13 Lake Tahoe Hotels With Postcard-worthy Views and Year-round Adventures

Make perfect memories at these must-stays in the Jewel of the Sierra

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Whether coming to ski and snowboard during winter or sail and stand-up paddleboard the famous lake (the second-deepest in North America) through spring and summer, Lake Tahoe is a year-round destination for outdoor adventure. Spanning the California–Nevada state line, the iconic alpine getaway in the Sierra Nevada consistently ranks in the top five best places to visit in the Golden State. But with two distinct sides (and a 72-mile drive to circumnavigate its cobalt blue waters), keep desired locations in mind when thinking about hotels in Lake Tahoe.

Near the old frontier town of Truckee, North Tahoe skews low-key and closer to nature. It’s also home to Palisades Tahoe, Alpine Meadows, and Northstar ski resorts. In contrast, a downtown dotted with restaurants, brew pubs, theaters, and casinos makes Tahoe South a livelier option close to Heavenly Mountain. From five-star resorts with a slope-side spa and an Après Sleep cart to a hip boutique spot with a “glamping” room (think canvas tent, glow-in-the-dark ceiling stars, and a faux fire pit), here are 13 Lake Tahoe hotels for every type of traveler.

Best Hotels in Lake Tahoe in 2022

Editor’s Pick: Edgewood Tahoe

A vaulted interior space at the Edgewood Resort at Lake Tahoe
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Why We Chose It

Chic interiors and a secluded setting make this one of the most elegant lakefront stays in South Tahoe.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $55 per night
  • Room Rate: $$$$

Notable Amenities

Championship golf course, Forbes four-star rated spa, EV charging, private beach access, yoga classes, daily shuttle to Heavenly Village

Hotel Description

Enjoying a prime shorefront perch on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, this sophisticated 154-room LEED-designed resort is famed for its superb amenities and chic rooms, including new waterfront villas. Home to a legendary golf course, which hosts the annual American Century Championship every July, architecture fans can nerd out over the Frank Gehry-designed gastro pub, Brooks’ Bar & Deck, beside the green. Wellness seekers love the sanctuary-like spa and après sleep cart that’s stocked with herbal teas, granola to-go, and fresh fruits — look for it in the lobby. Don’t feel like leaving the grounds? Settle in with a glass of wine and a good book in the second-floor library, or grab a s’mores kit and get cozy around a fire pit. 

Desolation Hotel

Desolation Hotel Granite Suite Bedroom Fireplace

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Why We Chose It

This new micro-resort boasts multiple sustainability initiatives and is within walking distance of the beach, hiking trails, plus all of the action in Tahoe South.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $40 per night
  • Room Rate: $$$

Notable Amenities

Peloton-outfitted fitness center, saltwater pool, Port Orford cedar sauna, EV charging stations

Hotel Description

Function meets zen with the hybrid Japanese-Scandinavian wabi-sabi design found across the 21 sleek suites and townhomes at Desolation Hotel. The living spaces feature petite kitchens with Bertazzoni gas ranges, plus Belkin speakers, private balconies with soaking tubs, king-sized beds made up with Frette linens, and cozy down alternative comforters. In the spa-like bathrooms, guests can find even more little luxuries with the Grown Alchemist toiletries.

Good for couples and friend groups (there’s also a bridal suite), it’s pet-friendly too. The hotel is also within walking distance to shops and restaurants, and guests are actively encouraged to hang up their car keys after checking in. And in keeping with the green build’s eco credentials, dark sky lighting minimizes light pollution, while a total of 8.1 kilowatts of solar power is generated daily. The hotel also has 20 EV charging stations, the highest concentration in the region. For dinner, head to the refined yet rustic signature restaurant Maggie’s that has a menu featuring dishes like duck confit and elk loin roulade, and an extensive wine and drinks list — reservations highly recommended.

