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Colin got back to Tahoe for the last part of our long goodbye. Drop off the river gear and pack up Bertha for our new life of full-time travel. The "wow" factor is huge.
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... Circus Circus has a few bars you can hit up, but if you keep going threw you have Silver legacy that has Rum Bullion's which is a popular spot for the hotel, if you make your way to Eldordao you have Brew Brothers which plays live bands and has Dj's spinning some good music. Then right next to Brews you have Roxy's which is a martini bar. Super cool hip place. The you have Bubbinga which is the night club for Eldorado's, cool place to party lots of ...
... music. Blind Pig, another cool place to hit up.. Big downstairs and huge up stairs, the up stairs seem to be the place to go. Awesome music, normally live music then cuts to clubbing music. Cheap drinks. One of my favorites was Handle Bar, all the bar tenders have handle bar mustaches, and I have a killer one myself. Huge bar downstairs with cool stuff. Awesome DJ playing music. then there's a bar up stairs, with tons of fun stuff to keep you entertained, and there ...
... to be as beautiful as we’d hoped and we planned to stay – needed it after all that driving. The campground we found didn’t appear to be by the Lake when we arrived, but the next morning I took my tea exploring and yes, there it was. Sun, heat, beautiful lake. The bikes were swiftly removed from BBB and off we went exploring. There is a bike lane clinging to the water edge which we took; marvelous scenery with the mountains as a back drop to this ...
... was along a beautiful river, and then through and over some mountains. As we made our way over and down the mountains we were running extremely low on gas...and there were very few towns along the way, and the ones we went through didn’t have gas stations. We finally saw a sign for gas that stated “Gas Left 12 miles”, score. The gas light was on but we knew that we would barely make it there. When we arrived in the tiny town, we found the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Avalon Lodge South Lake Tahoe
Good find in South Lake
My wife and I just returned from Lake Tahoe. Our first two nights we spent at the Avalon, I can't say anything bad about this great little hotel. Location is good, as you walk to the gondola you notice other places to stay but can tell the quality is not the same as the Avalon. Rooms are very clean (bathrooms could stand to be updated but are clean) breakfast in the lobby and coffee in your room are very convient before you start your day. All in all great place to stay would stay again. As Hans will tell you, this is not the nicest place to stay in South Lake but is by far a cut above the rest, and after seeing surrounding hotels and lodges I can't argue.
Thanks Hans and Staff for operating this great place in South Lake.
Great and cheap alternative to casinos
My girlfriend and I stayed there in January and really enjoyed it. It was clean, very affordable and a short walk from the casinos. I definitely would recommend it and look forward to returning. Both of us liked it, which says a lot. The management was very nice and welcoming. It also seems to be a very quick walk to the beach (but couldn't tell with all the snow).
Good place to stay in south tahoe
Stayed in room 12 at the Avalon Lodge in Jan. Room had fantastic jacuzzi tub and gas fireplace, coffee maker, fridge and micro which was convenient. Bathroom could use a bit of updating but was not disgusting. Parking right outside door. Room was pretty quiet..you could hear people walking upstairs occasionally, but nothing too disrupting. Lodge is located 3 blocks from Heavenly gondola which was a pretty long walk in ski boots, but not out of the question. within easy walking distance to the big casinos. Owners were very nice and accomodating. Unfortunatly I cant really say much nice about South Tahoe itself..did not find anywhere very good to eat and it definetly did not have a "ski town" feel to it. But the skiing at Heavenly, Squaw and Alpine were very good. Would totally stay at the Avalon again, and would make sure it was room 12.
My friend and I stayed at Avalon Lodge in early January 2005, right in the midst of the huge dump of snow Tahoe received. We had a blast! Hans and his wife were warm, friendly and helpful, the room was SO comfy (the little bear room ... and we especially loved the fireplace), breakfast was convenient, and the jacuzzi was pure heaven after 6 hours of snowboarding. The parking lot was a little small and difficult to maneuver in sometimes, but Hans and the staff did their best to clear away the huge piles of snow. Overall, we'd highly recommend Avalon Lodge and would definitely stay here again!
If you are just looking for a place to rest your head
My family and I stayed at Avalon from December 27th thru December 30th. Overall it was a pretty good stay, but there are a few things that I feel I should point out. First the bad things....the room has a strong musty smell and the sheets and blankets on the bed were itchy. Also when I did some research in the area I found out that I could have got a similiar room for $59.00 compared to $104.00 that I paid. Now the good things..Hans and his wife were very polite. They picked us up and dropped us off for the our bus ride to the airport. Went to Caesers, Harrahs, Harveys, and Bill's Casino, but only had luck at Harveys. Hope this is useful.
Upon check-in every guest is encouraged to provide us with ongoing feedback to make sure everything is up to par. Unfortunately this family did not convey their experience to us, making it impossible to implement changes to their tastes.
This is the first time we have heard comments of this nature.
We do take exception to the comment about pricing. There are no lodges in our area offering the amenities Avalon Lodge does. Avalon Lodge is a boutique style motel where you get fireplace, Starbucks coffee, wireless high speed internet access, continental breakfast, premium bedding including 100% cotton linen, tv with hbo, refrigerator, microwave, unique décor and hair dryer in every room. Just to mention some of the amenities that sets this lodge apart.
We agree that "if you are just looking for a place to rest your head" and not the quality and quietness Avalon Lodge has to offer --other lower quality offerings might be more attractive.
A Great Find!
My husband and I stayed at Avalon Lodge in August, 2004. It was charming, romantic, and a great find. The room was spacious, neat, and clean. Customer service is wonderful. Hans and his wife are gracious hosts. We definitely will come back and stay here. If you stay at Avalon, do give Harry, their gorgeous puppy, a pat on the head for us!
Quiet and Romantic I highly reccomend
This lodge was great. The managment was very helpful and accomadating with all my request. The room was lovely with a soft comfortable queen bed that had luxury linens. The jacuzi was clean and the hot water was HOT and plentiful. There was also a full bath so we could run in for a quick shower before going out. Being 2-3 blocks from the gondola, the beach and all the casinos was really nice as we could walk to all the dinning and entertainment we could ask for. The continental breakfast was Great. I had a warm cinnamon roll and my girlfriend had a croissant drizzled with chocolate. Fresh juice was also provided. All in All a great trip, a great place to stay and you can't beat the rates.
Don't believe any good reviews!
This is the most misrepresented hotel I have ever had the misfortune to come across! We had reservations for last summer and it was the most run down, depressing hotel I have ever encountered. The exterior was shabby and in disrepair and the interior was downright disgusting. The carpet was ripped and stained, the bedspreads were old and didn't look clean. The tablecloth that hid the old table had a huge stain on it. Needless to say, we did not stay and because we had reserved online, we did not get a refund. DON'T BE FOOLED! My advice: If you want to stay anywere decent in South Lake Tahoe, spend the money and stay somewhere nice! There are just too many old, run down hotels.
THIS REVIEW IS COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO Avalon Lodge.
We have consistently asked Tripadvisor to remove this review since they are in violation of their own policies ".. We do not condone anyone writing user reviews intended to be misleading, whether negative or positive. Likewise for reviews that are erroneously attributed to a hotel."
We'd like to invite the person who wrote the review to:
a: confirm that this review indeed is the summer 2003
b: come to visit the Avalon Lodge to see for him/herself that we - in fact - have a completely different quality offering
Any help to resolve this would be greatly appreciated.