- Which One Is Right For You?
- Spa Lover: The Landing
- Foodie: Cedar House
- Socialite: Basecamp
Whether you’re looking for a cozy cabin in the woods or a concierge-staffed hotel at the base of a gondola, Tahoe’s got a plethora of high-end lodging options to suit every type of traveler.
You’ll come here for the outdoor adventure—but after checking in to these digs, you may never want to leave your room.
For the spa goer:
South Lake Tahoe’s only five-star resort, The Landing Resort and Spa, is located on the shores of Lake Tahoe and minutes from Heavenly ski area.
A free hotel shuttle will deliver you to Heavenly Village, and there’s complimentary ski storage on site.
The hotel underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2013, and the 88 luxury rooms are now outfitted with stone fireplaces, leather couches, balconies with lake views, jetted marble bathtubs, and more.
After a day of skiing or snowboarding, book a mountain recovery massage in the on-site spa for 80 minutes of well-deserved bliss.
Then sample some wine and feast on Greek small plates and wood-grilled entrees at Jimmy’s Restaurant, located in the hotel.
For the family on the go:
At the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, located mid-mountain at Northstar, you’ll essentially ski out of your room onto the resort’s beginner-friendly Big Easy run.
If you’re bringing the whole family, you can book a suite with up to four bedrooms.
Suites are decked out with fireplaces, massive windows with views of the slopes, and cozy, upscale furnishings.
Constellation Residences, Ritz Carlton
Anyone considering booking the Constellation Residences at Northstar needs to heed this warning: You will forever be ruined for all other lodging everywhere.
We’ve stayed in various accommodations at Northstar, ranging from home rentals on the golf course to village condos that are steps from Big Springs Gondola.
Nothing, however, beats the Constellation Residences for accessibility to the slopes.
Attached to Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe by an internal sky bridge, the residences are located at mid-mountain, literally on the slopes.
And the luxury ski vacation perks…ooh la la. You’ll have full use of the Ritz-Carlton pools and exercise facilities; ski school instructors will meet your kids at the Residences exit; and you just can’t get better ski trip treatment than a full-scale ski butler service with dedicated ski storage, boot warmers, and hot tea or cocoa on demand.
The accommodations are comparable to luxury Northstar Village condos, but guest service wins at the Residences.
As the desk service manager checked us in, he greeted multiple guests—some owners, some visiting—by first name, asked about their day, and offered to assist with evening plans.
This was clearly par for the course.
The units range from studios to multi-bedroom, and the kids were thrilled with their bunk beds and Jacuzzi tubs.
We loved being connected to the village at night by way of the Highlands Gondola.
Don’t think twice: If Constellation Residences is in the budget, go after it.
The hotel’s mountain concierge can get you dialed in with ski lessons, gear rentals, dinner reservations, and more.
Beyond the skiing, Northstar’s village has entertainment for everyone in the family, including a 9,000-square-foot ice skating rink, outdoor firepits stocked with s’mores fixings, and ample shopping and dining.
For the foodie:
Truckee’s Cedar House Sport Hotel is just five miles from Northstar ski area.
You’ll book here for convenience and proximity to outdoor activities, the sustainably built mountain-modern design, and its cozy, European-style vibe.
But you’ll stay for the food. Start the day with a complimentary breakfast spread of home-baked muffins, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, and Greek yogurt.
You’ll need the fuel for a full day of skiing powder-stuffed bowls at Northstar or for a snowy hike or adventure with the hotel’s in-house mountain outfitters.
Afterward, relax in the outdoor hot tub or enjoy a glass of wine by the lobby’s fireplace.
Reserve a table at the Cedar House’s award-winning restaurant, Stella, where the French-inspired chef’s tasting menu includes dishes like halibut ceviche and pork tenderloin with herb gnocchi.
For the social butterfly:
If the term ‘base camp’ brings to mind a high-altitude tent city, think again.
The 50-room Basecamp Hotel, which opened in 2012 just five minutes from the Heavenly gondola in South Lake Tahoe, is a renovated inn that was designed for adventure lovers.
Hotel owner and outdoorsman Christian Strobel wanted the place to evoke the camaraderie you might experience on an alpine expedition (only with much finer linens).
In the hotel lobby and lounge, you’ll meet fellow travelers over coffee and granola in the morning, while sipping beer at the hotel bar after skiing, or at one of the communal dinners offered on Saturday nights during the winter.
You’ll find gear racks, trail maps, and ski and bike storage for your convenience. And don’t miss the rooftop hot tub for a soak under the stars.