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The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe

13031 Ritz Carlton Highland Court, Truckee, California
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3 Reviews for The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

September 24 2014
1 family found this helpful
"Luxurious Family-Friendly Fun in the Mountains"

Perched on a slope above the Northstar Ski Resort, you can't help but notice the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe.  It is quite simply the grandest chalet you'll ever lay eyes on. From the moment I walked into the lobby and looked up into the tiered levels of the resort's living room with its stately stone fireplace and gorgeous beamed ceiling, I knew every member of my family (including the  dog) were in for an experience like no other.

One thing that can become challenging about family travel is having everyone crowded into the same room together, tripping over suitcases and other items the kids have decided to bring with them.  You will not encounter that here.  There was more than enough space for everyone to spread out.  We even brought our dog's crate (and she's a golden retriever so, it's a big crate) and never bumped into it. It was wonderful to wake up in our comfortable plush beds and enjoy the mountain view that filled up our windows.  

Our 8-year-old son spent the weekend camping in our room thanks to the Ritz Carlton's Camp In Package.  Part of the resort's creative and fun offerings for children, a 4x4 tent is pitched in your room and outfitted with linens and a featherbed,  activity book with crayons, camp light, teddy bear and a s’mores kit that can be enjoyed around the Fire Pit.  The resort will put a maximum of two tents in a room.  If you don't like the idea of turning such a gorgeous hotel room into campground,  I've heard that parents visiting with multiple kids in the under 8 set have instituted a schedule for turn taking in these tents.  My son enjoyed his special sleeping arrangement so much that I will not be surprised if he requires us to tote a tent with us on every vacation.

One thing I learned during my stay at the Ritz Carlton is that when you wish to marry family fun with luxury, you start with the simple concept of bringing the family together.  The resort did this beautifully by setting up lawn games in their aptly named backyard.  (Many areas of the Ritz Carlton were named to make guests feel part of a family home --- the living room, the backyard, etc.) Connect Four, Jenga,  bean bag toss games, and bocce ball are among the games families can enjoy together in the lovely pine tree grove and lush carpet of lawn.  There was even a soccer ball to kick around!

The backyard was often filled with happy patrons adult, kid, and canine alike.  When they weren't playing the lawn games, they were enjoying time around the fire pit.  The Ritz Carlton's chief marshmologist regularly conducts a s'mores history lesson and encourages guests to use their creativity in constructing their own (think caramel, vanilla, and so much more in your campfire treat).  

The Ritz Carlton Tahoe is a dog-friendly resort.  It is not usual to encounter dogs walking the hallways with their owners or running off leash among the lawn games.  Our dog was even allowed to hang poolside with us!

Since it's not in this resort's nature to leave out any visitor, even the dogs get an activity of their very own ---- Yappy Hour!  A time to make other canine friends and enjoy food and drink specials designed for dogs and their owners.  It is quite a lively time!

The Terrace
On the night we arrived, there was a classic BBQ on the terrace.   Corn on the cob, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, and assorted salad fixings were a great and all-American classic way to kick off our weekend!  The kids were very excited by the dessert selection --- enormous chocolate chip cookies and Rice Krispi treats!

Mountain Blue
Casual counter service dining at Mountain Blue is the perfect option when you're dealing with hungry children who simply want to grab a bagel or a breakfast burrito and get outside NOW!

My family capped our visit with the wonderful breakfast buffet in this gorgeous restaurant.  Like other parts of the resort , Manzanita is set up to encourage family interaction and enjoyment while dining on fine food.  The assorted fruit was amazing, the lox and bagels were scrumptious, and the mini fruit smoothies were a big hit with my kids!

Just like in every other area of the resort, every member of the family has been considered in the design of the pool area.  There's the main pool, of course, which is perfect for doing laps as well as taking part in family water play,  there's also a separate toddler pool and two hot tubs.  Another feature of note is the pool cabanas.  Unlike other resorts, these do not need to be reserved nor do they come at an extra cost.  They are offered on a first come first served basis.  It was a nice extra treat for my family as there isn't often room in our vacation budget for cabana rentals.  It made lounging by the pool just a bit more luxurious to us.

Friendly, helpful, accommodating, cheerful, professional, there are not enough positive and wonderful adjectives in the world to accurately describe the staff at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe.  They were fantastic!  The one and only thing we wanted for during our stay was more time to spend there!

Disclosure: Thanks to the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe  for hosting my family. Although my family received complimentary lodging  and activities, my reviews are always my own opinions and are not influenced by staff or its affiliates.

