10 Best Airbnb Vacation Rentals Near Donner Lake, California - Updated 2022

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Donner Lake may not be as humongous as Lake Tahoe, but it does attract a large crowd of holidaymakers. This freshwater lake is one of the gems of Truckee Town located in Northeastern California and in Sierra Nevada’s eastern slope. Formerly called Truckee Lake, it was renamed after the Donner Party who tragically got stranded by the lake in 1946. Today, Donner Lake’s lovely picturesque lake scenery is a touristy site filled with hikers, skiers, boaters, swimmers, and fishermen. Several hiking paths and 154 camping sites spread around the Donner Memorial State Park and the lake await adventure seekers. Go trophy fishing in the lake, which is home to the state’s largest lake trout, Kokanee salmon, brown trout, and rainbow trout. Enjoy the best homestay for all seasons here. Read to find out our list of the best Airbnb vacation rentals near Donner Lake, California.

1. Private second-floor homestay (from USD 2000)

Guests have full privacy on the second floor of the owner’s house. It’s in a cul-de-sac near Donner Lake public beach and ski resorts. The property is located 10 minutes away from Truckee and 40 minutes away from the airport. Though it’s spacious for six guests, throwing parties and having extra guests are prohibited. The second floor was designed for a complete homestay with a country-style motif. It has a full kitchen so guests can cook their meals and eat on the bar counter or on the bench-style dining table. Relax on the L-type sofa by the fireplace while watching TV. Two spacious bedrooms have enough beds to sleep, six guests. Guests can sit on loungers or have their breakfast on the deck surrounded by lush greenery.

Cabin at Donner Lake
Truckee, California, United States
83 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire cabin 4 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds and sofa were also very comfortable
lots of open space big living room great for a larger group
very cozy warm and welcoming
the beds were very comfortable and plenty of water pressure in the shower
the place was clean and comfortable
all cabins clean and well equipped
beautiful clean place with everything you need
it’s clean quiet warm and comfortable
the house was extremely clean and cozy
highly recommend this host
thank you for being wonderful hosts
john was a very good host
hosts were very nice and accommodating
great host and a great value
location is excellent
the location is perfect
beautiful location walking distance to donner lake
the location is super close to the lake
the location is amazing very close to lake donner
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2. Family-friendly lakeside home (from USD 225)

A large family can be hosted in this huge lakeside home across Donner Lake and minutes away from Truckee, Sugar Bowl, Northstar, and Squaw/Alpine. Four bedrooms with enough beds and sofas to sleep fourteen guests are spread on two floors. The heated floors and wood-burning fireplace will keep everyone warm during winter. The open kitchen is fully equipped to cook family-sized meals. Both floors have a deck where guests can hang out and enjoy outdoor views. During summer, they can dine al fresco and cook barbecues in the front yard. Kids can have fun, roasting s’mores in the outdoor fireplace. Modern entertainment like TV, game console, Wi-Fi access, and children’s books and toys are available.

House Across from Donner Lake - Dog Friendly
Truckee, California, United States
43 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire home 11 Beds 12 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 12

Top guest reviews
the accommodations were spacious and everything was sparkling clean
red's place was fantastic great location plenty of space clean -- i wouldn't hesitate to book again
everything was clean the furniture in good condition and the location superb
great place and great host
in addition red was extremely responsive before and throughout our stay here
red responded quickly to my texts and was helpful
the location is fantastic
great place in an amazing location
the configuration and location was perfect for us
we loved the location we’d definitely come back
great location across the street from the west end beach
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3. Dog and kid-friendly cabin with awesome views (from USD 346)

Sierra Haven is your lovely mountain home in Tahoe Donner near Lausanne Way in Truckee and Northwoods Drive. It is also around 15 minutes away from the beach, pier, mountain trails, water sports, and golf courses. The main floor above the two-car garage is accessible by stairs. Under the cathedral ceilings sharing the open space is a lounge with sofas and TV, a U-type open kitchen, and a dining area. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer awesome views of the wilderness. Sliding doors from the dining area opens to the front deck for dining al fresco and grilling barbecue. All three bedrooms and two bathrooms that host six guests are at the rear of the house. The master’s bedroom has access to the back deck where you can sit back on Adirondack chairs and enjoy outdoor views. You can also ask for baby equipment when needed.

