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Donner Lake Village Resort
2.0 of 5 Resort   |   15695 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161   |  
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Ranked #7 of 14 hotels in Truckee
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We go here every summer, it's perfect. Best spot on the lake, and great for kids! A little pricy but worth it to have a kitchen and be right on the water.
There's no pool or spa but there is a beautiful lake right outside your door... The resort has a rental shop for all kinds of fun stuff-- canoes, stand up paddle, pontoon boat, etc. It is a short drive up to Truckee for shopping and restaurants.
Our Donner trip each summer is a highlight, relaxing, fun, beautiful, we have even seen bears! (Put your food away at night)...
We are not snow/ski people but I'm sure the resort in amazing in the winter as well.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Santa Clara, CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Stayed there for 4 days at the end of the 2013 ski season. We had a one bedroom suite. The kids loved it. The hotel is very close to several ski resorts. We tried Soda Springs where the kids had their first ski experience, then we moved on to Sugar Bowl, where the snow was quite nice for that time of the year. Truckee is also very close in case you need groceries. The staff was very friendly.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Very quiet and peaceful area to relax your body and mind. It so close to Donner lake and the water looks beautiful. Kayaking and fishing is mostly seen in the area. They also have boat rentals by the resort. Home like atmosphere with rooms that have kitchens to everything a kitchen would have. The have a little café not too far from the resort. They have several picnic tables all over the area and closer to skiing area.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

W stayed over the winter weekend for our family ski trip. This place is quiet, has nice view and is very close to Donna Ski Ranch which has the lowest price of ski package for kids.

We has a studio with small kitchen, it has everything we need. This place is very old and needs updates desperately. All the drwers are falling apart, bathroom is dark and old. We spent most of time skiing and in Truckee, so it did not bother us too much.

Room Tip: All the rooms have sofa bed and small kitchen, it is perfect for families.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Citrus Heights, California
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Stayed here on a big family trip the weekend of Feb. 1st. Others got a 2 bedroom condo. Very nice. Good view. We got a 1 bedroom and through default ended up with a great lake view. Panoramic. Room was very nice. The hallway, not so much. The walls were very dirty.

Overall, a very nice place. Its Donner Lake. You go for the snow and the lake. The staff is very friendly, although not very amenities are offered. I would stay here again no problem.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chico, California
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This place is very close to Sugar Bowl and Sierra Ski Ranch. They are just ten minutes or so up old highway 40 so you do not need to even get on I-80 to get there or into Truckee which is on the other end of Donner Lake. The staff here was very friendly and helpful which frankly was not expected from this level of hotel/resort. That all being said however there are some issues. The rooms are small and the beds are horrible. The rooms and halls have a dirty unkept feel even though they are not. Everything looks dingy because is is dated or painted a gross color. The hallways look like someone smeared mud and sand all over the walls but that is just the look they went with-yeech! The worst problem is that you can hear everything going on though out the level you are on.... it is like they have cardboard walls. Avoid any room near the sauna or other public area because you will not get any sleep. It was quiet while we were there but I could only imagine how loud it could be on a weekend or other major ski day. The place has a cool view lakeside of Donner Lake but when it is three degrees outside you are in that room so keep that in mind. The rate is a bit much for the quality of the hotel so I would check out other options in the area unless being quick and close to Sugar Bowl is important. Summer time? I don't know but if you are outside at the beach in June I guess the room wouldn't be a big deal.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

The location steps from the water, private boat dock for Townhomes, gorgeous views are the only reason for giving our townhome that we rented a "4" rating. If I was rating the townhome itself, I would rate it a 2. Townhome #254 is straight out of the 80's. It has never and I mean never been updated. All oak and tile (very worn out), dark brown carpet(very stained downstairs), wall paper everywhere(yes, 80's style), bedding was clean but bedspreads were obviously 30 years old, coffee table, railings etc...very scratched and needs refinishing, couches also from 80's and definetlly show they have been used for 30 years, non-stick pots and pans are so scratched up that I wouldnt even feed my dog off of them, Microwave is also an original 1980's dial one that would only work if we kept our finger pressed on the button, and dishwasher made a whining sound the whole time. I will say that the house cleaners do a great job for what they have to work with. It was clean but didnt feel clean because of the condition of the furniture and appliances. These townhomes are all individually owned so they are decorated differently so I cannot comment on any other place than #254. If you dont mind old run down accomodations and want a beautiful setting, then you will be happy.

Room Tip: This is a Townhome on the 2nd level with full kitchen, not a hotel room. Townhome next door has a w...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 15695 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > Truckee
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 14 hotels in Truckee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Donner Lake Village Resort 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Donner Lake Village is a year-round condominium resort nestled in the pines on the west shore of Donner Lake, one of the Sierra Nevada's most charming and beautiful alpine lakes. Our friendly staff can help you plan your visit, too. Encounter serenity in a one or two-bedroom suite, studio or spacious room complete with microwaves, refrigerators and FREE high speed wireless internet. Easy access to year round activities. In summer enjoy our private beach and marina with boat rentals. In winter hit the slopes at eight nearby world class ski resorts. ... more   less 
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Donner Lake Village Hotel Truckee
Donner Lake Hotel
Donner Lake Resort

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