The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Here is a luxury chain's spin on a classic mountain lodge. Located in the mountains above Northstar ski resort, the five-pearl Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes, a gondola down to the village, multiple outdoor pools, year-round hot tubs, and daily s'more-making by the fire pit. A team of ski valets handles gear, which is stored and cleaned before being delivered back to guests when they return to the slopes. Most guests gush about the hotel's matchless service, breathtaking views, and excellent food. The hotel has 171 big, modern rooms with deep soaking tubs, fireplaces, and Nespresso machines. Of course, all of this comes at high nightly rates, which are intensified by pricey parking and resort fees. 

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