized flat screen TV in my room! I was not expecting that. I've stayed at Montebleu, and they don't even have flat screens in the basic rooms. The front desk was helpful and friendly. I never felt worried or scared about leaving my things in the room or being robbed. Its reasonable price, you get what you paid for here.

    16/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0