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“Convenient Place to Stay” 4 of 5 stars
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I-80 at Donner Summit, Truckee, CA 96160   |  
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Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in Truckee
Santa Rosa, CA
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Convenient Place to Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This is a great no frills place to stay. We stayed in a standard room on the first floor which was great. The room was huge and all rooms have a mini fridge and microwave, which came in handy. It was clean and the beds were average. The mattresses were old but still offered good support. The pillows were pretty flat so if you like fluffy bring your own. The towels were clean and fluffy, not like most hotels where they are thin and scratchy. The continental breakfast was the usual, cereal, bagels, toast, coffee, hot chocolate etc. Our first day there they had Gogurts which was a hit with our 4 yr old. The staff was friendly. We did have numerous issues with our card keys. They kept de-magnetizing even when we kept them away from our cell phones and other credit cards. Luckily when they didn't work there was someone at the front desk. It was great being able to walk to Boreal. We will definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: Like others have said, the first floor is great since there is no elevator.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Marin County
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We took our kids up for a quick snowboard trip to Boreal.. There are no other hotels at Boreal so you are paying for convenience. The hotel has seen better days by far but the staff is nice and for a fast ski trip it's adequate. We brought sleeping bags and our own pillows. We had room 109--1 king bed and a single window seat thing.. They brought in a roll away for $25. Room had a mini fridge and microwave. Very few outlets so bring a power strip for electronics. Heat was minimal but we also had an electric blanket. In all.. A step above camping but ripe for a makeover or new owner.

Stayed January 2014
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San Jose, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

The room has a horrible stench, and the bathroom smells terrible. The sinks were dirty and old and was not what I expected for what I paid. The ski lift lines are very long and the people running the lifts have a terrible attitude. The only good things are that the inn is close to the ski area, and the more difficult terrains have few people. Rules of forbidding smoking and use of offensive languages in the lift line are violated by even the staff. The time on the lift is five times longer than the time it takes to come down for the beginner terrains. Go to Mount Rose, it's much better.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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9 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

My family has stayed here twice now. Both times the staff has been outstanding. They now have a small selection of food for snacks. They also provide a small variety for their continental breakfast that is included with your stay. The price is higher but hey you don't have to drive anywhere when you are staying the weekend for snowboarding. In my opinion that pays for itself with a tired child and sore body. The shower is awesome. The rooms are not modernized but who needs decorations when you are spending minimal time in your room. Overall a great trip once more.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Redwood City, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

The location is great if you want to take your kids to Soda Springs (a mile away) or Boreal (down the street) for tubing or beginner skiing. The complimentary breakfast was a hit with my kids with offerings of cereal, yogurt, fruit, and bagels with cream cheese. But the hotel room was a disappointment considering we paid for a superior room. The carpet looked new and the queen sized bed had a fluffy white comforter, but the mattress offered hardly any support. My kids slept on a bunk bed which had mattresses covered in some kind of plastic instead of cotton/polyester sheets. But as I said earlier, the location is convenient. So if you have the type of kids like mine who don't want to sit in the car longer than necessary to get to a nicer hotel, you might want to consider this place and put up with the mediocre accommodations.

Room Tip: Book room on ground floor if you can't carry luggage up stairs (no elevator).
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Leandro, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

The pictures are a little deceiving. The premium rooms were not available so we settled for a standard room. There are no elevators so we carried our luggage three flights of stairs, a little tough if you are not used to the high elevations. The rooms were large but very dated, walls were thin, large space under the door, bath room fan made a screeching sound, water control in shower was VERY sensitive. We could hear our neighbors down the hall and hear the thunk sound of the suitcases going down the stairs (we were at the end of the hallway). There was someone's hair hanging from the lamp shade, bobby pin on the floor and the carpet could have been vacuumed better.

Nice thing was that it was close to the slopes.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sunnyvale CA
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

By virtue of being the ONLY place within easy access of Boreal - the first to open for the season, and a haven for beginners (esp families with kids) - it can get away with charging $120 even on weeknights for rooms below a Motel 6 level. But for its proximity to skiing I'd have given a one, but then again we might never have gone here in the first place if it were not that close.

Location - described enough already. Oh, there is nothing else in the vicinity, so bring WATER for sure, and food/snacks.

Room - Most others have written this. We got the cheaper room (non-upgraded) on first floor. Room is really large. You can tell its an old place. Doubt newer buildings will have such large rooms. Blanket was torn, sheet was stained, carpet reallly old, TV super old, microwave was right by one of the headboards, and *really* high power, bathroom tired but functional, amenities (interestingly enough) organic-earth-friendly-blah-blah-blah stuff, lots of towels. Luckily we had phone signal, but heard only rooms closer to front/parking lot do. The heater swung to extremes, not sure if its us not being used to old-fashioned dials with numbers everywhere... Din't want to drink from this tap. So bring water.

Check-in: Understandably they don't operate front desk like a regular hotel, which is fine. Parking, picking up key etc was straight forward. (I asked what we must do if we needed something or something were not working, I was told to call a number and leave a message and somebody might check it...hmm..) Since no one is around to ask... bring water.

Office and Breakfast: We were told there is free wifi included, but since no one was around when we arrived, we did not know how to connect, and in the morning of course we had no time for such frivolities like "work." Front desk staff and breakfast gets there really late (8-ish), so if you're an early riser, bring something to eat! Also, if you're hitting the slopes, get all dressed and grab something to go (you must, since they have cereal, coffee, mini bagels and weird-smelling poppy muffinettes at the lobby and you really can't "dine" here) since the lines start pretty early. Ph, they don't have water at breakfast, did I tell you to bring water??

Service - Huh?

We requested late checkout (and were even considering extending our stay IF kids had fun, and they gave us the late checkout option given the place was almost deserted) but the nice blonde lady politely (!) informed us they simply don't entertain such practices (!) and everyone would then be asking for early check-ins and late check-outs, so we had to drop keys and leave since obviously we cannot come back to check out at 11 AM.

Bottomline: Set your ROI expectations (about price, room, comforts, and checking out first thing in the morning), expect to have excellent beginner skiing (their ski school staff are really good btw, and we *have* been to quite a few), come prepared with breakfast/snack etc, and you'll be fine. And... yup, bring water!!

Room Tip: Bring WATER, food/snacks, activities for kids if you check in way before bed time. Plan to get in yo...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: I-80 at Donner Summit, Truckee, CA 96160
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > Truckee
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Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in Truckee
Number of rooms: 36
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