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Redlight is a social lodging with lounge. Meet other adventurers to bike, hike, climb, ski, or just hang out with. Redlight offers beds wine and beer. Redlight amenities include a beer / wine bar, shared kitchen, dining, sun decks, library, sauna, and a movie room.


The Redlight is in Downtown Historic Truckee - across the street from the Truckee River. Truckee has shopping, bars and restaurants. There is climbing , hiking, biking, skiing and snowboarding nearby. 5 minutes walk to the bus station / train station.
By bus or car: 8 minutes to Donner Lake, 10 minutes to Northstar, 20 minutes to Lake Tahoe (Kings Beach), 20 minutes to Squaw Valley, 22 minutes to Alpine Meadows, 23 minutes to Sugar Bowl.

There are private rooms, a studio suite and pod-like, capsule-like bunks. Bunks have privacy curtains and lockboxes (with outlet) to secure valuables and charge them while you are out. Free WiFi available.

Redlight Policies & Conditions:

Cancellation policy: 72 hours before arrival.

Check in from 16:00 to 23:00 .
Check out before 11:00 .
Late check-outs are allowed based on availability and may be arranged at check-in for a fee of $25. There is short-term luggage storage free of charge for early arrival or late departure.

Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards.
This property may pre-authorise your card before arrival.

Taxes included.
Breakfast not included.

We are available 24 hours, but there isn’t a reception desk manned the whole time. There are not currently set hours for the desk.
No curfew.
Non smoking.

By reserving with Redlight, you and members of your party understand and agree to all Terms and Conditions as a binding legal agreement with Redlight. Redlight may immediately remove, evict and/or lock out any guest who violates some or all Terms and Conditions. Redlight does not refund guests for any eviction, lockout or early termination of stay for any reason

Bunk Reservations:
We try to put people traveling together in the same room. However, there is a chance parties booking bunk beds will be in separate rooms. Reservations in a specific mixed-gender bunkroom does not guarantee room placement and may be allocated to another available bunkroom.

Rates and Discounts:
All rates and dates are final upon confirmation. Rates for unconfirmed reservations are subject to change without prior notice. Specials, discounts and other offers are subject to change without prior notice. Offers cannot be combined.

Late Arrivals:
Redlight requires notification by phone or email before 6 pm if you plan to check-in after 10 pm of the arrival date.

All guests must present a valid government issued ID at check-in.
If you are renting on-site parking, your license plate, make and model vehicle must be provided to make sure your car is not towed.

Redlight offers limited off-street parking for a fee. There is no parking on Riverside Dr.

Although we do our best to provide quality wifi throughout the building, bandwidth and function of wifi is not guaranteed. Your device might not be able to connect with our wifi.

Laundry machines might be available for guest use as a paid service. Guests must reserve laundry time with Redlight staff prior to use.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere on premises or within 25 feet of any door or window. Guests who smoke inside will be charged a $500 cleaning fee. This includes all types of smoke & vapor devices.
Redlight may conditionally allow a pre-approved pet to stay in the Studio Suite and this pet be counted as one of the four allowable guests. Request must be made by email prior to reservation. Fees may apply. Pets are not allowed in any other area on the Redlight property.

Registered and Unregistered Guests:
Guests must never provide key code information to any person, other guest in another room or unregistered guests.
Guests must never open exterior doors for or provide entrance to others unless with consent of Redlight staff.
Unregistered guests are not permitted in the sauna, bunkrooms, private rooms, movie room, library or kitchen/dining rooms. Redlight staff must give consent for any unregistered guest tours.
Your reservation shows the maximum number of guests permitted in your room. If your room exceeds this number, you will be charged for every additional person at a rate of $80 / person and you and your party may be evicted.

Communal Kitchen Use:
Guests must use exhaust hood fan and shut hallway door while cooking.
Guests must drip-dry and store kitchen dishes & utensils on the racks or on the black mesh surfaces on the kitchen shelves.
Masking tape & permanent markers are available for guests to mark name and date on all personal food items.
Redlight is intolerant of food theft.
Guests must clean up the kitchen immediately after cooking meals and clean the dining room after eating.

Food & Drinks in Communal Spaces:
Guests may only store food and drink in the communal kitchen area. Food is not allowed in bed or bunk rooms.
Alcohol is not permitted in the sauna.

Communal Bathroom Use:
Guests in shared bath accommodations may rent shampoo & conditioner bottles at front desk.
Guests must clean bathrooms after use and remove all personal items from the bathroom. Toilet lids must remain closed.

Guests must wear footwear, such as flip-flops or shoes, in all communal areas including bunkrooms.

Bedrooms / Bunkrooms:
Linens & towels are changed each week for longer-term guests unless otherwise requested.
Guests must not use sleeping bags and personal blankets in bunks or beds.
Guests must always keep private bunks and bunkrooms tidy. Redlight provides hooks in bunk areas.

Damages and Additional Cleaning:
Guests must leave rented unit (bunk bed or guest room) and common areas in conditions that they were found.
All guests are responsible for any damages caused during their stay. Minor damages will not be charged if staff is notified. If staff is not notified of damage, guest credit card on file will be charged an additional $100 USD.
Cost of any repairs or excessive cleaning will be charged to guest’s credit card on file.
Missing towel charge is $25 per towel.

Communal Respect:
Guests must be civil, respectful, courteous and polite with Redlight staff, other guests and Moki, the housedog. Guests exhibiting rambunctious, threatening, drunk or disorderly behaviour, hostility, aggression, and/or violence are not tolerated by Redlight and will be immediately evicted, removed and/or locked out.

Items left behind:
Redlight is not responsible for items left behind. A $5 USD handling plus the cost of shipping and packaging will be charged to your card if you would like an item shipped.

Redlight accepts no responsibility for damage, loss or injury to any member of your party, vehicles or possessions. Redlight does not guarantee weather, road or snow conditions.

Redlight respects the privacy of our guests and does not sell, rent or otherwise provide our customer information or database to third parties.

Redlight appreciates guest notification of deficiencies in cleanliness, disrepair or safety as soon as possible.

Location and Contact


• Amtrak train and Greyhound bus:
• Trains and buses arrive daily from East (Reno) and West (San Francisco Bay Area).
• If arriving to the bus/train station (same place), look across the railroad tracks to see the Redlight. You will have to walk East to the junction of Bridge Street, then to the South across the railroad tracks. Turn right on West River St. (Jax Diner). Walk 200 meters until you see the brown, gingerbread house building on the left side. That is the Redlight. Just past the Tahoe Sports Hub and across the street from Diego's Restaurant.
• Driving from Reno:
• Take HWY 80 W to CA-89 N (Exit 188).
• Take Donner Pass Rd.
• Right on W River St.
• 200 yards, on the left side.
• Driving from Sacramento:
• Take HWY 80 E to Truckee.
• Take Exit 186.
• Take hard right at round about that goes under train tracks.
• Take a left onto West River Street.
• 250 yards

Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage



Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hot Showers

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Curfew: No Curfew


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