September 24 2014
1 family found this helpful
"Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe Offers Families Unparalleled Service and Luxury in North Lake Tahoe"

Service at the The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe is unparalleled any time of year- it stands apart as Lake Tahoe’s finest luxury destination.  Summer, however, brings something more- the ski crowds have long gone, the pools are warm, and the the Ritz offers affordable hotel rooms and myriad activities for families.


Families will love the open, airy community living room that greets guests upon arrival- a serene gathering space for parents and kids to relax.  The ceiling beams are hewn from local Douglas fir and alder, lending an airy and warm feel of a woodsy forest floor.  Cozy, private sitting nooks ring a stunning, 2-story stone fireplace, ideal for lingering.  I yearned to sink into one of the deep, fireside armchairs with a good book.  Alas, the views of the mountains and Northstar, from the massive floor to ceiling windows, tempted us outdoors.  It is an ideal third space; inviting and open, yet private at the same time.  Ideal for work, reading, or simply lingering with a glass of wine after a day of hiking, the resort has a feeling of “coming home”.


As in the resorts stunning public spaces, walls of windows- affording a view of either Northstar Resort or Martis Valley- frame every guest room’s view.  My daughter’s favorite aspect of our 4th floor king room was the view over the pools and surrounding mountains. Gas fireplaces, 37 inch LCD HD televisions, and palatial soaking tubs afford families unparalleled Tahoe luxury. Deep, comfortable beds are made for lingering with 400 thread count linens and thick duvets.  

Stately soaking tubs grace every bathroom, deep enough for a satisfying bath après hike.  Separate showers, with room for two, have small footrests that take the backache out of shaving.  Suites have marble floors, warm fabrics, and clean, modern lines that lend an airy, contemporary mountain feel.  

Most of all, I appreciated the bathroom amenities- as a busy mom, I am forever forgetting to pack my toothbrush while traveling, so I was thrilled to find a toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash waiting for me.  It is this level of detail that will keep me coming back.  

Flexible rooms have options for connecting queen/queen rooms with king rooms, to make larger family suites.  2 bedroom suites, with separate living rooms and sofabeds, are the most spacious, and can sleep up to 8 people.  Families will appreciate the blend of public and private space- bedrooms are separated from each other by the cozy sitting area.  Cribs are complimentary, and bathrooms are large enough to easily accommodate a dark, private sleep area for babies.  The resort also offers a “Safe Baby” package, in which rooms are baby proofed prior to your arrival, at no charge.

Wifi, included in the daily resort fee, is simple to set up and lightening fast.  The office desk area is well designed with outlets and iPod hookups cleverly tucked away behind a drop down cabinet door.


At the Ritz Carlton’s signature restaurant, Manzanita, chef Traci Des Jardins creates a Tahoe masterpiece.  The open, airy dining room has grand windows overlooking the mountains, as well as casual outdoor seating for fine days.  Classic dishes are given a new twist, such as the delicious amuse bouche we were served at lunch: Ahi tuna salad bites with red onions and capers, which my daughter gobbled up.  Even better in her eyes was the platter of specially designed cupcakes that the chef presented to our table as a parting treat.  Manzanita gives kids lots of special attention, such my daughter's breakfast pancakes made in the shape of a flower, and plenty of crayons and paper to keep restless little ones busy.


Parent’s will appreciate the kid-friendly main pool, although there is also a separate adult-only pool  that is accessible off the spa- it is quiet and private in its own space.  The 3.5 ft deep main pool is heated to a welcoming 85 degrees year round- toasty warm on even the coldest days.  The main pool is flanked by a 9 person hot tub, with a larger 18 person tub a few steps down in its own private oasis.  There is also a separate 18 inch wading pool just steps away, in which my daughter spent a happy hour playing while I sat on a comfy lounge chair, reading in the sunshine under a cobalt blue June sky.


The Salon at the Ritz Carlton is one of the most thoughtfully designed parlors I’ve experienced.  Normally a hotel’s afterthought, the Salon at the Ritz Carlton was built to take full advantage of the sunlight and has floor to ceiling windows overlooking pine trees.  The pedicure couches have alpine views, and the serene atmosphere radiates tranquility.  I relaxed with a cup of chamomile tea while Gaby had a manicure of her design - purple polish with polka-dot heart appliqués.


In addition to the plethora of Lake Tahoe water activities, guests will find plenty to do without leaving the resort.  If you do feel like venturing further afield, I recommend hiking the Rubicon Trail at D.L. Bliss State Park, about 45 minutes away on Tahoe’s west shore.  This hike overlooks the most dramatic shoreline, with views of plunging cliffs and sparkling water.   If you prefer not to drive, you can join a Northstar-at-Tahoe guide for a free, easy to moderate 1.5 hour hike around the resort.   These are excellent for families, and a great way to learn about local plants and wildlife.  If you have babies or toddlers, just bring an Ergo or other soft carrier.

