Strand, South Lake Tahoe

Where to Stay in Lake Tahoe: Best Areas & Hotels

Lake Tahoe boasts more than 120 inches of snowfall per year, plus an equal number of sun-filled days in a typical year. First-time visiting families, couples, groups or solo travelers may consider settling on the shores of downtown South Lake Tahoe, where the ski resorts of heavenly, Monument and Sierra are located. Nearby beaches and hiking trails also make this a popular place to stay in the summer. The Squaw Valley and Northstar ski slopes are located at the north end of the lake, where most accommodations are priced and catered to the ultra-luxury international guests.

Where to stay for luxury

Beach, South Lake Tahoe

Deerfield Lodge at Heavenly is a luxurious mainstay of South Lake Tahoe, secluded in the welcoming tall pines downtown and invitingly inviting large pet-friendly graves equipped with fireplaces, luxurious mattresses, some with Jacuzzis and balconies, and all capped by beautiful views. The helpful staff are known for suggestions for sightseeing, dining and outdoor adventures, plus bottled water and in-room snacks are complimentary, as are parking and WiFi.

The Landing Resort & Spa is the newest spa resort in downtown and will do everything he can to impress. Built on the lakeside in a unique contemporary structure, beautiful wood and stone decor contributes throughout, while the finest gourmet cuisine is on site, an impressive spa enclave with feel-good therapies and a five-star service team at you every call.

Postmarc Hotel and Spa Suites celebrates a complete upgrade, offering guests idyllic spa features across 52 suites near South Lake Tahoe Beach, downtown. Whirlpool jets abound in new Jacuzzis, large European-style showers attract couples, fireplaces grace the King & Honeymoon Suites and there’s even mood lighting. Steps from the city’s tastiest culinary spots, the non-smoking suites also offer refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, free WiFi and free parking.

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Where to stay: Mid-range

View from the ski hill
View from the ski hill

Tahoe Beach & Ski Club has outdoor activities available, whether skiing the nearby slopes, chilling on the beach or hiking endless park trails. Meanwhile, flexible rooms and suites are suitable for families, couples, groups or individual visitors. They can also enjoy on-site amenities such as the pool, fitness center, hot tub and tennis court. Although it may be difficult to leave your waterfront balcony downtown, with views of both the lake and the mountains, the menu of nearby attractions, events and dining options is long. Popular nighttime fire pit gatherings bring happy days to a glorious lakeside conclusion.

Hotel Azure attracts visitors to a downtown South Lake Tahoe is nestled among giant Jeffrey pines, directly across from El Dorado Beach and overlooking the power and grace of mountains on all sides. Features include an outdoor heated pool, a unique two-level hot tub and a well-equipped fitness center. Settle into the game room with loved ones, use the on-site barbecue grills or play horseshoes. The concierge-led service team is legendary at designing local getaways, making dining recommendations or customizing your stay.

Three Peaks Resort & Beach Club is undergoing their recent renovation, but guests will love this mountain cabin resort near the beach downtown has a plethora of room and suite styles, a spectacular service ethic, and is one of the few pet-friendly options in South Lake Tahoe. Guests enjoy super comfortable rooms and suites, tastefully decorated to match the pine log structures and equipped with high-end linens, fireplaces and Jacuzzis, plus all accommodations are non-smoking. A heated pool, free Wi-Fi, free parking, and close proximity to beach activities and local attractions make this resort a great option.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Emerald Bay near South Lake Tahoe
Emerald Bay near South Lake Tahoe

Hotel Becket surprises many guests with its central location downtown South Lake Tahoe location, directly across from heavenly Village. It features a swimming pool and hot tub, an on-site barbecue eatery, free parking and Wi-Fi at a reasonable price. Unusual, but trendy mountain decorations underline the added value of this pet-friendly accommodation. Here you will find a nice use of stacked wooden tables and ribs and fascinating artwork on the walls, making this hotel seem more expensive.

Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe is a clean and well-maintained motel in the downtown core, minutes from the ski lift, access to the private beach and the sights and attractions of heavenly Village. Rooms are comfortable and the huge outdoor pool is a popular feature. Whether you want to hit the ski slopes or the beach, take a paddle boat tour or take a walk in one of the parks, the friendly service team will help guide you to the fun.

Howard Johnson South Lake Tahoe offers affordable access for all travelers to ski hills, state park hikes, beach sports and a huge menu of attractions and events throughout the downtown Area. This address is aimed at families and groups, but also at couples and single holidaymakers. It also invites pets, offers free breakfast and WiFi and has a laundry facility.

Where to stay for families

Cascade Falls hiking trail near South Lake Tahoe
Cascade Falls hiking trail near South Lake Tahoe

Americana Village is five minutes from downtown attractions and events and play areas all year round for adults, children and those who just want to relax. Manicured grounds, picnic areas, a popular fire pit and a Finnish sauna ensure guests can recharge before heading to the nearby ski slopes, beach or go to national parks. Residence-style units (studios or one- and two-bedroom suites) include a kitchenette, free DVD movies, morning coffee and continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, a computer and a printer. The helpful staff will direct guests to their heated pool, fitness center or children’s programs.

Stardust Lodge offers extensive activities for younger travelers, starting with free morning donuts. The stellar staff offers fun options to make the kids’ stay enjoyable. Free popcorn and a DVD library are a nice touch, and the abundance of board games, free WiFi and free mountain bikes can keep the whole family singing downtown seaside resort praise.

Where to stay for romance

View from the ski hill
View from the ski hill

Grand Residences by Marriott is located next to heavenly Village with a gondola to the mountain top, plus excellent curio shops and eateries nearby downtown. But if you and your other important desires are for on-site romance, the attentive concierge service, spa treatments and residence-style amenities will serve you perfectly here. Freshly made cookies are served to guests in the lobby upon arrival. The luxurious suites are decorated for romance and include amenities such as a heated pool and hot tub, an extensive fitness center, and a fire pit for cozy evening gatherings against the dreamy mountain and lake backdrop.

The Coachman Hotel entices lovers of the unique to a new 1960s style with 42 unique and extremely comfortable rooms and suites. Frette bedding, Apple TVs and heated toilet seats are standout features, but are located at the base of the heavenly ski slopes downtown inspires travelers to take action outdoors. Breakfast is included here and the nightly fire pit sessions are legendary, as are the charming mountain decorations found throughout. The pool and hot tub combine with a rooftop sundeck and impeccable service to get everyone ‘in the know’.

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