The Best Lake Tahoe Hotels

The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe Resort is the best hotel to book in Tahoe

Secret Harbor Cove Lake Tahoe East Shore

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The Rundown

Straddling the California and Nevada divide, Lake Tahoe’s shimmering azure water is hugged by verdant forests and snow-dusted mountain peaks, and the best hotels that skirt the lake showcase its natural beauty. One of the highest elevation lakes in the country and the second deepest, Lake Tahoe and the surrounding region have year-round appeal. Travelers can hit the slopes in the winter and hike through a towering pine forest in the summer months. In either season, there are plenty of hotel options where a scenic view is never far.

For travelers who would rather get their steps in by walking to dinner or down to the casino, there is no shortage of fun-fueled stays that put entertainment first, Whether visitors want to hike or hit the jackpot, the following hotels top their categories based on accolades, customer reviews, and location, all while offering a memorable stay. Read on to discover the best places to spend the night in Lake Tahoe.

01 of 07

Best Overall: The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe Resort

The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe Resort

The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe Resort

Why We Chose It

This luxe waterfront property features a spa, pool, golf course, and surrounding activities that suit every type of traveler throughout every season. 

Pros
  • Relaxing, scenic beachfront setting

  • Diverse on-site activities

  • Comfortable, well-appointed rooms

Cons
  • On-site dining isn’t noteworthy

  • Customer service can be hit-or-miss

This 154-room mountain lodge is cast against the dramatic Sierra range just steps from Lake Tahoe’s shoreline. The LEED-certified property is water and energy-efficient and has developed pedestrian and bike-friendly pathways that lead to local commercial areas in order to reduce vehicle traffic. The hotel boasts a heated outdoor pool, 8,500-square-foot spa, an 18-hole championship golf course, and three restaurants.

From summer kayaking and evening s'mores to a winter snowshoe to the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Chalet, the lodge is a world unto itself that families, couples, or solo travelers will revel in. But not far off-site, Lake Tahoe adventures await. Outdoor enthusiasts can hit local trails for hiking and mountain biking in the summer or catch a shuttle to nearby Heavenly Mountain Resort for winter skiing. The lodge is also just minutes away from South Lake Tahoe’s casino district and shopping and nightlife in Heavenly Village.

Notable Amenities

  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Pool and fitness center
02 of 07

Best for Families: Sunnyside Lodge

Sunnyside Lodge

Sunnyside Lodge

Why We Chose It

This beachfront hotel’s panoramic lake views come with free parking and breakfast, kid-friendly amenities, and babysitting when the parents need a break.

Pros
  • Mountain view, lakefront property

  • Great service

  • Kid-friendly

Cons
  • Common areas could use updating

  • Restaurant can be busy with non-hotel guests

Situated on the scenic west shore of Lake Tahoe, Sunnyside Lodge has been a popular family vacation spot since the 1950s. Cozy, rustic decor and spacious rooms with private patios mean it won’t be too cramped with the kids along for the trip. And outside the rooms, the largest outdoor deck on the lake hosts idyllic alfresco summer dining not far from the beach.

Helpful staff will be happy to get families set up with nearby outdoor adventures, from boating, hiking, and fishing in the summer to cross-country skiing and snowboarding in the winter.  When parents need some alone time, they can hire a babysitter for the night and head to the Lakeside Dining Room, indulging in the award-winning wine list. Most importantly, with only 23 rooms and a laid-back vibe, the atmosphere means everyone will enjoy a relaxed and rejuvenating stay.

Notable Amenities

  • Free parking
  • Free breakfast
  • Canoeing
  • Babysitting
  • Business center
03 of 07

Best Luxury: The Ritz Carlton

The Ritz Carlton

The Ritz Carlton

Why We Chose It

This Ritz Carlton property is all about easy ski access and a luxurious après scene that may tempt travelers to skip the slopes altogether. 

Pros
  • Ski-in/ski-out location

  • Luxurious spa

  • Lively après ski scene

Cons
  • Mediocre food by Ritz Carlton standards

  • Service can be lacking

The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe is the only AAA five-diamond mountain resort in Northern California, making it the first choice for a posh, pampered stay in the region. The hotel has the only luxury ski-in, ski-out access in Lake Tahoe with mountain concierge services. Texas-style barbecue and après-inspired cocktails are served at the all-season Backyard Bar & BBQ or guests can warm up with a cocktail at the sleek Highlands bar, where floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the Sierra mountains.

Warm, inviting rooms feature gas fireplaces, 400-thread count linens and duvets, plush robes, and soaker tubs. But guests who really want to experience Lake Tahoe pampering will melt into a slope-side spa experience inspired by the surrounding landscape, including a massage that uses stones from the lake and a wild honeysuckle treatment. The spa has 17 treatment rooms, relaxation areas warmed by fireplaces, a dry-heat lodge, a eucalyptus steam room, and a heated outdoor lap pool that overlooks the slopes.

Notable Amenities

  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Pool and fitness center
  • Game room
04 of 07

Best Budget: Basecamp Hotel

Basecamp Hotel

Basecamp Hotel

Why We Chose It

This 73-key hotel delivers a sense of adventure and community in South Lake Tahoe for travelers who prioritize fun over luxury.

Pros
  • Good value

  • Unique design and atmosphere

  • Pet friendly

Cons
  • Cleanliness can be subpar

  • Several reviews mention fans, faucets, and lights in need of fixing

Designed to capture the spirit of adventure that travelers would find at an expedition basecamp, Basecamp Hotel gives nods to the wilderness in its design and atmosphere. From murals featuring stenciled wildlife and campfires to actual fire pits on the communal-style patio, visitors will feel like they’re on a wilderness escape at this property—but still get to end the day in a comfortable room.

