Luxury resort planned for Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company will operate Lake Tahoe’s first five-star luxury hotel, which East West Partners and Crescent will develop.

The 172-room The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe will be built at The Highlands, a new on-mountain collection of ski-in/ski-out residences. The community is set amidst Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort, which has been ranked number five in North America by SKI Magazine for its family programs.

“East West Partners and Crescent are proud to be flying The Ritz-Carlton flag at Northstar,” said Harry Frampton, founder and managing partner of East West Partners. “The new hotel, residences and club will fit perfectly into the beautiful, mid-mountain setting shared by our properties currently under development in the area.”

All of these amenities are connected by a new gondola to the Village at Northstar(TM) shops, restaurants and ice rink.

“We are very pleased to add to The Ritz-Carlton portfolio of luxury properties our first ski resort and spa in Northern California,” said Simon F. Cooper, president and chief operating officer. “We believe the combination of the hotel, along with The Ritz-Carlton Residences and The Ritz-Carlton Club fractional ownership properties, will offer guests and owners a luxury lifestyle in the mountains highlighted by the beauty of the natural setting, and an array of recreational attractions, including the new Village and gondola. East West Partners has a proven track record as a high-end developer of resort residential communities.”



The design of this destination resort property is lead by the world-class team of Mark Hornberger, FAIA, principal of Hornberger + Worstell, and Stanford Hughes, FAIA, principal of BraytonHughes Design Studios. The hotel’s design will pay tribute to the great environmental spirit of Northern California, and will incorporate native granite stone, local timber and other building materials native to the Sierra-Tahoe region.

“The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe will differ from some of the more traditional properties,” said Mark Hornberger, FAIA, principal for design at San Francisco-based Hornberger + Worstell Architects, design architect for the new property. “Instead, it will be an upscale mountain lodge ... a contemporary legacy of the great mountain lodges originally built in the West at the turn of the twentieth century.”