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“Very Good Choice” 4 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   10918 Brockway Rd., Truckee, CA 96161   |  
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Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Truckee
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Very Good Choice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

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.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Key Largo, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

This is my first time leaving a review... ever, so that should tell you how I feel about this place (in a good way). Amazing architecture, very clean throughout, and innovative room decor. Stella was excellent for dinner, and the breakfast there hit the spot!

Great location right next to downtown Truckee, with Northstar (where we skied--awesome!) 10 minutes away and Squaw only about 20 minutes away.

Only issue was some dog-barking waking me up twice at 6:30 AM. But there was full-disclosure of it being a dog-friendly hotel, so I was in no position to complain. It doesn't appear that they isolate dog-owners into one building.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

My husband and I were delighted by the hospitality and location of this hotel! The hearty breakfast provided every morning was exactly what we needed before heading to the ski slopes in the Tahoe area. The rooms were quiet and very clean. The staff were very accommodating. We also purchased our ski lift tickets from the hotel every morning--which saved us about $10/day per person.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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sonoma, california
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

This is undoubtedly the best hotel in the area. It is visually stunning - modern, but with plenty of wood to soften the effect. The hotel is broken into three separate buildings. A fourth building houses the lobby and a fifth the restaurant. There were some really nice features to this hotel - the staff was very accommodating and helpful. There is a plentiful breakfast. My husband and I ate for free and paid a small fee for our two children. The rooms are artfully furnished with halogen lightening and modern fixtures. The internet is easy to access. The linens are plush and comfortable. And the afternoon snacks are really delicious - cheeses, salami, vegetables. They even served cupcakes on day.

That said, there are still some features that could be upgraded which would make this hotel go from really good to wonderful. First, there is simply not enough lightening in the room. It is too dim in the late afternoon to even read a book. Simple lights over the beds would solve this problem easily. Second, the mattresses are just not all that comfortable. I generally woke with a backache. Basically, the beds cried out for some kind of pillow-top to soften them.

While these downsides would certainly not be enough to cause me to stay somewhere else, I did feel they were worth mentioning. The room did come equipped with its own flashlight, so maybe that was supposed to combat the dimness of the room?

A nice feature, even in the winter, is the hottub. Bring your bathing suits!

The hotel is only a few minutes by car to downtown Truckee, so its conveniently located.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

This was our second time here and it was even better than the first time. The room is cool, the breakfasts included in the room rate, delish. Its in a great location if you want to get to Reno, the I-80, North and South Lake and skiing resorts.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, California
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We just love the hotel! The staff was great, the rooms very modern/ new age, the beds were comfortabe and all you could smell was the cedar - Just wonderful! We arrived 2 1/2 hours early and they let us check in and when my son need an iron he got it right a way. Everyone at the hotel had smiles -- It's a wonderful place to stay! I just wish the wedding we had to attend had been at this hotel!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Napa, CA
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

This is an eco friendly and pet friendly hotel with well appointed rooms, plush bed linens, an excellent restaurant on site (Stella) and some of the best customer service I have ever experienced at a hotel. Staff was thoughtful, thorough and prompt. When we needed some additional items brought to our rooms and when we asked to have excursions booked, the staff here took care of everything in a matter of minutes. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is due to the fact that the property is located right on a very busy road travelled on by lots of large rigs and trucks and was really noisy throughout the night. I’m not normally very picky about that kind of thing but we like sleeping with the windows open for a bit of fresh air and even with them closed it was very noisy. Otherwise this is a great hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10918 Brockway Rd., Truckee, CA 96161
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > Truckee
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Truckee
#3 Romantic Hotel in Truckee
#4 Family Hotel in Truckee
#4 Business Hotel in Truckee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Cedar House Sport Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cedar House Sport Hotel fuses innovative architecture with the best of contemporary design, creating 42 rooms and suites in a hip European style. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Cedar Hotel Sport

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