If you have a child with a love for horses, then I encourage you to consider Pony Camp at Northstar-at-Tahoe, which is designed for children aged 5 to 9.  At this drop off camp instructors teach children to tack and untack their ponies, as well as grooming, feeding, and how to muck the stables.  Children also participate in short rides, nature hikes, and arts and crafts projects.  Children aged 10 and older can participate in private guided horseback rides, individually tailored to suit each child’s abilities. If your kids aren’t equine enthusiasts, Kid’s Adventure Club provides a full day of outdoor exploration and includes lunch at the mid-mountain restaurant, Chilly Peppers.

The Summer Series of Stargazing tours at Northstar-at-Tahoe are another fun and unique experience for kids old enough to stay awake until 10 or so. Participants join a local poet for an evening of learning and fun, including a laser tour of the sky, star quiz with prizes, and a chance to look through Northstar’s telescopes.

Disclosure: I received complimentary lodging, salon treatments, and meals as guest of the Ritz Carlton. The Ritz Carlton did not request that I express any particular opinions of anything I experienced and all of my reviews and blog posts always reflect my honest opinion.

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September 24 2014
2 families found this helpful
"Secluded luxury hotel in Northstar area"

More like 3.5 stars.  To be honest, I was expecting more from a 5 star luxury hotel.  Not up to par with their other luxury hotels.  

They are a relatively  new hotel built up in the mountians above Northstar resort area.  There is a gondola at the hotel that takes you right down to Northstar.  It was a hit and miss when we visited a while back.  I encountered the most helpful and friendly valet person but also encountered a very cold and unhelpful receptionist.  Their ski area is great for skiers.  If you have kids that do not ski, however, they don't really have an area where you can take them sledding though.  Bummer because we really wanted to take our 3 year old sledding.  They have a very big and relaxing lounge area where you can sit and relax after a long day out skiing or romping in the snow.  The restaurant/food is ok -- not the best.  Like I said earlier, service is a hit and miss.  I had to wait forever for them to bring my bill to me after I was done eating in their lounge area.  

As far as family friendly, I'd say they are 4 out of 5 stars.  They seem to accomodate kids and families but honestly, didn't feel like they went out of their way.  I've been to more family friendly luxury places.  

They are worth a try, though.  We may be back but won't go out of our way to visit with them.  

updated: 02/04/15 by mcfam

The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe is a business friendly resort located in Truckee's Truckee Northstar neighborhood, close to Northstar at Tahoe Ski Resort. Other area points of interest include Kings Beach State Park.

Resort Features.
Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, and beauty services. This 5 star property has a 24 hour business center and offers small meeting rooms, a technology helpdesk, and limo/town car service. Complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas. This Truckee property has 1394 square meters of event space consisting of conference/meeting rooms and a ballroom. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Wedding services and concierge services are available. Additional property amenities include ski in/ski out access, a children's club, and an arcade/game room. This is a smoke free property.

170 air conditioned guestrooms at The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe feature minibars and laptop compatible safes. Accommodations offer mountain or pool views. Beds come with pillowtop mattresses, down comforters, and premium bedding. Bathrooms feature separate bathtubs and showers, double sinks, makeup/shaving mirrors, and designer toiletries. Wired high speed and wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks and complimentary newspapers, guestrooms offer cordless phones with voice mail. LCD televisions have first run movies and TV Internet access (surcharge). Rooms also include coffee/tea makers, windows that open, and bathrobes. Guests may request a turndown service and hypo allergenic bedding. Housekeeping is available daily.

Notifications and Fees:

  • Children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.

Unless otherwise indicated, the charges below are not included in the overall room price. If not included in the overall room price, they will be charged by the property at check in or check out. Charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book. This property told us they will charge you for the following:

  • Resort fee: USD 25 per accommodation, per night
Hotel resort fee inclusions (may be listed elsewhere in this description as complimentary or available for a surcharge):
  • Pool access
  • Fitness center access
  • Fitness/yoga classes
  • Children's club/arcade access
  • Internet access (may be limited)
  • In room coffee
  • Concierge/valet service
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.

  • Valet parking fee: USD 35 per day
  • Pet fee: USD 125 per room, per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 50 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Property Information

Check-In: 8 a.m.

Number of Rooms: 170
Number of Suites: 17
1 (530) 562-3000

Recreational Facilities:
Kiddie Pool
Fitness Facility

Laundry Facilities
In house Restaurant
Room Service
Child Care

Children's Equipment
Full size cribs
High chair

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