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

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Why We Chose It

Sitting mid-mountain on Northstar Resort, this grand alpine retreat is the only ski-in/ski-out spot in Lake Tahoe but draws plenty of summer visitors too.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: Yes, $55 per night
  • Room Rate: $$$$

Notable Amenities

Mountain concierge, slope-side spa, seasonal Lake Club access

Hotel Description

A contemporary yet classic mountain retreat, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe was the first AAA Five Diamond resort in the local area and has landed on a slew of “best” lists, too, including America’s Best Lake Hotels. Location-wise, winter sports enthusiasts love direct access to the intermountain gondola and the five-minute ride to the Village at Northstar. While the two and three-bedroom luxury residences are great for families, all rooms and suites feature handsome wood and leather accents, fireplaces, plus floor-to-ceiling windows to take in those stellar views. You’ll find Asprey toiletries and fluffy Ritz-Carlton branded robes in the marble bathrooms. 

If skiing isn’t your thing, pick from a wide-ranging list of year-round activities that include a scenic helicopter tour, mountain biking, and fly fishing. Of course, no stay here is complete without indulging in the spa offerings. Reserve a nature-inspired Journey Through the Forest treatment, which combines native essential oils with a full body exfoliation and massage to release stress, spend 20 minutes at the sauna, or do a few laps in the heated outdoor pool.  With five restaurant concepts and a private dining room, guests are spoiled for choice here too. For an elegant dinner, make reservations at Manzanita; for après-ski, head to the Living Room.

Black Bear Lodge

Black Bear Lodge Lake Tahoe

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Why We Chose It

This timber-hewn “Tahoe chic” retreat and its stand-alone cabins are a perfect rustic home away from home.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: No
  • Room Rate: $$

Notable Amenities

Wine bar, lounge area, outdoor hot tub 

Hotel Description

Located a mile from the gondola at Heavenly and the beach at Sierra Shores, this laid-back lodge is perfect in any season. The nine rustic Lodge Rooms are ideal for a romantic couples weekend and include river rock fireplaces, along with extra touches like pour-over coffee kits and doTerra diffusers. The adjacent Rubicon Building has larger king rooms and double queen suites with mini-fridges and microwaves. The Lodge Bar pours craft beers and California wines and serves small bites including killer charcuterie boxes, while the communal lounge has board games, books, and DVDs for guests to use and borrow. If guests are interested in heading off the property, there are a variety of local shops and restaurants (and a Whole Foods) all within easy walking distance.

Coachman Hotel

Coachman Hotel Lake Tahoe

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Why We Chose It

This reimagined 1960s-era motel has lovely mod cons, Insta-friendly interiors, and is just blocks from the beach and Heavenly Mountain.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: No
  • Room Rate: $$

Notable Amenities

Outdoor pool, hot tub, bikes, mini gym with Pelotons, free parking, complimentary breakfast

Hotel Description

Design-minded types will love this tastefully updated motel turned 42-room boutique stay in South Tahoe. Simple, stylish, and comfortable rooms feature Apple TVs and mini-fridges, ranging from one-bedroom suites to a honeymoon king (this one has a vintage heart-shaped tub). Some are pet-friendly too. The reception area doubles as a coffee bar and happy hour spot, and while there’s a small breakfast menu (pro tip: order the waffles), there are plenty of places to eat within a few minutes' walk. The pool, hot tub, and fire pits (grab a s’more kit from the bar) are social hubs here and a great place to get acquainted with fellow guests.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

Aerial view of Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
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Why We Chose It

A serene waterfront resort in the Sierra Nevada that’s minutes away from all the major draws in North Tahoe.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: Yes, $50 plus tax per night 
  • Room Rate: $$$

Notable Amenities

Heated outdoor pool, spa, fitness center, 24-hour casino, EV charging, shuttle to Incline Village

Hotel Description

This scenic waterfront resort is located close to Incline Village on Lake Tahoe’s north shore for skiing at nearby Diamond Peak in the winter and private beach access on Crystal Bay during summer. Perfect for every type of traveler, from friend groups to families, there are 422 rooms, suites, and lakeside cottages, all of which feature modern alpine decor and picturesque views. On-site amenities range from the full-service Stillwater Spa, Grand Lodge Casino to award-winning restaurants, including the elegant Lone Eagle Grille and seasonal sundowner spot, Pier 111 Bar. Bookend each day by strolling the three-mile paved Tahoe East Shore Trail in the morning and stargazing while toasting s’mores around a family fire pit at night. 

