The Landing Resort and Spa is a boutique hotel right on the edge of the pristine shores of Lake Tahoe. Positioned next to the Nevada-California border, the hotel occupies a prime position on the South side of Lake Tahoe, Califorina.

The award-winning hotel combines contemporary European design with classic elements, making it a stylish and popular pick especially during the summer. It’s ideal for couples and families looking for an active, exciting summer vacation, but also makes for an excellent peaceful retreat in the off-seasons of spring, fall and winter.

1. The Landing Resort Rooms and Suites

The Landing Resort Rooms and Suites  

The Landing Resort offers 77 guest rooms with traditional yet sleek interior design – think carved wooden furniture, shiny chrome accents, stone walls and ornamentally framed mirrors. This complements the sharp black and white color scheme, which is enlivened with splashes of crimson.

All of the guest bedrooms feature stone fireplaces with either twin leather club chairs or a cozy loveseat to nestle up on. They also offer high-speed Internet access, heated bathroom floors, premium L’Occitane bath products and a private balcony or deck across the board. If you’re after a view of Lake Tahoe’s serene waters, make sure not to book the Garden King or 3 Bedroom Suite with Kitchen options, as these instead showcase the verdant forest surroundings.

Premium Guest Rooms are the standard accommodation option at The Landing and were completed in December 2013. These rooms offer a typical example of what all guest bedrooms have. They come with a wet bar, refrigerator, a 55” LCD flat screen television, granite writing desk, coffee maker, smartphone compatible alarm clocks, ironing supplies and an in-room safe.

The en suite bathrooms are splendidly equipped with a walk-in shower complete with rain head, a separate soaking tub with bubble jets and a heated toilet seat. The sleeping arrangements are available as one king-sized room or instead with two queen-sized beds to sleep up to four people. The beds are pillow-topped with sateen linens and plush goose down pillows and comforters. Each bedroom opens onto its own generously sized private balcony complete with outdoor seating. While the view does vary by room, the Premium Guest Rooms all promise a partial view of the lake.

Guests in the Superior Lake Rooms exchange the comfort of a private jetted tub in their bathroom for an outside deck instead. Like the Premium Guest Room, it is available with one king-sized or two queen-sized beds, but its main draw is the street-level patio with partial views of both Lake Tahoe and also the surrounding Sierra mountains. The alarm clock is also specifically iPod compatible, for any discerning Apple fans.

The Premium Lake Front Suites are much like the standard guest bedrooms but offer additional space. Their main selling point is the fantastic vista view of Lake Tahoe from the windows, showcasing the crystal clear waters and stunning sandy beach. The private balcony is also larger, making for a more immersive view of the lake from the comfort of your own private room. The king-sized bed is non-negotiable, making the suites marketed towards couples or solo guests.

Families staying at The Landing are catered for by the Three Bedroom Suite with Kitchen option, which offers three bedrooms (with a maximum occupancy of six people) and two bathrooms for rent. The three stone fireplaces are surrounded by comfortable seating and there is a large private patio offering views of the nearby forest. The kitchen comes with a refrigerator, freezer, microwave and oven to ensure guests can cater for themselves.

The final room choice is a Garden King Room which has a desirable corner location. The windows and extensive private balcony again showcase the nearby forest, but there is easy access to the adjacent Lake Tahoe beach thanks to exterior hallways.

2. Dining at The Landing Resort and Spa

Dining at The Landing Resort and Spa  

The Landing’s signature on-site eatery is Jimmy’s Restaurant. Serving up contemporary Greek and regional California cuisine, it is a hit with both hotel guests and the local residents. Combining simple yet flavorsome ingredients like fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables, the food is locally sourced fare that is sophisticated and delicious.

The restaurant itself is decorated with leather chairs, multiple stone fireplaces and alcoves to allow for more intimate private dining. If you’d prefer not to venture out, room service is also available for all guest rooms. Gratuities are appreciated by the hotel staff.

Jimmy’s also doubles as a bar, serving a mixture of soft and alcoholic beverages including beer, spirits and cocktails. The extensive wine vault has 2000 bottles stored in it, next to the impressive onyx and granite bar that boasts over 100 spirits.

The bar has a specialty cocktail menu and has happy hour Cocktails are also available to be drunk next to the hotel’s pool during certain hours.

3. The Spa

The Spa  

The resort spa offers a range of therapies and beauty treatments inspired by Lake Tahoe and the surrounding forest. The spa includes a dry sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge, showers and four separate treatment rooms to complement its variety of services.

Specials rotate by month depending on seasonal ingredients and trends, but treatments include massages, facials and body wraps. The Landing’s spa also has its own Spa Boutique, selling some of its uniquely Californian skin care and body pampering products.

4. Weddings, Reunions & Conferences

Weddings, Reunions & Conferences  

The Landing has a range of rooms available to rent out for corporate events or private gatherings such as reunions and weddings. The Grand Rooftop Terrace can hold a wedding ceremony for up to 300 guests or 350 attendees of a cocktail reception. Inside there is the Lakeview Ballroom and Lakeview Board Room, combined they can seat a banquet for 120 people. These rooms are also available to hire for conferences or to be used as theatres or classrooms. The Landing Spa has provisions in place for private use during events and soon to-be-weds can indulge in bridal yoga at the spa.

The Landing has a prime location for keen golfers, as it is adjacent to the Edgewood Golf Course which has been open since 1968. The George Fazio-designed course is a popular spot, but if you grow tired of it there are an additional five golf courses around the Lake Tahoe area. Hotel staff can help you choose the course which best fits your wants and play style.

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5. Plan This Vacation

Plan This Vacation  

The Landing allows children up to 17 years old to stay for free up to maximum occupancy limit of a room, so a family of two adults and two children could stay in a four-person room with two queen-sized beds.

It is also a dog-friendly hotel, as select pet-friendly rooms allow one dog per night. Groups travelling with multiple dogs will need to book multiple rooms to allow for this and be prepared to cover the additional dog charge of $75 per night for each animal staying.

Lake Tahoe is ideal for nature and sports lovers thanks to its fantastic location near to the water, the forest and the mountains. During the warmer months, popular activities include biking and hiking around the vibrant countryside. Many of the routes offer breathtaking views of the lake and trails range in difficulty from casual to extremely challenging.

Many water sports are available to enjoy on the lake, from boating and kayaking to wakeboarding, paddle boarding and waterskiing. Lessons are available for beginners from Lakeside Beach and Marina, which is conveniently next door to The Landing. It’s also possible to fish in the lake, though permissions may be required and those seeking something calmer can take a paddlewheel or catamaran lake cruise around the calm azure waters.

In the winter, Lake Tahoe comes alive as a hot-spot for skiing and snowboarding. The Sierra Mountains contain twelve ski resorts with stunning scenery and runs, providing huge variety for all snow-sports enthusiasts. There are also chances to try out snowmobiling across serene country trails, sleigh-riding in an authentic winter sleigh or sledding down a mountain at hair-raising speeds.

Lake Tahoe is also perfectly located for fans for gambling as many casinos exist nearby, offering thrills and spills. The Landing provides transportation to and from the nearby Heavenly Village, Edgewood Tahoe and South Tahoe casinos.

The resort fee of $25 per day on top of room charges covers on-site parking, access to the fitness and business centers, entry to the beach, steam room, sauna and pool as well as the high-speed Internet (both WiFi and wired) within the hotel.

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4104 Lakeshore Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, Phone: 530-541-5263