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Top 5.5 Places to Stay in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a dream vacation destination for people from all over the world. Whether you’re looking to ski, hike, or simply enjoy breathtaking views and beautiful nature, Lake Tahoe has it all. But where should you stay? With so many luxury resorts to choose from, it can be difficult finding the perfect place to stay. Luckily, we’ve done the work for you! Here are our top 5.5 favorite luxury stays in Lake Tahoe:

The Resort at Squaw Creek

If you’re looking for the perfect Lake Tahoe resort, look no further than the Resort at Squaw Creek. This luxurious hotel features incredible views of Squaw Valley and is a great year-round destination.

Known for winter sports, the Resort at Squaw Creek offers direct lift access to Squaw Valley Ski Resort. You know what this means? It means you can  head out there and enjoy some skiing in the winter. But what if skiing is not your thing? No need to worry. The resort offers several spots where you can relax and read a book or have a cocktail and watch the snow fall.

Summer in Tahoe is a perfect way to escape the heat. The Resort at Squaw Creek has a great pool with awesome staff.  Poolside drinks and food are just a wave away. We wanted a little more room to relax, so we opted for a cabana. These can be booked through the concierge or just walking down the activities desk. Be sure to book early as the limited supply fills up quickly.

We stayed here in the summer of 2020 during the height of COVID-19 restrictions. The property handled the restrictions very well. They handled it significantly better than their big competitor over the hill, the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

For a luxury hotel with incredible views, you can’t go wrong with the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. The Lakeview rooms offer breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and are perfect for those who enjoy nature walks or simply want to take in some peace and quiet.

The hotel is great and in a perfect location on the northeast shore of the Lake in Incline Village. This is the Nevada side off the lake and one of the most peaceful spots anywhere on the lake. Because of its location, the beaches are relatively quiet compared to other areas of the lake. 

The resort also offers activities that are great for the entire family. Feeling adventurous? Go for their Tahoe East Shore Trail. It’s a three-mile paved trail connecting two areas: the Incline Village North and the Sand Harbor State Park. You wouldn’t even notice the distance as the trail offers spectacular views of crystal blue Lake Tahoe. 

Cap the night by exchanging stories and stargazing with the entire family while munching on some s’mores in their family fire pit. S’mores-making kits are available from room service.

If you are bringing some work with you during your quick escapade, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe also features awesome amenities that would make your work-from-anywhere more comfortable and easy. They’ve got meeting facilities too!

However, the real gem is their cottages. These are across Lakeshore Drive from the main hotel. They sit down in the trees along the beach. Several have lake views. You’re also just steps away from the iconic Lone Eagle Grill. Stop in for smores with the kids at one of the beachside fire pits or enjoy a romantic dinner in the restaurant.

The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe

Want to make the most out of your Lake Tahoe trip? Choose a resort with the most luxurious amenities. The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe resort has an award-winning spa and a golf course with stunning mountain views. Plus, it is located at Stateline on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, just steps away from the Lake’s edge. The course is home to the annual Celebrity Golf Classic.

I grew up just down the street from Edgewood and took summer golf camp here every year. The course is one of the most beautiful anywhere in the world.

The Lodge is a new addition and is the newest on the Lake. The Lakeview rooms feature extraordinary views of Lake Tahoe and are perfect for those who enjoy nature walks or simply want to take in some peace and quiet. Many feature fireplaces for that perfect romantic getaway.

If you want to take your luxury stay to the next level, book one of the brand new Villa Suites. These are under construction now and are accepting bookings starting in June of 2022.

Photos courtesy of Edgewood Tahoe

Sunnyside Lodge

Sunnyside Lodge is Lake Tahoe’s landmark resort since the 1950s and is located on the West Shore. The Lakeview rooms offer incredible views of Lake Tahoe and are the right choice for those who enjoy great food or bask in some undisturbed time on the lake.

This has been THE breakfast place for locals and tourists since its inception. I still can remember the countless mornings as a child riding in the backseat of my parents’ car and driving around the lake from our home on the Nevada side to this iconic spot.

What’s great about this place is that it is ideal for any season as it is a year-round destination. Whether you decide to visit during the fall, winter, spring, or summer, Sunnyside has loads of activities and adventures that would suit your mood.

With just 23 guestrooms and suites, this is a boutique property and can be tough to book, but it is so worth it.

Photos courtesy of Sunnyside Lodge

The Landing Lake Tahoe

For a resort with incredible views, The Landing Lake Tahoe is your resort of choice. This is the absolute mix of luxury and convenience for those who want to be close to all that Lake Tahoe has to offer but still have easy access back “home”.

This is an older property but has recently been renovated. It’s located just down the street from the casinos at Stateline on the California side. It’s right on the beach and you can look to your right and see the Lodge at Edgewood just down the beach on the Nevada side. Easy beach access in the summer and quick access to the Heavenly gondola in the winter.

This destination is best for those with plenty of time as it is the destination where you can just be yourself and enjoy the cozy, chic, and comfortable spaces to relax, unwind, and reconnect with yourself and be in tune with nature.

This is the under the radar property that is worth looking at. The hotel features offers all-year round too, so it’s worth checking every now and then.

The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe

For Lake Tahoe, it doesn’t get any more luxurious or prestigious than The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, or so I thought. This is the “.5” in my list of Top 5.5 luxury resorts. Before you tell me how wrong I am about this place, let me explain:

We were very excited to stay at this most talked about resort in Tahoe for our anniversary in summer of 2020 — yes, this is a COVID-19 qualified review. Expectations were high for our stay. So many of our friends rave about this property, and since it’s in our backyard, we finally booked a stay.

From the moment we arrived, service was underwhelming. Remember the Ritz trains companies all over the world on how to “wow” guests? We were never wowed, including the lack of a simple greeting by name at the desk when valet usually calls in your name when they take your car. Our suite was fine, but located next to the elevator when the property was nearly empty didn’t start well.  As a Bonvoy Platinum member, we’re usually offered an upgrade at Marriott properties. I get that we had booked a suite, but upgrading a loyal member to a room not tucked in behind the elevator would have been nice.

Food service was extremely limited and terribly handled. Again, this was during the summer of COVID-19, so there are some excuses for this. The handling of food service was either decided by the property or from corporate, not by the COVID-19 rules in place at the time. The Ritz only had their café open for food or you could order food from the poolside bar. The extremely limited menu and staff that didn’t care made the whole thing worse than it needed to be. We stayed at their major competitor just two weeks later with the same statewide COVID-19 rules in place with a full menu and amazing staff. So it was possible to handle it differently.

Because I’ve had so many friends love this property, I’ll try it again, but it will be at the bottom of my list of where I look to book because the price to service ratio was too low for us.

There it is, Experiencers,  our Top 5.5 Lake Tahoe Luxury Resorts to stay at. Whatever resort you decide to stay at during your Lake Tahoe trip, just remember to always make the most out of it — amenities and all. Don’t forget to enjoy Lake Tahoe as a whole and what it has to offer. You’ll be surprised what’s in store for you in this hidden gem of a destination. And oh, if you are looking for Places to Eat and Things to Do, check out the blog posts below.

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Author Christopher

I'm a 40 something father, husband and entrepreneur. I love to travel and experience life in between being involved with my son's activities, and running 4 companies, one of which I own with my wife of 21 years. One month after taking the plunge to do an epic 26 day trip from Sydney Australia to Honolulu Hawaii I had a heart attack. I survived because of the quick actions of my wife and the fact that I had been a triathlete for the years leading up to the event. Now, more than ever before, I appreciate what life has to offer and making time to go experience it, not just dream about it.

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