Hostel in Lake Tahoe, USA

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Get to know Lake Tahoe (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Lake Tahoe. To help you make friends with Lake Tahoe before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Lake Tahoe is a popular destination for Americans and overseas hostel travelers alike. Located about a four hour drive from San Francisco, it makes a perfect spot for a weekend break or longer. Tahoe gets a mix of young revelers to seniors, and has something for everyone.

Popular in both winter and summer, Lake Tahoe has plenty to offer. Winter travelers will be here to discover the large area of ski fields between the mega resorts of Heavenly, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Sierra, Kirkwood, Alpine Meadows, and many other smaller resorts. Each ski resort has a variety of terrain from beginners to advanced. Lake Tahoe's big attraction over other resorts in the USA is that it is famous for its high number of sunny days, even in winter. Lift ticket prices are reasonable.

Once the snow melts and the temperatures rise, Lake Tahoe re-invents itself as a summer destination. The white mountains turn green and the area becomes popular with hikers, boaters, bikers, golfers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. A particularly busy time of year is in August when the PGA Reno-Tahoe Open comes to town (book your hostel early if you're planning to be in town during this time). Throughout the rest of the year there are other festivals and events.

No matter what time of year it is, you can find good nightlife in Tahoe. The village is partly in California and partly in Nevada. You will know what side you are in when you see the casinos. Harveys, Harrah's, and Montbleu are all here and you can gamble away the night in any of these or visit some of the top bars and nightclubs inside each. There are also plenty of different types of restaurants offering international cuisine.

In terms of Lake Tahoe hostels and budget accommodations, you have several choices available.

Written by local enthusiast for Lake Tahoe hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Lake Tahoe hostels RayJ

FAQ about Lake Tahoe Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Lake Tahoe. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Lake Tahoe. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Lake Tahoe costs on average $42 for a dorm. A hostel in Lake Tahoe with private rooms costs on average $102.
There is exactly 1 Hostel in Lake Tahoe, USA. compares the prices for this hostel so you can get the best price on any major booking site. compares prices for 1 hostel in Lake Tahoe, USA.

This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Lake Tahoe.

Mellow Mountain Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Lake Tahoe.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Lake Tahoe

Your Packing List for Lake Tahoe

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Lake Tahoe and USA.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Lake Tahoe Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Lake Tahoe, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
1 Total number of hostels
$42 Average dorm price
$102 Average private room price
$39 Cheapest hostel in Lake Tahoe
Mellow Mountain Hostel is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in Lake Tahoe
Mellow Mountain Hostel is the best rated
Most Lake Tahoe hostels are located in
South Lake Tahoe
9.3 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

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Greenville (140 Km / 87 mi.)
Yosemite (145 Km / 90 mi.)

Travel Tips for Lake Tahoe - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Lake Tahoe. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Lake Tahoe. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

One of the more beautiful places in the state of California is South Lake Tahoe, and it's great that you have the option of staying in a hostel here. Because more and more tourists and locals alike frequent the different places for which South Lake Tahoe is quite famous, the local government is continuously improving these locations. Emerald Bay State Park is simply breathtaking to see, especially when you take the drive. Another must-visit is The Gondola at Heavenly. This glass cabin tours you more than two miles up the side of the mountain so you can view Lake Tahoe from a different angle. Whether you ride this gondola in summer or in winter, there is no more perfect location than up and inside this gondola when you want to have your best view of the lake. On the other hand, if you want to have the perfect ski location, South Lake Tahoe is still the best place to be. Tahoe Donner in Truckee has the best location, and this is probably due to the fact that this place is owned by a former Olympian bi-athlete who continuously makes sure that not only do tourists get the best ski exercise that they pay for when they get there, but even beginners and those who just love to simply spend a good day in the cabin with a cup of warm chocolate would find this place their home away from home. It's very comfy and very relaxing. When looking for a hostel in South Lake Tahoe, visitors to the area are sure to find a place that is appropriate for whatever budget, style, and atmosphere they seek.

Angelica Burrage

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