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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 579 Reviews
Hall family reunion
Reviewed 13 hours ago

Staff was amazing. Special thanks to Anna in the dining room and Salome of housekeeping. Also really enjoyed the treetops adventures. Meals were great with concern for special diets. We were made to feel welcome. Staff went out of their way to be helpful.

A place to get away
Reviewed 3 days ago

This old ski resort was quite pleasant in the summer time. We were there only a few days but there is not a lot to do here, except relax by the pool or walk the nearby trails. Definitely recommend the Treetop Adventure which is adjacent to the resort. It'd be a fun place to come with a large group of family or friends and spend a weekend. We had a family suite and you could have made big meals and entertained quite a number of people. Having two sinks in the

Cabin like feel in the pines- perfect for large group
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was attending an event with kids and it was a good location. The pine trees set the setting. Take the time to look up to the sky ( with sun block because the sun is fierce during the day. ) The room was a cross of rustic and it had everything you need (kitchen, bath, cable, fireplace, balcony, ceiling fan. ) Note there is no air conditioning. It would have been hot during the day but I was not in the room during the day. The temp drops at night so it was fine at night with fans. It may need updating for those into the newest decor but it did not impact my stay at all. I want clean and comfortable and personally am not so concerned about it being uber modern. Plus I liked the soft cabin feel. ( wood ceilings and beams) I enjoyed the room in the evening with some HGTV to relax after a busy day.

The buffet line had lots of choices and some of the best fried chicken ever. The ribs got good reviews in our group too. Salad was also always an option. The staff was quick to clear plates and to refill as necessary.

I was in deerwander 51A. This is NOT a handicap accessible room and most are not. 27 stairs inside ( yes, my son counted- and 45 total to get to meals) and the bathroom is tight. Lots of steps. This is hilly property.

There is internet too. And a pool and whirl pool and sauna and tennis courts.

There was an incident with our group that a staff member had to be removed from the property due to bigotry addressed to a child. It was handled promptly but be aware it can happen anywhere. Those involved informed us the property was responsive.

Great Summer getaway !!!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perfect for a summer getaway, with so much to do close by. The staff was very helpful. We were able to get a last minute reservation after an 11 hour drive. The room and the view through the tress was awesome. Our room had a small fridge in it, I'm not sure if other rooms have larger ones.

90's Ski Lodge on the Mountain
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good place to stay on the way through California, with breakfast included and an outdoor spa at the base of a mountain. Wouldn’t stay here for more than one night off season as it seemed to be primarily aimed at the winter season.