Lake Tahoe Ski resorts Reviews

A Review of the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe in Winter

The gorgeous Ritz Lake Tahoe.My family usually likes to travel on a moderate budget, but every now and then, we find opportunities for a little luxury travel. One of our favorite spots for a splurge is the Ritz-Carlton at Lake Tahoe, which is located on the ski slopes at Northstar California.

During the height of ski season, the hotel averages about $800-$900 a night for the most basic rooms. Yikes! We have always avoided having empty wallets by cashing in Marriott points instead (Ritz and Marriott are partners). At 50, 000 points a night, it isn’t exactly a value, but we are often swimming in Marriott points and like using them for a true splurge.

We had the chance to spend a weekend at Northstar in February and stay in this hotel again. Our stay coincided with the last few days of Northern California’s ski week, when many schools take a weeklong break. Northstar is usually flooded with families of school age kids during Ski Week, and this weekend was no exception.

Two queen beds at the Ritz-Carlton Lake TahoeOur stay was quite good, but that is to be expected for a hotel as nice as the Ritz. We did notice some service lapses that were not present during our first stay at the hotel in 2011. When a hotel charges $800+ a night, its guests expect something close to perfection, and we definitely thought there was room for a little improvement. Perhaps the crowded ski week was partially to blame, but the hotel should be able to function at full capacity without lapses.

Now down to the details…

The Rooms

The cozy sitting area and fireplace was a favorite spot in our Ritz Lake Tahoe room.Rooms at the hotel are very spacious and comfortable, which is great for a family of three or four sharing a room. Our room had two queen beds, a sitting area with two armchairs (and a fireplace!), a desk, and room for Baby C’s hotel-sized crib next to the window. The bathroom is well laid out, with double sinks, a tub so large your child can go swimming in it, a shower, and a separate toilet area with door.

My only critique is that I wished that the hotel had more drawer space. There was ample hanging space, but I think most ski clothes are of the type that you want to shove into a drawer rather than take the time to hang. And I certainly needed more drawer space for the kids’ clothing.

The Food

There are a few places to eat at the hotel itself. Manzanita is the hotel’s fancy restaurant. We didn’t spring for it this time since we had small children, but we did notice quite a few families eating there.

The main place to eat is the Ritz-Carlton lobby itself (“The Living Room”). You can sit down on one of the couches or at the smallish round tables that sprinkle the lobby, and a waiter will come take your order. Fare in the lobby is high-end pub food: burgers, salads, sandwiches, etc. We found the food to be quite good, but we ate there several times and wished the menu had been a bit more varied and extensive. If you are there for more than a night or two, you will certainly tire of it quickly.

There is also a BBQ joint located outside on the back patio where skiers often grab lunch. And there is a small cafe near the lobby open for breakfast with coffee, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and the like.

Bathroom at the Ritz Lake Tahoe. Our daughter loved the tub! IMG_1603 Ski storage conveniently located on the back patio of the Ritz Lake Tahoe.  Ski valet carries them to the slopes for you!
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