The Best Luxury Hotels to Book in Lake Tahoe, USA

The vast grounds of the Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe are a great place to soak up mountain views
The vast grounds of the Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe are a great place to soak up mountain views | Courtesy of the Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe / Expedia
Callum Davies

Whether you’re in the market for a bohemian California experience or a neon-soaked Nevada adventure, Lake Tahoe is a great crossroads. The enormous lake and surrounding Sierra Nevada peaks offer astonishing scenery, plenty of outdoor activities and easy links to Reno and Sacramento. With all this variety, picking a hotel can be a puzzler. Luckily, we’ve a curated list of the best luxury hotels in Lake Tahoe to guarantee you a fine time.

1. Grand Residences Lake Tahoe

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

Grand Residences
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You can walk out of the front door of Grand Residences and straight onto a gondola leading up to the Heavenly Mountain – a luxury ski resort high up on the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe. If that wasn’t enough, this 199-room retreat offers a heated pool, hot tubs and fully-kitted kitchens and dining areas so that you can be as autonomous as you like during your stay. For those who want to feel pampered, there’s also a spa to get those post-ski aches seen to in style.

2. The Landing Resort and Spa

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel

Landing Resort
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Though it’s on the California side of the lake, the Landing offers a secluded, peaceful experience a mere shuttle ride away from the glitz and glamor of Reno and Carson City. The decor has an alpine aesthetic, with dark-wood paneling, big heavy beds and stone fireplaces. The largest rooms have balconies looking out onto the lake and mountains – a welcome sight to wake up to. Daily passes to the lake beach are offered in summer, and there’s a heated pool, hot tubs and spa to enjoy all year round. The restaurant serves up a range of wood-fired Californian cuisine.

3. The Cedar House Sport Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

Cedar House 2
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The Cedar House is aimed at those who come to Lake Tahoe in search of adventure and a luxury hotel. Situated in the ancient Californian town of Truckee, it provides a gateway to the 13 nearby ski resorts and various hiking trails, and offers a sustainable hotel experience without sacrificing on luxury. Water is redistributed from the roof garden, many of the surfaces and furniture pieces are made from recycled materials, and the architecture is cleverly designed to conserve heat. The rooms offer pillow-top mattresses and smart TVs, and the Stella restaurant serves Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Mexican dishes in an eye-catching open-plan environment.

5. Village at Squaw Valley

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Apartment, Luxury

The Village 2
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The Squaw Valley played host to the Winter Olympics in 1960, and the Village was, as the name suggests, the athletes’ village for the duration of the games. It’s surrounded by ski resorts, and the front desk will provide you with all the information you need to head out onto the slopes. Of course, there’s plenty for you here if you’re feeling sedentary, too. The rooms are cozy, with an antiquated style – you may well find a deer head on the wall – and plenty of amenities, including coffee machines and well-stocked bookshelves. This luxury hotel near Lake Tahoe has a Starbucks, but no in-house restaurant, so you need to venture out into the actual village to find food at plenty of interesting options.

6. The Black Bear Lodge

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

Black Bear Lodge 1
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Fans of ABC’s The Bachelor might recognize the Black Bear Lodge, but rest assured you’ll be in for a peaceful stay, uninterrupted by any reality-TV tapings. The lodge is split between rooms and private cabins, but whichever option you choose will grant you a river rock gas fireplace, a king-size bed and a private bath. The private cabins at this South Lake Tahoe luxury hotel have their own gazebo hot tubs and patios, so you can breathe in the scent of the surrounding pine trees, and there’s a bagel cafe for breakfast.

7. Sunnyside Resort

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Sunnyside Restaurant
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The Sunnyside Resort has been a staple of Lake Tahoe since it first opened in the 1950s, with a prime position on the lakefront that’s the envy of its neighbors today. As one of the top hotels in Lake Tahoe, it offers various winter sports activities, a golf course and even a library. Rooms are spacious with lakefront balconies and the restaurant offers locally sourced food.

None of these take your fancy? Discover the best cabins and holiday rentals in Lake Tahoe as well as the best spa hotels in Lake Tahoe, now bookable via Culture Trip. If you’re craving a coastal stay, book one of the best beach hotels in Lake Tahoe.

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