Waterfront lodging in Lake Tahoe not only offers stunning views of North America's largest alpine lake, but also direct access to water-based recreational activities such as boating, swimming and water-skiing. In addition, these well-appointed properties feature tastefully appointed rooms, upscale amenities and fresh local cuisines from the Sierra Nevada region. On average, accommodations that sit up against the water line are pricier than their inland counterparts, although the area typically draws more affluent vacationers who don't mind spending the extra bucks anyhow.
Lakeshore Lodge & Spa
The Lakeshore Lodge & Spa sits on 500 feet of private beach along Tahoe's South Shore, with convenient access to area restaurants, shops and casinos. The property features a seasonal outdoor heated pool, year-round hot tub, free Wi-Fi access throughout the property and meeting spaces for business travelers. Summer vacationers also enjoy a volleyball court, picnic tables and BBQ grills, while winter travelers have access to ski lockers, discounted lift tickets and a shuttle that takes skiers to nearby mountains. Those simply looking to relax at any time of year indulge in a range of therapies at the on-site spa, from Swedish massages to galvanic facials to sea salt body scrubs. Guest rooms in the lodge feature pine furnishings, balconies or patios, gas burning fireplaces, and choice of one or two queen beds, while larger condos also include fully equipped kitchens and dining areas.
Tahoe Keys Resort
The Tahoe Keys Resort gives vacationers access to AAA-approved three-diamond vacation homes and condominiums right along the lake in the Tahoe Keys, which is a private marina community ideal for travelers with their own boats. Resort amenities include both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, grassy park area, private beach and state-of-the-art fitness facility. In addition, more athletic types have access to seven outdoor tennis courts for a nominal fee as well as basketball and sand volleyball courts, a children's playground and complimentary bicycles. Several hiking trails and ski areas are also right nearby. Guests can choose from studio units on up to large six-bedroom family-style condos, each containing balconies, washers and dryers, fireplaces, and full-sized kitchens with stoves and refrigerators. Linens and towels are also provided, while some properties even have private docks.
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
The 422-room Hyatt Regency is a four-diamond property that provides convenient access to off-site recreation like golf, fishing, mountain climbing and ATV tours. Guests can make use of a car rental desk, gift shop, concierge, beach, swimming pool with sun deck and full-service business center. In addition, corporate travelers and event planners have access to over 50,000 square feet of function space and Tahoe's only lakeside ballroom. The Hyatt's own Stillwater Spa features a hair and beauty salon as well as treatments like Thai yoga massages and customizable facials, while the casino allows guests to play over 250 slot machines and 22 table games. Dining options include five cocktail bars and six restaurants serving casual America cuisines. Rustic, lodge-style guest rooms feature signature king- or queen-sized beds, iPod docking stations, 37-inch flat-screen TVs with satellite service, mini-bars and private safes.
Sunnyside Steakhouse & Lodge
The Sunnyside Steakhouse & Lodge sits nestled up against the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, with area recreation such as horseback riding, mountain biking and cross-country skiing just a stone's throw away. The property is fully equipped for banquets and private parties, with a highly experienced staff to assist, while also offering executive travelers conference rooms with 30-person capacity and audio-visual equipment. Guests enjoy a drink in the Western-style lounge by a stacked-stone, wood-burning fireplace, or relax outside on Tahoe's largest lakefront deck. The dining room features a menu centered on steaks and beef alongside a complementary selection of wines, while the more casual Mountain Grill serves sandwiches and salads. Each of the 23 classically appointed guest rooms include plush bedding with goose-down pillows and comforters, private patios, flat-screen TVs, and views of the lake or garden.
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