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Black Bear Lodge
Napa, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very Nice....... Except.....”
Reviewed 5 August 2011

My wife and I stayed at the BBI for four nights in mid July. After reading so many good reviews on TA we had pretty high expectations - some were met while others fell short.
For the most part this inn and property is beautiful and worth the rates they charge, but we found the owners to appear stressed out and not as friendly as we wanted them to be. Anyone staying here should be made aware that check-in time is after 3:00 but before 6:00. This is a pretty small window. We arrived around 6:20 and felt rushed by one of the owners as he was literally waiting in the paking lot for us to arrive so that he could direct us to park in a handicapped parking space to hurry check in. This 'rush us through' begining set a bad tone for our stay.
At check in we were upgraded to a cabin, which was really appreciated and unexpected. The room was big but the decor was very unusual. Although the furnishings could be called antiques, it looked more to us like old junk. Not our style I guess.
Breakfasts were varied yet superb every morning. Each day the dishes and silverware were different also- nice touch. Those staying in cabins can have breakfast delivered if desired - also nice.
Our spa/hot tub experience wasn't the best. Both times there we were startled by finding huge centipeeds in the water, brushing up against us while we were enjoying the spa momenet. Although dead, these 4 inch long creepy things totally ruined the mood. One that I threw out next to the spa stayed there our entire visit next to a dozen or more unsightly bottles of spa chemicals. Come on guys, buy a cabinet or rustic old trunk to store these chemicals. Leaving them lying around is tacky.
Although we most likely won't return, the experience was about 87 out of 100 - which is really pretty good, but it should have been better.

Room Tip: Lodge rooms can be noisy. Get a cabin instead.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

We could not have been more pleased with our July 15th stay at the Black Bear Inn. The Inn is simply drop dead gorgeous. Throughout our stay, the staff consistently presented as friendly, genuinely warm, respectful, and willing to accommodate our every wish. The picturesque grounds were found to be carefully sculpted and manicured. The rooms were clean, quiet, inviting and relaxing. And as other reviewers have raved, Chef Alex was amazing and completely blew us away with his sumptuous 6 course sample dinner.

It is obvious that a lot of thought, time and effort went into successfully creating the warm ambiance at this Inn. It is the little details such as the staff professionalism, the food and wine selections, amenities and the architectural and landscape beauty that all add up to make this a very special place.

I have absolutely no doubt that you will love your stay at the Black Bear Inn.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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houston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2011

On a weekend ski trip to Tahoe we happened upon this B&B and enquired with staff reqarding availability for the same evening and we were promptly given a tour of the rooms and grounds. We chose a room instead of a cabin only to find out it had just been booked by another group being shown the grounds at the same time. The owner intervened and offered us the cabin at the price of a room. The rooms and grounds are decorated extremely tastefully with Ralph Lauren and antiques suited to Northern California lifestyle. Given the
beautiful surroundings we opted for an afternoon and evening in. We met several other guests at the complimentary wine and cheese hour. The Black Bear Inn has a restaurant on grounds and we made our way to dinner after wine and cheese. Dinner was above and beyond our expectations.We are living in North California this year so we've stayed at various hotels or B&B's in the area which do not begin to compare.We would highly reccommend to anyone who wants a flawless experience in a cozy well thought out environment!!!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank lovetotravellots2
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Oakland, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2011

Had such a lovely time in South Lake Tahoe June 24 - 26. My partner & I were truly blown away by the experience: the rooms, common area, courtyard, etc. are all tastefully decorated & imbued with charm & character; certainly reflect the owner's taste & personal touch. The staff is definitely very attentive to our every need. We got the Washoe & my only complaint here is that the windows open up to the street hence lacking privacy; some planting in front of them would help. The gourmet breakfasts are delish (& generously portioned!) as others have mentioned.

I would be remiss of course if I don't mention the dinner prepared by Chef Alex: we had a six-course tasty menu that was one helluva gastronomical experience. Just for calibration, it might be relevant to mention that we are foodies who have tasted the best of what the Bay Area food scene has to offer in the likes of Chez Panisse, Wolf Bay, Piatti's, 2223, Fresca, Piqeuo, Limon, etc. but this ranks right up there. An absolute must try!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2011

We spent a weekend at the Black Bear Inn in June. Everything was perfect throughout the weekend! The inn was just the right size for our group of 18 and the inn was an excellent haven from California's late-winter weather! The breakfasts were wonderful, the service was terrific, the wine and cheese party was just right, and the dinner (ah, the dinner!) was magnificant! Their attention to service and detail was remarkable and everyone in our group noticed how much the staff enjoys making sure the guests feel comfortable and happy. We will definately be back and we will recommend the Black Bear Inn to everyone we know.

Room Tip: All rooms are good; the cabins are wonderful!
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Black Bear Lodge

Property: Black Bear Lodge
Address: 1202 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-8514
Region: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in South Lake Tahoe
Price range (per night): ₹ 14,384 - ₹ 30,052
Hotel Class:4 star — Black Bear Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Black Bear Lodge is a unique lodging experience in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. With five guest rooms in the main lodge and four spacious cabins, our accommodations are perfect for a romantic getaway or a family reunion. We are ideally located just moments from the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe and the slopes of Heavenly Mountain – walking distance to some of the best restaurants in town. No expense was spared during the construction of the property. Hand hewn logs and meticulously crafted river rock gas fireplaces highlight every room. The one-acre property is fully landscaped with flower gardens and Tahoe’s famous pine trees. We’ll make sure you leave fueled for your day with fresh baked pastries, organic yogurt bar and locally roasted coffee – included with every reservation. After a day skiing, biking, hiking, kayaking, parasailing enjoy a soak in our in-ground spa. ... more   less 
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