10 Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Lake Tahoe: Your S'mores Are Up!

Families visiting the Lake Tahoe area have a wide range of choices for accommodations. From luxury resorts with full spas and kid's programs to private condominiums and small, local hotels. Each of them are close to the area's special amenities like skiing, hiking, biking, beach fun and exploring.

If you are looking for a luxury vacation, the Ritz-Carlton (located at the Northstar resort) has a wonderful heated pool that overlooks the ski runs at mid-mountain. The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe on the North Shore has their world-renowned Camp Hyatt for the children of guests. At the Tahoe Camp Hyatt, children learn about the local area as well as the natural world. Other resorts include Northstar's Village accommodations and the condos and townhouses at Kirkwood.

If the kids can't get enough of swimming, take them to the warm, year-round pool at David Walley's 1864 Resort where the rental condos are about 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and just steps away from the local hot springs. For some camping fun without the dirt, head to Basecamp Hotel where you can sleep under a canvas tent without leaving your room.

The Zephyr Cove Resort on the East Shore has some of the best beaches in the area as well as access to BBQs, volleyball, kayaking and the M.S. Dixie II paddlewheel boat.


This property has a very friendly casino with lots of gambling action. Dining options include the Timbers restaurant, a popular place for great prime rib. The quiet rooms are comfortably spacious with mountain decor. The inn is located conveniently near the M.S. Dixie II Riverboat. It has been awarded several local awards for excellence. All the guest rooms are decorated with Tahoe lodge style décor, featuring complimentary Wi-Fi access and in-room coffee. Some of the rooms are pet-friendly for an additional $40 per night. During the summer enjoy the outdoor pool and the year round hot tub.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The large private beach is great for families, while the casino is great for parents.

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The Alpenrose Inn is an independently owned 19-room hotel, operated by local Hannah Conrad since 1995. The Inn is located in South Lake Tahoe and close to beaches, ski resorts, hiking and biking trails. The hotel is known for it's environmentally-friendly business practices. The rooms are charmingly decorated and include natural toiletries, WiFi, private baths and coffee makers. The hotel includes a sun deck, a garden with a BBQ, an indoor spa and private beach access. Families and guests can enjoy a continental breakfast in the morning. Due to its unique location within walking distance to major destinations, the Alpenrose Inn kindly encourages guests to leave their cars at the Inn and explore the area on foot, by shuttle and in summer time in our open trolleys.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Bring both the kids and the dog. The hotel has pet-friendly designated rooms.

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The beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek is located in Squaw Valley, close to the area's beautiful ski runs, restaurants, hiking trails and the Village at Squaw. The resort has been named one of the best 20 resorts in North America by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The elegant accommodations offer ski-in/ski-out access in the winter, championship golf in the summer, and luxurious spa services and award-winning dining all year long. The hotel features Deep Powder" pillow-top beds, dual shower heads, LCD flat screen TVs, all room amenities and high-speed Internet. Suites include gas fireplaces and full kitchens. The resort also offers several restaurants like the Six Peaks Grille as well as in-room dining. The resort's spa and fitness center offer massages and other body treatments after a day on the slopes.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: All of Kirkwood's condos are great for larger families and close to the ski lifts.

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Guests at the Zephyr Cove Resort will be able to enjoy the lake which is just steps away. Accommodations include guest rooms and family cabins. Guest rooms are housed at the Zephyr Cove Lodge and are equipped with coffee makers, refrigerators, microwave ovens and private bathrooms. Cabins are furnished with cable televisions and fully equipped kitchens, among others. The RV Park & Campground is also available for camping and RV cruising. The Zephyr Cove Resort features a gift shop and an RV Park and Campground. For various events, the resort provides spacious venues such as The Pavilion and The Lodge. On-site dining options include the Zephyr Cove Restaurant, Sunset Bar & Grille and the Zephyr Cove Coffee Bar. Several nearby attractions include the Zephyr Cove Beach, Heavenly Ski Resort, Tallac Historic Site, Ehrman Mansion, Vikingsholm Castle and the Grover Hot Springs State Park. Locations for various outdoor activities like fishing and horseback riding are also close by.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This resort is located right on the beach and close to the M.S. Dixie II dock.

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Overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, and nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Shuttle service whisks guests 6 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife. The magnificent hotel resort is located on Heavenly Ski Resort's Nevada slope, adjacent to the Stagecoach Lodge and ski chair lift. Our 302-unit resort features Deluxe Hotel Rooms, Junior Suites, One and Two Bedroom Condominium Suites.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Ridge Tahoe has special activities like group rock climbing, skin care classes and movie nights.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe hotel is located mid-mountain at the Northstar resort stunning views of the Sierra Range. The Ritz-Carlton is about 15 minutes from the lake and about 45 minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The Ritz features luxurious hotel rooms with in-room fireplaces, views of the mountain, private balconies and goose down bedding. Each room also features wired and wireless Internet connection, concierge service and iPod docking stations. The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe has several restaurants on-site including the award-winning Manzanita and the Living Room bar. The fitness center offers cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, a fully integrated wellness program and a heated co-ed lap pool overlooking the mountains. The Spa features 16 treatment rooms, a sauna and steam room.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Ritz-Carlton's year-round outdoor pool and the summer bocce ball court are kid attractors.

