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The TrailHead

Star Rating
2 out of 5



3.2 / 5
156 reviews


  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
  • Pet Friendly


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Heavenly Gondola
    9 min walk
  • Popular Location
    The Shops at Heavenly Village
    10 min walk
  • Restaurant
    Subway / South Tahoe
    1 min walk
  • Restaurant
    6 min walk
  • Airport
    Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL)
    10 min drive

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  • Standard Room, 1 King Bed

    Room Amenities

    • Mountain view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 King Bed
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  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

    Room Amenities

    • Mountain view
    • Sleeps 4
    • 2 Queen Beds
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  • King - Jetted Tub

    Room Amenities

    • Mountain view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 King Bed
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  • Family Suite

    Room Amenities

    • Mountain view
    • Sleeps 4
    • 1 King Bed and 1 Twin Bunk Bed
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  • King Bed w/ Spa

    Room Amenities

    • Mountain view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 King Bed
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  • Honeymoon Suite

    Room Amenities

    • Mountain view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 King Bed
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About this area

South Lake Tahoe

In the entertainment district, The TrailHead is in a walkable area with good shopping. Heavenly Gondola and Heavenly Ski Resort are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Lakeside Beach and Zephyr Cove Beach. Magic Carpet Golf and Lake Tahoe Balloons are also worth visiting. Our guests appreciate the motel's quiet location.

What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Heavenly Gondola - 9 min walk
  • Popular Location
    The Shops at Heavenly Village - 10 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Casino at Harveys Lake Tahoe - 13 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe - 14 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Lakeside Beach - 14 min walk

Getting around

  • Reno, NV (RNO-Reno-Tahoe Intl.) - 68 min drive


  • Subway / South Tahoe — 1 min walk
  • Starbucks — 6 min walk
  • California Burger Co. — 7 min walk
  • Jamba Juice — 7 min walk
  • Mayan Mexican Grill — 7 min walk

About this property

The TrailHead

Start your day at The TrailHead with a complimentary breakfast before a day on the slopes. Additional amenities include ski storage and complimentary wireless Internet access. All rooms are individually decorated and offer free WiFi and free local calls. For a bit of entertainment, flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and guests can also appreciate conveniences like sitting areas and refrigerators.



Check-in between 3 PM - midnight


Check-out before 11 AM
Late check-out subject to availability

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 20 per day.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD $20 per accommodation, per night
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 100 per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Pet fee: USD $20 per accommodation, per night
  • Late check-out fee: USD 15 (subject to availability)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit 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.

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. Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section).

Property is also known as

  • Vagabond Inn Lake Tahoe
  • Vagabond Inn Motel Lake Tahoe
  • TrailHead Motel South Lake Tahoe
  • TrailHead South Lake Tahoe
  • Vagabond Inn South Lake Tahoe Hotel South Lake Tahoe
  • The TrailHead Motel
  • The TrailHead South Lake Tahoe
  • The TrailHead Motel South Lake Tahoe

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking
  • Ski shuttle nearby

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast available daily 8 AM–11 AM
  • Coffee/tea in common area(s)

Family friendly

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)


  • Free newspapers in lobby

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Luggage storage
  • Ski storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower


  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Premium bedding
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer


  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels

Food and drink

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Connecting rooms available
  • Desk
  • Free local calls
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone
  • Separate sitting area

Nearby things to do


  • Bicycle rentals
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Downhill skiing
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Rock climbing
  • Scooter/moped rentals
  • Ski area
  • Ski lifts
  • Ski runs
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor
Service and Staff
Property condition

4/5 Good

Very comfortable bed, pillowsand sheets, clean and decent size room. Nice set of amenities including a hairdryer and such. Very convenient access from main road and good parking. Overall a wonderful resting place.

Stayed 1 night in Sep 2019


The room was comfortable and clean. The corridor outside the room on the second floor sloped at a pretty high angle towards the handrail. The corridor and stairs were in great need of cleaning. There was a full, smelly, and overflowing trashcan greeting us at the top of the stairs to room. The continental breakfast was bleek. The weekend receptionists were completely non service oriented. I cut my leg on the bedframe in my room - the receptionist did have bandages but that was it. The housekeeping staff were extremely friendly and service oriented.

Stayed 1 night in Sep 2019


The property condition is horrible. Everything is extremely dated and worn. Seems like the hotel was last updated at least 30 years ago. The sink in our room was completely clogged and it would take half an hour for water to drain. All power outlets were broken and I found only one capable of holding my phone charger. When I told the guy at the reception, he said they are not broken, but are just loose, so apparently they are aware and think this is totally OK. If they charged me their normal rate, and would say the motels is just mediocre. However, they charged me 2.5x their normal rate because it was a labor day weekend, even though when I arrived at the property, they were asking their normal rate. So from the point of view of $160/night motel this was a complete disaster. Stay away from this property.

Stayed 1 night in Sep 2019


Overpriced for what it offers, staff is good though

Stayed 1 night in Aug 2019


For the price and one staying night works perfect they need to upgrade all the rooms we will pay more next time we’ll staying different Hotel.

Stayed 1 night in Aug 2019

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