When planning your Truckee lodging, you’ll want to keep a couple factors in mind: proximity to the resort you’re planning to ski or ride, price point, and perhaps most importantly—availability. Holiday weekends (and really the entire winter season in general) book fast, so it’s important to reserve your stay as soon as you know the dates you’ll be traveling. Better yet, try a Sunday-Thursday stay and get the best rates; check out this map of Truckee with all hotels and lodges.
Here are a few of my favorite spots around town that I always recommend to friends and family visiting the area.
EAST END of TRUCKEE
On or near 267, towards Northstar California
Conveniently located near the Truckee Airport and just minutes away from Northstar and other resorts in the area, the Hampton is a wonderful choice for your Truckee stay. Enjoy an outdoor pool, close proximity to many golf resorts in the summertime, and a complimentary hot breakfast daily. If you’re visiting Truckee for business, make use of the large conference room, which can accommodate up to 70 people.
This newly remodeled Best Western has a wonderful location off Brockway and conveniently close to ski resorts and Historic Downtown Truckee. You’ll find great deals, clean rooms and easy access to the freeway. Enjoy a dinner at nearby Drunken Monkey or FiftyFifty and walk straight to your room after. The best part? A free hot breakfast daily which will save you time as you’re strapping the kids into their snow gear and trying to get out the door for first chair!
A gorgeous lodge that also hosts weddings, the Cedar House Sport Hotel evokes a strikingly true feeling; a genuine sentiment that speaks directly to the heart of Tahoe. Their vision is to provide a mountain adventure that will exceed every expectation. With an array of local activities available with an onsite Adventure Concierge to help coordinate, as well as a lively Events Calendar, allow Cedar House to help you craft the perfect winter getaway.
Heart of Truckee, near Train Depot
Established in 1873, this gorgeous hotel quietly sits in Historic Downtown Truckee across from Bar of America. Ask for a history of the building and make sure to check out the spooky message scrawled onto the original mirror still hanging on the stairwell. The Truckee Hotel is walking distance from many shops and restaurants, and minutes away from several world-class ski resorts. With the right amount of specialty cocktails at Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats downstairs, you’ll sleep right through the train rumbles during the night!
Ok so it’s true. Charlie Chaplin was filmed on the premises, decades ago. Built in 1882, this bed and breakfast overlooks the Truckee River with the only true riverfront dining in Truckee! Offering a full bar and BBQ style menu, meats are smoked daily on an authentic Texas smoker. Be ready to hear the train all night long as you’re literally yards from the train track. Walkability to downtown shops and cuisine is a 10 out of 10!
MIDTOWN — TRUCKEE WEST
Near large grocery stores and Donner Lake
This charming inn is conveniently located within minutes of Donner Lake, Lake Tahoe, Downtown Truckee and numerous world class ski resorts. You’ll find competitive rates, clean rooms, a pool/spa, free continental breakfast daily, friendly staff and numerous dining options within walking distance. Bonus: one of the only pet friendly hotels in Truckee!
Slow down, breathe and unwind at the Truckee Donner Lodge. Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada only minutes from Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake, the Truckee Donner Lodge is uniquely designed with your relaxation in mind. Gorgeous rooms and unexpected rates, this lodge, seconds from historic downtown Truckee, is on the doorstep of wonderful restaurants, shops, nightlife, and an unrivaled recreational paradise surrounded by lakes and magnificent mountains. Stay, relax, and enjoy the art of the pause button.
With comfortable accommodations, desirable amenities and breathtaking panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada, Donner Lake Village is the ideal place to make your base camp. Nestled in the pines on the west shore of Donner Lake, this scenic lakefront hotel is centrally located near top local recreational activities, including skiing, fishing, climbing, water sports, sightseeing and much more. Conveniently located off I-80, Donner Lake Village boasts on-site marina, friendly service, spacious suites and a coveted lakeside location. Truly a lodging experience you won’t soon forget!
What I really love about this quiet special place is each room has a fireplace and you get a HUGE breakfast too! Located right on the lake, you’re within walking distance of the shoreline. And there’s a big great room that’s cozy for families to relax and enjoy an afternoon snack and games together.
Laura Lawson Visconti is the owner of Geography Creative, a social media agency specializing in telling the stories of adventurous brands around the world. Additionally, Laura is the co-founder of Drink Coffee Do Stuff, a specialty coffee roastery based in Truckee. She is also a Sony Alpha photographer and author, and when not traveling on assignment, she enjoys exploring the mountains of Lake Tahoe alongside her husband, former professional snowboarder Nick Visconti. Keep up with her adventures on Instagram @lauralawsonvisconti.