With tranquil shores and a brilliant cobalt blue body of water all enveloped by spectacular mountains, Lake Tahoe – which borders both California and Nevada – draws over a million visitors every year. Everyone from holidaymakers to outdoor adventures enthusiasts is left enchanted by the steep granite cliff sides, towering mountains, the shimmering body of water and the mix of both rustic and upscale resorts which flank its shores. Unsurprisingly, in such a naturally beautiful spot it makes a fantastic destination to holiday with your pooch! The area is filled with many excellent hiking trails and there are even quite a few dog-friendly beaches where Fido can play and swim. In the built-up areas, many bars and eateries welcome dogs on their outdoor patios (try The Brewery in South Lake or the vegan cafe, Simple Bliss). Many of the resorts will not only just let your furry friend stay too, but positively welcome them. To help save you a bit of time, here are 15 of the best dog-friendly hotels in Lake Tahoe (in no particular order)…
Hotel Azure – award-winning newly renovated dog-friendly hotel
Situated directly across the road from the beautiful Lake Tahoe and just 2 minutes from the famous Heavenly Ski resort, it is no wonder that the Hotel Azure consistently rates over 8.0 on booking.com. Bedrooms are bright and modern with most offering private balconies or patios with lake views, and the hotel also offers a seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub. The Bear Beach Cafe serves up a diverse local menu, while the hotel offers free ski storage and bike hire for the more adventurous guest. Your dogs can join during your stay and being in such a beautiful part of the world it is not hard to find awesome dog walks close by.
The Landing Resort and Spa – a very well presented upscale hotel overlooking Lake Tahoe
Offering 5-star luxury at every turn, The Landing Resort and Spa is situated on the picturesque banks of Lake Tahoe. This hidden gem of a hotel has an excellent 9.0 rating on booking.com and offers European design features, opulent bedrooms, an upscale spa and the ever-popular Jimmy’s Restaurant. Your dog can also enjoy a little bit of lakeside luxury here as pet-friendly bedrooms are available on request. Your dog will receive a gourmet treat, as well as a special toy to enjoy on vacation and take home and access to some fantastic dog walks and trails along the shoreline of the lake.
The Deerfield Lodge at Heavenly – a relaxed pet-friendly lodge set in forested grounds
Located on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, right at the heart of Ski Run Boulevard, The Deerfield Lodge offers spacious guest rooms and luxurious suites. Nestled way in the picturesque mountainside scenery, this is lodge style accommodation with a difference. Routinely receiving an excellent 9.5 rating on booking.com this mid-range hotel is just a short drive from both the Thomas F Regan Memorial City Beach and the MontBleu Resort Casino. Your pooch can join you in your room, and there is a wealth of outdoor walks to explore, as well as pet-friendly shops, bars and restaurants close by.
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn – a stylish inn near Squaw Valley Village’s shops and restaurants
This cosy, lodge-style resort with the fabulously funky name is located near the north shore of Lake Tahoe and is an excellent choice for those looking to enjoy all the outdoor adventures the region has to offer. With comfortable bedrooms, a seasonal swimming pool and a hot tub, a fitness centre and the PlumpJack Cafe & Bar, you will feel right at home. Four-legged visitors are also very welcome here, as long as their humans are happy to follow a few common sense guidelines and pay an additional fee. Rated one of the best location destinations in the area on booking.com, this is an excellent hotel from which you and your furry friend can explore the beauty of Lake Tahoe.
David Walley’s Resort – a relaxing dog-friendly retreat near many outdoor adventures
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, David Walley’s Resort is an entertainment hotspot on the banks of North Lake Tahoe. Offering a selection of comfortable and well-appointed studios, or rustic cottages, this resort hotel is perfect for anyone coming to breathe in the fresh air of the great outdoors. The Hot Springs and Day Spa will help you relax, and you can enjoy delicious American fare in the 1862 Restaurant and Saloon. Your pet is also welcome here for an additional fee, and together you can explore the very best mountain trails and lakeside walks that the region has to offer.
Tahoe Vistana Inn – a relaxed mountain hotel a 2-minute walk from the shores of Lake Tahoe which welcomes dogs
Set within an acre of pine forest on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, this activity resort hotel is a favourite with visitors looking to enjoy an active outdoors lifestyle. Bedrooms are cosy and comfortable, and the hotel offers a wide range of complimentary activities including cruiser bicycles, paddle boards, kayaks, a seasonal swimming pool and year-round hot tub and outdoor fire pit area. Your four-legged friend is welcome at the Tahoe Vistana Inn, and will absolutely adore the easy access to the North Tahoe Regional Park’s 124-acres of outdoor space and trails, as well as other dog-friendly cafes, restaurants and other amenities.
- Prices from $100 per night.
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Lakeside Inn and Casino – a laid back casino hotel near Van Sickle Bi-State Park which will welcome Fido
This mid-range casino hotel is situated close to both Lake Tahoe’s Nevada Beach and Round Hill Pines Beach and offers easy access to mile upon mile of scenic bike and hiking trails. With lodge style decor and authentic, cosy accommodation, guests here can also enjoy the seasonal outdoor swimming pool and year-round hot tub. Doggo’s are more than welcome at the Lakeside Inn and Casino, and as a bonus, you can park your car right outside your front door. Get out and explore the fresh air with your pooch, and find the very best dog-friendly parks, beaches and other amenities that the area has to offer.
