Hot Tubs & Private Beaches: 10Best Romantic Hotels in Tahoe

When looking for a romantic hotel getaway in Lake Tahoe, you don't have to go too far from any part of the lakeshore to find a luxury hotel, inn or bed and breakfast that will give you many amenities or choices of cost. From luxury suites and views of the water basic accommodations with access to the outdoors, these 10Best romantic hotels just scratch the surface.

If you want luxury, head to the Lodge at Edgewood or the Resort at Squaw Creek where the accommodations, service, spas and restaurants are some of the best in the area. Another great choice for luxury is the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort for amazing views of the North Shore or 1862 David Walley's for its natural hot springs.

If you want something a little more rustic, check out Sorensen's Resort south of Tahoe. Sorensen's tiny log cabins are set into a grove of aspen trees and offer a charming getaway from the lake crowds.


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, Nevada, which is about 15 miles down the mountain from South Lake Tahoe. This year-round resort features a fitness center with separate women's and men's steam rooms and dry saunas, and a heated freshwater outdoor pool. The 1862 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. 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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This resort features various natural hot spring pools that vary in temperature and have amazing views of the Carson Valley and the mountains.

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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 its own private beach and pier for summertime relaxation. The elegant rooms, suites and cottages feature alpine style decor and luxurious bath products. Guests can also enjoy a private lounge where breakfast and evening cocktails are served. The resort has a heated outdoor pool and hot tub area as well as the award-winning Stillwater Spa & Salon with steam rooms and saunas. The fitness center is open 24 hours. Guests are invited to dine at the seven on-site restaurants including the Long Eagle Grille and the waterfront Pier 111 Bar.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: With some of the best views of the North Shore (and a private beach), the Hyatt Regency is a great choice for a getaway.

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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 USB ports and concierge service. 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 Romantic Hotels because: The Ritz-Carlton Highlands at Northstar is probably one of the most beautiful hotels in the Tahoe area.

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The Beach Retreat and Lodge gets you up close and personal with the shoreline of Lake Tahoe for lower prices than many Tahoe resorts. Rooms are around $170 a night for a double, but the lakefront views are worth a million dollars. The resort features 262 beachfront rooms with plush king or double beds, refrigerators, flat-screen TVs with cable, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The Beach also features a 1,000 foot pier jutting into the lake with a summer bar and restaurant, a heated pool, free parking, a full-size beach volleyball court. The resort's beach also features a tiki bar and complimentary lounge chairs for guests.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Bring your lovable pooches to this resort! The first floor rooms are set aside as pet-friendly.

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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 such as 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 restaurant, Stella. The warm, contemporary rooms include luxurious European bedding, in-room safes, refrigerators, Keurig coffeemakers, fresh ground coffee, flat screen LCD televisions, 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 Romantic Hotels because: The Cedar House Sport Hotel offers intimate wedding services and catering in their event room with floor to ceiling windows.

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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 tree grove. Sorenson's Country Café serves delicious meals three times a day as well as hot cocoa, tea, coffee throughout the day. Specialties 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. 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 Romantic Hotels because: Sorensen's is a romantic place for nature-loving couples to get away from the Tahoe crowds.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: The Landing offers wedding facilities on its Grand Rooftop Terrace with views of the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.

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The eco-friendly Cedar Glen Lodge is great for couples or families that want a resort close to Tahoe's amenities, yet private and quiet. The lodge is nestled in the trees just across from the lake and close to the small village of King's Beach. The resort features cozy wood cabins, a large heated swimming pool for the summer months, a putting green, barbecues and a lawn area with picnic tables. The firepit is wonderful for the winter months. The main building has a wine bar with views of the lake and a fireplace. The resort also has designated pet-friendly rooms for an additional fee.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Cedar Glen Lodge offers cozy cabins with kitchens as well as an included continental breakfast.

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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 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 Romantic Hotels because: The Resort at Squaw Creek has an amazing outdoor heated pool and views of Squaw Valley.

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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, an 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 Romantic Hotels because: The lakeview rooms at the Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe have private balconies and access to the private beach.

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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