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Ambassador Motor Lodge
Ranked #59 of 66 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

1960s motor lodge. Not been updated since then. No breakfast. Pool OK but they didn't keep towels replenished. Room had duct tape over the holes in the rug; the tub door did not slide, forcing me to get out over the toilet; and the sink had no stopper to safely insert contact lenses. Significant price jump from Thursday night to Friday night. Refrigerator and microwave in room. Very noisy. No a/c. Ceiling fan. Window opened but screen did not fit tightly. Office was open during odd hours. Room did not have washcloths and soap when we arrived. We had to ask. Lock on door was so loose that it was hard to turn the key and open the door.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

Our room was clean and roomy. Hotels here tend to not have air conditioning because it cools down at night. I felt a little nervous about having the window open, though. I would have liked to have a rod to put in so I could crack it a bit but not feel like anyone walking by could come in.
There are a number of sitting areas around and people tend to hang out and relax outside in the evenings. There is a nice roomy deck and a grassy area with a picnic table. Unfortunately the pool had not been filled.
It was an excellent location to walk to Harvey's Outdoor Arena, just a few minute's walk. Also with the room you get a free pass to Lakeside Beach which is about a 5 minute walk away and very nice--much calmer than Zephyr Cove.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2017

If you are looking for a no frills hotel...this is it! Our team had 5 rooms here for a June soccer tournament. First let me say that the woman who checked us in was very sweet..only problem was that she promissed to bring us some extra pillows and never did. With 5 rooms in all I would have to say that the complaints were many....toilet over flowing in one room....pee on the toilet when they got into room was a different room..bugs in bathroom was another...the biggest disappointment was that there was no water in the pool in MID June......but honestly,,,if I got a really good deal on a room I would probably stay there again...if all you need is a place to sleep

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Hotel was built in the 1960's and I don't think anything had been updated since, turquoise bathroom suite and some very retro lighting.
Having said this the rooms were spotlessly clean when we arrived but were not cleaned during our stay.
The reception desk was not manned and had to be contacted via a telephone, staff were in very short supply.
The complementary breakfast was in a very dark room and appeared to consist of toast, so we ate out each day.
We did however use the on site BBQ which was great

Room Tip: If you just want somewhere to sleep this hotel would be fine
  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

Lots of fun in this really old place that needs updating throughout. Beach access means you will not pay for private beach 3 blocks away. Cleaning crew works hard to keep up but they got mission impossible going on here. No exhaust fan in bathroom gets it stinky and damp real fast, causing moldy spots, smells and peeling shower ceilings. No A/C in unit, makes you keep windows open. One big window screen threatens to fall out, second small bathroom screen almost blocked with dust. TV, lighting and appliances take you back to sweet 70s and 80s. Could not sleep much because of few drunk people talking, walking, groaning at and near property. Had to keep my kids in until some dude came out of nowhere and bathed naked in the pool in the morning. Can't say nothing about free breakfast as I was in a hurry to get out and didn't want to stay there a minute longer that I had to. Sweet weather though, great Lake Tahoe out there!

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Ambassador Motor Lodge

Address: 4130 Manzanita Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6921
Region: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #59 of 66 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range: ₹ 3,711 - ₹ 7,814 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Ambassador Motor Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ambassador Motor Lodge, nestled between large pine and poplar trees, steps away from the pristine shores of Tahoe's Lake, one of the largest lakes in America. If golfing is your passion we are a breath away from the "celebrity noted" golf courses in California. "When you can stay here, why stay anywhere else" ... more   less 
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