Luxe to Lakefront:Best Places to Stay in Tahoe
With more resorts in close proximity than any other winter destination in North America, Lake Tahoe is all about variety both on and off the slopes. The same can be said for the region’s impressive inventory of well-appointed hotel rooms, luxurious suites, and comfortable condominiums. Whether you are looking for ski-in, ski-out convenience or Vegas-style luxury, Lake Tahoe has you covered in spades.
Named one of the Top 50 Ski Hotels by Conde Nast Traveler, The Resort at Squaw Creek offers ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes of Squaw Valley with more than 400 luxurious rooms and suites outfitted with “modern meets the mountains” décor. The resort’s idyllic setting offers dramatic views of Squaw’s Tram Face through floor-to-ceiling windows which also overlook the properties cascading waterfalls, heated pools, and steaming spas. The resort even has its own hydroponic garden that sustains its world-class restaurants, an on-property shopping promenade and 18km of groomed cross-country trails.
Perched high atop Daggett Summit at the base of Heavenly’s Nevada side, The Ridge Tahoe affords panoramic views of Lake Tahoe to the west and Carson Valley to the east. The full-service resort recently completed more than $2 million in capital improvements including the installation of its Skier Express, a one-of-its-kind, eight-person inclinator that delivers guests via monorail to Heavenly’s Stagecoach Chairlift. Amenities galore await including a ski shop, indoor/outdoor pool complex, on-site movie theater and a fully-equipped health club complete with indoor racquetball and tennis courts.
The Squaw Valley Lodge is a spectacular four-season resort located directly beneath Squaw Valley’s aerial tram. The all-condominium property combines all the comforts of home with sophisticated yet relaxed hotel services and amenities. Rejuvenate after a full day on the slopes in one of the resort’s mountain view hydrotherapy pools or indoor fireside spas; a full-service fitness center, outdoor pool, steam room and dry sauna round out the resort’s pampering amenities.
The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe sits on its own private beach in the heart of Incline Village, a convenient base camp for exploring ski resorts on both shores of Lake Tahoe. With over 422 guestrooms, suites and lakeside cottages, the property also houses the Grand Lodge Casino for those looking to try their luck at Vegas-style gaming along with the 20,000 square foot Stillwater Spa and adjacent lagoon-style pool. The Hyatt’s diverse dining scene includes the upscale Lone Eagle Grille boasting the best sunset views in all of Lake Tahoe, complete with outdoor fire pits perfect for cooking after dinner s’mores.
Continuing the trend of boutique hotels opening in South Lake Tahoe, the new Hotel Becket merged two existing properties to create a modern, artful resort that embraces Tahoe’s mountain lifestyle. Located within walking distance to both a private beach and Heavenly’s gondola, the Joie de Vivre-owned hotel features contemporary rooms with rustic details including recycled barn wood and reclaimed Douglas Fir furnishings. The pet-friendly property even allows guests to “Borrow a Bernese” during their stay by taking Remington, the hotel’s resident Bernese Mountain Dog, for a stroll on the beach.
The Peppermill Reno, a AAA Four Diamond rated hotel, recently celebrated the grand opening of its $400 million Tuscan-themed expansion including a 17-story, all-suite tower. The resort property now boasts 1,630 rooms, 785 suites, 9 award-winning restaurants, 16 themed bars, renovated spa facilities and an oasis-like pool complex complete with mermaid fountains and waterfalls. The Peppermill brings Vegas to the High Sierra as the property boasts one of the most elegant casino floors in all of Reno along with the boundary-pushing entertainment found in the Edge Nightclub.
The recently opened Hard Rock Hotel and Casino blends together lavish style with rock n roll edge to create the ultimate party scene in South Lake Tahoe. One-of-a-kind musical memorabilia adorns the property’s lobbies and hallways along with big-name performers regularly taking the stage at the resort’s Vinyl nightclub. With recent renovations to all of its rooms and suites, the Hard Rock offers modern amenities and top-notch guest service including a 24-hour gym, heated outdoor pool, and in-room massages.
MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa recently invested over $25 million to renovate all 437 of its rooms and suites in a Scandinavian fantasy décor consisting of a clean, contemporary look that combines beauty, functionality, and efficiency. The resort’s 16,000 square foot Onsen Spa also got a makeover including its lagoon-style indoor pool complete with waterfalls and hidden coves. MontBleu is home to Ciera Steakhouse, the only AAA Four Diamond restaurant on the South Shore, and the resort’s energetic casino floor and provocative nightclubs keep the action going until dawn.
Sprawling over nineteen acres of protected woodlands, Aston Lakeland Village is a luxurious condominium resort property featuring hotel amenities and a tranquil lakefront setting in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. Families can choose from a wide variety of spacious lodging options ranging from individual studios and suites to one through five bedroom townhomes all with full kitchen, fireplace, and deck. Aston Lakeland Village partners with Sierra-at-Tahoe to offer an unbeatable Kids Ski Free package and the property boasts lakeside fire pits perfect for roasting s’mores.
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel puts guests in the center of South Lake Tahoe. Dozens of restaurants and retail storefronts are all within walking distance as are the casinos and family-friendly arcades. The property is surrounded by the mountains, beaches, and forests with the Heavenly gondola only a stone’s throw away. Guests can tap into the staff’s favorite regional activities by using the resort’s “My Tahoe” concierge service and epicureans will delight in the Echo Restaurant’s new experiential menu including Shabu Shabu, a Japanese hot pot delicacy.
The Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus casinos are sister properties located in downtown Reno, a revitalized city center steeped in history and within walking distance to the trendy Riverwalk District. All three resorts offer unbeatable stay-and-ski packages for families as well as Vegas-style entertainment and kid-friendly attractions. Reimagined with a new look, the midway games and carnival acts found at Circus Circus are worthy of the big top and certain to put a smile on the faces of both parents and kids.