The Best Luxury Hotels in Lake Tahoe

Welcome to the vast grounds of the Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe
Welcome to the vast grounds of the Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe | Courtesy of the Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe / Expedia
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4 December 2020

Whether you’re in the market for a bohemian California experience or a neon-soaked Nevada adventure, Lake Tahoe is a great waypoint. The enormous lake and the surrounding Sierra Nevada offer astonishing scenery, plenty of outdoor activities and easy links to Reno in one direction and Sacramento in the other. With all this variety, knowing where to stay can be a challenge unto itself, especially if you want to be assured of a luxurious experience. With that in mind, here’s a curated list of the best luxury hotels in Lake Tahoe.

Grand Residences Lake Tahoe

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
4.6/5 (1459 Reviews)
Grand Residences
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The most important thing to mention about the Grand Residences is that you can walk out of the front door and straight onto a gondola leading up to the Heavenly Mountain Resort, high up on the Sierra Nevada. As if that wasn’t enough of a draw by itself, this vast 199-room complex offers a heated pool, hot tubs and rooms fully equipped with kitchens and dining areas so that guests can be as autonomous as they like during their stays. For those who still want to feel pampered, there’s also a fully functioning spa, a great place to get those post-ski aches seen to in style.

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The Landing Resort and Spa

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel
4.6/5 (954 Reviews)
Landing Resort
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Though it’s just about 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 esthetic, with dark-wood panelling, big heavy beds and stone fireplaces. The largest rooms have balconies looking out onto the lake and mountains, and few could ask for a better 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.

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The Cedar House Sport Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
4.9/5 (202 Reviews)
Cedar House 2
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As the name suggests, the Cedar House is very much aimed at those who come to Lake Tahoe in search of adventure. 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 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.

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The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
4.8/5 (696 Reviews)
Edgewood Tahoe 2
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On the southern shore of the lake, on the Nevada side of the state line, the Lodge is a masterclass in style. The hotel’s vast grounds include a golf course, private beach, spa, fitness center and heated pool. The hotel also organizes activities such as skiing, snowshoeing and paddleboarding. The rooms are styled like lodges, with gas fireplaces, soaking tubs and Keurig coffee makers. When you get peckish, you can choose between the Brooks Bar (which also acts as the clubhouse for the golf course) for a casual bite, the Edgewood Restaurant for something a bit more upmarket or the Bistro for a range of locally sourced fish and meat dishes.

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  • Village at Squaw Valley

    Spa Hotel, Hotel, Apartment, Luxury
    4.3/5 (977 Reviews)
    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. The Village is 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. The hotel complex houses a Starbucks, but there’s no in-house restaurant, so you need to venture out into the rest of the village to find food – there are plenty of interesting options.

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    The Black Bear Lodge

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
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    Black Bear Lodge 1
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    Fans of ABC’s The Bachelor might recognise the Black Bear Lodge, but rest assured you’ll be in for a peaceful stay, uninterrupted by any reality TV show 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 have their own gazebo hot tubs and patios, so you can breathe in the scent of the surrounding pine trees. There’s a bagel cafe for breakfast, and the glow of the Nevada casino strips is just a short drive away.

    Sunnyside Resort

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
    4.4/5 (323 Reviews)
    Sunnyside Restaurant
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    The Sunnyside Resort has been a staple of Lake Tahoe since it first opened in the 1950s, with an optimal position on the lakefront that remains the envy of its competitors to this day. The hotel itself is nothing to sniff at, offering various winter sports activities, a golf course, a casino and even a library. The rooms are spacious and feature balconies onto the lakefront, and the restaurant offers an eclectic range of locally sourced food. For night owls, the casino offers a range of after-dinner shows.

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    These recommendations were updated on December 4, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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