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Lake Tahoe: our favorite places to stay

Updated by Pat Dorri on February 20 2024

If you are searching for breath taking natural beauty, towering mountains, and a chance for adventure, and just to relax, then Lake Tahoe is the place for you. It's picture-perfect setting is extraordinary.

During a stay in Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay State Park, Fannette Island and Vikingsholm Castle are just some of the top places to see. Or simply just make the most of the picture-perfect beaches. It'll be hard to say goodbye to paradise.

Read on for our favorite places to stay from each category below, or click the links to skip to the hotel type you're looking for:

Where should I stay in Lake Tahoe?

Our favorite hotels in Lake Tahoe are all shown on the map below.

Click the icons to see each hotel's name, its category, and a quick link that takes you straight to more information further down the page.

Our favorite luxury hotel in Lake Tahoe

Seeking a trip to Lake Tahoe that goes above and beyond? Be sure to book a stay at one of the area's top luxury accommodations. Continue reading to discover our top pick for an exceptionally memorable stay.

Desolation Hotel

'The Scenic One'

📍 933 Poplar Street, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, United States

Desolation Hotel is a stunning remote retreat, with wood-fired sauna and fireplaces to relax next to in comfort after exploring the incredible serene surroundings.

Contemporary interior of modern grey and wood furnished bedroom at Desolation Hotel, Lake Tahoe
Stunning Desolation Hotel is a luxury retreat to head back to after a day of adventure around Lake Tahoe.
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Why we love staying at Desolation Hotel

This hotel is a great choice for those looking for a stylish hotel, with cozy nooks and warming fireplaces, to enjoy after a day of exploring. Here is why else we love Desolation Hotel.

  • Contemporary and luxurious, enjoy in-room spa baths and fireplace.
  • Gorgeous outdoor swimming pool, with sauna and a hot tub.
  • On-site spa for massages and treatments.
  • Free bike hire to explore the stunning lake and forest.
  • All rooms have a balcony with impressive views.

What is there to do close to Desolation Hotel?

Not only do you have stunning views from your own balcony, you are also just a stone's throw to many of the superb, natural sites in the local area. Here are some favorites.

  1. Eldorado National Forest - Vast wilderness with trails, wildlife, and breathtaking natural beauty.
  2. Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park - Scenic vistas, clear waters, and diverse outdoor activities.
  3. El Dorado Beach - Family-friendly beach with picnic areas and stunning lake views.
  4. Lakeside Beach - Private sandy beach offering tranquility and spectacular Lake Tahoe views.

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Our favorite boutique hotel in Lake Tahoe

Add the 'wow' factor to your stay in Lake Tahoe by staying somewhere with a touch of uniqueness. You are sure to have an unforgettable visit.

Black Bear Lodge

'The Cozy One'

📍 1202 Ski Run Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, United States

Staying at Black Bear Lodge offers cozy accommodation, where rustic charm meets modern comfort, in amongst stunning natural beauty.

Exterior of Black Bear Lodge, Lake Tahoe, with light filled entrance of lodge, surrounded by woodland
Black Bear Lodge is a welcoming sight when you arrive in breath taking Lake Tahoe.
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Why we love staying at Black Bear Lodge

Nestled in the tranquil pine trees of South Lake Tahoe, Black Bear Lodge is a charming retreat with rooms or private cabins. Here is what else we think is great!

  • Enjoy a private mountain cabin to unwind, tucked away in pretty surroundings.
  • The front desk is also the wine bar, perfect for a pre-dinner drink.
  • Black Bear Lodge's bar serves craft beers, California wines, and small plate appetizers.
  • Relax in the outdoor hot tub under the stars.
  • Little extras like plush bathrobes, Doterra essential oil diffuser, and movies, make a stay extra special.

What is there to do close to Black Bear Lodge?

Found in South Lake Tahoe, Black Bear Lodge is between the lake's shores and the slopes of Heavenly Mountain. Here are some top sites we think you should visit close by.

