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Inexpensive Lodging around Squaw?

post #1 of 10
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Planning a trip for either Feb or early March. May end up flying into Sacramento instead of Reno (is that a bad idea?).

Wondering about recommendations for inexpensive lodging in the area -- not looking for dirtbag accomodations -- but decent clean room -- four adults. Hot tub is always welcome, but hell...if it's got a fridge for beer and a bed, that's probably enough. Can do without the bed if necessary

Thanks for any ideas.
post #2 of 10
Fly to Reno it is roughly 40-50 min to Squaw in good weather, from what I recall Sac is about 2-2.5 hours. Do not have any specific suggestions other than Tahoe City would be a good place to look. Check VRBO.com...
post #3 of 10
Best Western in Truckee.

The free breakfast is great.
post #4 of 10
Fly into Reno unless the price difference is a few hundred bucks; less traffic & shorter drive that way (it would matter a lot if there's a storm).

Dunno what you think is cheap, but would agree with checking vrbo. For hotel, you could also try Holiday Inn Express in Truckee (get room facing away from I-80). I just stayed there last week & it was ~$125/night, incl. tax for a room with king bed, fridge, coffee maker, and they have bagels, etc for breakfast. No frills.

Tahoe City is on the lake, and has lots of options. If you're staying a few days, might be nicer to be on the lake and have more shops to peruse/rent demos. Here's a link to tripadvisor.com where you can research the hotels: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g3...ia-Hotels.html Also, look up River Ranch at the junction of 89/Alpine Meadows road. Nice loc, good apre/restaurant, excellent breakfast overlooking the Truckee River.

Avoid Peppertree; there's a noisy snowplow in the early AM.
post #5 of 10
Fly into Reno.

Assuming you have a rental car, the cheapest place to stay would be Reno. Casino hotels are cheap to stay and eat in. And there's night-time entertainment. From there you have a lot of options. About 40 minutes by car to Squaw or Alpine or Northstar via Rt 80. Or same time south on 395 and 50 to South Lake Tahoe and Heavenly. If you have to stay on or near the lake, there are many cheap motels in Kings Beach. Tahoe City and Truckee will be more expensive.
post #6 of 10
If the flight into Sacramento is significantly cheaper, I'd say fly there. It's a farther drive away (45 minutes to an hour?), but since you'll only be making that drive twice, that doesn't seem a big deal to me. (On the other hand, if you decide to stay in Reno, flying into Reno is obviously the better choice.)

Casino hotels in Reno will definitely be the cheapest accommodations (especially mid-week), but you might not enjoy having to make the drive every day to Squaw (Yahoo Maps says 44 miles and 48 minutes from Circus Circus and that seems about right to me). We stay at Circus Circus once or twice a winter, but we have small children and the Midway makes it more attractive for us (I love those Imperial Acrobats of China). Also, if you stay there (or in the Silver Legacy or El Dorado, which are connected by an indoor promenade that has shops, restaurants etc.), the El Dorado has a kick-ass all-you-can-eat buffet. We're generally not much on all-you-can-eat, but this one is really good: a lot of different types of food, good desserts, and, like most casino eating, not very expensive. Another restaurant that we always hit when staying at Circus Circus is the Golden Flower (Vietnamese food) right across the street.

We've stayed at the Best Western in Truckee (13 miles and 25 minutes to Squaw, according to Yahoo Maps) and thought it was just fine. The free breakfast is acceptable, but mediocre, and there are no choices: I doubt you'll be happy eating that every morning. They have a hot tub on site. Mid-week rates are especially cheap (about $95) if you have a Snowbomb card (they've had a discount the past few years, but I haven't confirmed that they have it again this year). Here's the link to the Snowbomb card, which also provides discounts on lift tickets ($10 off at Squaw and a free lift ticket for Sugar Bowl or Kirkwood, if you're so inclined) and other stuff: http://www.snowbomb.com/tahoecard/.

A place that we've stayed that I like is the Franciscan Lodge in Tahoe Vista (16 miles, 27 minute drive time to Squaw, according to Yahoo Maps). You're right on the main drag, convenient to a lot of things, but you can get a unit far enough off the road to not really know it's there. I like the ambiance of the place. We've only stayed on the forest side, but the lakefront units look like they'd be really nice, though perhaps they make more sense in the summer. Every unit has a little kitchen (as far as I know) and some have a fireplace or gas woodstove. Here's the link: http://www.franciscanlodge.com/index.html.

Another couple of places in Tahoe Vista (same owner, I think) that look good to me, though we've yet to stay there, are The Rustic Cottages (http://www.rusticcottages.com/mainpage.html) and Tahoe Vista Lodge and Cabins (http://www.rusticcottages.com/mainpg2.html).

I also agree with those suggesting that you check vrbo.com.
post #7 of 10
I've posted suggestions in the past; search on Granlibakken. Also check www.slidingonthecheap.com.
post #8 of 10
From Truckee drive up Donner pass road a few miles along the shore of the lake. There is a nice old motel on the right, old varnshed pine decor, stove in the room, negotiable rates.
post #9 of 10
If you follow dino's link to trip advisor, #3 is the Mother Natures Inn. I've stayed there three times and it was always very clean, has a fridge and I don't think I ever paid more than $50/night.
post #10 of 10
Tahoe Biltmore: http://www.tahoebiltmore.com/index.php When I stayed there in 2004 I think I paid $39 a night for one of the cottages; was more then adequate.
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