The service was excellent , particularly the Mountain Concierge who, I kid you not, literally put on my children's ski boots for them. Our skis were whisked from our car upon arrival then magically waiting us when we stepped out the door to ski the next morning. It took all the hassle out of getting to the mountain and schlepping equipment. We never got into our car the whole weekend.
The food was also excellent. We stayed on the Club Level which included access to a lounge area that had delicious food awaiting us at all times of the day. Manzanita was also very, very good.
The whole staff is very kid-friendly and there is a nice, casual vibe to the place, even if it is a Ritz Carlton.
Of course the highlight has to be the outdoor heated pool, particularly if you are traveling with kids.
The downside to this hotel is that it is attached to Northstar. Northstar has a lot of improving to do to match this hotel. My principal complaint is that there are not enough lifts, making the lines horrendous. My second complaint is that there is one green run, besides the bunny area, making it a poor choice if there are any beginners in your party.
- 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