  1. Lake Tahoe Historical Museum - Showcases rich history of the region, including Native American heritage.
  2. Kahle Park - A peaceful retreat with scenic beauty, walking trails, open spaces, and recreational facilities.
  3. Observation Deck Heavenly Ski Resort - Breath taking panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains.
  4. Lam Watah Nature Trail to Nevada Beach - A scenic pathway in South Lake Tahoe, to the shores of Nevada Beach.
  5. Van Sickle Bi-State Park - Captivating trails through lush forests to unrivalled views of Lake Tahoe.

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Our favorite budget hotel in Lake Tahoe

Planning to devote most of your time, and budget, to discovering the wonders of Lake Tahoe? Then you'll find some excellent affordable accommodations that are both cost-effective and delightful. Here's our top recommendation.

The Coachman Hotel

'The Rustic One'

📍 4100 Pine Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, 96150, United States

If you are looking for a more budget-friendly hotel, ideal for if you are looking for both adventure or relaxation, then The Coachman Hotel ticks plenty of boxes.

Alpine themed bedroom, with seating area and leather seats, bed, wash basin and large open wardrobe.
Relaxing and comfortable bedrooms are the ideal Lake Tahoe base at The Coachman Hotel.

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Why we love staying at The Coachman Hotel

Close to both Heavenly Mountain and Lake Tahoe, The Coachman Hotel is the ideal retreat, and gateway to the great outdoors. Here are some other great perks.

  • Gather around the fire pit to end a great day in Lake Tahoe.
  • Ideal if you like the outdoors, with wet-area entryway and custom mountain-inspired furniture.
  • Modern amenities like AC, Apple TVs and mini-fridges.
  • Enjoy complimentary bike, and a daily happy hour with craft brews.
  • Enjoy year-round access to the inviting hot tub and pool.

What is there to do close to The Coachman Hotel?

Amid Lake Tahoe's scenic beauty, The Coachman Hotel is close to Heavenly Village, and a short walk to Lakeside Beach. Here are some other great spots close by.

  1. Washoe Meadows State Park - With meadows, forests, and a picturesque river, ideal for outdoor fun.
  2. Emerald Bay State Park - A captivating destination on Lake Tahoe's shores.
  3. Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park - A stunning natural retreat, with sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters.
  4. Eldorado National Forest - Breath taking landscapes ideal for outdoor adventures and exploration.
  5. Nevada Beach - Stunning sandy shores, clear waters, and mountain backdrop.

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Our favorite family-friendly hotel in Lake Tahoe

Taking the whole family on a Lake Tahoe adventure? There's plenty of outdoor activities and a selection of prime accommodations designed with families in mind. Discover our favorite spot to stay when you're bringing the entire gang along.

Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa

'The Lakefront One'

📍 930 Bal Bijou Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, United States

Staying at Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa offers a relaxing lakefront experience, with incredible views of Lake Tahoe, complemented by a relaxing spa service and cozy accommodation.

Beautiful view on a sunny day across Lake Tahoe
The views across Lake Tahoe are compared to being like heaven on earth

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Why we love staying at Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa

As the sole lakefront property on the South Shore, it is near top-rated activities, restaurants, and casinos and enjoys a 500-foot private beach. Here is what else is great for you and the family.

  • Indulge in breath taking views of Lake Tahoe from every room.
  • Delight in the exclusive sandy beach, with BBQs, a firepit, beach volleyball, a pool, and a hot tub.
  • Join in during the summer for exceptional music amidst stunning sunsets.
  • Make a trip to Elements Day Spa, and enjoy a wide range of treatments.

What is there to do close to Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa?

Situated on Lake Tahoe's South Shore, the resort is centrally positioned. Here are some top places close by to visit during your stay.

  1. Eldorado National Forest - An idyllic haven for outdoor adventures and nature enthusiasts.
  2. El Dorado Beach - A sandy expanse, clear waters, and panoramic mountain backdrop.
  3. Washoe Meadows State Park - Take in the picturesque landscape with meadows, forests, and a serene river.
  4. Lake Tahoe Harbor - Provides boat access and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and crystal-clear waters.
  5. Lake Tahoe Historical Museum - Immerses visitors in the region's rich past, and the evolution of tourism.

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