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“Incredible experience if you don't mind isolation” 5 of 5 stars
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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee, CA 96161   |  
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New York City, New York
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“Incredible experience if you don't mind isolation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

My wife and I kept calling this our "castle." I could post photos but it wouldn't explain how far up the mountain this property is. "Secluded" doesn't begin to explain the geography. So if you think you're going to run around the corner for a coffee, newspaper or bottle of water, that's not going to happen. But if you're OK with a classic resort setting (where almost all the services you could ask for are) then this is the place to be. The lobby is split into two levels, with the second level that's part living room, part bar, part breakfast nook. It nicely forces social interaction between guests. We got a great summer deal for our stay, $300 a night. If you can afford that, it's worth the experience. There's a nice hiking trail if you're there in summer; and plenty of ski lifts if you're there in the winter.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We stayed here over the 4th of July holiday and I can't wait to go back. This place is great for families and couples and there is truly something for everyone. The staff is amazing, the rooms are beautiful, the restaurant is great. I can't enough good things about this place. The hotel is very close to the village of North Star, so if you want to spend a weekend relaxing, there is no need for your car. I can't wait to go back in the winter!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is an amazing resort! Loved it! - awesome Spa! Great service - nice food presentations in Club. The only negative is the restaurant Manzanitas - which is expensive and not that good - steak overcooked - pasta had no flavor. Also the service is not great considering the prices they charge. It is a pity since everything else is so awesome. Service (other than the restaurant) is truly 5 star! Stay here and eat somewhere outside the resort.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Top level hotel in the Lake Tahoe area. The hotel seemed very full with a conference, wedding and other events, but the hotel did not seem crowded and service did not suffer. Great lunch and breakfast at Manzanita. Did not personally enjoy the various activities the hotel had to offer – but had guests around me busily enjoying the facilities and hotel activities. We sat poolside with great service enjoying a beautiful day in Lake Tahoe.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Spa is superb and available to all guests. Food and drink service ordered pool side at spa or at family pool. Adult spa pool immediately adjacent to wonderful; spa with "Experiential" shower room with about 20 nozzles at various places, whirlpool tub with powerful jets, steam room and sauna. Service is impeccable at every level and all the time- very consistent. Kyle at the front desk especially stood out even in a field of such superlative staff. This is the place to stay in winter but it is also good for some pampering in summer even though about 15 mins from Lake. Great hiking and mountain biking right outside the door. Manzanita restaurant was excellent as well with great food and attentive staff.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sausalito, CA
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

We spent a few days at this enormous hotel neslted in the Northstar ski area. We enjoyed exceptionally cordial service, a very hospitable Concierge floor lounge and a spacious well appointed room. We were unfortunately given a room with no view despite being present during a slow period. Most disappointing however, was the ubiquitous whiny country rock music that could not be escaped once outside the room. Dreadful noise which should be banned. Nice pool and spa.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alamo, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We visited in May, which is after ski season but before the summer rush which meant that there were very few guests at the hotel. We had three grandparents visiting for their granddaughter's 5th birthday.

Since it was a special occasion, the hotel OFFERED to give my daughter balloons and a doll on the morning of her birthday. These things never materialized. We had to go to the front desk and then it took a long time for them to get organized and delayed the start of our day by a couple of hours.

Later that day, my wife, daughter and the two grandmothers also booked a manicure at the spa at 1 PM. When they went down there, there was ONE manicurist and they had to each get a manicure 1 at a time rather than all together. This took several hours......

At the same time, the hotel removed a "construction discount" that they had offered us (lots of work was being done during the slow season). I had to ask them to put it back on. I also had to give them my Marriott rewards number several times to get it to stick.

Throughout all of this we dealt with 2 hotel managers. One manager would offer a concession and then you would see the other manager later and he would offer a lesser concession. They were not on the same page and it seemed like we were being "downgraded." In the end, we did get some concessions (a few massages and a manicure), but they were based on us coming back to the hotel for another visit.

This is not likely to happen.

The hotel is very pretty and the rooms are great, but if you are expecting service....look elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee, CA 96161
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Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > Truckee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 14 hotels in Truckee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe 5*
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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