Was really looking forward to checking out this property since reading about it online. It was off season, end of the summer, so it wasn't too busy. I love staying off season as you get a better price and hotels aren't as crowded as they would be in peak season.
This property is tucked away in the woods at the top of a hill at the end of a LONG driveway. Very secluded but worth every minute of the drive. There is a gondola that runs from the property to the village at Northstar. I was only running Friday afternoon thru Sunday the time of year we were there and we didn't get a chance to ride in it. Instead, we utilized the house car (Cadillac Escalades) to take us and pick us up from the village. We had a very nice young man that drove us each time. Turns out he is from our home town in the the Bay Area. Always fun to find someone from your hometown on vacation. Due to it being off season, the house cars were readily available with little advance notice. LIKE!
Our room was a standard room that overlooked the gondola and the RC Residences. See photos. Room was very comfortable and the kids and I enjoyed it completely.
Spent time both days at the pool...poolside service was consistent. Drink and food choices we ample. Many families with children at the pool which made it nice for my two children. Early evening they had a Smoreologist at the firepit teaching the kids how to make s'mores and they fixings were complimentary. Kids totally loved it! As the Mom...I thought the timing was off as it was just before dinner time. Oh well, while on vacation...we tend to bend the rules.
Overall, lovely property and look forward to returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featuring a mid-mountain location on Northstar California, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is the first and only AAA Five Diamond mountain resort in California. Highlights include luxurious guest rooms and suites with in-room fire places and floor-to-ceiling windows; ski-in/ski-out access on Northstar California with ski valet services; a 17,000 sq ft slopeside spa with treatments themed around water and woods; extraordinary dining in Manzanita featuring rustic California cuisine with mountain resort influences; a signature "Marshmology" experience each evening at the fire pit featuring the “Art of the S’more"; and a comprehensive children’s program allowing parents to make the most of their Lake Tahoe vacationDuring the winter season, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s mid-mountain location provides for ski-in / ski-out access to Northstar California, consistently touted as one of the nation’s best family-friendly ski resorts. With a slope-side location on Northstar’s “Big Easy” run, the ski-in/ski-out access can be enjoyed by skiers and riders of any level. When you are ready for a day on the mountain, simply head down to mountain concierge where the ski valets will assist you with your boots and escort you to your skis and poles waiting on the slopes. Northstar offers world-class grooming and provides a plethora of family activities in the Village at Northstar accessed from the hotel by an intermountain gondola. At the heart of the Village is a 9,000 sq ft ice skating rink surrounded by cozy fire pits and a variety of options for shopping, dining and entertainment. During the summer months, Northstar transforms into family-friendly playground offering the region’s best mountain adventure. Families and their four-legged friends will love hiking the easy loop to Sawmill Lake. After a day on the mountain, guests can gather around the fire pit with The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Marshmologist for complimentary s’mores, enjoy cocktails on the resort’s heated outdoor terrace or enjoy a game of bocce in the backyard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Hotel Truckee