The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
What We Love
- The 17,000-square-foot spa
- Daily marshmallow roasts
- In-room gas fireplaces
- Ski-in, ski-out access
What To Know
- The hotel offers gondola rides to the Village at Northstar California Resort, which houses its own ice skating rink
- Kids can partake in a specially designed program with interactive games, crafts, and mountain-related activities
- The property has two swimming pools
- The Lake Club, an exclusive clubhouse with access to summer recreation on Lake Tahoe, requires separate reservations
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Luxe alpine lodge with slopeside pools, mountain concierges, and snow-capped Sierra Nevada views
This mid-mountain stunner was always a standard-setter, with its plaid-accented guest rooms perfect for collapsing in after an action-packed day on the slopes, but it raised the bar even further by adding a waterfront club to its already-packed amenities menu. Accessible via complimentary shuttle bus, the new luxurious lakeside playground is tailor-made for unwinding, outfitted with an outdoor whirlpool, private pier, gratis kayaks, and complimentary beer and wine to boot. You’ll have a seriously tough time choosing from the countless ways to bliss out here: it also includes a stunning slope-side spa complete with a eucalyptus steam room and CBD-infused therapies and three restaurants (feast on laid-back grilled eats at Backyard & BBQ or creative pub fare like chorizo fondue and white cheddar ale soup at The Living Room, decked with its own fire pit). The vibe at Manzanita—arguably one of Tahoe’s best restaurants—is a tad more formal, thanks to refined Cali-fresh cuisine and sweeping Martis Valley views.
In the Area
If you can leave the retreat’s waterfront wonderland, get to know your pine-clad backdrop: summer months are ideal for mountain biking and trekking, while ski season, which runs through April, brings a steady stream of visitors in the winter (steer clear of three-day weekends, if possible)—Lake Tahoe is home to the largest concentration of ski resorts in North America. The resort attracts a fair share of families courtesy of its multiple kid-friendly options, which include an Indoor Campout Package consisting of a mini-tent, featherbed, and s’mores kit; a daily kids’ program uses scavenger hunts and games to better acquaint younger guests with the surrounding peaks.
How to Get There
I’ve been both in Summer and in Winter. During the summer you can get discounted rooms but you need to have a car to explore the activities. The hotel is definitely set up for families and their service level to children is very good. Always there to offer free sunglasses that kids likely forgot at home or s’mores in evening around the big camp fire. It’s a small chair lift ride to ice skating and dinner. A must is renting really nice ski boats for inner tubing and skiing while exploring the lake on the north shore. You could do this everyday but the boats aren’t cheap. You can also take the boats to one of the many dock restaurants for lunch. We also went on the ropes course not far away.
In winter you have immediate chair lift access and ski in ski out is a breeze. Winter time makes this resort feel even more special and the heated pool and hot tub is a great spot to chill out after skiing all day.
We had a 2 bedroom suite with kitchen so you can cook for a large family and save some money and spend time together. All in all this is a quality resort.
It started out a great trip for the family and then day 2 was horrible. Never been treated in a discrimination way before. I have stayed at several Ritz Carlton hotels all over United states and this hotel manager not the GM but the manager was very unprofessional. My family does not want to stay and now we have to stay at another hotel for the rest of the weekend
This is the second year I come here. The first year was great but this year everything was good but housekeeping left my door open. Not sure how long it was but this is unacceptable. It is not pleasant when you come back to your room and feel insecure.