It’s a five-minute walk to the lake for summertime water sports and a similar distance to the Heavenly Gondola for winter travelers. But whether guests are drying off or warming up, the hotel has a lively, social atmosphere worth sticking around for. Roast s'mores in the beer garden while listening to live music or enjoy a pint at the lobby Hideaway Bar during Happy Camper Hour. Fun is never far away here and comes at a bargain. Basecamp also has a sister property on the north end of the lake.

Notable Amenities

  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Bar and rooftop terrace
  • Game room
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05 of 07

Best for Romance: The Landing Resort & Spa

The Landing Resort & Spa

The Landing Resort & Spa

Why We Chose It

This elegant, award-winning boutique hotel is made for an intimate, relaxing nature getaway. 

Pros
  • Great location

  • Luxury on-site spa

  • Excellent service

  • Pet friendly

Cons
  • Pricey

  • Can be noisy

With a prime waterfront location, many of the rooms at The Landing have a balcony overlooking the lake, and all come with a stone fireplace that sets the tone for a cozy stay. Plush pillow-top beds and heated bathroom floors make rooms a place guests will want to linger, but the real indulgence is the resort’s on-site spa. 

The hotel’s luxury spa uses organic products and natural botanicals in its treatments, including their Peak Recovery Massage, perfect for couples who have been out adventuring in the surrounding mountains and lake. The resort’s location gives guests easy access to trails, skiing, and restaurants. But the wood-fired, locally sourced fare served at the lake view Jimmy’s Restaurant is worth a dinner on-site.

Notable Amenities

  • Valet parking
  • Pool
06 of 07

Best Casino Stay: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Why We Chose It

A 24-hour casino and plenty of on-site entertainment options make Harrah’s the place for travelers looking to experience the glitz and glam of Tahoe’s Nevada side.

Pros
  • Large on-site casino

  • Live entertainment

  • On-site dining options

Cons
  • Rooms in need of updates (outdated wallpaper, furniture, electronics)

  • Cleanliness is hit-or-miss

Still within walking distance to Tahoe’s main ski gondola and the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, the 18-story Harrah’s caters to travelers who put entertainment first. The 24-hour casino has 1,300 slot and video poker machines, as well as everyone’s favorite table games. Guests can dance the night away to the beat of some of the country’s best DJs at the 6700-square foot Peak Nightclub or catch a concert or show at the Casino Center Stage. On Tuesday nights, the hotel hosts free Blues shows at the casino. 

The 512 rooms are outfitted with glam decor, flatscreen TVs, and blackout curtains. Visitors who plan on winning big can book one of the luxury suites that occupy two full floors. A handful of different dining options means guests don’t have to wander far to grab a bite, whether they’re looking for fine dining or a late-night burger.

Notable Amenities

  • Noteworthy casino
  • Pool and fitness center
  • Valet parking
07 of 07

Best Nature Escape: Black Bear Lodge

Black Bear Lodge

Black Bear Lodge

Why We Chose It

While nature is never far away anywhere in Lake Tahoe, this boutique hotel is the ultimate tranquil woodland escape. 

Pros
  • Excellent service

  • Beautiful forest setting

  • Private

Cons
  • Some travelers find it overpriced

  • Lack of in-room amenities

Set on a forested acreage, Black Bear Lodge is a rejuvenating nature haven. The main lodge houses five rooms, and four private log cabins dot the property. All cabins have a king bed, gas fireplace, and a private garden patio where guests can enjoy a morning coffee amidst the trill of morning birdsong.

Craft beer, California wines, and small sharing plates are served at an intimate, live-edge wood bar under vintage lighting. Visitors can bring their glass of wine over to the large river rock fireplace, or in the summer, enjoy a drink on the back patio under aromatic pine trees. Less than a mile away is the lake and Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Notable Amenities

  • Free parking
  • Hot tub
  • Spa

Final Verdict

Whether travelers book a spa stay right on the water’s edge or a cozy forest cabin getaway, Lake Tahoe’s singular natural beauty and outdoor adventure are always close by. But just as the lake straddles the state divide, there are two sides to Tahoe, and those looking for a getaway that puts fun and frivolity first—from casinos to live music—will also find plenty of hotels to choose from. Which Tahoe you choose is entirely up to you.

Compare The Best Lake Tahoe Hotels

 Property Resort Fee  Room Rates  Number of Rooms  Free WiFi
The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe Resort
Best Overall
 $55  $$$  154  Yes
Sunnyside Lodge
Best for Families
 No resort fee  $$  23  Yes
The Ritz Carlton
Best Luxury
 $55  $$$  171  Yes
Basecamp Hotel
Best Budget
 No resort fee  $  73  Yes
The Landing Resort & Spa
Best for Romance
 $45  $$$  82  Yes
Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
Best Casino Stay
 $28  $$  512  Yes
Black Bear Lodge
Best Nature Escape
 No resort fee  $$  9  Yes

Methodology

We evaluated over two dozen different hotels around Lake Tahoe before choosing the best in their category. We considered various elements such as the property’s reputation and quality of service, design, location and proximity to the beach and ski slopes, and notable amenities (e.g., free/fast WiFi, on-site restaurants, pools, and concierge services). Each property’s dining options, what kind of traveler the hotel caters to, and the types of experiences available to guests also played a role. We also evaluated numerous customer reviews and considered whether the property has collected any accolades in recent years.

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