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
I made the mistake of staying at the residence in Lake Tahoe NOT THE RITZ EXPERIENCE FOR SURE although you will get a nice large room for a very good price the quality of service over there is weak to say the least. I am a gold member at Ritz and usually get the club for free but didnt get it for free cause of my stay at the residences instead. When i approached Nate and asked told him i would pay for the club he said it wasnt an option but after i walked away somewhat disappointing he offered me a free breakfast at Manzanita WHAT??? i want going to take but i did. Then i had an issue at the pool and it wasnt even his area and he stepped up when down there and solved the issue. This guy goes above and beyond his job duties unlike the people at the residences. He will be a GM soon and i only hope i stay at the property he oversees because it will be unreal. Good guy made a real impression on me...
We love lodge like hotels and this one overall does not disappoint. It is set high on a mountain surrounded by a pristine pine forest and it is a great place to just sit back and relax and take it all in.
One of the highlights of the hotel for us was our room which had a nice warm look to it with earth tone colors and comfortable furniture including two leather chairs in front of a gas fireplace with a TV above it. The fireplace flame, however, was a little weak. One of the best features of the room was that it was wider than the typical hotel room with a wall of floor to ceiling windows of varying widths offering expansive views. Unfortunately most rooms at the hotel only come with a Juliette balcony, thus you have no opportunity to sit outside your room in the warm summer months. The bathroom was spacious with lots of sand color marble, two sinks, a soaking tub, separate shower, and a water closet. Unlike many hotels these days, there was ample storage space in the room, with two closets nicely hidden behind wood paneled doors, and good drawer space.
The rest of the hotel is just as attractive as the room and continues the lodge look and atmosphere to good effect. The hotel has a few dining options with the main one being Manzanita where we had breakfast each day and one lunch. The food was good and the décor stylish with good use of light wood and stone.
The amenities at the hotel were very nice overall and bountiful. The hotel has two pools, a main one, and an adult only spa pool. Both are big with pretty views. The gym is large by hotel standards with a fair amount of workout equipment and cardio machines plus two class rooms. In addition to being an attractive space, the rooms have plenty of windows with views of the pools and trees. The full service spa is large with features that include a hot tub, sauna, and steam room. This space is open to guests regardless if they are getting a treatment or not for no extra fee.
The same cannot be said of the new offsite Lake Club which is only available to a limited number of guests per day who make a reservation in advance and are willing to pay hundreds of dollars per room per visit depending on the daily rate which changes, I assume based on demand. This exclusivity may not be obvious to a casual viewer on the hotel website. We did figure it out before arriving so our disappointment with not being able to visit the club was known to us in advance. We just could not justify the cost for what would have been an hour or two visit. The club looks amazing so it is unfortunate that it has been set up as a private location where you really need to spend at least half a day to get your money’s worth. I think branding it as an affiliated property with limited Ritz guest privileges would have been a smarter way to go. As it is, you already have to pay a resort fee of $38 and the required valet parking fee is $40 not including taxes.
The hotel is about fifteen minute drive in different directions to the beautiful lake or the small pretty western styled town of Truckee. The location may seem a little remote, but this is the type of hotel you should go to relax and enjoy the property and its surroundings which is pretty much what we did.
The hotel is what I would expect from a luxury mountain hotel. They have just about anything you would want and way too many activities to list here.
My room had windows that opened, which was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. It took me a bit to figure out how to use the Nespresso coffee maker - the provided picture instructions were not very helpful. But eventually I got it, and now I want one!
The service was either fabulous or non-existent. General hotel staff were exceptional. But housekeeping was not. Some days my coffee area was restocked, some days it wasn’t. My minibar was never restocked. One afternoon I sat by the pool but couldn’t get any service. The poolside bar/grill seemed to close at different times each day, which is frustrating if you are trying to eat there. Small matters, but for what you pay to stay here, and what the hotel portrays itself to be, I expected better.
There are several hiking trails nearby and the scenery once you get away from the ski area, is beautiful. The whole area is very lovely.
This place is amazing!!
Its a chalet on the top of the mountain..
Beautiful views. Warm friendly lobby. Pet friendly.
We did not have a pet but lots of other guest had a furry friend with them.
The food was delicious. Great friendly staff.
It was nice taking the gondola down to the village in the summer.
I had no idea how many rocks we ski over in the winter. Omg!!! Hope Idont lose it this winter.
I will for sure come back here in the winter.
I love my Ritz experience..
For once, I had an opportunity to tack on a personal day to a work travel event. After a week of long hours, the Ritz provided everything needed to rest and recuperate before a long flight home. The surrounding views are stunning, service exceptional and personal, and every little detail as expected for a Ritz property z. I will be back, hopefully with my hub or the next time.