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 -- a great spot for a romantic getaway. Along with luxe rooms (complete with gas fireplaces and deep soaking tubs in the marble bathrooms), 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. Plus, there are beautiful mountain views throughout the resort.
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. And even though its large, the resort still has a romantic vibe with three Jacuzzis, an exquisite spa with male/female saunas and steam rooms, and many rooms with deep soaking tubs and/or gas fireplaces.
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 include kitchens, surround-sound TV systems, and fireplaces. A heated pool, underground parking, a spa, and the beautiful mountain setting are added bonuses.
Border House at Crystal Bay Rating: 3.5 PearlsCrystal Bay, Lake Tahoe
The Border House at Crystal Bay is a boutique 10-room hotel attached to a small casino. The rather plain exterior of the hotel gives way to spacious, somewhat luxurious rooms -- the decor features a mix of stylish modern furnishings and more ornate traditional elements, with stone-clad floor-to-ceiling fireplace hearths and ceilings painted the same color as the walls, giving rooms a romantic (if a bit cave-like) feel. The gas fireplaces are nice elements, especially during chilly winter months, as are the large flat-screen TVs and huge chromotherapy tubs. The restaurant and lounge are popular spots, as is the professional stage that hosts many well-known bands throughout the year.