Lake Tahoe, California
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
What it is
A 153-room, uber-luxe mega-resort with a 17,000-square-foot spa.
What it isn't
Phoning it in. The hotel frequently ranks among the best in the nation.
What we think
When a resort goes so far as to hire and train a “Marshmalogist” to ensure your s’mores are top notch, you know they’ve put brilliant thought into everything. That’s just as evident in the rooms, which are primed to spoil you: expect goose-down comforters and 400-thread-count linens, Asprey toiletries, fireplaces (ideal for curling up next to in your Ritz-Carlton terry robe) and expertly-stocked honor bars. It’s worth upgrading to the Club Level for multiple complementary nibbles and tipples per day, plus a hush-hush private check-in staff and concierge.
You're here because
Regional starchitect Clare Walton designed the Lake Club as a no-holds-barred paean to waterside fun, with a private boat pier stocked with SUPs and kayaks galore, an al fresco fire pit and hot tub, and even a Formula yacht.
Even standing on the shores of Lake Tahoe feels like a spa, thanks to the restorative dry alpine air. But today, after a nearby hike, you haul your weary bones into the resort’s actual spa and want to cry—happy tears.
Restaurants & Bars
Manzanita - California cuisine combining classical techniques and a modern culinary philosophy
The Backyard Bar & BBQ - Barbecue and wood-fired pizza
The Living Room - Casual dining
Cafe Blue - Casual fare, premium coffee beverages, and juices and smoothies
The Highlands Bar
The Backyard Bar & BBQ
You’re a 45-minute drive from the Reno airport, but just 15 minutes from Lake Tahoe’s shores.