The Best Hotels in Carson City for Exploring Nevada Beyond Vegas

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McFadden Plaza in Carson City.
Historic attractions and outdoor excursions make Carson City a lode of travel riches. Photo credit: Carson City Tourism/Jena Hubert

Located about a half hour south of Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Carson City, Nevada makes a fantastic base camp for exploring this region. First time traveler to non-Las Vegas Nevada? Prepare to be wowed by its distinctive combo of historic attractions, unique Western vibe and rich array of outdoor recreation opportunities.In Carson City check out the Nevada State Capitol, the Nevada State Museum and these local gems:

SheBuysTravel Tip: Headed to Carson City in late October? Don’t miss the grand annual Nevada Day Parade!

Hot air balloons at the Nevada Day festival.
Hot air balloons and a grand parade downtown mark the annual Nevada Day festivities! Photo credit: Carson City Tourism

Ready for some outdoor recreation? Biking and hiking opportunities abound:

Tranquil waters at Lake Tahoe.
The blues of Lake Tahoe are not to be missed in any season! Photo credit: Travel Nevada

Day Trips from Carson City

But the best is yet to come in addition to great local attractions, Carson City gives you access to fabulous day trips:

  • Lake Tahoe! You can’t come this far without checking out this NV/CA beauty. Staying in Carson City gets you more bang for you hotel buck while avoiding the traffic of the lake’s main road. Zephyr Cove, Sand Harbor, Incline Village and other gorgeous spots on the east side of the lake make great days trips from Carson City.
  • Want to mix up scenic lake beauty with a roll of the dice? Carson City is a 35-45 minute drive from the casinos at Stateline, Nevada and South Lake Tahoe.
  • Step back in time to the mining heyday of northern Nevada with a visit to nearby Virginia City.
  • Here in winter? Hop over to one of the ski resorts perched above Lake Tahoe!
  • Willing to get up a bit early? In about 2.5 hours you could be in Yosemite National Park’s eastern, less-crowded wonderland, Tuolumne Meadows. Be sure to check out local legendary eatery/gas station The Tioga Gas Mart/Whoa Nellie Deli with views of Mono Lake.
The Carson City Capitol Building.
Get the most out of your visit with a walking tour of Carson City’s historic downtown! Photo credit: Carson City Tourism

Hotel Overview

In Carson City you’re going to find primarily cheap hotels and solid 3-star hotel options. If luxury accommodations are important to you, you’ll need to pony up for the resorts on Lake Tahoe.

If you’re cool with great value, and heading into and out of Tahoe for the day, hold on to your dollars and give Carson City a try as your base camp.

Unless noted, all hotels include amenity basics like free wifi, free parking and free cancellation with advance notice (check each hotel for how much advance notice is required).

A biker traverses rocks on the Flume Trail at Lake Tahoe.
The Lake Tahoe ridge trail just outside Carson City is a mountain biker’s dream! Photo credit: Travel Nevada

I-580 Corridor

North to south along Interstate 580 you’ll find familiar chain hotel options offering great value and location for your Carson City stay. You can’t go too wrong with any of these options make sure your favored amenities are covered and think about where you want to redeem or build points.

Hampton Inn & Suites Carson City

10 Hospitality Way
Carson City, NV 89706
(775) 885-8800

Ok readers, full transparency: I stayed at this hotel during a weekend cross-country ski getaway in Tahoe with my partner at the time. I still remember the lofty, open air lobby and being so glad we’d decided not to skimp with something really cheap. I can’t say the relationship worked out, but the hotel sure did, and I’ve been a fan of Hampton ever since! Amenities include:

  • EV charging
  • Pet-friendly, with $75 fee
  • Indoor pool and hot tub (so needed after all those Tahoe outdoor hikes & biking!)
  • Fitness center
  • Free hot breakfast
  • Refreshed room decors

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Carson City, An IHG Hotel

4055 N Carson St
Carson City, NV 89706
(775) 283-4055

I’m a big fan of the minifridge amenity, especially when traveling to locations where I’ll be doing a lot of outdoor recreation. So my eyes lit up when I saw the hotel’s room pic featuring the minifridge and microwave wall niche. Other standard Holiday Inn Express amenities include:

  • Free Express Start Breakfast
  • Signature hot cinnamon rolls
  • Free wifi
  • Indoor pool and hot tub
  • Fitness center (but, really, just get outside and do some area hikes or biking or walking tours!)
  • Pet-friendly, with $75 fee
The kitchen and bedroom in a My Place Hotel suite.
A fully functioning kitchen (but you bring the supplies!) is their signature difference. Photo credit: My Place Hotel

My Place Hotel

17 Hospitality Way
Carson City, NV 89706
(775) 885-2900

If you enjoy or need the ability to cook for yourself while traveling, My Place might be the chain for you. A bit of a catch: You supply the pots, pans, utensils, etc. to make the great end-of-day meal after strolling the Kit Carson historic building trail through town, or biking and swimming at Lake Tahoe.

So, if you’re on a road trip and have these things with you or plan to be in the area for an extended stay and can purchase them it’s hard to beat what this hotel offers in terms of cost-saving on meals.