The Landing Resort & Spa

The Landing Resort & Spa

The Landing Resort & Spa

Why We Chose It

A quiet lakeside property with beach access that’s close to casinos, nightlife, and skiing at Heavenly.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $72.80 per night
  • Room Rate: $$$

Notable Amenities

Heated outdoor pool and hot tub, wine cellar bar, full-service spa, rooftop deck with fireplace

Hotel Description

Tucked among pine trees in the South Lake Tahoe neighborhood of Lakeside Park, this luxury property appeals to couples and families, mainly thanks to its proximity to Zephyr Cove Beach. Conversely, it also serves as an excellent base for anyone keen to ski Heavenly Mountain, as there is a free hotel shuttle to the mountain (although the gondola is a 15-minute walk away). Exposed pinewood beams, blue velvet furniture, and a stone fireplace in the lobby lend themselves to the luxe hunting lodge feel. The resort’s 82 rooms and lakeside suites have plenty of creature comforts like plush pillowtop beds and LavAzza espresso machines, too. Dine at Jimmy’s Restaurant and get head-to-toe pampered with a Treat Yourself Package at the spa.  

PlumpJack Inn

Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn

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Why We Chose It

An upscale Olympic Valley favorite as big on guest experiences as it is on creature comforts.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $20 per day
  • Room Rate: $$$-$$$$

Notable Amenities

Seasonal bocce and cruiser bikes, pool, ski/snowboard valet, boutique

Hotel Description

Located steps from the lift at Palisades Tahoe ski resort, PlumpJack has long been a local favorite with room types ranging from a family suite with an adjoining room to a penthouse with a jacuzzi tub. Enjoy the seasonal dinner menu at PlumpJack Cafe, open daily from 4 p.m., or browse resort apparel and après-ski accessories at PlumpJackSport. Anyone looking for an extended winter vacation (there’s a 25-night minimum) should consider the hotel’s ski lease program, which includes ski storage perks and other assorted discounts. And with shops and dining just across the street at Olympic Village, you can hang up the car keys after check-in.

Basecamp South Lake Tahoe

Basecamp Lake Tahoe Lobby

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Why We Chose It

This affordable eco-hotel in South Tahoe is perfect for travelers on a budget who still appreciate stylish touches.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: No
  • Room Rate: $

Notable Amenities

Game room, hot tub, beer garden

Hotel Description

Challenge fellow guests to a cornhole tournament in the courtyard between toasting s’mores around the fire pits, sampling local craft beers, or soaking in the rooftop hot tub at this refurbed former motel where it feels like camping — only better. Backpacker-style communal spaces balance well with a good range of private room options — Explorers Club is great for big groups (it can sleep up to eight), while the Family Room has two twin bunks. Conservation starter, The Great Indoors, comes with a canvas tent “pitched” over the bed, faux log fire, and glow-in-the-dark stars. There’s no dining on-site, but you’re within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and bars right along the state line in downtown South Lake Tahoe and nearby Heavenly Village.

Hotel Azure

Hotel Azure Lake Tahoe

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Why We Chose It

Located beside Dorado Beach and minutes from Heavenly Ski Resort makes Hotel Azure a well-priced, year-round hotel option. 

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: No
  • Room Rate: $$

Notable Amenities

Outdoor pool, game room, pet-friendly, guest bikes, fitness room

Hotel Description

Repeat guests love this privately owned hotel for its fantastic location beside Dorado Beach on the south shore of Lake Tahoe, which makes for a beautiful year-round backdrop on any vacation. The rooms were updated with modern furnishings and wooden accents and feature coffee makers, flat-screen TVs, and fridges. Loaner bikes are available during summer, and snowshoes in winter, while guests can use the heated swimming pool and hot tub whenever they want. Although there is no restaurant on-site, there are plenty of great options close by like Evan's American Gourmet Café for breakfast and Edgewood Restaurant for fine dining.

