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The Best Hotels near Lake Tahoe

Lake TahoeDon Graham via Flickr

Lake Tahoe is a place of superlatives. It’s one of the deepest, cleanest and highest elevated freshwater lakes in the world. It’s also extremely beautiful. And the sailing and skiing are exceptionally good. There are many reasons to visit Lake Tahoe, so choosing the best hotels near Lake Tahoe really depends on when you’re travelling and what kind of a holiday you’re looking for, but our Guru’s recommendations for the best hotels near Lake Tahoe are all unique, and they all have great views, so they’re a great place to start looking.

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To paint Lake Tahoe with broad brush strokes, the north shore is generally quieter and more upscale, the south shore has the casinos and busier restaurants, the west shore is quite rugged and the east shore is even less developed.

Use our pick of the best hotels near Lake Tahoe and start to plan your trip.

Tahoe City

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Tahoe City is on the Californian north shore and has many of Lake Tahoe’s cafes, restaurants, bars, supermarkets and outdoor outfitters, so it’s also the easiest place to refuel. And has some of the best hotels near Lake Tahoe if you’re looking for convenient access for sailing, boating, biking and climbing in summer. Beyond the outdoor adventures, Tahoe City has a couple of historic museums focusing on the region’s history, an original settler’s cabin dating from 1908, and some amazing hiking trails.

Cottage Inn

  • The Cottage Inn is a cosy B&B refuge in a log cabin nestled into the forest, just a stone's-skim from Lake. There are 22 large, wood-furnished rooms with fireplaces and spa tubs.
  • The Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge also has wonderful views of Lake Tahoe and its snowcapped surrounds, plus there’s an excellent all-American restaurant and 23 contemporary rooms.

Squaw Valley

Squaw ValleyFlickr user Matt Baume

Squaw Valley is also on Lake Tahoe's north shore, and, ever since it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1960, it’s been considered one of the world’s best ski resorts. Both in terms of views - which are of astounding granite peaks - and of ski terrain - it's vast! Not to mention the range and standards of the resort itself. So of course you’ll find some of the best hotels near Lake Tahoe for skiers in Squaw Valley, but it’s also a great place to come in summer.

Resort at Squaw Creek

  • The Resort at Squaw Creek, is a 400 room all year round resort with an outdoor pool and stunning views. The accommodation is modern and there’s a wealth of dining options.


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Heavenly is on the California/ Nevada border, on the southern side of the lake. Here you’ll find some of the best hotels near Lake Tahoe if you’re looking for high peaks, vertical drops and long ski runs. Skiers tend to follow the sun, skiing on the Nevada side in the morning and the Californian side in the afternoon, but wherever you ski the views are spectacular.

Basecamp Hotel

  • The Ridge at Tahoe is at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, overlooking Lake Tahoe. In winter it offers great access to the slopes and a ’ski paradise’, and in summer there are three tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools and watersports on the lake. There are almost 800 rooms, plus a large restaurant and deli.
  • The Landing Resort & Spa in the Heavenly Village is a contemporary, 77 room hotel with a private beach on Lake Tahoe. It’s spacious, comfortable and serene.
  • The Basecamp Hotel is a great value boutique hotel right on Lake Tahoe, with white-on-white decor, exposed metal and wood, and craft beers and wholesome food on the menu.

Still not sure which of our Guru’s recommendations for the best hotels near Lake Tahoe might be perfect for you? Contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice or widen the net and check out all our California recommendations.

  • Cottage Inn 22 rooms from £138

    Tahoe City (California)

    Cozy log-cabin B&B nestled in the forest, a stones-skim away from Lake Tahoe. Large, wood furnished rooms with fireplaces, regional decor and spa tubs. The perfect back-to-nature romantic hideaway, or get the whole family into an activity frenzy with lake, mountains, rivers, valleys and more.

    Great walks  -  Explore Mount Pluto. This extinct volcano erupted over 2 million years ago.
    Back to Nature  -  A log cabin in the forest next to a lake, nature is all around.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under the age of 12.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Check prices
  • Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge 23 rooms from £150

    Tahoe City (California)

    Views of Lake Tahoe and snowcapped mountains are reason enough; add in hospitality and a mouth watering menu and you are on to a winner. Contemporary rooms are comfortable, with fireplaces and balconies. All-American dishes centred on local produce are well deserved after a day of activities.

    Fishing  -  Fishing guides, skippers and crew will help you have a fantastic day of fishing on Lake Tahoe.
    Views  -  Lake and mountain views.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Resort at Squaw Creek 405 rooms from £199

    Squaw Valley (California)

    All year resort in Squaw Valley has endless activities, an outdoor pool and stunning views. Modern rooms with granite bathrooms and all the mod-cons. Dining varies from pub lunches to 5 course dinners - all with a great wine and beer selection. Hit the slopes and enjoy the view-nature at its finest.

    Back to Nature  -  Some of natures most stunning views.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
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  • The Landing Resort & Spa 77 rooms from £138

    Heavenly (California)

    In Heavenly Village Ski Resort this contemporary hotel with a private beach on Tahoe Lake offers spacious, comfortable rooms with access to an outdoor pool and spa. You can watch the view from the rooftop next to a fire pit. You won't be disappointed; it's a serene, stunning location. Plenty to do!

    Views  -  Stunning views of South Tahoe Lake.
    Kayaking  -  Possible from Lakeside Marina.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Basecamp Hotel 74 rooms from £94

    Heavenly (South Lake Tahoe)

    A totally unique boutique hotel right on Lake Tahoe. The perfect mix of modern convenience and rustic-chic. White on white decor with bold splashes of colour and contrasting metal and wood. Craft beers and wholesome food- the perfect après-ski.

    Fishing  -  The hotel will happily advise you about the best fishing on the many local lakes.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Outstanding location
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  • The Ridge at Tahoe 791 rooms from £123

    Heavenly (California)

    Resting on the Sierra Nevada Ridge overlooking Lake Tahoe, this ski resort has great access to the slopes. Rooms and apartments are spacious, modern in design and with all mod-cons. Hungry Bear Restaurant and the Deli are open for all. Three tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools and ski paradise.

    Sailing  -  In the summer months the lake is open to watersports from the jetty.
    Great walks  -  Through town or around Lake Tahoe.
    Local markets  -  Heavenly Village.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Friday, 1st July 2016
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