The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Lake Tahoe

Theres no need to break the bank on a trip to Lake Tahoe thanks to these budget-friendly hotels
There's no need to break the bank on a trip to Lake Tahoe thanks to these budget-friendly hotels | Courtesy of Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel /
Rikki Ward

Crystal blue waters, some of the best skiing in the United States, plus fine dining and nightlife – Lake Tahoe has the whole package. You’d think you would have to spend an arm and a leg to stay amongst such natural beauty and exciting culture, but there are actually plenty of great value Lake Tahoe hotel deals for all types of getaways. See our pick of cheap hotels in Lake Tahoe to book today on Culture Trip.

1. Basecamp South Lake Tahoe – for kids of all ages


Chairs around a table and fire pit on a terrace at Basecamp South Lake Tahoe
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Love the great outdoors, but also really love a soft bed and indoor plumbing? Here, you can enjoy the natural wonder of Tahoe, and also get a great night’s sleep. Don’t miss the Great Outdoors room, which comes complete with a tent – with a king-size bed inside – faux fire pit and glowing stars. Outside, there’s a courtyard and beer garden with picnic tables, fire pits, five decks with stunning views and even an Airstream trailer. Glamping has never been so much fun.

2. Hotel Azure – for longer stays

Resort, Independent Hotel

Hotel Azure
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With all there is to do in Lake Tahoe, you’ll want to stay a little longer than planned. Offering suites with kitchen and dining areas, and unmissable deals on longer stays, the Hotel Azure is the place to settle in for a while. The rooms are clean and modern, with a dash of rustic. The pool and hot tub area, meanwhile, is surrounded by Californian pines. A longer stay at Hotel Azure is sure to leave you reinvigorated and refreshed.

3. The Jeffrey Hotel – for a future-proof stay


The Jeffrey Hotel
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The Jeffrey Hotel proudly offers a completely contactless hotel experience. With self-checkin, keyless entry and mobile concierge, the guest experience here is entirely app-based. However, the Jeffrey was an inn in a former life, so the comforting, sociable and homely feel remains. Grab some chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers, and make some s’mores at the firepits to make new friends. Or, sit next to someone new at the big shared dining table – you’ll never want for company at this Lake Tahoe cheap hotel.

4. Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa – for a little luxury

Independent Hotel, Spa Hotel

Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge and Spa
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When you want a luxury Lake Tahoe experience without a luxury price tag, this is the place for you. With a private beach – that hosts live music throughout the summer – as well as an outdoor pool, BBQ pits and volleyball nets, plus lake and mountain views from every condo and lodge room, you’ll feel like you have Lake Tahoe all to yourself. A massage, body wrap or facial at Elements, the on-site spa, completes the luxury experience.

5. Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel – for a hearty breakfast


Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
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Less than a block from the Heavenly gondola – which takes you to some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the US – this all-suites hotel makes a winter family vacation easy and affordable. Start each day with complimentary hot breakfast including scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage and pancakes. After hitting the slopes, come back and relax in your private living room. Some suites feature balconies, patios, and fireplaces. The best part of this Lake Tahoe hotel deal? Kids under 17 stay for free.

6. Station House Inn South Lake Tahoe – for getting together


Station House Inn South Lake Tahoe
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Need a place to bring everyone back together that’s comfortable, stylish and fun? This retro South Lake Tahoe inn loves to host small groups. With well-appointed rooms ranging from Cozy King to the 414sqft (38sqm) Jasper Suite, there’s a perfect place for everyone. The wood-paneled lobby, with multiple couches and a stone fireplace, is great for indoor gatherings. Outside, you can lounge by the pool or tell stories around the fire pit. The on-site, New Orleans-inspired Toulouse restaurant will keep everyone well-fed. Reuniting never looked so good.

7. Basecamp Tahoe City – for reliving your camp days


Basecamp Tahoe City
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At Basecamp Tahoe City, the whole family, including your furry family members, can enjoy a camp-like environment with comfort and mod cons. The queen and twin loft rooms feature bunk beds and wool blankets. Sleep in a tent next to a faux fire pit under the glowing stars in the Great Indoors Family Room. There’s a tented king-size bed and a separate tent with twin bunk beds for just the right amount of privacy. At night, hit the tree-lined deck, pull up an Adirondack chair and get snug around the fire pit with a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa. All the perks of outside family adventure, without the bugs.

8. Secrets Inn – for couples


Secrets Inn
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Take a break from the kids – or the dog, or your job – and reconnect with your partner at this couples-only South Lake Tahoe escape. All rooms feature warm gas fireplaces and jetted tubs for when it’s cold outside. Soak your cares away in a heart-shaped tub and enjoy the double-headed shower. Decor ranges from knotty pine, alpine aesthetic to simple white with brown wood and red accents. The official policy is “this is a no pets, no kids, no noise before noon hotel,” so you can’t help but relax.

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