I just came back from The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe after a weeks skiing with my 5 year old twins.
Upon entering the hotel I was struck at how big it was yet still maintained an aura of chalet like cosiness thanks to all the comfy armchairs , sofas and fire places. The massive floor to ceiling windows in the lounge area had a great view of the slopes and swimming pool and was another huge plus. It was the perfect place to chill after a hard days skiing.
The staff were wonderful our children and the highlight of their stay was the indoor tents and camping goodies that were set up in their bedroom. They had hours of fun playing in them and even 'camped out' and slept in them one night. Like everything else there however, they were not free and quite an expensive perk.
The ski concierge was super helpful and put all the pre work out of skiing, they helped us with our boots every morning and our skis were always ready for us flat down on the slopes every day with our poles on either side. The childrens ski lessons although extortionate were very good and their teachers were enthusiastic and super friendly. By the end of day one our twins had made a lot of progress and they both professed that skiing in America was far more fun than in Switzerland! The slopes themselves were immense and were able to accommodate beginners to advanced skiers and some of them had some epic views of Lake Tahoe.
The food at the hotel was mostly locally sourced and fresh with a good selection of restaurants and room service options.
The spa was good but the massages were average, I had one which was amazing but I got lucky with the lady who was allocated to me, Melissa. I had a facial which was disasterous and left me with a small scar for a few days.
Other than that the other let downs were the astronomical cost of any extras, and the fact that we were there towards the end of the season when the snow had started to melt and the staff were minimal and some of the restaurants had begun to close until the summer season. This resulted in quite a lot of slow service within the restaurants and the hotel in general.
I would love to go back in the winter when it is more peak season and snowy. I am sure that it will be even more magical and the convenience of the amazing ski in ski out facility and gondola's straight into Truckee are second to none.
- 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