How to Find a Cheap Hotel in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a fresh water lake in the Sierra Nevada mountain range where you'll find lots of fresh air, beautiful vistas and fun things to do. You can find cheap hotels in Lake Tahoe. You just have to have the patience to shop around.

Before you start trying to find a cheap hotel in Lake Tahoe, figure out how much you can afford to spend and what accommodations you can not do without.

The first step to finding a cheap hotel is to go to the Internet and type in "cheap hotels in Lake Tahoe." Be warned, you will get listings for hotels that are not so cheap because cheap is a relative term.

As with most sites, you will have to type in your travel dates. For example, a vacation for two on Memorial Day weekend in 2011. Your travel dates are May 27-31, 2011. You get some hotels, like the Econo Lodge with reasonable prices, but you also get Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort with not so reasonable prices .

Take a look at the amenities for each hotel that fits your budget. If you smoke, make sure the hotel truly has smoking rooms. The Econo Lodge lists smoking rooms, but at the bottom of the page, it says that all guestrooms are non-smoking.

If you like the amenities, check the location. What attractions matter most to you? To find a cheap hotel that's near a ski resort should be a breeze.

If the hotels you like are close to your favorite attractions, check the hotel's policies, especially their cancellation policies.

Finally, if everything else satisfies your needs, it's time to compare rates. Hotels tend to charge more on the weekends for some rooms, so pay attention. Econo Lodge, for example, charges ten dollars more on Friday and Saturday for select rooms.