OVERVIEW: The Truckee Hotel is located right in downtown Truckee - one of the few places to stay in downtown. This is very convenient for shopping and dinner, however, downtown Truckee does not have much of an after-dinner nightlife. Try Moody's or the Bar of America if you plan to stay up late.
ROOMS: The price for a room is reasonable - if you don't mind sharing a bathroom down the hall with strangers. There are only 8 rooms with private bathrooms and the price jumps $60 for one of those rooms. The rooms are small, just enough space for a double or queen bed, a corner sink (yes, in the room), a nightstand and small storage next to the sink. The private bathrooms are large (but the sink is still next to the bed). There is no elevator, so expect to make good friends with the stairs (and hope you're not on the 4th floor).
BED: The bed was quite comfortable, and the down comforter on the bed was very warm. Surprisingly the bed did not squeak when I moved.
ELECTRICAL: Power for lights, outlets and the TV have been run to each room down the interior walls, but the hotel must still have some old electrical somewhere, because the power tripped in our second floor room. The front desk said that too many people were using their space heaters at the same time. I was able to use my blow dryer the next morning with no problems, but was afraid to turn it on high power.
BREAKFAST: The hotel's website boasts "a continental breakfast of rich brewed coffee and herbal teas, baked goods, fruit, oatmeal/cereals, and juice". However, when I came downstairs for breakfast at 8:30, there was no regular coffee available, and the only food out was english muffins and apples. With only one toaster, there was a long wait for the english muffins. Not sure if there were really other food choices available or not. It appeared that the front desk person was in charge of keeping the breakfast area stocked, but was too busy checking out people. I gave up and went out for breakfast.
NOISE: Having stayed in several historic hotels before, I thought I was prepared for this one. But the noise level was really incredible. The doors to the hallway and the doors for adjoining rooms are original, which means that they don't fit well in the frames. Both sound and light find their way in around the doors. There also must not be insulation in the walls. I could hear everything that went on the hallway, and everything that went on the in the room next to me. I could hear the guy in the next room brushing his teeth and yawning. I could hear the people above me using the bathroom (and not just flushing the toilet, if you know what I mean). I could hear every person that clomped up and down the stairs. Just a reminder that this means everyone around you can hear what YOU'RE doing too. :-). I did not notice the trains however. Probably the only thing that I didn't hear.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of historic downtown Truckee, when you walk into the lobby you will find a caring and gracious staff that will go out of their way to make you feel welcome and at home. The warm earth tone and rich wood complements the fresh mountain air as you ease into your stay with us. Every morning from 7-10 a.m. a continental breakfast of rich brewed coffee and herbal teas, baked goods, fruit, oatmeal/cereals and juice can be enjoyed in a warm setting while capturing the daily weather and news on a large flat screen TV. The Truckee Hotel is centrally located to many North Lake Tahoe ski areas such as Squaw Valley, site of the 1960's Winter Olympics, as well as Northstar, Sugar Bowl, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe Donner, Royal Gorge and more, including Tahoe's latest action packed Woodward at Tahoe. While staying at the Truckee Hotel you can access all of North Lake Tahoe's best amenities, shop in Downtown Truckee or dine in the many restaurants and bistros nearby. ... more less