The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court | Truckee, CA 96161 [See Map]
#1 in Best Lake Tahoe Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 418 reviews
Property Type Resort hotel with 170 rooms, 6 floors
Style Traditional, Opulent
Best For Business travelers, Families, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

Sweeping mountain vistas and rustic furnishings are just two of the many reasons why guests are drawn to The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Others include fantastic customer service, decadent dining options and a sumptuous atmosphere. Sitting on the shores of Lake Tahoe in Truckee, California, this Ritz allows visitors prime access to regional sports such as skiing and golf. As for the hotel itself, on-site amenities include a tranquil spa and several gourmet restaurants (including the French-Californian fusion restaurant Manzanita, headed by celebrated chef Traci Des Jardins). As far as lodging goes, recent guests rave about the large rooms, comfy beds and beautiful setting. Rooms and suites adopt a mountain lodge feel with stone fireplaces, wood trim and beautiful views. Guests generally loved their stays here, complimenting the deluxe decor and friendly staff. However, some visitors lamented the resort fee, especially given the hotel's high room rates.

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Critic Reviews


“This castle-like luxury hotel features ski-in/ski-out access, heated outdoor swimming pools, and a dazzling 17,000-square-foot spa with wood-and-water themed treatments.”
Award: Frommer's Exceptional


“Nestled mid-mountain on the Northstar ski resort, the plush accommodations of the Ritz-Carlton have floor-to-ceiling windows for maximum views, along with fireplaces, cozy robes, and down comforters.”

Travel + Leisure

“After much anticipation, the $300 million Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe opened in December 2009 at the family-friendly Northstar at Tahoe resort. ”
Award: Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015

Condé Nast Traveler

“Rooms in modern woodsy colors have dark-brown leather armchairs, floor-to-ceiling windows, gas fireplaces, and private balconies with views of the mountain and Martis Valley. Manzanita, with its French-inspired California cuisine, is 'fabulous for dinner.' At MountainBlue, the breakfasts of burritos, egg sandwiches, and fresh pastries are 'so delicious.' ”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2014

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 418 guests have reviewed the The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 418 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

Nestled on the northwest side of Lake Tahoe, The Ritz-Carlton is located in Truckee, California. Featuring a castle-like appearance, the hotel is perched mid-mountain on the Northstar California ski resort. The ski-in/ski-out property offers direct access to some of the area's best skiing. There are multiple fine dining options on-site, and Northstar’s shops and restaurants are a gondola ride away.

  • Seasonal gondola service to Village at Northstar
  • Located about 45 miles southwest of Reno-Tahoe International Airport; 120 miles northeast of Sacramento International Airport

  • 24-hour valet parking ($39)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

Evoking the feeling of a European hunting lodge with contemporary Northern California-inspired touches, guest rooms have gas fireplaces, brown leather chairs and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the mountains or valleys. Amenities include 400-thread-count bed linens, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, and desks with integrated connectivity panels.

  • Daily $30 resort fee includes Wi-Fi access, pool and fitness center access, mountain concierge, and ski/golf valet services
  • Marble bathrooms have over-sized soaking tubs, separate showers and double sinks
  • Private balconies
  • Fully stocked honor bars

Standard room size:

455 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


There are five dining options at the resort, including Manzanita — serving California cuisine prepared with organic and locally sourced ingredients, and featuring an open kitchen concept. The Backyard Bar & BBQ provides a casual dining experience on the hotel’s back patio, with ski-in/ski-out access during the winter months and poolside dining in the summer.

  • Backyard Bar & BBQ offers family cookouts during the summer
  • The Living Room and Highlands Bar offer full-service bars with mountain views
  • Café Blue serves coffee beverages, juices, smoothies, and pastries
  • 24-hour in-room dining

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:



Forbes Star Rating
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers a heated outdoor pool, surrounded by a sundeck. There’s also an adults-only lap pool adjacent to the spa.

  • Poolside cabana rentals available during summer months
  • Pool hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers a 17,000-square-foot full-service salon and spa. Offering massages, body treatments, skin therapy, hair and nail services, the spa’s services emphasize the combining of woods and water to create a harmonious balance.

  • Relaxation lounge, dry-heat-lodge and eucalyptus steam room
  • Co-ed adults-only lap pool overlooking the mountains

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The property offers the Ritz Kids winter and summer programs featuring adventure activities, recreational games and art projects for children ages 5 to 12. There’s also the Indoor Camp Out package which includes an in-room tent, bedding, camp light, a teddy bear and a s’mores kit.

  • Indoor Camp Out package is $100 per child
  • Ritz Kids program includes meals
  • Rollaways and cribs available

  • Kids club ($75 to $130)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The Ritz-Carlton offers a 24-hour fitness center with cardio machines, strength-training equipment, stability balls, spin bikes and yoga mats. During the winter months, the property offers skiing, snowboarding school, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. In summer, guests have access to tennis courts, beaches, fly fishing, hiking, golf courses and water sports.

  • Private and group fitness classes available
  • Mountain concierge and ski valet service
  • On-site ski shop

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (with fee)
  • Tennis (with fee)
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats (with fee)
  • Motor boats (with fee)


With more than 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is equipped to host business meetings and events. The resort has multiple breakout spaces, along with a boardroom and two ballrooms.

  • Meeting concierge
  • American Audio Visual Center provides in-house equipment and services
  • "Volunteaming" program available (team-building volunteer opportunities)

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The hotel welcomes pets, and offers a limited number of pet-friendly rooms. Pets are not allowed in the hotel’s restaurants or where food and beverages are being served.

  • One-time $125 pet cleaning fee

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers golf packages at three locations within 15 miles of the resort.

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers slopeside outdoor venues and indoor settings with floor-to-ceiling windows for wedding ceremonies and receptions. There are multiple venue choices, including The Meadows which offers a mountaintop ceremony location, and the Fireside Terrace with an outdoor fireplace and stone terrace. For an indoor setting, The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom features wrought iron chandeliers, wood beams, and floor-to-ceiling views of the mountains, with space for up to 500 guests.

  • Hotel provides an on-site special events manager to oversee details including catering, room staging and event flow

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court | Truckee, CA 96161 [See Full Map]