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
Was here for the SPA service. I reserve on line first so when walk in they give a warm welcome. The SPA has a relax lounge with bottle water, tea and magazines to relax which can use before and after spa. There is a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and cold shower for use. The locker room use digital lock which is convenience. The spa service was very relax and professional. They have nice shower area. Except the indoor facility, there is also an outdoor pool which has amazing view of the mountain. If spa here, they provide complimentary valet parking. A great place to relax yourself.
Just spent two nights for my wife’s birthday. Upon arrival the clerk was checking to see if he could upgrade us based on Marriott status. He said he could give us a one bedroom suite but we would need to wait about 30 to 40 minutes. We went to the bar and had a drink. When the room was ready they told us the drinks were on the house because of the delay they caused. Very unexpected surprise. All the meals were excellent. Room was very nice with 2 bathrooms, separate bedroom and sitting room. Great shower. My wife used the spa and had a massage, she was very happy with it. My only complaint is the wine prices are very high in the restaurant marked up 3 to 4 times. Overall excellent property and service and we will return.
Stayed two nights last week at the Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe in a one bedroom suite. Prices are what one can expect at a Ritz Carlton, even during shoulder season. Everything was five star and no negatives were noted. The gondola over to Northstar was not operational due to time of year. Highly recommend cocktails at the Highlands Bar before dinner in Manzanita. Ask bartender Conner his version of a margarita. Dinner at Manzanita was superb with no negatives noted. Many of the tables allow for view of the open kitchen so ask for one of those tables.
Parking is valet only at $45.00 per night and $50.00 for day parking only. You cannot park to take a look around the property.
The one bedroom suite provides two complete bathrooms, two televisions, and two gas fireplaces. The balconies are stand up only also called a Juliet balcony.
Grounds are well maintained with heated pool and two outdoor spas along with fire pits and a few hammocks amongst a few pine trees.
The hotel appears to be mainly set for skiing but is fine for just relaxing. There is a large area called the “Living Room” where drinks and light meals can be enjoyed with multiple fireplaces and varied seating/tables.
I recommend this Ritz Carlton but it has a Truckee address for a reason as it is ten plus miles from Lake Tahoe. There are many add on fees to the base room charge so be prepared for another $100.00 plus in charges for each day that also includes the resort fee, at least for a one bedroom suite.