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An all-season escape, Lake Tahoe is a favorite place for outdoor enthusiasts. Skiers and snowboarders, families and couples are drawn to its beautiful beaches and jaw-on-the-floor scenery. Accommodations run the gamut from vintage lodges and inns, romantic spa hotels, pricey ski resorts, casinos and budget-friendly options. If you're looking to head to the mountains soon, here are 10 top places to stay around Lake Tahoe.
Best Overall: Hyatt High Sierra Lodge
The Hyatt High Sierra Lodge has a rustic atmosphere with beautiful lake views, a prime location near the casinos and beaches of North Lake Tahoe, 60 residential, two-bedroom units and combined use of the facilities at a sister property – making it one giant resort. Units feature separate bedrooms, spacious baths with rainfall shower heads, sofa beds, private balconies and gas fireplaces. There are three dining options serving American fare, as well as a sports bar. Guests can use the clubhouse with barbecue grills, the neighboring beach during the summer or hop on a free shuttle to the ski resorts in the winter. Free self-parking is available.
Best Budget: Paradice Motel Lake Tahoe
For clean, comfortable accommodations with a great location and a friendly staff, you can’t beat the Paradice Motel. Newly remodeled rooms include nightly turndown service, flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations, tiled bathtubs and showers, as well as mini refrigerators and kitchenettes in higher-category rooms. Free coffee and morning pastries and a pass to use the nearby beach (just a five-minute walk away) round out the hotel amenities. And since it's located near the Nevada-California state line, the casinos and shopping are within walking distance.
Best Luxury / Spa Hotel: The Landing Resort and Spa
Built in 2013, this five-star, lakefront resort has 77 spa-like rooms that reflect mountain ambience, with varying shades of hardwood, woodman plaid fabrics and leather furniture. Luxurious rooms contain granite stone fireplaces, in-room dining, private balconies or patios, large flat-screen televisions, as well as marble bathrooms with heated toilet seats and floors. For added rest and relaxation, some rooms have aromatherapy, heat, music, and light therapy, plus steam showers and heated towel racks. The award-winning spa has a range of treatments (hot stone massages, reflexology, olive oil wraps, and cinnamon, vanilla brown sugar exfoliation scrubs, etc.), while the steam room, sauna, pool and whirlpool all offer extra ways to relax. When hunger strikes, Jimmy’s restaurant and bar serves American fare for breakfast and lunch (plus happy hour specials), and it even has a glass-enclosed wine cellar.
Best for Families: Americana Village
This affordable, South Tahoe hotel has a roster of fun amenities for families, including bike rentals, movie rentals, barbecues, themed dinners, board game tournaments, karaoke, picnic areas and fire pits. For relaxation, there’s a hot tub, heated pool and Finnish dry sauna. Included continental breakfast is available every morning and free coffee and popcorn can be found in the lobby throughout the day. Guests can prepare meals using the in-suite kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, toaster, blender and hot plate (on request) – saving families some cash on dinners out on the town. The hotel also loans out golf clubs and fishing gear for an even more value-packed stay.
Best Bed and Breakfast: Heavenly Lodge Bed and Breakfast South Lake Tahoe
The Heavenly Lodge has a long history of hosting travelers, but in 2011 it was fully renovated and still sparkles from the updates. The 12 cabin-style rooms have comforts such as gas fireplaces, mini refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and cozy, cheerful décor. Thoughtful touches include personalized welcome letters, freshly baked cookies and happy hour around the fire. The friendly owners serve up a fabulous breakfast each morning and go out of their way to make guests feel at home. The lodge is within walking distance to the main gondola and the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Best for Couples/Romance: Postmarc Hotel and Spa Suites
Located in South Lake Tahoe across the street from the lakefront, marina and ski shuttle, this alpine-style hotel is perfect for couples seeking romance and outdoor adventure. Gorgeous accommodations have a minimum of 373 square feet and feature lake-inspired décor such as scenic artwork, wood-paneled walls, spacious baths and full-sized mirrored walls. To add to the romantic vibe, most of the 52 guestrooms include relaxing, whirlpool-jetted tubs and European showers for two. Free parking and wireless internet are also included in the rate.
Best Beach Resort: Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort
Located in Tahoe Vista on the north side of the lake, the Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort has 32 suites and a 275-foot private beach with plenty of water amenities to keep guests busy. Kayaking tours, paddleboard yoga, SUP tours, boat rentals and mountain survival games are just a few of the add-on activities available. Plus, water sports equipment can be used at no additional cost. The resort has been family owned and operated for more than 30 years, and features amenities such as an old-fashioned ice cream shop and barbecue fire pits set the tone for a relaxed atmosphere. Massive, apartment-style suites have an abundance of sunlight, home-like décor, hardwood floors, refrigerators, microwaves and covered patios.
Best Value Lodge: Heavenly Inn
For an affordable alternative to the pricey ski lodges, the 18-room, pet-friendly Heavenly Inn is just three blocks from the Heavenly gondola in South Lake Tahoe. Suites feature kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves, flat-screen televisions, nature-inspired décor, comfortable bedding and free WiFi. Guests can relax in the on-site sauna and warm up by the lobby fireplace. When the weather is warm, guests can borrow some beach gear from the hotel and head to the nearby beach (access included with room rates). A business center and free parking are available.
Best Casino Resort: Harrah's Lake Tahoe
This eight-story, 512-room hotel is a staple in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and it's within walking distance to Tahoe’s main ski gondola or the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. The 24-hour casino has 1,300 slot and video poker machines, as well as all the favorite table games (blackjack, roulette, craps, “Let it Ride” poker and baccarat). For night owls, there’s a 6,700-square-foot dance club with 40 VIP areas and some of the hottest DJs. Standard Rooms have double soundproofed walls, blackout curtains, flat-screen televisions, free WiFi, room service, two (yes, two) bathrooms and free valet service. There are seven dining options at the resort, ranging from burgers and an American buffet to Thai food and sushi.
Best for Fun: Basecamp Hotel
An affordable place for adventure junkies to gather after a day’s activities, the Basecamp Hotel offers creature comforts with a fun, quirky atmosphere (that can be rowdy at times). The courtyard and beer garden serve up burgers and brats during the summer or communal dinners during the winter. So if that's your vibe, feel free to mingle, toast s’mores around the fire pits, play table tennis or corn hole. There’s also a lobby bar, a rooftop hot tub, several common area decks for picnics and views, as well as daily continental breakfast. The 74 stylish rooms feature hiking-themed décor such as old-fashioned cameras and lanterns. Some rooms also feature fireplaces, private balconies and are pet-friendly.