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“O.K. but nothin' great” 3 of 5 stars
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Truckee Donner Lodge
2.5 of 5 Motel   |   10527 Cold Stream Road, Truckee, CA 96161   |  
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Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Truckee
Santa Barbara
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33 reviews 33 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
“O.K. but nothin' great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2009

This was an average economy hotel. Our room reeked of air freshener but was pretty big. There aren't a lot of restaurants within walking distance. It was fine for an overnight.

Stayed December 2008
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Greenville, North Carolina
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2008

The Holiday Inn Express Truckee is your typical HI Express. it is located adjacent to the Donner lake state park in the North Tahoe region. the hotel was clean and the staff was nice. there was a problem with the power for the breakfast area, the circuit breaker triped a couple of times during the week.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Sunnyvale, California
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2008

During my snowboarding trips to Northstar, Sugar Bowl, and Squaw Valley, I've stayed at the Best Western, Hampton Inn, and HI Express. They're all pretty similar, but I like the HI Express the best.

First, I usually find that the HI Express is the cheapest of the three. The rooms at the HI Express are much larger than the ones at the Hampton Inn. The service has also been friendly and efficient. The rooms have been comfortable, clean, and are in excellent shape. The free wireless Internet is fast, and easy to access.

My only complaints are about the breakfast. The quality isn't that great, the seating area is too small, and their coffee is horrendous. But, it's still a great, comfortable stay after a fun day of snowboarding.

  • Liked — Large, clean rooms
  • Disliked — Terrible coffee
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Long Beach California
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2008

We stayed here for 4 nights. It was a very nice, quiet, clean and comfortable room. The breakfast was pretty good too. It was located relatively close to Royal Gorge where we xc skied. Also, it is about a half hour from north Lake Tahoe. My only minor complaints were a couple of the people who work there were not very friendly -- and we were promised chocolate chip cookies every afternoon and they were available only one of the four. No biggie.

Stayed February 2008
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2008

We decided to go up to Boreal to ski and found the HIE in the area. With a wife and two kids(8/10), the one advantage is that they usually take 4 to a room. Expensive at $194 but 1 room instead of two.

Excellent easy access from the highway; great in the middle of a blizzard.

Entrance needs a double door system to prevent cold air, but otherwise welcoming double volume entrance with complimentary coffee bar and internet station.

Good volume rooms with 2 Queens, empty fridge, microwave, TV with cable. And vending machines at not too extortionate prices.
Sheets were stained with some previous blood or material. They should've chucked it away instead of re-using it. They were clean, though.Bad PR, guys. But reception brought up sheets as soon as I complained.

Hot tub outside in the pool area was amazing after skiing . You could sit in the tub at 11 at night, with snow falling on you and cook gently at 100+ degrees. Pool covered in snow.

Breakfast included and of the generic buffet/sausages in hamburger shapes that sems to be ubiquitous in the US. But good scrambled eggs,juices and yoghurt.

Not great value but a great position for visiting the ski areas.

  • Liked — big room, hot tub, cable tv
  • Disliked — no real food on site,cold draft in entrance
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Orlando, Florida
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2008

A good stay for the night, with the room pretty clean, and a good size. Nothing great, but also nothing bad, so I think this place would be a good stay if you were going to Tahoe and did not mind a little drive down to the lake, or the mountains.

  • Liked — Location right off I-80
  • Disliked — Not the cleanest, but nothing bad
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2007

On fairly short notice, we decided to ski after the first really big storm in Tahoe - just befor Xmas. We wanted to try some of the smaller ski areas this time. We chose Truckee as our base. Given that our trip was a week and a half away and it would be during the Christmas holiday we were pretty much forced to take what we could get for lodging. At nearly double the normal rate (yikes!), we selected Holiday Inn Express. After reading several bad reviews I was ready for anything. We were delightfully pleased.
The room was clean, bed was comfortable. They have an expanded continental breakfast which includes drinks, cereal (hot and cold), yogurt, hard boiled eggs, cinnamon rolls, bagels, toast, bacon or sausage, eggs and sometimes biscuits and gravy. What more do you need? There's is always a bit of a breakfast traffic jam as the area is rather small, but if you are happy to be there to ski, a little crowding while getting your breakfast is no big deal. We found the front desk staff to always be helpful - weather it was suggestions for places to ski with the family or where to eat dinner. We would definately stay there again. Maybe this time we would be brave enough to use the hot tub in the snow!

  • Stayed December 2007
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Truckee Donner Lodge

Address: 10527 Cold Stream Road, Truckee, CA 96161
Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > Truckee
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Truckee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Truckee Donner Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the town of Truckee amidst mountains, lakes, alpines and meadows, the Truckee Donner Lodge is a warm relaxing space so you can rest and recharge. Our lodge combines modern luxuries and contemporary decor with the traditional amenities and architecture of a country lodge. Whether you are on the ultimate ski vacation, traveling for business or just need a weekend getaway, the Truckee Donner Lodge offers exceptional amenities.Our guest rooms and feature rooms are simple and serene. Each appointed with a large flat screen TV, refrigerator, coffee pot, wet bar and microwave. Complimentary hi-speed wireless access is available throughout the lodge.Share your day's activities with friends in our lobby with fireplace; or, relax your muscles and admire the stars from our Hot Tub. Cool off during the warm summer days in our outdoor pool—the views of the alpines are magnificent.Wake up each morning to a deluxe Hot Continental Breakfast. Our breakfast bar offers a wide variety of choices including hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit yogurt, scrambled eggs, cheese omelets, bacon, bagels, toast, and muffins.It’s all delicious, all complimentary and all waiting for you at the Newly Remodeled Truckee Donner Lodge. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Truckee Donner Hotel Truckee
Holiday Inn Truckee
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