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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Hotel Review: This property is situated mid-mountain at the Northstar California ski resort and offers a number of options for discerning guests. The spacious 170 rooms and suites come with flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations, gas fireplaces and fully stocked honor bars. Residential suites also include sitting areas and kitchens or kitchenettes. Club Level guests have access to a private lounge, which serves five complimentary food presentations daily. The property has a 17,000-square-foot spa with 16 treatment rooms, a fitness center, spin and fitness classes, a hair salon and an outdoor lap pool overlooking the mountains. Foodies will appreciate the on-site restaurant, Manzanita. In addition, the casual Backyard Bar & BBQ serves "blues, brews and BBQ," and Café Blue in the lobby offers fresh juices, pastries and organic Blue Bottle Coffee. Guests can participate in the daily "Marshmology," where they will learn to make s'mores. The kitchen is also happy to prepare a picnic lunch for those heading to the slopes. Local sporting highlights include skiing, hiking, biking and golf. Downhill and cross-country enthusiasts will appreciate the ski-in, ski-out access, as well as the inter-mountain gondola which connects guests with the nearby Village-at-Northstar. As a LEED-certified hotel, this Ritz-Carlton makes the most of recycled and reclaimed materials, practices water efficient landscaping and storm water retention management, and features a "green cleaning" program.