Lake Tahoe is one of the most desirable vacation destinations in the US, and it’s no surprise why. The huge freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains between California and Nevada is known both nationally and internationally for its beaches, ski resorts, state park, and hiking trails. Airbnbs in Tahoe might have usurped the popularity of traditional hotels recently, but it is also home to dozens of great hotels bursting with character. For the best way to experience the largest alpine lake in North America, check out one of these Lake Tahoe hotels.
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1. The Coachman Hotel
The Coachman is located in South Lake Tahoe, and has a seasonal outdoor pool, on-site bar, and even a private beach area.
You’ll also be within convenient driving distance of the Heavenly Ski Resort Gondola, the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the South Tahoe Ice Arena, and places to golf and bike.
Price: $129 per night
2. The Landing Resort and Spa
The Landing Resort and Spa is one of the most convenient hotels around Lake Tahoe. It’s right near the Heavenly Village Ski Resort and offers free transportation to the Heavenly Village and Casinos.
Guest rooms are spacious and luxurious, with a stone gas fireplace, and marbled bathrooms with heated floors. There’s also a full-service spa onsite, a rooftop terrace, fire pits, and a patio with lake views.
Price: $299 per night
3. South Lake Chalets
Located in South Lake Tahoe, the South Lake Chalets are close to Nevada Beach, the South Tahoe Ice Arena, and Washoe Meadows State Park.
The chalets are large two-bedroom suites with spacious kitchen and dining areas, a walk-in rain shower, and a large living area that opens into a sunroom. You’ll also find yourself just a ten-minute talk from the Heavenly Village and Gondola, casinos, and Lakeside Beach.
$167 per night
4. Black Bear Lodge
Black Bear Lodge in South Lake Tahoe is just a half-mile from the lake and one mile from the Gondola at Heavenly.
All rooms at the lodge have a flat-screen TV, stone gas fireplace, and an authentic ski lodge feel that’ll hit the spot. It’s also near El Dorado Beach, Lakeside Beach, and Thomas F. Regan Memorial Beach, so the location really can’t be beat.
Price: $189 per night
5. Granlibakken Tahoe
Granlibakken Tahoe sits on 74 acres of woodland and features a heated outdoor pool and tennis courts on the property.
The hotel is home to a ski and sledding hill, skiing school and rental shop, bike rentals, and hiking trails, so you don’t even have to leave the property to enjoy the area. If you do venture out, the hotel is also just a few miles away from Burton Creek State Park and the Truckee River — a popular rafting spot.
Price: $159 per night
6. PlumpJack Inn
Nestled among the trees with mountain views, the PlumpJack Inn is everything you could want from a ski resort.
Located in Olympic Valley, this ski-in, ski-out property has onsite dining, a ski wear rental shop, and an outdoor pool and hot tub. There’s also an outdoor patio and sundeck where guests can relax.
Price: $240 per night
7. Basecamp Tahoe South
Just a five-minute walk from Heavenly Mountain ski area and the shore of Lake Tahoe, Basecamp Tahoe South is one of the most conveniently-located boutique hotels in Tahoe.
Its rooms have a rustic wood aesthetic, there’s a rooftop hot tub, and even a courtyard with picnic tables, fire pits, and lawn games. At night, head over to the Horizon Casino or Mont Blue Casino, which are both just a 10-minute walk away.
Price: $109 per night
8. Edgewood Tahoe Resort
This resort is right on the beachfront and just under a mile from Nevada Beach. With a restaurant, bar, private beach, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and evening entertainment, however, you’ll never even need to leave the hotel.
The resort is also conveniently located near popular hiking trails, and ski equipment can be rented directly from the hotel.
Price: $399 per night
9. Marriott’s Timber Lodge
At the base of Heavenly Ski Basin, this lodge offers suites equipped with spacious seating areas and full kitchens or kitchenettes.
Guests can dine at the property’s Fire and Ice restaurant, a grill serving Mongolian-style dishes and Asian-inspired cuisine. You can conveniently take the gondola up to the mountain for skiing, hike the Mount Tallac Trail, or relax in the Carson Hot Springs.
Price: $149 per night
10. Hotel Azure
Right across the street from Lake Tahoe, Hotel Azure has an onsite restaurant, seasonal outdoor pool, and rooms with private balconies or patios overlooking the lake.
Free bikes are available for guests who’d like to explore the surrounding trails on wheels, and for a leisurely stroll that isn’t exactly rugged, the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course is just two miles away.
Price: $118 per night