Howard Johnson Express Inn S Lake Tahoe CA

2 stars
3489 lake Tahoe Blvd, On Hwy 50, S. Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.4
out of 5
84 reviews
Good hotel

If you are looking for value, space, and comfort, this is a good choice for you. I stayed here with... See full review

  • Jay W
  • Mar 7, 2014
Good value and clean

Good value, clean rooms and courteous staff. Check it out! See full review

  • Chris and Kel
  • Jul 19, 2014
AAA-approved inn with free continental breakfast, shuttle to skiing and casinos

The centrally located Howard Johnson Express Inn is within walking distance of casinos, nightlife and restaurants. Complimentary continental breakfast is included. A heated outdoor pool is open during the summer months, and a hot tub is open year-round. Guests also have access to laundry facilities on the property (fees apply).

Highlights
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Seasonal pool and year-round hot tub
  • Just blocks from beach, Heavenly gondola
Rooms

The 59 rooms at the two-level Howard Johnson Express Inn have been recently renovated with a southwestern flavor. Rooms include one king-size bed or two or three queens, which is ideal for families. Rooms are outfitted with an AM/FM alarm-clock radio, hair-dryer, coffee-maker, refrigerator and a TV with more than 60 cable channels, including HBO. In addition, rooms include free Wi-Fi and local calls.

Features

The Howard Johnson Express Inn delivers easy access to various water and snow sports, casinos, restaurants, and golf. Its rooms have been recently renovated, and the outdoor pool (seasonal), hot tub and standard room amenities make a for a real value. Guests routinely compliment the hotel staff for their warm hospitality and service that exceeds expectations. The inn offers free parking (including for trucks and RVs, and fax and copy services are available (fees apply). This is a no-smoking property.

Transportation
  • Reno-Tahoe International Airport (58 mi/93 km)
Attractions
  • Action Water Sports of Tahoe (0.2 mi/ 0.3 km)
  • Bijou Municipal Golf Course (0.5 mi/ 0.8)
  • Caesars Tahoe Casino (1.8 mi/ 2.8 km)
  • Camp Richardson Resort (6.0 mi/ 9.7 km)
  • Northstar at Tahoe (39 mi/ 62.7 km)
  • Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course (5.3 mi/ 8.5 km)
  • Emerald Bay (13 mi/ 21 km)
  • Glenbrook Golf Course (12 mi/ 19.3 km)
  • Hansens Toboggan and Saucer (1.4 mi/ 2.2 km)
  • Harveys Casino (1.6 mi/ 2.5 km)
  • Heavenly Gondola and Mountain Resort (2.7 mi/ 4.3 km)
  • Hope Valley Outdoor Center (20 mi/ 32 km)
Policies and fees
  • No pets allowed.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Heated pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Free local telephone calls
Ice machine
Activities
Heated pool
Jacuzzi
Dining
Coffee maker in room
Services
24 hour front desk
Business center
Guest laundromat
Security
Wake-up service
In-Room Safe
FAX
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Outdoor parking
RV or truck parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Wheel chair access
Accessible parking
Room
Safe
AM/FM alarm clock
Desk with lamp
TV remote control
Cribs available
Ironing board

Hotel Map

38.9469 -119.9638
Area description
Business district

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
02:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (84)

Ratings and reviews for Howard Johnson Express Inn S Lake Tahoe CA

Overall score

3.4 / 5
5.01.0
84 out of 84
Amenities:
3.1
Room cleanliness:
3.6
Hotel staff:
4.1
Room comfort:
3.6
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.8

73% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn S Lake Tahoe CA

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Chris and Kel
Walnut Creek, ca
Jul 19, 2014

Good value and clean

Good value, clean rooms and courteous staff. Check it out!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn S Lake Tahoe CA

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Jay W
Oakland, CA
Mar 7, 2014

Good hotel

If you are looking for value, space, and comfort, this is a good choice for you. I stayed here with my friend on a snowboarding trip during the weekend. it was a convenient location and very close to both heavenly and sierra at tahoe.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn S Lake Tahoe CA

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
GDkid
San Francisco, california
Oct 4, 2013

Good Inn

Great location, worth its price. We have a wonderful time there.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn S Lake Tahoe CA

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Samsmom2013
California
Jun 25, 2013

Great value

I spent one night here...it was very clean and comfortable with a friendly lady at the front desk. I had no problem finding parking and breakfast was included. The bed was nice and kind of firm and the towels were good. Only negatives were no fruit or water for breakfast, older tv, and small bathroom.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn S Lake Tahoe CA

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Karen SycoGrandma
Fremont CA
May 11, 2013

Attended a Wedding.

