First off the only reason that this hotel is worthy of one star is because of the of the extraordinarily nice, helpful and competent women behind the front desk. The manager is an older guy who seems more interested in puffing on his cigarets than anything else, and it really appeared as if he didn't want to be there at all.
It had been many years since I've stayed here, and believe me nothing much has changed, save for a few homeless folks hanging out, and one or two people that appeared to have some psychiatric problems. They were complaining about the "ghosts" whom apparently, if you choose the right room, will visit you throughout the night. My initial impression was that hotel was now operating as a Halfway House. The only visable addition appears to be a few very tacky digitally-enhanced paintings of Truckee provided by the Carmel gallery...Very cheap, and reminded me of the velvet Elvis and/or "dogs playing poker" pictures that were popular in the 70s. I suppose the owner thought that they might provide a nice update for the hotel. I think the owner might want to reconsider his or her taste in art.
My friends were arriving from out-of-state and asked me to meet them for a drink at Bar of America. They were staying at the Truckee Hotel because it was advertised as "historic and charming". Maybe "historic", but definitely NOT charming! "Creepy" is a far more accurate representation. After consuming several drinks, I did not feel that it would be advisable to drive back to Tahoe City. So I stayed. What a mistake!
Even if you wanted to sleep on the most uncomfortable mattress of life, and were able to endure the boisterous guests all through the night; you would still have to contend with roaring train which honestly passes through town 4-5 times during the night, and literally rumbles your room. Regarding the room, what can I say? I could say that it was shabby, decrepit, and honestly, there are no signs that anything whatsoever has been done to update this very depressing place.
My recommendation: If you to stay in Truckee avoid the Truckee Hotel. History has really caught up with this place, and @ $140.00/night, you probably could find something much better. The only things missing are a few bed bugs, and that's probably because the housekeeping staff appear very diligent, but they are not miracle workers. The Truckee Hotel would require miracle workers to make it even marginally inhabitable.
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