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The distances are wide in northern California, so when you’re looking for the best places to stay in Tahoe and Yosemite, you’ll want to make sure you pick a hotel or resort that’s actually near the sights you want to see. If most of your visit will center around Yosemite, there are some gorgeous accommodations around and inside the park. If you want to enjoy the area’s wild beauty without sacrificing any of civilization’s best amenities, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star property Château du Sureau offers incredible service and elegance a mere 20 miles from Yosemite’s western entrance. The Yosemite Lodge, inside the park, is also beautifully appointed and extremely convenient.
If you’re visiting Tahoe to laze at the lake, visit a casino, or enjoy the area’s superlatively fantastic skiing and snow sports, you’ve got plenty of options. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe on the Northstar Resort offers ski-in/ski-out access, guest rooms with fireplaces and balconies, and a huge heated pool with an amazing view of the natural surroundings. We’ve also stayed at the Marriott Grand Residence Club to ski during the holidays, and it provides easy mountain access, plenty of amenities, and enormous accommodations with their own roaring fireplaces. The 968 Park hotel, which features “rustic Zen” décor and bills itself as the area’s first eco hotel, is also a popular spot for fashionable travelers. Wherever you choose to stay, just remember that this vacation should be just as much about the time you spend outdoors as the time you spend inside.
Here are our suggestions for hotels in the area:
1. Château du Sureau. A highly acclaimed Relais & Chateaux property, which will definitely exceed your expectations by providing you with the feeling of Old World Europe.
2. Houndstooth Inn. A cozy B&B in Oakhurst.
3. Tenaya Lodge. A bigger property at the Southern Entrance of Yosemite National Park with a lodge atmosphere.
4. Ahwahnee Hotel. A famous hotel in Yosemite Valley.
For Yosemite the choice is easy – the Forbes 5-Star Chateau du Sureau is 16 miles from the park and simply one of the finest luxury lodgings in the country – with just 10 rooms. Lake Tahoe is dominated by casino resorts, but the best lodging is found at its ski resorts. Top of the heap is the Forbes 4-Star Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe, at the Northstar ski resort. Another top choice is the Hyatt Lake Tahoe on the water in Incline Village, near Mt. Rose and Diamond Peak. In South Lake Tahoe, the Marriott Grand Residence Club is located in the gondola plaza at the base of huge Heavenly Ski Resort and offers the best location in town, steps from the lifts but also steps from the casinos and restaurants of Stateline, but without the crowds and hassles.