We very much liked our accommodations. The location was perfect and we had a restaurant right next door. The room was clean and liked that it was quiet at night.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Food is good at Heidi's but only opened from 7 am to 2 pm.

Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn S Lake Tahoe CA

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Winter Traveler Duo
California
Jan 1, 2013

Great Choice For Our Trip

Having gone during the winter, comfort was a priority! The heater in our room worked great and plenty of water for hot showers! The bed was more comfortable then other hotels I have stayed! Yes the continental breakfast is a total drag, store bought donuts, toasts, cereal, coffee and juice, but it was great to grab on the way to hitting the slopes. They also have a great breakfast restaurant next door we enjoyed one day! All we had to do was walk to the front of the hotel to catch the shuttle to the slopes and casino. It was nice staying about 2 miles from all the hustle and bustle because we were able to just relax! The staff was extremely helpful and friendly! Yes the cost was a little steap but so is everything else in South Lake! The last night we were there it snowed and we could here the slow plow drive back and forth all night and there was a concert so people were coming in and out all night but we need our roads cleared and other people are on vacation as well! :)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Heidi's breakfast was amazing! Get there early to avoid the crowd!

Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn S Lake Tahoe CA

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Aloha state traveler
Honolulu, Hawaii
Nov 17, 2012

A bit better than a 2 star

This is an older motel which is being repainted and slightly upgraded; but it is an older motel, so major renovations are needed before it can be a 3 star place. But it's clean and it's owners are very friendly. No complaints for the price.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
2
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Drive along the southeast shore. Spectacular scenery!

Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn S Lake Tahoe CA

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
bevar
Rancho Cucamonga
Sep 22, 2012

ok, for the price

This hotel took care of our needs. Bed was good, and they had a nice continental breakfast. The a/c didn't work too good.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn S Lake Tahoe CA

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Tahoe Traveling Chick
Bay Area, California
Sep 19, 2012

GREAT value, clean, very friendly/helpful staff

I was in town for my brother's wedding (spent 3 nights). Overall, this place was a great value. Yes, it's older and not a luxury hotel, but the front desk staff is friendly and helpful, the breakfast was good, I felt safe, and the rooms were clean and comfortable. Plus, it's a short walk to the lake (5 minutes or so). The good: Breakfast!: They had coffee, tea, milk, cereal, toast/bagels, really good-looking donuts, and some granola bars, Emergen-C packets (cool), and bananas. It would have been nice to have a little more protein available, but for a continental breakfast it was more than fine. Sometimes they had trouble keeping it stocked, but it was a holiday weekend. Also, the coffee was a little weak. Staff: I really only interacted with the front desk lady, but she was extremely helpful. She was also very good to my elderly grandmother and aunt, which meant a lot to me. Rooms: You can tell the hotel is older overall, but the rooms we stayed in were clean and comfortable. The bathrooms were clean, the toilet flushed well, the shower drained well, water pressure was good and the water temperature was constant. AC worked well. Also, the handicapped room had a great walk-in shower and toilet handles. Location: Within walking distance of the lake, and near restaurants, gas stations. There is also a CVS in pretty much the same parking lot if you need to pick up water, drinks/snacks, whatever else. The bad: - Our room was missing soap when we arrived. Not that big of a deal. - One of the nights there was loud construction nearby. Not really the hotel's fault, but it was kind of annoying and interfered with sleeping. - The Wifi connection was pretty BAD. If I was near (like within 15 feet) of one of their wireless access points, it was fine, but from my room upstairs I was unable to connect. In closing, this hotel was an excellent value and better than I expected. Don't go there expecting it to be a Westin or even Holiday Inn Express, but I'd say you can safely expect a pleasant stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

CVS is really close! Also, bring your own coffee if you're a coffee drinker. It was kind of weak.

Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn S Lake Tahoe CA

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Striker Dad
Vacaville, CA
Jun 18, 2012

Worry Free trip...

The hotel was exactly what we wanted. Good location, great value and no worries. Beds were very comfortable.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Big Daddy's Burgers are the best in Tahoe. right across the street....

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