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“Amazing location - super easy skiing” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Truckee
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Palo Alto, California
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Amazing location - super easy skiing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

Ritz Carlton is fantastic if expensive base for skiiing in Northstar... everything set up to make skiing really easy with kids, ski in / ski out. Ski school meets 30ft from back door. They do Smores at 4.30pm round the fire pit. Restaurant choice a little limited, but you won't notice over weekend. Rooms are good. Outside heated pool is great apres-ski!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

My husband, two children and I stayed for two nights before heading onwards to the Marriott Grand Residence for two weeks. We had high expectations and were not disappointed. Our room was perfect (I think we had a deluxe double which was fine sharing for a few nights), the service was fantastic and the experience was first class. We are avid skiers and coming all the way from Australia we were of course a bit disappointed by the lack of snow. However you can't control mother nature. There were a number of highlights. The location..true ski-in-ski-out. Dining at Manzanita…..outstanding. The smoores each evening, kids loved. The outdoor hot tubs lovely and to top it all off the ski concierge is worth every cent of the resort fee. This was our first time staying at a Ritz Carlton and will most definitely return. I left a few things behind in room and they were couriered to me free of charge to me here at the Marriott with a lovely note enclosed. Thank you! We will most definitely return to Ritz Carlton properties and happily pay the premium for quality and service. Thank you for a lovely stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sacramento, California, United States
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

The staff at the Ritz-Carlton were very kind and attentive. Although there was a record low in snowfall, we still had a wonderful time. The rooms were very clean and comfortable, and my two boys adored the 'find the Ritz teddy bear' every day. The food was also really good and the ski-in/ski-out was terrific!! We were really pleased with all aspects of our stay. Would definitely recommend this hotel!!

Room Tip: Club level floors are ideas for families!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

The ski-in ski-out here is great! Ski services were awesome and the suite we had was spacious, clean and comfortable. Our luggage was torn by the airline and the concierge had someone repair it for us!

Northstar is a great family mountain! You can be comfortable here at all ski/boarding ability levels.
Conditions were very good on the mountain. Grooming was well done.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JNCCAP
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Brandon, Mississippi
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106 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

It was great to be in a place where there was so much snow and cold weather. We even did the snowmobile thing. Woohoo. The staff and property were outstanding. A must do for married couples. Children would enjoy this property as well. Hoping to return for a visit in the next 3 years. God did a perfect work here.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the mountains. There are many available.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank thechaplain1952
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Rocklin, California
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109 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2013

What a wonderful full service hotel. What you would hope for in service and amenities. Sometimes when you stay at a five-star hotel, it is disappointing when your not wowed. This is not one of those. Beautifully set into the mountains with well landscaped grounds that fit the area.
The staff is exceptional. From the moment the valet takes your keys, the experience is very pleasant. Guest relations director Joel Walker's staff are very knowledgeable of the hotel and surroundings. A small issue was handled well by Dustin at the front desk.
The spa and restaurant were outstanding. Full service spa was very relaxing. From the deep Thai trained masseuse, to the 24 head shower and the great steam room.
The chef cooked a fantastic meal for us and the wine selection is excellent.
We took the gondola right outside the hotel, down to Northstar village. It was a scenic 10 minute trip. We stayed a short while, we both wanted to get back and explore the hotel!
Great rooms with nice fireplace, great deep soaking tubs and amazing beds!
We will definitely return to the Ritz!

Room Tip: Would have preferred ski lift view, instead of gondola.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank bobby k
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Incline Village, Nevada
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89 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

Recently booked a trip through my Marriott Rewards points to get away for a quick romantic weekend with the wife. The Ritz Northstar is a beautiful place and we were welcomed at the car by an exceptional bell staff and seen the the front desk. The rooms are beautiful and well appointed. We enjoyed roasted marshmallows on the deck that evening that they provided and had their homemade mallows that we enjoyed greatly. Had some drinks in the lobby bar that was very nice and very nice service. Ordered room service that evening and it was delivered on time with personal service and tasted great. My only real complaints is the cost of parking, internet/resort fee and the total lack of recognition of Marriott Rewards Platinum status. To compare I booked a hotel in London the prior weekend that was also a 5 star hotel right in downtown London for less points and they recognized my status with an upgrade and other amenities. This is low season for the Ritz as the ski slopes were not open yet and the hotel was not busy so it just would have been nice for some of the same treatment I get at other hotels by being loyal to the Marriott Brand. Just know it going in that there is no recognition other than the front desk saying "oh you must travel a lot since you are platinum". Other than that the hotel is beautiful and located in an awesome ski resort but if you visit in the summer or off peak you can also enjoy walking and biking trails and the great outdoors just the same.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Todd S
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Property: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Address: 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee, CA 96161-4306
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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
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Truckee
#1 Luxury Hotel in Truckee
#1 Romantic Hotel in Truckee
#2 Family Hotel in Truckee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe 5*
Number of rooms: 171
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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