Dog Friendly and Newly Remodeled!
Truckee, California, United States
22 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire cabin 6 Beds 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen had everything we needed and the beds were very comfortable
clean organized and simple
very clean and has great lighting
very cozy and clean home
very clean and comfortable we would absolutely stay here again
comfortable spacious modern and clean stay
amazing house the host is very nice
nicely decorated and the owner is responsive
holly has honestly been one of the best host i've come across on airbnb
this is a wonderful place to stay in truckee
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4. Lakeside cottage with picturesque views (from USD 528)

This lovely home with its own boat dock is built right on the lakeshore surrounded by a forest. It is located 15 minutes away from Truckee’s shops and restaurants. Access to the house is challenging since you need chains on your four-wheel drive during winter. You also have to go down several stone steps and wooden stairs before reaching the front door. Enjoy picturesque views of the granite mountains from the property. Donner Lake is seen from the big windows that the house has. This self-catering home with two bedrooms and one bath hosts six guests comfortably. You can swim, fish, or ride the boat near the dock right outside this property.

Lake Front Home Donner Lake! Incredible Views!
Truckee, California, United States
86 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 3 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
view from every room was outstanding
very pretty views of the lake from both bedrooms and the living room
quiet cabin apartment on lake with private dock beautiful view
beautiful views warm cozy and everything we needed
comfy beds and did i mention the view? stunning
very clean and the dock was great for fishing
nice clean place on the shore of donner lake
the provided hand towels for drying hands/dishes smelled like they were used to clean up vomit
the place was clean and had everything we needed
the place was great spacious clean everything we needed
hosts were very responsive always trying to help resolve any issues
the hosts themselves were fantastic friendly helpful people
really responsive host made the experience very easy
i'd highly recommend this place and especially this host to other travelers
the owners did provide great directions to the cabin essential as it's tucked away
the location is very beautiful
great location on the lake
great space and close to sugarbowl and town
really loved being so close to the lake
location is amazing right on the lake
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5. A modern rustic chalet (from USD 963)

This amazing rustic chalet with modern interiors is built on a ridge overlooking Sierra Crest and Donner Lake. The unique Great Room is a multi-level open space with several seating areas for lounging and dining on different levels. There’s a sunken lounge for chatting around the warm stone fireplace and two dining areas beside the open L-type kitchen. Another elevated area contains a couple of leather seats and a wet bar for intimate talks while on the other side are cozy velvet sofas for lounging while watching Netflix. There are only two bedrooms but there are enough huge beds to sleep, six guests. Outside are a two-car garage and a wide back deck with a hot tub and a fire pit.

Sierra Rock Hus-Rustic Luxury and Views!
Truckee, California, United States
20 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire chalet 2 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were super comfy
wonderful view of lake enjoyed from all rooms and hot tub
amazing views gorgeous interior and the most amazing kitchen setup of any airbnb that i have ever seen
the kitchen is incredibly well appointed and the style and aesthetic were amazing
very gracious and attentive host
urban was also a very kind and responsive host quickly answering all questions
urban and kim are great hosts checking in is easy and everything is thought of
you won’t find another one like it and the hosts are responsive and wonderful to work with
if you appreciate finer things this is your place to stay
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6. Elegant pet-friendly mountain home

This stylish mountain home offers the best views of both Donner Lake and North of Lake Tahoe. Northstar, Sugar Bowl, Squaw, and Alpine are 10 minutes away. It’s a relaxing home base for guests wanting to swim, kayak, paddle, and windsurf on Donner Lake. The rental is on the ground floor of the owner’s home, and it has a separate entrance. The living room and the open kitchen share the common area that is warmed by an electric fireplace and heaters. A queen bed in the bedroom and a leather sofa bed in the living room sleep four guests comfortably. The wide yard has a cozy seating area where guests can enjoy lake views from across the street while their pets play on the grass.

Donner Lake & Mountain Views!!
Truckee, California, United States
233 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the sofa bed was also very comfortable
janet’s place is amazing and very cozy it looks just like the pictures
the apartment exceeded our expectations in comfort and convenience and we can't wait to visit again soon
we loved staying for a night in janet’s guest apartment
very comfortable and set up with everything you need to make it a good stay
it was very clean
the place was clean and as described
they keep it really clean and fairly updated
the place is perfect clean cozy and practical
the place was cozy and clean
the hosts are great and responsive
great place and great hosts
great stay the host is very friendly and quick to respond with any questions i had
appreciated janet’s quick friendly responses and hospitality
wonderfully communicative and flexible hosts
great location near donner lake
location is great short drive to everything
beautiful location right across from donner lake walking distance to the docks
great location being so close to donner lake (literally steps away) and downtown truckee
the location is absolutely perfect
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7. Large, amazing lakefront house

This huge lakeside house is perfect for large family outings and long-term stays. It’s in front of Donner Lake West End Beach State Park. It has high cathedral ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can enjoy great outdoor views while you’re lounging on the leather sofas or dining by the open kitchen. Guests can watch TV and get toasty by the fireplace. They can also hang out on the deck to get a tan or dine al fresco. The house has 3 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms with enough beds to sleep 14 guests. Visitors can swim, have picnics, do paddle boarding, and play volleyball or tennis at the West End Beach State Park during their stay.

