The Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe

The Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe

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Guide Price £1,379 per person
Based on 08 May 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Delta Airlines, staying for 5 nights room only in a Double Room (2 adults sharing) including car hire.
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Mountain luxury minutes from Lake Tahoe

The Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe is one of the region’s most luxurious hotels, providing supreme comforts within easy reach of Lake Tahoe. Experience mountain luxury at this remarkable alpine resort where endless entertainments can be enjoyed, all to the backdrop of mountain views. A pleasing resort pool provides a chance to cool down but for those wanting to see the area, the various seasonal activities like hiking, biking and skiing ensure that exhilarating experiences are moments away. To top it all off, there are five exquisite dining options on-site serving food and drink throughout the day.

  • Ski-in\
  • ski-out access
  • Enjoy skiing\
  • kayaking and many more sport
  • Experience five distinct dining options
  • Remarkable alpine lodge-style resort
  • Take a dip in the resort’s spacious pool

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

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  • 170 rooms
  • Minimum age: 18

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool

Accommodation Type

  • Luxury Collection
Location Highlights

The Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe

1106 Reviews 85% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 749
  • Very Good 187
  • Average 90
  • Poor 45
  • Terrible 35

What to Expect

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Aug 20, 2018

I don't mean "Average" by all hotel standards, I mean "Average" by luxury hotels $500 a night and up average.

New York City, New York

Spent 5 nights at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe (aka Northstar) the third week in June of 2018. The lobby of this property is considerably underwhelming and somewhat awkward as check in is really on the ground floor but the more lobby like area is up a considerable flight of stairs (which at 6,800 feet of elevation is much more taxing than it is at sea level.) The elevator banks are literally a couple of hundred yards from the main hotel entry area (where you enter when you valet your car for $40 per day - No Self Parking Allowed.) The rooms are nice but in a standard hotel setup nice kind of way - i.e. cookie cutter and nothing unique just a reasonably well appointed rectangle. I have to say the bed linens situation is a mess, they don't have a nice duvet on the beds like you would find at not even a St. Regis, but a even a Westin. What they do have seems like seven sheets which are tucked so far under the end of the bed when you get in they come only up to your chest (if your 6' or taller.) And pulling them up destroys the entire bed as there is no fitted sheet to stay in place. Mattress pad on the beds was Motel 6 quality and the mattresses themsevles weren't even remotel comfortable. The bed at luxury hotel should be a sanctuary, at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe they seem like a cost cutting afterthought. The main hotel restaurant Manzanita is a very attractive space. We went once for breakfast and didn't go back, why? Because the menu is so grossly overpriced you feel like you need to take a shower when you leave. We went for breakfast, $25 for Two Eggs any Style (is overpriced a style?) or the Three Egg Omelet for $24 (see picture below of what $4 worth of ingredients looks like. It feels like they do this just because it is a Ritz Carlton and most people will accept and believe that it is better just because they charge you $25 for what should at most be a $15 dish. $10 is not going to make or brake the RC visitor (me included) but it is the principle of it. Add in the fact that the cafe is only open in the morning till midday (at least that was the schedule during our stay) which means if you want a cup of coffee and light snack at 3pm you don't have that option. The pool at the hotel is reasonably nice but in a Marriott Hotel kind of way. Nothing unique or special about this offering at the Ritz Carlton. A third year architecture student could have designed this feature. Lastly the one aspect of the hotel that exceeded our expectations was the The Lake Club. Now keep in mind that they do a REALLY good job of not making you aware that the Lake Club usage has a separate fee for the day (nor did the concierge make us aware of that fact in the pre trip email where we said we would be interested in utilizing the Lake Club.) When we were on site and inquired the concierge said "ok, the fee for the Thursday you want is $400.) For my daughter, wife and myself that felt a bit aggressive (especially considering the $38 Daily Resort Fee and the $40 a Day Parking charge) but we decided to when in Rome it. Thankfully we did. We arrived at 9am on the complimentary shuttle and the staff waited on us hand and foot as we relaxed lakeside, kayaked, SUP'd, and swam in the lake. With continental breakfast, lunch and drinks included it was worth the cost. I probably wouldn't stay at the Ritz Carlton Northstar again unless someone else were paying. I can afford it but it is the principle of it.
Aug 17, 2018


Wow, what a place! We visited Lake Tahoe for an overnight stay to break up a drive from Vegas to San Fran and so glad we did as we discovered this gem! The hotel complex was breath taking! The surroundings of green mountains and overhead ski lifts provided an amazingly adventurous place with lots to do! In the summer the hills and slopes are perfect for the various hiking and mountain biking routes whilst in the winter they make amazing ski slopes! What a place this is! Not too far from the lake either. Hoping to return next year for a longer stay and take full advantage of the cosy hotel with its breathtaking features and real open fires even in the bedrooms! My favourite place in California.
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