10Best Budget Stays in Lake Tahoe: From Casinos to Cabins

Lake Tahoe has a wide range of places to stay including elegant ski resorts and casinos to cozy cabins and bed and breakfasts. Visitors will be happy to know that budget prices can be found in all of these areas and you can find deals at various locations around the lake.

If you want to stay where the action is, try some of the casinos on the Nevada side. The Crystal Bay Casino has both weekday and weekend specials and is located in the more quiet and laid back area of Crystal Bay. Harrah's Tahoe and other casinos are closer to nightclubs and bars in the city and contain restaurants, shopping and access to various ski resorts. In the same area is the fun and budget-friendly Basecamp Hotel with camping themed rooms.

For another great view, visit the Beach Retreat in South Lake Tahoe. This hotel has their own beach and a restaurant on their over the water pier. Another package hotel is the Hampton Inn which services both Lake Tahoe and Truckee. If you want to stay in the heart of Truckee, visit the Truckee Hotel, one of the oldest buildings in town.

If you want to get away from the ski or summer crowds, but you still want to be near the lake, visit the tiny town of Genoa on the other side of Kingsbury Grade and stay at the White House Inn where you can stay in a charming historical house in the country while watching the local wildlife.



The Inn at Truckee is conveniently located in Truckee, California and just minutes from Donner Lake, Lake Tahoe, Downtown Truckee, Northstar-at-Tahoe and other and numerous world class ski resorts. They offer a very competitive rate, nice and...  Read More



The Crystal Bay Casino has been voted one of the best casinos in the Lake Tahoe area, but they don't let it go to their head. This casual and friendly casino on the North Shore has become known for its excellent selection of live shows as well...  Read More



The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Stateline is a 539-room hotel with 25,000-square-foot casino, several restaurants and bars, including the Fire Break Kitchen & Bar, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and the South Shore's only...  Read More



The Pepper Tree Inn is conveniently located in Tahoe City just steps away from the lake. Each non-smoking room in the hotel has mountain home decor as well coffee bean grinders, coffee makers and some whirlpool tubs. The Pepper Tree has some...  Read More

Harrah's Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino
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The Lake Tahoe Airport is located approximately 9 miles from the Harrah's Lake Tahoe. Several area attractions include the Zephyr Cove Beach, Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park and South Lake Tahoe. There are over 500 guest...  Read More



The Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge has some great package deals. They include accommodation specials as well as special dinner deals, adventure packages at their Treetop Adventure Park, spa deals and yoga deals, and holiday packages....  Read More



The Cedar Glen Lodge rooms start at around $179 a night and offer amenities such as a large outdoor heated pool, hot tub and sauna, a putting green and a firepit with nightly s'mores. This award winning lodge is close to the lake as well as the...  Read More



Many of the Tahoma Meadows cottages have been in the area since the 1950s and they make a charming place to bring the entire family--including the dog. Each cabin is uniquely decorated with mountain decor and surrounded by pine and aspen trees....  Read More



The Beach Retreat and Lodge gets you up close and personal with the shoreline of Lake Tahoe for lower prices than many Tahoe resorts. Rooms are around $170 a night for a double, but the views are pretty amazing. The Beach offers amenities like...  Read More



The Basecamp Hotel is a fun, outdoors inspired hotel that celebrates the outdoors with camping themed rooms, some complete with canvas tents and faux campfires. The hotel includes a buffet breakfast as well as an outdoor hot tub and access to...  Read More


Meet Christina Nellemann

Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina