There are a wide range of hotels in the Lake Tahoe area: ski resorts that offer condos and suites, spa resorts, hotels with views of the lake and the mountains or a casino right in the middle of concert central. To get a great deal at a Lake Tahoe hotel or bed and breakfast, visit during the off season in the spring or fall. During the ski season and the summer season, most hotels will raise their rates and require minimum night stays. Tahoe during the fall is beautiful and you can get a great hotel value. Tahoe during the spring can be unpredictable, but there will be after ski season values to be had.
If you want to be near the action in South Lake Tahoe, you can stay at one of the various casinos in Stateline (on the Nevada side) like Harrah's or Montbleu or even the camping themed Basecamp Hotel. Here you will find great room deals, restaurants and clubs and access to one of the most popular and beautiful ski resorts in the area: Heavenly. If you really want to splurge, visit any of the accommodations at the Village at Squaw in Squaw Valley including the Resort at Squaw Creek or the beautiful Ritz-Carlton at the Northstar ski resort. If you are on a budget, try the Rustic Cabins resort in Tahoe Vista, the service is great and it is close to the lake. Also try the Tahoma Meadows Bed and Breakfast. If you want a little history, stay at the Richardson House in Truckee which is a refurbished Victorian home from the 1880s.