The Coachman Hotel – a trendy pooch-friendly hotel a 6-minute walk from the shores of Lake Tahoe
Offering a modern twist on a traditional motel, The Coachman Hotel provides exceptional accommodation designed for those who really know how to celebrate nature. Situated close to both Lake Tahoe and the Heavenly Mountain Resort, the hotel is the perfect retreat for those looking to relax after a day in the mountains or on the water. With a seasonal pool, a hot tub, a social fire pit area and a bar, this is a great place to enjoy with friends, new and old. Your faithful companion can also stay with you in one of the dog-friendly bedrooms, and together you can both explore mile upon mile of excellent walking trails, scenic mountain runs and dog-friendly parks and other amenities.
Hotel Becket Trademark Collection by Wyndham – a woodsy boutique hotel made from recycled materials
Centrally located by South Lake Tahoe, the Hotel Becket offers beautiful boutique style accommodation in the heart of the mountains. Bedrooms are charming with rustic touches and modern appliances, while the on-site Ten Crows BBQ restaurant will fill you up after a busy day exploring. There is also a seasonal outdoor pool, a hot tub and sauna and a fire pit. In the winter months check out the awesome skiing at Heavenly village and in the warmer months take to the lake for all kinds of water sports. Your dog can join you here in one of the dog-friendly bedrooms, and with acres of outdoor space to enjoy, whatever the weather, you will never be short of dog-friendly places to visit here.
3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club – a cosy dog-friendly resort set among pine trees and a 5-minute walk from the shores of Lake Tahoe
Situated on South Lake Tahoe, the 3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club is just a couple of blocks away from the skiing resort of Heavenly Valley Gondola. Offering comfortable and cosy, cabin style accommodation, this hotel offers an authentic mountain vacation experience. With large bedrooms and impressive scenery, the 3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club is a mid-range hotel with a swimming pool and a private beach area. Your four-legged friend is welcome to join you here, and there are endless amounts of fun and long walks to be had out in the mountains and down by the lake.
Cedar Pines Resort – a pet-friendly rustic cottage getaway
Situated in South Lake Tahoe, this rustic resort features charming individual cottages that are nestled away in a private and secluded location. With cosy interiors, full kitchen facilities and a wide range of home comforts include cable TV and DVD players, Cedar Pines Resort offers laid back, mid-range accommodation. In the warmer weather visitors can hire bikes or cook up a storm using the barbecue facilities, or take their furry friend out on a stroll along the hiking trails close by. Dogs are welcome to stay in the cottages with you, although additional charges may apply. Cedar Pines Resort is a family-friendly and great place to bring your dog all year round.
Heavenly Inn Lake Tahoe – a casual budget friendly motor inn surrounded by trees
Located in the heart of South Tahoe, The Heavenly Inn offers spacious suites with fitted kitchenettes, as well as cosy, comfortable interiors and fantastic scenic views. Within walking distance of the lake, the beach, local shops, a range of eateries and the Heavenly Gondola ski lift, this hotel is a firm favourite with skiers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Your dog is welcome to stay with you in the Heavenly Inn and they would love your four-legged guests to come and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful landscape of the Lake with you. Domesticated doggies are welcome to stay, and owners must adhere to a few common sense rules and regulations while their doggo is with them.
The Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe – laid back dog-friendly accommodation located on the beachfront
Boasting a beautiful beachfront location, The Beach Retreat & Lodge is a popular waterfront hotel with stunning views out across the lake and out to the mountains beyond. Every guest room comes with its own balcony or terrace and is warmly decorated to create a cosy retreat from the many outdoor activities available here. The Boathouse on the Pier offers a seasonal menu, while the Tiki Hut and Bar are perfect for enjoying a drink with friends. It’s not just two-legged friends that can join your here either, as the hotel is happy to accommodate your best four-legged friend in one of the designated first-floor bedrooms. With acres of amazing scenery to explore, and long walks right outside your door, this is the perfect place to bring your pooch.
Best Western Plus Truckee – Tahoe Hotel – a relaxed lodge-style hotel which will also welcome your furry friend
Located just 2 minutes away from the Ponderosa Golf Course, this smart, modern hotel offers spacious bedrooms, complimentary breakfast and an on-site fitness centre for guests to enjoy. The historic town of Truckee is just 5 minutes away, and the Kings Beach, Squaw and Sugar Bowl Ski Resort are all within 15 miles of the hotel, making the Best Western Plus Truckee-Tahoe convenient for every kind of stay. Your dog is welcome to come and stay with you in one of the pet-friendly bedrooms, and the hotel will be delighted to point you in the direction of the many dog-friendly parks, beaches and open spaces that can be found in Truckee and around Lake Tahoe.
Big Pines Mountain House – a rustic budget (and pet!) friendly hotel located near Lake Tahoe
Within walking distance of the Heavenly Village where you can find great restaurants, lively bars and quirky shops, the Big Pines Mountain House is a mid-range hotel with plenty of character. With access to a private beach, an outdoor heated swimming pool and delicious daily continental breakfasts, this is a comfortable and convenient base from which to explore the area. Your four-legged friend can stay with you in one of the dog-friendly bedrooms, and together you can explore the dog-friendly beaches, parks and other amenities in the Heavenly Mountains area.