Truckee Hotels

Let’s start talking about the range of Truckee hotels from the Ritz end. As in Ritz Carlton. As in super luxurious, located mid-mountain at the Northstar California Resort and offering close to 170 deluxe rooms and executive suites. It’s gorgeous, big and filled with every amenity you might need. Then, let’s go to Truckee accommodations that have stood the test of time and are popular year round places to stay. Two of these, River Street Inn and Truckee Hotel, were housing guests before they could fly into Reno then drive into town — in other words, before there were planes and automobiles, more than 130 years and 140 years respectively. Can you imagine what Truckee accommodations were like then? Or what the town (not incorporated until the 1990s) of Truckee was like then?

Between Truckee hotels that were new in 2009, as the Ritz was, and those that are coming up on a century and a half old, you have other choices. In Sierra Nevada style, several of those options are campgrounds, both near the Truckee River, one of which is open in the winter. Brrrr, that takes some cold-weather constitution.

Truckee Hotels Are For The Adventurous

One of the absolute coolest Truckee hotels is the Lost Trail Lodge. It’s off the grid, and to reach it you have to hike 4 miles into a canyon. Then there’s the Clair Tappaan Lodge that was built by Sierra Club volunteers in 1934 and that can accommodate up to 145 people.

Adding to the Truckee hotel scene is a super-appealing place, Cedar House Sport Hotel, that specializes in helping its guests set up any sporting activity they want to try and also provides a perfect-timing wine and app reception every night. The Truckee Donner Lodge, with its location at the base of Coldstream Canyon, attracts hikers, bikers and trail runners.

Truckee Hotels by Category and Location

Cedar House Sport Hotel

10918 Brockway Road, Truckee, CA
(866) 582-5655

The distinct design aesthetic of the Truckee-Tahoe region is that of rustic mountain lodge. Cedar House Sport Hotel has taken that idea and moved it squarely — and successfully — into the 21st century. Call it a boutique eco-lodge. The 40-room hotel retains the lodge feel of yesteryear with plenty of natural wood, space and coziness, but the architecture is distinctly modern and sharp and achieved... read more

Clair Tappaan Lodge

19940 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA
(530) 426-3632

One of Truckee’s hidden gems sits atop Donner Summit at 7,000 feet. Clair Tappaan Lodge was constructed in 1934 by Sierra Club volunteers, and, just like Donner Summit itself, the rest is history. The stunningly rustic mountain lodge offers accommodations for up to 145 guests, many of whom are cross-country skiers and snowshoers in winter and hikers, rock climbers and cyclists in summer. The lodge... read more

Hotel Truckee Tahoe

11331 Brockway Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-4525

Hotel Truckee Tahoe offers a contemporary and affordable place to use as a base camp while exploring the Truckee-Tahoe area. As a Best Western Plus, Hotel Truckee Tahoe has 100 rooms including deluxe king and single and double deluxe queen offerings, so there is ample space for rest and relaxation after a day hiking or skiing. In fact, Northstar California Resort is only minutes away... read more

Northstar Lodge by Welk Resorts

Northstar California Resort
970 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-3900

If Downton Abbey was in the High Sierra instead of in the English countryside, it would look like Northstar Lodge by Welk Resorts. The lodge has a mountain-stone and wood appearance that is at once rugged and luxurious, and it sits at the base of the Northstar ski resort. Accommodations include studios and two- and three-bedroom lodgings and you can book a room for a night or two... read more

River Street Inn

10009 E. River Street, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-9290

At more than 130 years old, River Street Inn exemplifies Truckee’s Old West roots. On the banks of the Truckee River and a stone’s throw from the original (and still used) alignment of the Trans-Continental Railroad, the inn’s location remains central to the town much more than a century after it was built. Today River Street Inn serves as a centrally located bed and breakfast... read more

Tahoe Mountain Lodging

4001 Northstar Drive, Iron Horse Lodge South, Truckee, CA
(866) 241-1524

Tahoe Mountain Lodging focuses on luxury rental accommodations at Northstar California resort’s various lodges as well as Old Greenwood and Gray's Crossing, which are golf course subdivisions in Truckee. The Northstar offerings include the resort’s high-end lodges with accommodations ranging from studios up to four-bedroom ski-in, ski-out options. The ski village units feature fireplaces and washers and dryers. An added bonus at Northstar is concierge... read more

Truckee Hotel

10007 Bridge Street, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-4444

At more than 140 years old, Truckee Hotel is a direct link to the past of the historic railroad town. Situated in the middle of downtown, the hotel is only minutes away by foot to the train depot where Amtrak’s California Zephyr makes two daily stops. With 36 rooms the hotel offers a variety of accommodations options. For travelers who have been around the world,... read more

Truckee-Tahoe Pet Lodge

10960 W. River Street, Unit 106-E, Truckee, CA
(530) 214-5564
Truckee-Tahoe Pet Lodge is exactly what it sounds like — a resort for your cat or dog, pet-boarding style. On the cat side of things, you can board your feline friends here knowing they will get all the attention they need in a clean, safe and stress-free environment. For dog boarding, you’ll be happy to know that the lodge offers suites instead of... read more