The skiing at Lake Tahoe may attract floods of tourists each winter, but the area has plenty to offer visitors regardless of the season. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the hiking, biking, and fishing opportunities, while those who prefer their home comforts will find enough boutiques, spas, and gaming to keep them entertained around the clock. The various accommodation options studded around the area range from stylish little boutiques and cozy cabins to huge, all-inclusive resorts and upmarket hotels. Whether you’re traveling alone or with the family, looking for outdoor adventure or indoor entertainment, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to lodging. To help you plan your ideal getaway, we’ve rounded up 20 of the best hotels in Lake Tahoe.
20. Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa
For those looking for accommodation that combines comfortable rooms with a superb range of amenities, Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa is sure to please. Along with its stylish, well-equipped selection of rooms and suites, the resort comes complete with a full complement of recreational activities: the Onsen Salon & Spa offers a superb selection of treatments for those in need of some R&R (not to mention several saunas, whirlpools, and a fitness center), the onside casino has all the slots and table games gamblers could wish for, while the chic Opal Ultra Lounge nightclub will keep partygoers happy from dusk to dawn.
19. Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Chief among Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel’s attractions is its location: situated in an idyllic spot at the foot of Heavenly Mountain and half-a-mile from the lakeshore, few other hotels in South Lake Tahoe can match its peaceful setting. Its location is far from the only appealing feature of the resort, however: along with the heated indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, and three garden atriums, there’s also a suburb restaurant serving up a range of contemporary dishes, and a blissfully restful full-service spa. Guest rooms are modern, spacious, and come with all the home comforts and luxurious finishing touches you’d expect.
18. Harveys Lake Tahoe
Great rates combine with superb amenities at the excellent Harveys Lake Tahoe. While some of the rooms are a little on the dated side, the supremely affordable rates (not to mention the on-site pool and suburb range of concert venues, nightlife options, and gaming opportunities (including slot machines, table games, and a race and sportsbook center)) makes it easy to overlook the slightly faded decor.
17. Emerald Bay Lodge
Granted, Emerald Bay Lodge doesn’t have the same number of frills and spills as many of the more upmarket resorts and hotels peppered around Lake Tahoe, but if you’re looking for cheap, cheerful accommodation in a great setting, it’s more than worthy of your attention. With its great location and easy proximity to a clutch of nearby shops and restaurants, it offers plenty by way of local entertainment. While the accommodation itself is on the basic side, the outdoor pool, barbecue area, business center, and snack bar make it a great option for families and business travelers on a budget.
16. Marriott’s Timber Lodge
With its close proximity to the Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort, the Marriott’s Timber Lodge makes the perfect base for skiers. Even those who prefer huddling by the fireside with a warming beverage can’t help but be delighted by the Lodge’s superb range of amenities, which extend to villa-style lodgings complete with in-suite dining areas and kitchenettes, along with a variety of activities and videogame systems to keep kids just as happy as the adults.
15. West Shore Cafe & Inn
Located in an idyllic location within striking distance of the Homewood Ski Resort, the West Shore Cafe & Inn is a chic little hotel that combines all the little personal touches you’d expect of a boutique with the first-class range of amenities you’d want from a resort. While its valet service and superlative gourmet restaurant are both great features, it’s the rooms that really make the inn stand out from the crowd: its four mountain-themed guest suites and two guest rooms have all the home comforts and luxurious touches you could wish for, while their views over the lake are simply magical.
14. Squaw Valley Lodge
Combining home comforts with little splashes of luxury, Squaw Valley Lodge offers the ultimate in stylish retreats. Its ski-in, ski-out condominium-style suites are as well-appointed as they are equipped: expect superbly comfortable queen- and king-size beds, queen sleep sofas, and fully fitted kitchens. The spa, fitness room, pool, and patio offer plenty of opportunities for some serious R&R, while the uber-efficient concierge service will ensure your every want and whim is catered to. Rates are on the high side, but with a service this great, you’ll hear few complaints.
13. Basecamp Hotel Tahoe City
For those who prefer boutique hotels to giant resorts, Basecamp Hotel Tahoe City is ideal. With only 24 rooms to its name, it offers a personalized level of service that’s hard to fault. Its location in the Lake Tahoe Basin, meanwhile, is exemplary, offering outdoor enthusiasts all the nature and recreation they could possibly desire. The hotel itself is just as good as its location, offering guests a good range of amenities, an inviting lounge, stylish décor, and a restaurant serving up a great line in comforting classic cuisine.
12. Cedar Glen Lodge
Eco-warriors, rejoice. For those who like to pack their conscious when they go on vacation, Cedar Glen Lodge makes a perfect choice. With energy-efficient fixtures and low-flow plumbing, the Lodge’s green credentials are writ large across its numerous amenities. Which isn’t to say it’s sacrificed luxury for worthiness… with each of its 31 units offering handcrafted furniture, granite countertops, and tasteful décor, the Lodge has enough sumptuous little touches to keep more than just the green brigade happy. Factor in a wine bar, a heated pool, a hot tub, sauna, putting green and fire pit (not to mention the charming little beach positioned just across the street), and it’s easy to understand the lodge’s enduring appeal.
11. Granlibakken Tahoe
For friendly customer service and superb amenities, Granlibakken Tahoe represents a great choice. Rooms are well equipped with fireplaces and fully equipped kitchens with stoves, microwaves, toasters, full-sized refrigerators, dishes and cookware, while the range of fantastic onsite facilities include a yoga and meditation space, a year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub, a sauna, tennis courts, a gym, a winter ski, and sled hill, and a sumptuous spa. Situated in an idyllic 74-acre valley, Granlibakken Tahoe is the kind of retreat that weary city slickers dream off.
10. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino
If gambling is your primary reason for visiting Nevada, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino is a guaranteed winner. The on-site casino’s slots and table games offer multiple chances to tempt Lady Luck, while the vibrant South Shore Room and PEEK Nightclub offer plenty of alternative entertainment sources. Once you’ve had your fill of excitement, head to the Spa for a relaxing treatment or two, or while away a few hours lounging at the blissfully peaceful indoor pool. The rooms are just as exemplary as the rest of the site, with Gilchrist & Soames bath products and 300-thread-count sheets ensuring the utmost in comfort and luxury.
9. Tahoe Beach & Ski Club
Tahoe Beach & Ski Club offers amenities by the ton: in addition to the cabin-like accommodation, there’s volleyball and tennis courts, a heated outdoor pool, two hot tubs, a game room with foosball and pool tables, and even a 400-foot private beach. The accommodation can get a little noisy at times if there’s an event in the area, but overlook it and you’ll find delightful cabin-style rooms complete with partial or full kitchens, living rooms, and balconies.
8. Grand Residences by Marriott, Lake Tahoe
Families will find it hard to fault the spacious, kid-friendly accommodation at Grand Residences by Marriott. Each lodge-style room comes complete with full kitchens with fridges, ovens, dishwashers, glassware, and tableware, along with a separate seating and dining areas. 32-inch flat-screen TVs, phones with voicemail and DVD players come as standard, while many also have fireplaces and whirlpools. Its excellent location within the Heavenly Village, meanwhile, offers guests easy access to year-round entertainment, from boutique shopping and world-class dining to mini-golf and ice skating.
7. The Cedar House Sport Hotel
There’s a lot to love about the super stylish Cedar House Sport Hotel. With its boutique feel and contemporary mix of cozy ambiance and chic design, it’s a first-rate option for those looking to experience the best of Lake Tahoe outside of the larger resorts. The pop-up eatery, Stella, is a joy, while the hotel’s excellent setting gives guests ample opportunity to burn off the calories in the great outdoors. Best of all, the hotel is one of the few in the area that doesn’t just allow pets but welcome them with open arms (along with treats, beds, bowls and a list of dog-friendly local areas).
6. PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn
Whether you’re visiting Lake Tahoe in spring, summer, fall, or winter, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn makes a great choice of hotel. Winter visitors will love its ski-in/ski-out access, ski, and snowboard storage, while summer guests will be similarly delighted with the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. Regardless of the season, the excellent dining options and first-class Fitness Center are sure to please, as are the stylish guestrooms with their elegant decors and little touches of luxury.
5. Resort at Squaw Creek
If you want to fulfill your fantasy of escaping the hustle and bustle of modern life without giving up on any of its luxuries, the Resort at Squaw Creek may be just the ticket. Set in an idyllic location surrounded by nature and wildlife, it feels as far from the madding crowd as it’s possible to get. There’s nothing bucolic about the accommodation, however: guests can expect high tech luxuries like pillow-top beds, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and coffee makers in their rooms (along with gas fireplaces, kitchenettes, and stereos if they opt for a suite, and washer/dryers if they upgrade to a suite). Other facilities worthy of a mention include the fine-dining steakhouse, exemplary Italian restaurant, cozy pub, patisserie, poolside bar, and a full-service spa.
4. Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
If you’re looking for the kind of hotel that has everything you could possibly need under one roof, you’ll find it hard to beat the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino. Situated on the edge of Lake Tahoe’s northern shore in Incline Village, the hotel offers all the pastimes you’d expect to find in Nevada (gambling, world-class dining, and spa treatments being just a few). With iPod docking stations, minibars and flat-screen TVs coming as standard in each room and suite, along with a terraced area with warming outdoor fire pits, you may find it hard to leave the hotel, no matter how delightful the surrounding area.
3. The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe
The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe offers everything you could want: for the energetic, there’s a championship golf course; for those in need of some serious R&R, there’s a first-rate full-service spa. Gourmets can take their pick from 3 equally excellent restaurants, while all are sure to appreciate the sumptuous guest rooms with their own gas fireplace, private deck or terrace, soaking tub, and walk-in shower.
2. The Landing Resort & Spa
Set on the South Shore, the 77 room Landing Resort & Spa offers a luxurious, comfortable stay in one of Lake Tahoe’s best locations. Outdoor enthusiasts will find all the recreational activities they could wish for on their very doorstep, from fishing and golfing to skiing and snowmobiling. It’s not just the location that’s excellent: inside the resort, guests will find a divinely relaxing spa, an outdoor pool and hot tub, and a 2,000-wine vault. The California cuisine served up at Jimmy’s Restaurant will delight even the pickiest eater, while the comfortable rooms with heated bathroom floors, flat-screen TVs, and fireplaces are a delight.
1. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is one of those places we’d all love to visit at least once. Exemplary customer service combines with rustic (but still luxurious) furnishings, a suburb ambiance, and outstanding food. Its prime ski-in/ski-out location allows visitors the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoor delights of the surrounding landscape, while those who prefer to stay in the warmth will find everything they need to ensure a relaxing stay, including a sumptuous spa and guest rooms complete with their own stone fireplaces, comfortable beds, and sweeping mountain vistas.