Where to stay in Truckee

The ski lodging experience is perhaps as iconic as ski culture itself. It’s not just anywhere, after all, where you can stay in a ski-in/ski-out suite, or rent a condo underneath the cover of the Milk Way while enjoying bubbles in your own private hot tub (best date night ever?). Yet choosing your ski accommodations (and accommodations that are actually available) is easier said than done. 

But I’m here to make it a little less overwhelming for choosing your ski trip lodging, at least for a Lake Tahoe ski trip. Today I’m coming to you with a few of the best accommodations, suites, and ski lodges around North Lake Tahoe, helping you answer that question of where to stay in Truckee. 


The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. One of the world’s foremost luxury hotel brands, The Ritz-Carlton is unparalleled in its lavish accommodation offerings, and The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is no exception. Located mid-mountain at Northstar California Resort, The Ritz-Carlton is California's only AAA Five Diamond ski-in, ski-out mountain resort. Guestrooms feature their own fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows, many of which look out to Northstar’s snow-covered slopes. Other amenities include mountain concierge and ski valet, a slope-side spa with 17 treatment rooms, and Manzanita, a cool, yet classy restaurant with great mountain views that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  

Northstar Lodge by Welk Resorts. If it’s a ski-in/ski-out modern lodge you want, then look no further than Northstar Lodge. Here, Northstar California’s Upper Lion's Way winds its way down, mere feet from Northstar Lodge’s doors, while the Highlands Gondola (up to the Ritz Carlton) is just steps away, too. Northstar Lodge currently has 70 rooms, ranging from studios (similar to your standard hotel room) to 3-bedroom. Among the perks: Underground parking, a 19-seat theater (which guests can rent for free), a 23-person outdoor hot tub and outdoor fireplace, and access to the Village Swim and Fitness Center, located adjacent to the resort. Additionally, it’s mere feet to the Village’s many restaurants and bars.

The Village at Northstar. Did you know that there are more than 120 suites and condos you can stay at that are actually in the Village at Northstar? These range from cozy slopeside condos that you can actually ski into the patio of after a day on the slopes, such as Big Horn Lodge, to large multi-bedroom condos overlooking the Village with luxurious perks like their own elevator. All residences include a full kitchen (or kitchenette) with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, patio, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, and ski storage. Additionally, you have access to complimentary parking in a secured garage and access to a number of swimming pools, hot tubs, and fitness centers around the Village.

Cedar House Sport Hotel. According to Cedar House Sport Hotel, their eco-friendly Truckee hotel is where “style meets adventure.” And style it has, featuring contemporary in-room amenities like luxurious European bedding and Keurig coffee makers. Bonus points that it’s dog-friendly, too. Located between downtown Truckee and Truckee Tahoe Airport, one of Cedar House Sport Hotel’s most unique features is its pop-up restaurant, which does a number of unique dinners during the winter months. 

River Street Inn. For convenience to downtown Truckee, there's the River Street Inn, a 100-year-old inn, located on the Truckee River and just a block off historic Truckee’s main thoroughfare. Built in the late 1880s, the River Street Inn is a Northern California landmark, featuring a total of 6 guestrooms and a family suite. The backside of the inn, overlooking the Truckee River, features 1882 Bar & Grill, which is one of my favorite local places to have an outdoor drink (hello, waterfront après-ski). 

Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe-Truckee. The Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe-Truckee is Truckee’s most convenient and accessible accommodations, located just steps from Truckee Tahoe Airport between downtown Truckee and Northstar. Hilton’s only Lake Tahoe hotel, it features 109 guestrooms, of which 36 are suites, with amenities that include free Wi-Fi, breakfast, a fitness center, and a hot tub. The Hampton Inn’s convenient location means you’re never more than a few minutes drive from Northstar, the airport, downtown Truckee, and I-80.

Old Greenwood. Welcome to Old Greenwood, which has all of the benefits of a Village residence, but without the bustle. Located just off the Truckee River, Old Greenwood features a series of multi-bedroom villas, cabins, and townhomes set amidst rolling hills, towering pines, and a Jack Nicklaus signature-designed golf course. All residences come with a gourmet kitchen, fireplace, washer/dryer, and garage, while many homes also have amenities like a private hot tub and/or billiards table. Additionally, guests have access to the Pavilion at Old Greenwood, which includes a fitness center, hot tub, and spa services.

Southern born and bred, Spencer was bitten by the travel bug at a young age, flying on a plane for the first time at age five and by himself for the first time at seven. While he continues to travel around the world in search for the best whiskey, Spencer now calls Reno home, where his search is for the best cocktail (and first tracks, naturally). He has written about travel, food, and drinks for a number of publications that have included the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Outside Magazine, and Travel + Leisure, just to name a few. See a more candid version of Spencer on his website, whiskeytangoglobetrot.com, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.