Last Updated on May 31, 2022 by Katrina

Photo credit: Marriott’s Timber Lodge

Along California’s south shore of Lake Tahoe, you’ll find outdoor and family fun throughout the year. That means winter sports on the slopes to water sports on the lake’s turquoise waters. You’ll also find great dining and an excellent craft beer scene. Looking for a place to stay? Here are the best hotels in South Lake Tahoe.

The Landing Tahoe Resort & Spa (4104 Lakeshore Blvd.; 530-541-5263) Heavenly

This 82-room boutique resort offers lodge-style coziness and a quiet getaway. “Beautiful place to enjoy a weekend, wedding or any special occasion,” says a Google reviewer. “Dining, spa, and pool are all available. Just across a small street to Beautiful Lake Tahoe, tucked away from the craziness of the South Lake Tahoe Strip.” Forbes also gives it props for its three-block distance from downtown and Heavenly Village, “as well as spacious rooms appointed with such comforts as rustic plaid rugs, comfy leather armchairs, and stone fireplaces.”   >> Book this hotel for less

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel 4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd.; 530- 544-5400) Heavenly

Convenience abounds at this all-suites resort at the base of Heavenly Mountain Resort. You have easy access to winter sports, golf, gaming, hiking, and biking. One Tripadvisor user loved that “the hotel is very centrally located. Walking distance to a ton of good restaurants, shops and excursions,” but notes that rooms can be musty. Get a balcony suite, which Forbes says “offers a panoramic view of the lake, mountains and downtown.” Another bonus: A free breakfast buffet.   >> Book this hotel for less

The Coachman Hotel (4100 Pine Blvd.; 530-545-6460) Heavenly

This retro-chic, 42-room boutique hotel, set in a pair of 1960s buildings, is walking distance both to Lakeside Beach and Heavenly Mountain Resort. But is also equipped with a pool and nice perks. “From Frette linens to Stumptown-trained baristas and a well-curated wine list, the hotel is intended to be somewhere you come and stay . . . all day,” says Architectural Digest. “Be sure to take advantage of the fireside s’more service that lasts well into the evening.” One Google reviewer says “everything was wonderful, even the juvenile black bear that greeted us near our door (staff got rid of him quickly and unharmed). We’d book a second floor room next time because we could walking and all the conversations above our room.”   >> Book this hotel for less

Marriott’s Timber Lodge (4100 Lake Tahoe Blvd.; 530-542-6600) Heavenly Village

You’re in the heart of South Lake Tahoe at this 264-room, ski-in/ski-out resort in Heavenly Village, which is also a five-minute walk from Harrah’s Lake Tahoe casino. Some Google reviewers found it a little dated, and bemoaned the pricey, valet-only parking. “They have an amazing pool, and a tram to the mountain which makes this place so convenient,” says one. “The customer service is lacking but still worth it to stay here.” Hikers will like the easy access to trails. “We were there between seasons,” says a Tripadvisor user, “but we were able to walk to gorgeous hiking right behind the hotel, the valet service was quick and easy, and there are a bunch of restaurants and shops within walking distance, including a grocery store.”

Camp Richardson Historic Hotel (1900 Jameson Beach Rd.; 530-541-1801) Pope Beach

Get back to basics at this woodsy resort on 120 acres of the south shore of Lake Tahoe, and right off Highway 89. Stay in the historic 1926 hotel or choose one of the 41 no-phones/no TV cabins that have full kitchens and fireplaces. Travel+Leisure calls it “knotty-pine heaven right on the lakefront, complete with a beach and its own marina and restaurant.” On Tripadvisor, reviewers loved the views and historic charm, as long as one embraces the “rustic” part of charm. “Very small room but no problem…it was quaint. Very clean. Loved the proximity to the water’s edge. Our problem was no air conditioning… definitely time to add small air conditioners.”