The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is a five-pearl full-service resort in the mountains above Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort. Along with luxe rooms, a huge spa, and fine dining, the Ritz-Carlton offers ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes and many other recreational activities -- including multiple outdoor pools and Jacuzzis that are open year-round. Though the Resort at Squaw Creek comes in at a close second, the Ritz-Carlton tops our list; the only resort built in the area in the last decade (it opened in 2009), the Ritz has, without a doubt, the most luxurious rooms in Lake Tahoe. They feature cozy leather chairs, fireplaces, balconies, deep soaking tubs in the marble bathrooms, and modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docks.
Resort at Squaw Creek Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Resort at Squaw Creek is one of the biggest resorts in Squaw Valley, with more than 400 rooms and a services and amenity offering that is easily among the most comprehensive in all of Tahoe. Its beautiful location means fine views of the mountains and valley, whether guests are playing golf, swimming, dog-sledding, ice skating, eating at one of the five restaurants, or simply gazing from the spacious rooms. A ski lift transports guests to Squaw Valley for hitting the slopes year-round, and the extensive list of amenities and dining options on-site means guests won't have to venture far from the resort -- in fact, they're likely to return year after year just to experience all the property has to offer.
Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The four-pearl Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging offers direct access to Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort, with plenty of nearby upscale shopping and dining found via cobblestone streets. Housed in separate lodges in the quaint Village at Northstar, the spacious, luxe rooms -- with a similar look to those at Squaw Creek -- include kitchens, surround-sound TV systems, and fireplaces. A heated pool, underground parking, and the beautiful mountain setting are added bonuses, but the hotel doesn't have quite as many amenities as Squaw Creek. One thing it does have that's special? The world's only in-lobby gondola.