Cedar Glen Lodge

Cedar Glen Ledge Exterior

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Why We Chose It

Rustic yet refined, these tasteful cabins make a charming base for a few days in North Lake Tahoe.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: No
  • Room Rate: $$$

Notable Amenities

Universal and Tesla charging station, seasonal heated pool, sauna, fire pits, picnic area

Hotel Description

If getting cozy in a wood-paneled cabin appeals, look no further than this award-winning (it made TripAdvisor’s “Ten Highest Rated Green Hotels in the USA” list) eco-resort along idyllic Agate Bay. There’s a main lodge building with several guest room options, but the stars are the stand-alone cottages. They range from a studio queen to the Romance Suite Cottage, which features a kitchenette, separate living area, quaint gas fireplace, and jetted bathtub for two. The grounds are lovely and well maintained, and the lake is located just across the street. For shopping, dining out, and sightseeing, the town of King’s beach is five minutes away by car.

Resort at Squaw Creek

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Why We Chose It

The AAA Four-Diamond property boasts valley views, plentiful room options and abundant amenities for every type of traveler.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: Yes, $50 plus tax per night
  • Room Rate: $$

Notable Amenities

Ski-in/ski-out, golf course, heated pool, tennis courts, kids’ club, spa, gift shop, free shuttle

Hotel Description

Whether traveling as a couple, with kids, or friend group, this sprawling property boasts direct access to Palisades Tahoe for skiing and snowshoeing in winter, with fishing and sailing nearby in summer. Take a dip in the heated outdoor swimming pools or explore the miles of local hiking and biking trails. There’s an 18-hole golf course, two tennis courts, a spa, and several restaurant concepts, including contemporary steak house Six Peaks Grille that features a fine menu with sustainable seafood, meats, and herbs. Decked out in modern mountain decor, all 405 rooms and suites enjoy mountain and forest views — some have gas fireplaces and ski-in/ski-out privileges. In connection with Palisades Tahoe’s name change, the rebranding process is still ongoing here, and the resort’s new name is yet to be determined.

Cedar House Sport Hotel

Why We Chose It

Eco-conscious and active travelers flock to this trendy 42-room property in Truckee, which is also one of the most pet-friendly in town.

Key Specs

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: No
  • Room Rate: $$

Notable Amenities

Outdoor hot tub, complimentary cruiser bikes, Egyptian cotton robes, EV charging

Hotel Description

The fourth location of adventure social club Gravity Haus caters to outdoorsy types who come to hike, ski, and raft with access to all three and more adventures on the hotel’s doorstep. All rooms and suites come with sofas, working desks, and plush German duvets; some have kitchenettes and private decks. Pups are welcome here, too, with a dedicated Fido-friendly room that includes a dog bed, two bowls, and a toy. On-site restaurant Stella serves seasonal farm-to-fork dishes, but historic downtown Truckee is just a mile away for snacks and sundries.

Final Verdict

No matter which season you visit Tahoe, you can’t go wrong with a classic or contemporary lodge. For opulent five-star stays, take your pick from The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe to the north, and Edgewood Tahoe in the south. Cozy, creative and design-forward spots include The Coachman and PlumpJack Inn, while families will love the spacious grounds and amenities at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino.

Know Before You Go

  • Tahoe means “big water” in Washo, the native language of indigenous Americans who first inhabited the area.
  • Located at 6,224 feet above sea level, the sun shines about 274 days a year in Lake Tahoe, so make sure to drink plenty of water and don’t forget to pack sunscreen. While it is a year-round destination, winter driving conditions can be challenging and require snow chains and snow tire controls for safety. 
  • Hiking is a great way to experience the Lake Tahoe landscape and Emerald Point Trail (where you’ll spy Scandinavian manse Vikingsholm), one of its most beautiful routes.
  • Check out our Lake Tahoe travel guide for more travel ideas.

How We Chose These Hotels

We evaluated dozens of hotels in key areas around Lake Tahoe across a range of categories to determine the best accommodation types for a visit during any season. Various elements were considered, including location, price point, architecture, design, and sustainability initiatives. Proximity to ski resorts, hiking trails, lake and beach access, shops, and restaurants, plus notable amenities like spas, fitness centers, and swimming pools, were also factored into the decision-making process, as were customer reviews, comments, and relevant industry awards.

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