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What We Love

  • A secluded resort in the trees above North Lake Tahoe, with complimentary breakfast includedThe lodge's TripAdvisor ranking as the number-one hotel in Tahoe City
  • Starting your day with complimentary breakfast, before your next adventure – perhaps a zip-line visit
  • Opening your bedroom windows and breathing in that fine mountain air
  • Getting in touch with your spiritual side with an outdoor yoga excursion or a spa treatment

What To Know

  • Sits on 74 forested acres, just a mile from Tahoe City
  • There's a high-ropes course, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and tennis court
  • Not wheelchair-accessible: There are no elevators and many stairs
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Overview

A relaxing stay at a cozy, tree-lined lodge in Tahoe City, near the beautiful lake, with breakfast included

The Lowdown

Perched high above beautiful North Lake Tahoe, amid the trees at 6,350 feet, Granlibakken Tahoe offers quiet comfort in a pristine setting. This tranquil property rests on 74 secluded, wooded acres in a scenic mountain valley, and its simple, country-style lodgings let nature (including the occasional bear) do the talking. That’s only appropriate, of course – its name is a Norwegian word to describe a hill sheltered by trees.
Winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and that site’s top Tahoe City hotel ranking, this cozy lodge is an ideal retreat for lake-lovers and alpine enthusiasts alike. With year-round recreation and activities, the property offers countless ways to enjoy yourself. Take a dip in the outdoor hot tub, go on a nature hike, explore the mountain on skis, sweat out your cares in the sauna, and enjoy a restful night’s sleep after a day in the great outdoors. Then wake up, inhale the clear mountain air, and repeat.

Rooms

Lodge bedrooms are spacious, quiet rooms on the outskirts of the resort. They feature remarkable treetop views, large bathrooms, and either a king, a queen or two double beds.

Dining

Granlibakken’s seasonally conscious breakfasts range between a hearty breakfast buffet, a made-to-order breakfast or a voucher at a local restaurant, depending on the time of year.Gran Spot, a new addition to Granlibakken, is the lodge’s coffee shop/café, serving gourmet Peerless coffee, snacks and a selection of alcoholic beverages on the weekends. It’s the perfect place to recharge after a day of recreation.

Spa

Granlibakken Spa is located amid nature, with rooms at the base of the Granlibakken Ski Hill, and views of the surrounding forest. Services include massages, facials and healing treatments.

Location

Tucked high above the water in the high-elevation woodlands above North Lake Tahoe, the resort couldn’t occupy a prettier setting. Located less than a mile and a half from Tahoe City, Granlibakken Tahoe is the perfect jumping off point for a host of recreational activities, including biking, golf, sport fishing, yoga and more.

How to Get There

Granlibakken Tahoe
725 Granlibakken Rd.
Tahoe City, CA 96145 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 661 Reviews
Overpriced, mediocre hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stay elsewhere. Room was outdated, furniture was ran down and beat up, and the “king” sized bed they advertised was actually two very uncomfortable, smaller mattresses shoved together. The only decent thing was the free breakfast buffet - food was good and the service staff was wonderful. Seems to me they’re capitalizing on a time when Granlibakken was the place to stay but they’re not maintaining the property to match. We would not stay here again, unfortunately. If they’re going to charge $260+ a night midweek, off-season, they need to majorly step up their game.

Great hospitality! Adorable lodge.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've stayed at the Granlibakken five times and each time I leave with gratitude for the staff and the tranquil nature of the grounds.

Pros: All the staff are so hospitable - they are truly excellent people. I have particular shoutouts for Osvaldo and Julio. Such wonderful and kind humans! The food is fantastic. Chef Ron does an amazing job. I don't know how he creates such culinary delights day after day for large groups of people, but I'm so glad he does! Alyssa at the spa onsite is a master masseuse. The onsite spa is a definite plus. As is the pool and jacuzzi. The Treetop Adventure course, which is on the outer edge of the lodge property, is fantastic! So fun. There are also great trails accessible from the lodge area that quickly get one into nature.

Cons: The only real con is the quality of the lodging units. They are more motel style than hotel style and because of the unique nature of the Granlibakken property (many of the units are individually owned and decorated) some are definitely more comfortable than others. But the one unfortunate constant is the poor sound dampening between units. If you are next door or underneath a loud person or group, you will definitely need earplugs! (if you are like me and a light sleeper)

Even with the above con, I love the Granlibakken and will most definitely be back. It is my go-to lodging choice when I visit Lake Tahoe.

Amazing place, bring your own sheets
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing location, great staff, excellent food. Beds don't have fitted bottom sheets and are too small for mattress and come un-tucked very quickly. Not a good nights sleep the whole week. If you are getting on in years you won't appreciate the steep stairs in some of the condos. Be sure to ask for a one story. The staff will go out of their way to accommodate. I am looking forward to next year!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff are so kind, the location is spacious and quiet, and the food they serve up is absolutely outstanding! Great job to all! Special shout out to Maria Estrada, Alejandra Fragoso Tapia, and Michelle Carolina Franco Campara for always going that extra mile! Blessings to you all, much gratitude.

The service makes it worth the stay!
Reviewed 1 month ago

The location is wonderful and I cannot say enough about the staff and the food. We went for a training workshop and despite the obvious age of the rooms and furniture it was a very pleasant stay due to the high quality of service. Osvaldo in the dining room was especially attentive to our whole group and always came up with an easy solution for anyone with an allergy or special request!

The surrounding property, trails, pool, hot tub and sauna were excellent options for downtime and relaxation. I would love to go back in the summer when the patios are fully set up!