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Located near the slopes, this South Lake Tahoe motel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Bijou Golf Course, Campground by the Lake, and El Dorado Beach. Heavenly Ski Resort is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

Property Features

Start your day at Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe with a complimentary breakfast before a day on the slopes. Additional amenities include ski passes and complimentary wireless Internet access.

Room Amenities

All 59 rooms offer TVs with cable channels and conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers. Free newspapers, free local calls, and hair dryers are among the other amenities that guests will find.

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3.1 out of 5
62% of guests recommend
3.3 Room cleanliness
3.5 Service & staff
3.2 Room comfort
2.8 Hotel condition
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Nice room for the price

4 out of 5
by from Oakley, CA
Posted Feb 18, 2017
The room was clean and a lot of outlets for the devices. Hard to find a parking, but overall it was good. Waffles, bagels and more was included in the breakfast.
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3 out of 5
Posted Feb 14, 2017
It was nice to have breakfast included and the location was good, but the bed was uncomfortable, the toilet handle had to be jiggled every time you flushed, and there was no shower drain cover. Just a big hole going into the pipes.
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Great location and Great Value

4 out of 5
by from Alamo, CA
Posted Jan 28, 2017
Pros: Price and location.
Cons: Have a working TV
Location: Tons of stuff to do within walking distance. Great location for playing up in Lake Tahoe.
My wife and 4 children stayed here for a quick trip to play in the snow. The hotel was in a great location and provided our family a great value. Hotel staff was friendly. Rooms were cleaner than we expected. Heater worked well. TV did not.
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Nice hotel close to lake.

4 out of 5
by from San Rafael, Ca
Posted Jan 18, 2017
Pros: Clean rooms
Cons: Breakfast area is small. It need to be extend and it require more table chairs
Nice hotel close to lake. Staff are friendly. Breakfast area is little small. Rooms are clean.
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Doing their best

3 out of 5
Posted Jan 18, 2017
Staff/owners doing the best with what they've got. Spoke w new owner who said the place is undergoing a renovation soon. Should be done by summer. Looking forward to seeing the end results.
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1 out of 5
by from california
Posted Jan 16, 2017
The room was cold. The heater did not work. Had to ask for a space heater. The toilet ran all night. The shower had cracked tiles on the floor. I was worried about cutting my feet. The breakfast, there was none. They were out of everything. We had to go out for breakfast. My husband is handicap. They did not have any rooms downstairs for us, I requested downstairs. They also did not clear the snow from the handicap spots. They expected us to park behind the building and walk in the snow. This was the worst stay we have ever had. It was not worth the money we spent to stay. I would never recommend this place to anyone.
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2 out of 5
Posted Jan 10, 2017
Hotel was old room wAs cold heater worked poorly not a repeat place to stay
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might come back

3 out of 5
Posted Dec 24, 2016
Pros: staff is nice, standard breakfast is good too. very close to the beach.
Cons: wifi signals too weak in my room
Location: 12 miles away from lower eagle falls. 2 minutes walk from beach.
This is a nice hotel in general but the wifi in my room suck that I had to use wifi in the office. Signal is very strong in the office though. The staff is nice to let me check out at noon when I asked to stay a little longer than the check-out time. It snowed in the morning and I got to enjoy watching the snow from my room.
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Misleading brand name!

2 out of 5
by from San Ramon, CA
Posted Nov 28, 2016
Pros: Name!
Cons: See above!
Location: Good.
Good location, but under-staffed (one person to be the receptionist, make breakfast, clean rooms, ...), old/dated (building, doors, furniture, heater, ...), small TV with non-functioning remote, tinybreakfast area for the number of guests, old/out of shape pillows & sheets, .... Far from bare minimum standards!
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Good for the day!

3 out of 5
by from Fairfax, United States of America
Posted Nov 27, 2016
Stayed for one night. Noisy young crowd with no etiquette for others at 2am in the morning. Ok but won't come back. Nice staff but the hotel's conditions is just passable for college dorms. Sorry.
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Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

A complimentary breakfast is offered each morning. Public areas are equipped with complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. Complimentary self parking is available on site.

  • Free WiFi 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Total number of rooms - 59 
  • Ski passes available 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Number of floors - 2 
  • Free breakfast 
  • RV, bus, truck parking 
  • Free self parking 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Refrigerator  


Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking, RV, bus, truck parking

Room Amenities

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Access via exterior corridors 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Television 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast each morning.


Start your morning with a free continental breakfast, available each day of your stay.

Nearby Things to Do

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Snowboarding nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Downhill skiing nearby 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

Hotel Policies


Check-in time ends at 11 PM

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10 per night.


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

No cribs (infant beds) available


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Howard Johnson Express Inn S. Lake Tahoe CA
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We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.