  • Pet-friendly (with fee)
  • Laundry facilities onsite
  • Free wifi
  • Signature “Breakfast in Bed:” Select your breakfast from the menu at check-in, and pre-packaged breakfast will be delivered to your refrigerator the previous day.
  • Note: no pool on site

Staybridge Suites Carson City, an IHG Hotel

972 Retail Ct
Carson City, NV 89706
(775) 350-7339

Staybridge describes itself as offering “upscale extended stay” accommodations and I can’t argue with that. Next time I get to Carson City with family or friends, this is where I’m headed!

  • Outdoor pool and hot tub
  • Spacious, beautiful outdoor patio with fire pit, seating areas and grills
  • Laundry facilities for guests
  • Fitness center
  • Free wifi
  • Spacious, contemporary rooms with fully-equipped kitchens
  • Knowledgeable front desk staff can offer great recommendations for day excursions in the area.

The hotel representative at Staybridge Suites reminded me about this gem, which has been restored and updated since I last traveled through Carson City. Looking for some R&R? Carson City Hot Springs, now with onsite brewery and restaurant makes for a fabulous day trip.

Gold Dust West Carson City

2171 E William St
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 885-9000

If you’d like an old-school stay-and-play experience for your Carson City trip, then the Gold Dust West can’t be beat! With onsite dining and casino, you can play indoors to your heart’s content.

  • Outdoor pool
  • Onsite casino
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Note: no pets
  • Just down the road from Empire Ranch Golf course
The Fox Hotel and Brewpub.
With buildings like these, who needs chain hotels? A glimpse of a bygone era. Photo credit: Travel Nevada

Hotels in the I-395/City Center Corridor

These hotels offer easy access to day-trip locations too, but they also get you closer to historic downtown Carson City. Stroll along the Kit Carson Walking Tour route, or hang out at McFadden Plaza. Other nearby “only in Carson City” attractions include the Nevada State Capitol and historic Fox Hotel.

A double room at the Days Inn Carson City.
Good value and basic accommodations at this popular low-cost chain. Photo credit: Days Inn by Wyndham

Days Inn by Wyndham Carson City

3103 N Carson St
Carson City, NV 89706
(775) 297-4690

If you’d like to save your dollars for the slots and need a cheap place to stay with your dog, then Days Inn might be your best pick. Great location, consistent value.

Rodeway Inn Carson City main building.
Great location and hard-to-beat prices. Photo credit: Rodeway Inn

Rodeway Inn at Nevada State Capitol

1300 N Carson St
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 883-7300

“Affordable convenience in the state capital” is how Rodeway describes itself and in this case they’re right on the money. Oh, and money is what you’ll save for other experiences and outings on your Carson City vacation.

  • Pets welcome
  • Outdoor pool
  • Mini fridge in rooms (check on this; photos vary in kind and location of fridge)

Hardman House

917 N Carson St
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 882-7744

Need a break from the chain hotels but also need a low price? Check out downtown’s Hardman House, a multi-generationally owned hotel in the city center.

  • Evening wine and cookies
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free underground parking
Exterior view of the Plaza Hotel.
With lots of room options, you can find just what you need at the Plaza Hotel. Photo credit: Carson City Plaza Hotel

Carson City Plaza Hotel & Event Center

801 S Carson St
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 883-9500

Another centrally-located, non-chain option, the Plaza Hotel has the advantage of offering full-suite accommodations, complete with equipped kitchens and living/sitting areas. Onsite business center and event facilities should you need to combine work and leisure.

The Federal Hotel in Carson City (exterior).
Get in the spirit of Nevada old-style gaming at the Federal Hotel. Photo credit: The Federal Hotel

The Federal Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection

900 S Carson St
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 883-0900

Another stay-and-play option for your Carson City adventure, The Federal Hotel has an onsite casino, bar/lounge and restaurant. If you’ve never stayed somewhere like this before and you aren’t with your kids and/or dog roll the dice and try something new!

Double room at the Courtyard Marriott in Carson City.
Soothing rooms offer space and rest after a day (or night!) of play. Photo credit: Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott Carson City & Casino Fandango

3870 S Carson St
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 887-9900

Want to stay-and-play but with an upgrade in amenities and decor? The Courtyard by Marriott at the south end of town, near the road which takes you up to Lake Tahoe, is a great option. Inviting guest rooms and fresh contemporary decor won’t feel like you’re at a casino hotel, even though you are.

  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Laundry facilities on site
  • Note: no pets, no guests under 21
  • Casino Fandango next door

Need some cheap hotel options in the city center area, and don’t care about star rating? You can also try these tried-and-true national chain options, all conveniently located in central Carson City:

  • America’s Best Value Inn
  • Super 8 by Wyndham
  • Motel 6

Looking for extended stay options, or wanting to relocate to this amazing area? Check out the extended stay suites options above, or search for local rentals.

A writer, educator and mama living in Walla Walla, Washington, Jennifer has spent the past decade living in the shrub-steppe deserts of California, Colorado and Washington. But she’s really most at home in the tropical forests of Indonesia and coastal Washington. Check out recent nonfiction at The Threepenny Review and
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