Best Resorts in Tahoe

10Best Resorts in Lake Tahoe and Truckee: Get All the Amenities

For all the amenities, including beautiful rooms, excellent service, award-winning restaurants and bars and relaxing spas, these 10Best resorts in the Tahoe have it all. Whether you want to be right in the middle of the nightclub action or tucked away in the trees, there is something for everyone in this list.

Right next to the lake on the North Shore is the Hyatt Lake Tahoe which features rooms and cabins with views of the water, an excellent restaurant and access to the North Shore ski areas. The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe at Northstar is a beautiful resort with a multitude of amenities including a year-round outdoor pool with a view of the mountains. For a pet-friendly location, the Tahoe Beach Retreat offers packages for four-footed friends. The Landing in South Lake Tahoe offers simple elegance and a Greek restaurant. If you prefer a smaller resort, visit the Cedar House Sport Hotel.

If you want to get out of the main Tahoe area, head down to Sorensen's Resort to stay in a cute log cabin near snowshoe and hiking trails or drive down to Genoa (just between Tahoe and Carson City) and stay at David Walley's Hot Springs Resort where you can get your choice of several natural hot spring pools and dozens of spa treatments.


The Montbleu Casino Resort & Spa is located right in downtown Stateline amongst the other casinos that make this a gamer's Mecca. The Montbleu has a chic lobby, two hip nightclubs, a 1,500 seat theater for concerts, an outdoor sports arena, a 40,000-square-foot casino and guest rooms with awesome views of the lake and the mountains. The rooms are furnished with contemporary hardwood pieces and equipped with signature Bleu Cloud Beds and extra-large tubs. Suites range from executive-style quarters to lavish suites for high rollers. Other highlights include a lagoon-style indoor pool, a Starbucks, and the new Onsen Spa. The Montbleu also has seven restaurants, an indoor pool, a health club with tennis courts, a hot tub and sauna, a video arcade, car rental desk, business center, salon and ski rentals.

Recommended for Resort because: MontBleu is located just steps away from the Heavenly ski area.

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Sorensen's Resort
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For Tahoe visitors who want to get away from the lake, just south of Tahoe is Sorenson's Resort. This small resort in Hope Valley features darling log cabins in various sizes as well as a restaurant, fishing pond, snowshoe trails and a gift shop--all in the middle of an aspen grove. Sorenson's Country Café serves delicious meals three times a day as well as hot cocoa, tea, coffee throughout the day. Specialities include classic beef burgundy stew, seasonal fish, New York steak, BBQ chicken and ribs, garden-fresh salads and sumptuous homemade desserts. They also offer an assortment of fine wines, champagnes and imported and domestic beers. Sorensen's also has a gift shop full of unique items about the area. Choose from local wildlife and outdoor photography, art and gift cards or books on the Emigrant Trail, fishing or Sierra wildflowers. Children will have fun at the resort looking at the moss bears that have been placed in strategic places around the property as well as fishing in the small pond located by the restaurant. During the winter, Sorenson's offer sledding on their hills as well as snowshoe and cross-country skiing tours and rentals. During the summer there are dozens of hiking trails within a few minutes drive of the resort and the East Fork of the Carson River is right down the road for some great fishing.

Recommended for Resort because: Sorensen's Resort is available for outdoor weddings under the aspen trees.

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Harrah's Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino
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The Lake Tahoe Airport is located approximately 9 miles from the Harrah's Lake Tahoe. Several area attractions include the Zephyr Cove Beach, Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park and South Lake Tahoe. There are over 500 guest rooms and suites at the Harrah's Lake Tahoe. These accommodations are complete with cable televisions, video game consoles, ironing equipment, clock radios, wireless Internet connections and telephones with voicemail features. Private bathrooms come with showers, bathtubs, hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. The Harrah's Lake Tahoe offers spa services, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center and a game/arcade room. This 18-storey property also features a casino, a 24-hour business center, meeting/banquet facilities, a concierge desk, an ATM and a nightclub. Wired and wireless Internet access is also available throughout the hotel.

Recommended for Resort because: Harrah's has a beautiful indoor pool as well as two nightclubs.

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This smaller (44 room), but cozy hotel near Truckee has a distinct mountain architecture that has attracted the attention of both visitors and publications like Outside magazine. The Cedar House Sport Hotel encourages a natural connection between the outdoors and the comfort of indoors. The design reflects a comfortable atmosphere, warm woods, large timbers and an excellent staff, in-house touring company and an award-winning pop up restaurant, Stella. The warm, contemporary rooms include luxurious European bedding, in-room safes, refrigerators, Keurig coffemakers, fresh ground coffee, radios with iPod docks, flat screen LCD televisions, cable TVs and a complimentary breakfast buffet for two. The hotel also has a hot tub, a beautiful courtyard and quick access to the small, historic town of Truckee.

Recommended for Resort because: This resort caters to a more quiet, outdoors-oriented clientele. Stella, the on-site restaurant is an award winner.

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The city center is within easy access from the Ridge Crest Resort Stateline. Some of the nearby popular sites are the Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe, Sprouts Cafe and Off the Hook. Common outdoor activities include water-skiing, boating, fishing, golfing and downhill and cross-country skiing. All accommodations at the Ridge Crest Resort Stateline have one bedroom and one bathroom. All units also come equipped with gas fireplaces, televisions, VCR players, Queen-sized beds and Queen-sized sofa sleepers. The kitchens are furnished with facilities like coffee makers and microwave ovens. The Ridge Crest Resort Stateline offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, game rooms and tennis and racquetball courts. The resort also provides a barbecue area, a ski shop, laundry facilities, concierge services and shuttle services to casinos and within the property. On-site dining options include the Hungry Bear Restaurant and The Ridge Club Deli.

Recommended for Resort because: The Ridge Crest condos are large and feature jacuzzis and BBQs.

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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 as well as lounge areas. 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 Resort because: The Hyatt's private beach has one of the best views of the North Shore.

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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 Resort because: David Walley's Hot Springs has several hot pools including a warm lap pool.

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The Landing Resort & Spa is a luxurious boutique hotel that features 88 rooms with views of the lake, bathrooms with heated toilet seats and floors, luxurious linens and furnishings and 55-inch wall-mounted televisions. The resort itself is in South Lake Tahoe, close to the Heavenly ski resort and the casinos of the South Shore. The hotel also features several conference and reception rooms including the Rooftop Deck with a fireplace and a heated outdoor pavilion. The hotel's restaurant, Jimmy's, featured a California cuisine menu with wood-fired Greek food, a glass enclosed wine cellar and locally sourced ingredients. The hotel spa offers several treatments including massage, body wraps and facials. The hotel also has an outdoor pool, hot tub and fire pits.

Recommended for Resort because: The Landing Resort & Spa's luxurious, but personal atmosphere is refreshing.

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The Tahoe Beach Retreat is conveniently located in South Lake Tahoe, just a few miles from Emerald Bay and the South Shore nightlife. The hotel and its pier restaurant are located righton the beach. It has its own marina, two restaurants, meeting and wedding facilities and luxury accommodations. The 262 rooms are decorated to match the natural surroundings of the trees and mountains. Other amenities include complimentary wireless Internet throughout the property, outdoor firepits, outdoor games and family activities and a heated outdoor pool and hot tub. The 1,000 foot long pier (the longest on the lake) features the The Boathouse on the Pier restaurant that is perfect for special occasions.

Recommended for Resort because: Tahoe Beach Retreat is a pet-friendly hotel and the hotel even offers pet hotel packages.

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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 Resort because: The Ritz-Carlton has special events for both guests and visitors all year long.

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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