To start, I need to say that I reserve 5-star ratings for extremely peak experience lodging, dining, etc. They don’t have to be luxury spots, just ones that really suite our tastes to a tee with absolutely nothing to object to. With that in mind I give the Cedar House Sports Hotel a solid 4-stars. My husband and I stayed here for three nights, and had a very pleasant time.
The “pros” we particularly enjoyed have also been mentioned by other reviewers: sparkling clean facilities, helpful and accommodating staff, comfortable lounge/lobby area with a small full bar and tasty evening snacks, great beds and bedding, best free breakfast buffet ever, really attractive rustic/modern style with a nod toward “going green,” and very quiet—there were certainly other guests, but we never heard one peep from anyone around us. And dinner at the hotel restaurant Stella was absolutely amazing. Do make your dinner reservation at the same time as your room reservation because Stella is in great demand—you won’t regret it.
The cons (for us…): 1--the only way to turn off the room’s too-noisy-to-sleep-to ventilation fan was to turn off the whole heating system which had the crazy effect of making the room too hot. So there we were in January below-freezing temps with the windows cranked wide open! 2—the “green” lighting was too dim, so it was quite unpleasant to try to read in bed or the provided chair. 3—no night light in the bathroom and a very heavy + noisy bathroom pocket door that was a pain to use and difficult to completely shut.
A general note on location: Cedar House is about a half mile or so outside of Truckee which suited us perfectly—just minutes to shops/restaurants in town, plus very quick and easy access to skiing and North Tahoe. But do not expect a hidden lodge tucked miles away in the woods—there is a fairly busy road out front and a mobile home park behind. And you will hear the many trains that travel through town at all hours—particularly if you’re sleeping with the windows open . . .
We’ve never stayed in Truckee before so don’t have other local hotels to compare to, but all-in-all Cedar House was a good choice. Our objections were not real deal-breakers, and we would certainly consider returning if we were in the area again.