Avoid This Place - Rooms Are Not Air-Conditioned A review of Stardust Lodge
I couldn't agree more with the reviewer from Los Angeles who posted a negative review of this "lodge" on July 6, 2005. We booked an overnight stay at this motel for July 15, 2005. Upon arriving and checking into our room, I was shocked to discover that all but four of the rooms have NO air-conditioning. Instead, the rooms are merely equipped with ceiling and box fans. Despite the room's miniscule size, it was a stifling 90 degrees inside. Absolutely awful.
Lake Tahoe is beautiful, but it does get warm in South Lake, especially during the summer months. With 90-plus degree temperatures outside, it is imperative to have a room with air-conditioning and, when you pay well over $100 for a room, such a "luxury" should be expected. Hundreds of motels in South Lake Tahoe have air-conditioned rooms, and readers should be warned that this place isn't one of them (unless you're lucky enough to be placed in one of the four units with a/c). This is also a timeshare facility so it's likely the air-conditioned units are quickly booked (as they were during the night of our stay) by the more well-informed timeshare participants.
When my wife and I returned from a show around 10 p.m., the room was still at 88 degrees. We opened the window, cranked up the box and ceiling fans and waited two hours for the temperature to subside. By midnight, the room was at 83 degrees, and still very stuffy and uncomfortable. I noticed other guests standing outside of their rooms trying to cool off as well.
Long story short, we packed up our stuff at midnight and drove two hours back home to Sacramento. It may be hotter here, but at least our house is air-conditioned. If you need a good night's sleep, avoid this place during the summer. It is overpriced, underwhelming, and uninhabitable during these warm summer days.