Gorgeous lakefront escape with fireplace, close to skiing
Truckee, California, United States
24 reviews
Entire house 11 Beds 6 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the house was a comfortable fit for 6 adults
the home itself is wonderful and could be amazing with a deep clean and a little tlc
check in was super smooth with the lock box and the host was very responsive to questions
great location close to the lake
location was really great too
great location very short drive in comparison to diving 4 or5 hours to another location
location is amazing for sugar bowl and donner lake
thanks for providing in excellent place for our family to come together and celebrate the holiday
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8. Wonderful weekend getaway

The country-style cabin is near ski resorts, Squaw Valley, Donner Ski Ranch, Sugarbowl, and Northstar. It’s currently closed but will reopen once everyone has the COVID19 virus vaccine. A two-night stay is required in this lovely lakeshore home that offers splendid views of the lake and towering mountains. Enjoy the view from the vast private deck while dining outdoors and grilling some burgers. The spectacular view is also seen indoors through the large bay windows surrounding the kitchen, dining, and living room areas. This bungalow has three capacious bedrooms furnished with four beds big enough to sleep, six guests. Wi-Fi, HDTV, on-site parking, heating, indoor fireplace, and laundry facilities are provided.

Truckee, California, United States
44 reviews
Entire cabin 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the heated beds were amazing as well
the view is amazing and the cabin itself very comfortable and cozy
charming cozy and well-equipped cabin with a beautiful view
the living room had so many board games and card games that kept all of us entertained
the cabin has a rustic old school vibe but it's comfortable as well
spotless clean and full of tahoe charm
the house itself was very comfortable clean and bright
we live your place my boyfriend took care of all the shutting on/off and i cleaned
the hosts were very responsive
the host is very nice
the owner was very nice to respond every call we made
the owners were very responsive and helpful when we had questions
definitely nice place and host
great location with easy access from the freeway
we absolutely loved the location
this cabin is in an ideal location to enjoy all that donner lake and truckee has to offer
cute lil' town with shops and yummy food
great place great location detailed instructions great communication
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9. Tiny mountain escape

Blocks away from Donner Lake, 10 minutes to Truckee downtown and Sugar Bowl, and 20 minutes to Squaw, Alpine, and Northstar is a modern mountain cabin. This rental has been remodeled to provide four guests a cozy homestay. The main cabin features a spacious open-plan living space that has a lounge, TV, a linear kitchen with an island, a pantry, and a private bathroom. Guests have to climb a ladder to the attic-style bedroom that sleeps two on a double bed. The tiny cabin beside the main house houses the second bedroom. Here, guests can dine al fresco by the fire pit with fresh mountain air. It also has a paved driveway that accommodates four cars.

Modern Tiny Cabin Near Donner Lake
Truckee, California, United States
26 reviews
Entire cabin 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great kitchen cooking utensils and appliances (sorry no dishwasher)
the linens were wonderful and bathroom was like a spa
the kitchen is extremely well stocked
the place was clean and modern
the cabin is modern comfortable functional and impeccably clean
stephanie was a great host
stephanie was also a great host responded quickly and was flexible with our requests
stephanie was an incredibly communicative and gracious host
stephanie was very responsive and helpful
she was immediately responsive and helpful with questions we had
the location was perfect for skiing at sugar bowl yet close to picturesque donner lake
the cabin is very well located a short walk from donner lake and minutes from sugar bowl
and the location was wonderful - quiet/residential and conveniently located to everything in the truckee/tahoe area
its very cozy modern and in a great location
cute place layout decor and household items well thought out
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10. Private home with a hot tub

This luxurious lakeside home with a private deck is five minutes from Negro and Coldstream Canyon hiking trails. This modern country cottage features stylish interiors with an open concept on the main floor. Big picture windows are placed in all rooms so you have awesome outdoor views from any part of the house. The gourmet kitchen, classic dining area, and cozy living room share the main floor. There are enough cozy big beds in four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms to host eight guests on two floors. Out on the deck, guests can soak in the hot tub, grill barbecues, and have family meals on the patio table with a partial view of the lake.

Peaceful Home – Private Hot Tub, Near Donner Lake
31 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire home 4 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the house is clean and cozy with a lovely view from the hot tub
the bedrooms felt and looked tidy + clean
place was clean nice with lot of good amenities
a nice cozy cabin that is family friendly and very warm
fun place with easy access to donner lake and sugarbowl ski resort
great location turn key is very responsive to needs
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Lovely lakeside lodgings

The areas in and around Donner Lake offer a variety of luxurious lakeside lodgings. They provide a warm and relaxing family home with beautiful views of the lake and mountains. These Airbnb vacation rentals near Donner Lake, California will definitely meet your standards for the perfect lakeside homestays.

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