The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, in California (USA) has been awarded the prestigious Forbes Four-Star Award.
In addition to the hotel receiving Four-Stars, both The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe and on-property restaurant Manzanita, created by James Beard Award-winning Chef Traci Des Jardins were recognised with Four-Star Awards. This is the first time a resort, restaurant, and spa have received Forbes Four-Star Awards, both individually and combined in one location in the long history of the Lake Tahoe destination.
The exclusive property, located just four hours from San Francisco, and which also claimed the AAA Five Diamond designation, the travel authority’s highest rating for hotels and restaurants, in 2011, features 16 treatment areas, 153 450 square feet Deluxe bedrooms, as well as 16 Executive Suites, and offers clients accommodation with in-room fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private walk-out balconies with extraordinary views of the mountains and Martis Valley.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe, and Manzanita, are part of a select group representing the upper echelon of the hospitality industry. For 2012, Forbes Travel Guide’s newest Four-Star award-winners encompass 176 hotels, 146 restaurants and 103 spas. Inspectors visit every hotel, restaurant and spa rated, anonymously testing every aspect of a property’s experience. Forbes evaluates more than 500 standards at each property visited, rating both the physical facilities and the customer service experience.
Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the USA, boasting a surface area of 191 square miles, and nearly two-thirds of the shoreline is in California, with the remainder in the State of Nevada.