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1862 David Walley's Hot Springs Resort
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David Walley's Resort is nestled in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in Genoa, Nev. Two golf courses at the Genoa Lakes Golf Club are two miles away. Casinos in South Lake Tahoe are less than 13 miles from the property. The Heavenly Mountain Resort ski area is less than 14 miles away. This year-round resort features a Tennis & Fitness Center, separate women's and men's steam rooms and dry saunas, and a heated freshwater outdoor pool. DW's restaurant specializes in prime rib that is slow-roasted for 10 hours, and offers an extensive wine list. The original wine cellar, built in 1862, is available by reservation for dining parties of six or more guests. The Sierra Deli Café serves light meals and snacks indoors and at an outdoor patio. Meeting space and event catering are available. Pets are not allowed at the property. All accommodations offer sitting areas with cable television, VCRs or DVDs players. Kitchenettes are equipped with refrigerators, microwave ovens, dishes and coffeemakers. Treatments at the Spa at David Walley's Resort include massages, salt glows, mud wraps, aromatherapy, deep massages and seaweed wraps. Body treatments, customized facials and hot-stone therapy are also available.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The hot springs at the Resort include a large warm pool for children.

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This year-round resort at the base of Northstar at Tahoe™ Resort & adjacent to the Village at Northstar is 38 miles from the Reno/Tahoe International Airport & 6 miles from Lake Tahoe's North Shore. One of the finest mountain villages in North America, the Village at Northstar is now flourishing with life. The new pedestrian-friendly Village features luxury condominiums, a variety of shopping from stylish boutiques to art galleries, a collection of cafes & restaurants all centered around a skating rink. The Village at Northstar brings a revitalized energy to the resort with live music, special events, holiday festivities & a collection of fire pits, ideal for roasting s'mores or gathering up the family. New amenities designed to enhance your overall experience include a concierge service, complimentary on-site shuttles & valet parking. Northstar at Tahoe™ Resort offers units ranging from a cozy studio to a spacious 3-bedroom condo. Every unit has a fully equipped kitchen & wood or gas fireplace & is uniquely decorated in a comfortable mountain theme. Equipped with free high-speed internet, direct dial phones, TV & VCR, all linens, and washer & dryer access, guests will find all the conveniences of home. Kitchens are fully stocked with dishes, flatware, pots & pans, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, towels, soap & dishwasher detergent. Lodging units are located just 1/4 to 1 1/4 mile from the Village with shuttle service servicing the resort. Enjoy the Northstar Recreation Center with 3 outdoor spas, 2 swimming pools, fitness center, & game room among numerous other amenities for $2 per person per day. W Located just off California Interstate 80, Northstar at Tahoe™ Resort is easily accessible by major highways and airports. The city of Reno & the Reno/Tahoe International Airport are located a half hour east of Truckee. Sacramento is a 1.5 hour drive from Truckee; San Francisco is about 3 hours away. Rates are based on double occupancy. Charges for extra adults may apply and will be due directly to the hotel. This property charges a $5.00 daily Resort Fee to be paid directly to the hotel

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Northstar Village has an ice skating rink in the winter and children's activities in the summer.

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The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe is located on the 235-acre property of the Edgewood Tahoe golf resort on the shores of South Lake Tahoe. When you walk into the lobby with its 38 foot tall ceilings and stellar views of the lake, you will realize you have found one of the best places to stay on the lake. This LEED-designed lodge has 154 luxury guest rooms, a 8,500 sq. ft. spa and salon, outdoor fire pits, 40-person outdoor hot tub, heated pool, 200-seat bistro restaurant, 3,000 sq. ft. ballroom, adventure center, kids camp, and premium shopping. Room amenities include private access to the Edgewood beach, feather comforters and excellent views of the water and the mountains.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Lodge at Edgewood features a kids camp, heated pool and a safe swimming area at the private beach.

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The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino is located near the beach in Incline Village and close to Diamond Peak Ski Resort. The resort has a private beach, casino, several restaurants and bars including the Lone Eagle Grille (with views of the lake) and Cutthroat's Saloon. and lounges. The award-wining Stillwater Spa offers packages as well as salon services. This 4-star property has a business center and offers audio-visual equipment. High-speed Internet access is available in public areas. The hotel has 422 air-conditioned guestrooms as well as cottages with views of the lake. Wireless Internet access is available. In addition to safes, guestrooms offer multi-line phones with voice mail, as well as free local calls (restrictions may apply). Televisions have cable channels, video-game consoles, and pay movies. Rooms also include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request wake-up calls.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Camp Hyatt for children offers special activities like swimming in the lake, snowshoeing and nature walks.

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Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina