I remembered seeing this hotel the last time we visited Northstar and thought, wow, this direct access to the lifts and the perfect location right on the slopes really can't be beat. So, when it was time again to find the right accommodations for our Tahoe trip, Ritz-Carlton was the first place I looked into! And it did not disappoint one bit. It was December, the hotel was beautifully decorated for the holidays, and the entire lodge level was decked with fresh pines and festive decor. We wanted to stay somewhere that allowed dogs but didn't compromise on the quality and cleanliness of the rooms just because dogs were welcomed-- I usually hate that about dog-friendly hotels, you smell it as soon as you walk in. Well, not the Ritz, thankfully, and your dog will absolutely be pampered well and greeted everywhere he walks!
We (my husband and I, my 5 year old and our pug) received an immediate room upgrade upon arrival and were given a verbal summary of all the kids activities. My son enjoyed the bear hunt, Santa pictures/chat (with no lines, in front of a gorgeous tree and fireplace), gingerbread house building, and of course, the famous marshmallow roasting evenings!! The ambience outside during the marshmallow hour was purely wonderful-- parents sipped on wine, dogs relaxed by the fireplaces, children enjoyed the smores, as we all watched the sunset.
Now, the location! One beautifully scenic onsite lift ride takes you to the Northstar Village where shops, restaurants and ice skating await. Slopes are just a few steps away from the hotel and everything is taken care of for you! For me personally, the convenience justifies the premium you pay for this hotel.
The spa was great. I enjoyed my massage immensely and thought the amenities were sufficient. The resort restaurants were fine, service was wonderful, food was decent, but the view and setting stood out!
I just booked a 3 night stay again-- I will absolutely be a repeat patron here! It's a great family hotel!
- 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