The largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe sits across the California and Nevada border in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. It offers a year-round adventurer’s playground, from cruising, swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking in the summer to world-famous slopes for skiing and boarding in the winter. Tahoe also hosts some especially luxurious accommodation options, so if you’re looking for the total package here, be sure to book one of these luxury resorts.
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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino (Prices & Photos)
The Hyatt Regency lies on the Nevada side of the lake in Incline Village, an area known for its more tranquil, nature-oriented scene. From here you’ll be able to enjoy multiple scenic trails for hiking and take advantage of its lakeside location for a refreshing summer dip or enjoying just about every water sport imaginable. Guests can also try their luck at gambling in the Grand Lodge Casino, enjoy rejuvenating treatments at its Stillwater Spa, the largest and most comprehensive spa in Tahoe, swim in the large indoor/outdoor pool with a lazy river, or tee off on one of the lakeview golf courses that are just minutes away.
Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe (Prices & Photos)
The Ritz-Carlton is the crème de la crème when it comes to Tahoe resorts. It’s the first and only AAA Five Diamond mountain resort in California, set in a mid-mountain location on Northstar California Mountain, providing access not only to winter sports but to summer activities like hiking, fly fishing, biking and watersports – all just steps from your door. This year-round luxury resort features elegant rooms and suites with fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling window as well as a 17,000 square-foot mega spa that sits at slope-side. Treatments are focused around the water and woods and include ladies’ and gentleman’s lounge areas with sauna, steam and whirlpool. Fine dining at the Manzanita features rustic California cuisine with mountain influences, while the “Marshmology” experience including the “Art of the S’more,” around the fire pit each evening is sure to please both kids and the kid-at-heart.
Edgewood Tahoe (Prices & Photos)
The Edgewood Tahoe is located on the 235-acre property of the Edgewood Tahoe golf resort on the shores of South Lake Tahoe. When you walk into the lobby with its 38 foot tall ceilings and stellar views of the lake, you will realize you have found one of the best places to stay on the lake. This LEED-designed lodge has 154 luxury guest rooms, a 8,500 sq. ft. spa and salon, outdoor fire pits, 40-person outdoor hot tub, heated pool, 200-seat bistro restaurant, 3,000 sq. ft. ballroom, adventure center, kids camp, and premium shopping. Room amenities include private access to the Edgewood beach, feather comforters and excellent views of the water and the mountains.
Resort at Squaw Creek (Prices & Photos)
This was the location of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and it’s been one of the most popular destinations for luxury tourists since then. There’s no denying the charm of this place, no matter what season it may be. The resort is surrounded by lush greenery that’s contrasted by the beautiful skies. You can get a completely deluxe mountain home experience with access to all the benefits and amenities of a full-service resort. You’ll even have access to a shopping plaza on the premises, so you’ll never have the need to ever leave the area.
Grand Residences by Marriott (Prices & Photos)
Located in South Lake Tahoe (on the California side of the lake), the spacious lodgings at the Grand Residences by Marriott are ideal for vacationing families. Skiers appreciate that the gondola up to the Heavenly Ski Resort is just steps from the front door. When you need to thaw, take a dip in the hotel’s heated pool or hot tub. Because this is a Grand Residence, the rooms are owned by Marriott Vacation Club members, meaning that the amenities resemble those of timeshares more than hotel rooms; you’ll get a fully equipped kitchen and dining area. Even though the resort does not charge for Wi-Fi usage, the $29 per day valet parking fee galled many recent guests. This property is a Marriott Rewards category 8, meaning that members need at least 35,000 points to book a free night.
Harrah's Lake Tahoe (Prices & Photos)
With 18 stories that show off the beautiful views of Lake Tahoe with Sierra Nevada in the backdrop, Harrah’s is one place that will take your breath away. The interior of this place will make you feel as if you’re outdoors already. This award-winning hotel is the ultimate destination for those who are looking to have a luxurious yet entertaining experience. You’ll have access to the world-famous South Shore Room, and of course, Harrah’s well-known Casinos. It’s the ultimate playground for adults, but don’t think that you can’t bring the kids along. There’s plenty for the family to enjoy together in the hotel.
Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn (Prices & Photos)
Built for the 1960 Winter Olympic delegation, this upscale village-style property is particularly appreciated for its bucolic grounds, which are crisscrossed by stone pathways and interspersed with Adirondack chairs. The hotel is situated within Squaw Village, and offers ski-in and ski-out accessibility. In terms of culinary options, the hotel offers a formal restaurant known for its wine list, as well as a more casual bar and lounge. The grounds are ample, with a number of wide pathways for walking and skiing in the winter months. The small outdoor pool, set among pine trees, and an adjacent hot tub. The meeting room and event hall are airy and bright, with lots of natural light and exposed beams.
Old Greenwood by Tahoe Mountain Lodging (Prices & Photos)
The four-pearl Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging offers direct access to Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort, with plenty of nearby upscale shopping and dining found via cobblestone streets. Housed in separate lodges in the quaint Village at Northstar, the spacious, luxe rooms include kitchens, surround-sound TV systems, and fireplaces. A heated pool, underground parking, and the beautiful mountain setting are added bonuses. However, it can be difficult to find a room here in winter, and rates may increase depending on availability.