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Hostel Tahoe Brings Popular European-Style Lodging to Tahoe

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A few miles down the road from the Ritz-Carlton, and a few steps away from the jumble of rundown lodges and decades-old motels in Kings Beach, a lodging property unlike any other in Tahoe has opened its doors.

Hostel Tahoe began welcoming travelers in July and offers guests a choice of private rooms, family rooms, and dormitory rooms — all connected to a common area that allows for cooking and relaxing.

Hostels may be unfamiliar to many Tahoe travelers, but for anyone who has buckled on a backpack and spent a summer sojourning through Europe, the term most likely brings back incredible memories. Hostels reacquaint guests with some of the great joys of traveling — conversations in the communal kitchen, a little local knowledge about a must-see landmark or a hidden recreation spot, or a simple social gathering with diverse adventurers from around the globe.

Of course, one of the main highlights to a hostel is the price. Typically situated in towns where you can easily empty your wallet for a hotel room, hostels are a financial lifesaver for those without an unlimited budget.

At Hostel Tahoe, owners Andrew and Christine Ryan are keeping these elements of the hostel tradition alive while ensuring the property is appealing to families, couples, and single visitors alike.

Family rooms, which can sleep up to four people, are priced at an unheard-of level of $60 (rising to $100 during the peak of the winter season). Private rooms run $50 ($85 during peak season). And a bed in the shared dormitory rooms runs only $25 ($35 during peak season).

Hostel Tahoe’s communal kitchen, equipped with full cooking facilities, is another huge cost-saver for visitors who don’t want to spend what can equate to hundreds of dollars eating at restaurants for a weekend.

Since opening in July, Hostel Tahoe has been busy and full of satisfied guests who are grateful to find a lodging option that saves them money and provides a unique experience, said Christine. The hostel held an official grand opening celebration on Nov. 13 and was full during the Thanksgiving weekend.

The successful opening is the payoff for a lot of hard work by the owners to convert the building into what it is today. Built as lodging for the 1960 Olympics, the building on the east end of Kings Beach required a meticulous refurbishing to make the rooms and communal area gleam.

Along the way, the owners have taken care to install features that relate to Tahoe’s particular breed of visitor. Large closets in each room accommodate outdoor gear and skis, and a bike rack out front allows mountain bikers to lock up their singletrack steeds.

Soon, the hostel hopes to add a fleet of hostel-owned bikes to encourage visitors to travel through town without jumping in their car.

In the meantime, visitors have a bus stop steps from the hostel’s front door and friendly hostel hosts who are happy to hand out recreation recommendations for free.

For many skiers, mountain bikers, climbers, and kayakers eager to enjoy a trip to Tahoe without breaking the bank, Hostel Tahoe fits the bill with its authentic vibe, affordable prices, and lakeside location. Info: hosteltahoe.com

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Hana (not verified)
This is a great option for dislocated former locals like myself with no family left at the lake to crash with! On the bike idea-try UC Davis in early summer. Lost, seized and abandoned bikes are auctioned off in lots. Most working or easily fixed or used for parts. :)

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October 12, 2017