The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
What We Love
- The on-site Burton Snowboard School is considered the best in the world, and there are excellent hiking and mountain biking trails for summer jaunts
- Super-stocked kitchens with Viking appliances
- The 17,000-square-foot spa offers wood- and water-themed treatments
What To Know
- During this event, Jetsetter members can experience life in Tahoe as if they were members of the Ritz-Carlton Destination Club
- The resort caters mostly to families, with wagons to transport children, among other amenities
- In winter, the Ritz-Carlton Club Lake Tahoe is part of the ski resort’s midmountain experience, which includes an ice bar and snow beach
- The neighboring Ritz-Carlton hotel, where Manzanita restaurant and the spa are located, closes briefly during the spring and fall
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The Ritz-Carlton Club Lake Tahoe melts into its pine-laden landscape with sloping roofs, rough-hewn timber and slabs of local granite. Rambling but intimate, this cabin on steroids — part of the the Ritz-Carlton’s exclusive Destination Club — harks back to the great national park lodges of the early 20th century. Immense panoramic windows frame the chimneylike tips of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the swaths of forest around the hotel. Interiors have a clean-lined modernism tempered by warm tones, rustic materials and plush textures.
Bed & Bath
Club Residences feel like your family’s private mountain getaway, with a playful color scheme that’s a welcome break from the typical lodge rusticity — think a pumpkin-orange wall with peach and cinnamon armchairs and mint-green ottomans. Living rooms (with fireplaces, of course) open onto fully equipped kitchens with Viking appliances. Master suites with kingsize beds have walk-in closets and bathrooms with heated stone floors.
During prime winter and summer months, Destination Club visitors have access to the adjacent hotel’s facilities, including the excellent Manzanita restaurant, which offers such dishes as locally made Liberty Farms duck meatballs served with mission figs and lucques olives, or messy Prather Ranch grass-fed hamburgers. The spa has 16 rooms, with treatments themed around water and the woods. Then there are the slopes. You’ve got ski-in/ski-out access to local favorite Northstar’s runs. Mountain concierges will do whatever you ask: pull your boots off, greet you with warm chocolate chip cookies, collect your equipment for overnight storage, deliver you by skimobile to your snowboard lesson, or bring you a towel as you splash about in one of two slopeside pools (or one of the multiple hot tubs). In the summer, they can map out hiking trails, hook you up with mountain biking gear and plan other outdoor adventures.
How to Get There
In short, we had a fantastic stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe.
I was there to celebrate my birthday and ski and my best friend (non-skier) joined for part of the trip to celebrate with me.
There were a few service hiccups but nothing that would remotely make me reconsider staying here again next year.
I wanted to get away somewhere quiet and ski. Originally I had booked at the Four Seasons Whistler, but due to their lack of snow I switched to the Ritz Lake Tahoe. I emailed the general manager several days ahead of time for answers to some of my questions. I’ve had disappointing experiences at Ritz properties in the past and normally prefer the St. Regis or Four Seasons for luxury properties so I wanted to see how responsive the hotel was to my requests. The manager was very prompt and professional so I changed my plans.
Overall I had a fantastic time and so did my friend. The hotel is beautiful – felt like a large luxurious hunting lodge decorated for Christmas. We went during one the slowest weeks of the year which made a big difference. It was like having the resort to ourselves.
The Ritz is located mid-mountain. It’s very majestic especially as you drive up from Truckee. It’s about 55 minutes from the Reno airport to the resort. The hotel will arrange transportation for $250/each way. We used Uber and paid $60 going up and $120 coming back. The hotel itself is not located in any town. You can take a gondola from the hotel down to the “village.” The village is fine although typically overpriced for a ski town. I preferred spending my time on the slopes and at the Ritz.
We had a one bedroom suite. It worked out perfectly for us. Originally we had a corner room with floor to ceiling windows that had great views but was a bit warm. Many thanks to Chris at the front desk for seamlessly facilitating the transition. I believe the hotel upgraded me partially for my birthday, and partially for my status with Marriott/SPG – I am premiere platinum elite. There was a welcome gift of 1,000 points as well. Overall, aside from check in no one went out of their way to recognize my status but they really didn’t have to. The staff treated everyone wonderfully.
