Survey: Tahoe a cheap place for hotel rooms


The Lake Tahoe-Reno area is one of the cheapest places for hotel rooms, according to a survey by travel site

Orlando topped the list, with an average Hotwire price of $56 a night. This was followed by Tahoe-Reno at $69 a night, then Salt Lake City ($70), Atlanta ($75) and Dallas-Fort Worth ($78).

Hotwire says people in the U.S. spend nearly $185 billion each year on “obli-cations,” or trips they have to take. The category includes things such as weddings or other family obligations. Hotwire estimates that about $32 billion is spent on birthday trips, $20 billion traveling for weddings/family and $11 billion on reunions.


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Comments (9)
  1. Dogula says - Posted: July 14, 2014

    Cheap?? Here?? A couple weeks ago, a young friend was looking for a room here for the weekend. Couldn’t find anything under $150. And mostly they were all sold out. Good for Tahoe businesses, I guess, but tough on a young girl trying to find a room for the night.
    Guess that’s part of the Reno/Tahoe buffoonery. Fool people into thinking it’s almost the same place, sell ’em a cheap room down in Reno, but don’t tell ’em it’s an hour and a half away from Tahoe.

  2. cosa pescado says - Posted: July 14, 2014

    Perhaps they should be regulated and not allowed to be deceptive.

  3. Haddi T. Uptahere says - Posted: July 14, 2014

    Nice shot fish. I believe there were PLENTY of rooms under $150. May not have been where your friend wanted to stay, but the rooms ARE available. Not all the hotels in town are at Stateline.

  4. reloman says - Posted: July 14, 2014

    Haddi, it really depends upon what days her friend wanted to stay, on weekends it is extremely difficult to find something anyone would want to stay in, even by the Y area under $150. now in off season that is another matter. This year occupancy is way up in june and july, if iwas to guess i would say its going to be the best summer since 2005.

  5. rebel with a cause says - Posted: July 14, 2014

    South Lake Tahoe is way over built with run-down motels. A long time ago when business was booming in Tahoe, the individual motels brought in enough revenue to keep their properties in good shape. Sad to see it happen.

    These motels may get a premium price only a few weekends out of the entire year. Not quite sure how they stay in business.

  6. reloman says - Posted: July 15, 2014

    Rebel, if you gake a look at how many of these run down motels have been remodeled in the past 10 years you would be pleasantlY surprised probably real close to 40 which is 40% of the inventory another 20 are monthly. Sadly we are slowly losing the run down motel. The Vagabond was just redone, Fantasy suites was bought and is being redone, the Capri is redone, to name just a few.

  7. Dogula says - Posted: July 15, 2014

    Relo, that was exactly the situation. She decided she needed to get a room for a wedding she was attending just 3 days before the weekend. Nothing available. June. As I said, happy business is good, rough on the folks who don’t plan way ahead.
    Fish, our hotels/motels ARE heavily regulated. That doesn’t change how the law of supply and demand works. What’s bad is, people will rent a hotel 40 miles away, thinking it’s Reno/Tahoe! It must be close!

  8. Old Long Skiis says - Posted: July 15, 2014

    A little over 50 years ago we were renting rooms out here in So. Shore for $6 in the winter and $8 in the summer. All things being relative, you could fill up at the gas station for a couple of bucks, a hamburger cost about 50 cents(for the big good ones at the Burger Bar!), and you could by a house for well under 20 thousand.
    Just had to bring up a few memories of Tahoe in 1962.
    Take care, Old Long Skiis

  9. Dogula says - Posted: July 15, 2014

    Yep, OLS, things do change. I remember making $2.10 an hour, and being able to live on it. But then, I am old, too.