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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

This is a hostel-like lodge run by the Sierra Club. Very basic, shared rooms, or small "cubicles" for singles or couples, are available. Bathrooms are shared. Dinner and breakfast are in a rustically decorated dining room with long wooden tables with benches for seating; food is served family style, with serving bowls and platters passed around each table. Guests each... More 

Thank Paola2nd
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

First time here with the Sierra Club Wilderness Outdoor Weekend and it was a BLAST! This is def dorm/simple style living but the point is to go hang out in the common areas which are great! And love that food is all inclusive. (BYOB too!) The common areas have a beautiful fireplace and piano, and an outdoor fire pit, and... More 

Thank angelginawu
Thornton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I are hiking the PCT and because of snow issues we had to change our reservations 3 times! They were so accommodating! We were greeted by a wonderful staff and they even offered us dinner but we had to decline because we had too much food. This place is for outdoor enthusiasts. So much to do in... More 

Thank Carol Z
Davis, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

It's been 5 years or so since we last stayed at Clair Tappaan and in that time it has lost some of its Hobbit like charm. The cubicles are small, but perfect for Hobbit sized folk like myself and my partner. Like others have stated, the staff were cordial enough, but not as welcoming as our previous stays. There was... More 

Thank Deana B
Marin County
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

There is a hall with about 14 tiny rooms on both sides. The two bed room is the size of a closet, and you can't stand up. There is one plug and one light, and when you turn off the light, the plug loses power. The room is heated from the hall via a vent, and it is cold in... More 

Thank binkelot
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

The Clair Tappaan lodge was absolutely beautiful, had an old feel to it which I adored. The other guests were helpful and considerate. The staff, however, did not show me to the accommodations, the dining room, or even the main room or explain how things worked when I arrived. In fact, when I walked in, nobody was in the office... More 

Thank Emily H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Clair Tappaan Lodge is an historic lodge owned and operated by the Sierra Club. This place has been on my "bucket list" for years so when the opportunity to visit presented itself, I jumped at the chance. If you like basic but charming lodging that allows you to enjoy Norden/North Lake Tahoe, you'll like it. The lodge provides enough amenities... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Clair Tappaan is a unique property.It is owned by the Sierra Club and is a lodge with a hostel atmosphere. It reminded me of the cabines we stayed at while hiking in the Alps. There are a variety of room styles from dorms to rooms with 5 bunk beds to cubicles that are basically two beds in a cube. The... More 

Thank babobear1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This place provides rustic 'hostel like' accommodations… complete with amazing meals. I stayed in a cubical -- a very small room with a bunk bed and a few hooks on the wall. Extremely small, but exactly what I expected. The family style rooms offer 5 beds and there is also a 'dorm.' The bathrooms were clean and the water was... More 

1 Thank thefarrell6
Chardon, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This is the second year I have brought groups to stay at claire tappaan and not disappointed. It is a rustic lodge, rooms with very basic furniture, bathrooms shared. Furniture in common rooms is worn and a little shabby but the lodge is clean and the meals are terrific with ample portions! Claire tappaan, being a Sierra Club lodge attracts... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Ski-In / Ski-Out
Things to do
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Breakfast
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Clair Tappaan Lodge is a hostel-style mountain lodge nestled in the Sierra Nevada of California at the top of Donner Pass. Built by Sierra Club volunteers in the 1930s, the lodge is an excellent home base for year-round recreation. The friendly, casual atmosphere and affordable nightly rates (including family-style meals) make the Lodge the perfect rustic getaway to the Tahoe/Donner area. Please note, hostel-style means guests bring their own bedding, towels, and assist with kitchen chores daily. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Clair Tappaan Lodge

Address: 19940 Donner Pass Road, P.O. Box 36, Norden, CA 95724
Location: United States > California > Norden
Price Range: $88 - $90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Clair Tappaan Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 145
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