I cannot say enough good things about the ski concierge. Aubrey was amazing. Very professional and made sure the only time I had touch my boots and skis was when I was actually skiing. The hotel is truly ski in ski out which was a large factor in choosing it.
The spa is noteworthy as well. We didn’t get treatments but having access to the facilities that include a steam room, sauna, cold plunge shower, and indoor hot tub was wonderful after a long day on the slopes. The attendants, Louise and Thomas, took good care of me and were always happy to procure a glass of prosecco.
The outdoor pool is heated, but I found it a little too chilly to enjoy. We did love the outdoor adult hot tub. Nice and hot perched slopeside with beautiful views. There was no attendant to order drinks from but it may be due to low season.
Definitely check the s’mores by the fire pit from 4:30pm – 5:00pm every day. They had raspberry marshmallows that were delicious.
Housekeeping & Room Service
This is the only area I felt the hotel somewhat missed the mark. One evening housekeeping didn’t service clean our room despite a call for service hours earlier. Room service got our order wrong one night despite waiting an hour (and why it took that long is mystery as the hotel was virtually empty). However, I will say on the final evening Alejandra cleaned our room and she did a fantastic job. Keen eye and attention to detail, she should get a promotion.
Staff can make or break a luxury hotel and I have experienced plenty on both sides. Here, the staff make a beautiful resort something special. They go out of their way to ensure you have a good time. I stack all ski resorts against the Four Seasons Jackson Hole, and usually am sorely disappointed. This time however, I’m impressed. From the moment the bell captain, John, courteously greeted me and took my luggage to the waiter, Nick, in the lobby who personally returned my friend’s phone, this staff goes above and beyond.
Fantastic resort, beautiful location perfect for getting away from it all, and a staff that does everything they can to ensure you truly enjoy your stay.
I stayed here for a wedding this past summer and had a fantastic time at the hotel. The hotel is sitting up on the mountain with beautiful views in the summer and winter. I got to enjoy the pool and the smores they had out by the campfire at night- lots of fun!
A beautiful setting just about 30 minutes from North Shore Lake Tahoe. The staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating. The room was large and very comfortable. We stayed late November and the snow was minimal. People were skiing (lifts right outside hotel) but we were mid week so it was very quiet. There are 2 wonderful pools kept at about 82 degrees (one attached to the spa so it isn’t open until 9 am.) I am a daily gym user and swimmer so I was very happy. The fitness room has lots of equipment...treadmills, ellipticals bikes, weights etc. The restaurant is very nice and again the staff is very friendly and efficient. The smaller coffee bar was closed so we either had to eat in the full service restaurant or go into town. We ate in town one evening and the hotel has a great shuttle so you don’t have to drive. All in all, we had a very nice stay.
Fantastic!! Club room levels are definitely worth it.., great food and drink offerings all day. Warm soup and sandwiches in the afternoon after a day of skiing.
The rooms are well appointed with a gas fireplace. Views are amazing of the snowy mountain.
They haves s’mores in the afternoon for everyone in the hotel. The lobby is always charming and really nicely decorated each year for Christmas. We have stayed here a few times and now it is our number one choice for a ski destination.
Ski in and ski out is great too! Takes minimal effort to get on the slopes.
The hotel property is very nice. The rooms and common areas probably rank in the middle of the pack of luxury hotels we’ve visited. The ski/snowboard amenities are truly outstanding.
We arrived with a fully loaded SUV and fully loaded roof box in the middle of a snowstorm with four people’s snowboard gear. The hotel valet promptly unloaded both and sent clothes to the room and all snowboard gear to the “ski valet”. The ski valet is really the reason to stay at this hotel. They will hold onto all of your snow gear and keep your board or skis on the mountain ready to go. And the hotel is truly slopeside. I’ve never had such a convenient ski/snowboard experience. The ski valet is really the reason to stay at this property. In addition, the gear shop next to the ski valet is affiliated with the mountain, so you can dial “0” from your room and simply ask to have private lessons or passes booked. It is just amazingly convenient.
Afternoon s’mores and hit chocolate on the patio every afternoon were a hit.
Great value with the American Express fine hotels and resorts program.