Best Airbnbs In Lake Tahoe

Alpine Lake Tahoe offers incredible natural beauty all year long. With hundreds of Airbnb choices in the area, you can overlook some of the loveliest and most distinctive views in the world. The pure waters of the lake are deep enough to cover the entire Empire State Building. At 1,644 feet deep and 72 miles wide, it's flanked by light granite peaks reaching into the bright blue sky, as per Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. John Muir called these Sierra Nevada mountains the Range of Light in his 1901 book "Our National Parks," and thought they contained the grandest forests in the world (via National Park Service).

Perched between Nevada and California and the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the area surrounding Lake Tahoe is replete with accommodations from funky to fancy. Take to the lake in a sailboat or jet ski, or just swim in its cool, crystal clear water. There are plenty of Airbnbs that offer great views of the magical Tahoe Basin, the forests, and the high elevation grandeur. A quick drive from Reno-Tahoe Aiport in Reno, Tahoe is dotted with small cities and hamlets, hundreds of restaurants, and outstanding hiking, biking, and fishing. The sunny days and starry nights have brought families here for generations. Start a tradition with a stay in some of the best Airbnbs in Lake Tahoe.

Views, views, and more views

Overlooking one of America's most beautiful lakes, this Airbnb property at Rubicon Bay is situated in the southern half of Tahoe on the California side. Perfect for a family retreat or wedding party, Heavenly Waters has four bedrooms, seven beds, and five bathrooms and can host six adults and four children in a private, exclusive setting. The large walls of windows and vaulted ceilings take advantage of the sweeping views and 80 feet of waterfront. Although it looks like it's a one-story home on arrival, there are many levels, each with large decks with spaces for lounging, dining, and entertaining.

Decorated in a sleek and modern style, the wood and simple finishes allow the lake and mountain view to take center stage. Each of the four bedrooms has a stunning lake view, even the bunk bedroom. Aside from the well-appointed home, the outdoor amenities have something to appeal to all your friends and family. In wintertime, strap on your shoe shoes or snowboards and head to one of the numerous nearby resorts or the backcountry. Sledding, tubing, and snowmobiling are also popular, and gear is easy to rent. Once the snow melts, this Rubicon Bay property offers access to a private white sand beach, kayak, and buoy. Or take a hike on one of the thousands of trails in the Tahoe Management District, or play a game of tennis on the HOA's tennis court.

For creature and canine comforts

A cabin is the most authentic way to experience Lake Tahoe. Like a traditional cabin, Airbnb's The Cave Rock Cabin is nestled in the trees of Glenbrook and welcomes kids and well-behaved dogs in its spacious five-bedroom and 2.5 bathroom property. The set up of eight beds can comfortably sleep 10. The great room is flanked by a wall of windows, allowing you to soak up the view while at the eating bar or kitchen. During your downtime, you can snuggle up on the sectional and light a fire in the exposed rock gas fireplace. The long primary bedroom has a woodstove, flat-screen TV, a large California King bed, and a spacious closet with a window. The ensuite bathroom has a large soaking tub, great after a long day on the slopes or shore.

If you don't feel like staying indoors, soak in the hot tub and enjoy the starry night sky. Located on the east side of the lake on the Nevada side, Glenbrook's ideal location makes it simple to get to one of the area's high-elevation golf courses, Stateline's gaming casinos, and some of Tahoe's best beaches. Or grab your beach bags, walk across the street, and play on their community beach. 

Location, location, location

Also in the Glenbrook community, this two-bedroom, one-bath property has an incredible location. Some places say they're on the lakefront, but require you to walk down a few flights of stairs or cross the street to get to a little rocky slope. But this Airbnb home has a grassy lawn, a lakefront deck, and your own private beach. A little oasis, this condo has remarkable views. The darker wooden floors, wooden walls, and exposed wooden beam ceilings speak to the area's rich lumber tradition. Perfect for a couple, the renovated kitchen has a high-top tile table and chairs. Dine overlooking the lake at the formal dining table or adjacent sitting area. Lounge on the living area's large couch and enjoy the large flatscreen TV and electric fireplace. 

Step out onto the lawn and take in the majesty from a canvas chair. You can also sit on the couch or under an umbrella on the wooden deck right on the water. Your own slice of beach curves around the aqua Lake Tahoe waters. With the great high-speed internet, this is a great place for your remote beachside office. 

Stay and play like a star

Home of the Stars was used for nearly two decades by the Sahara Tahoe Hotel & Casino (now the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino) to host its celebrity guests and entertainers. Elvis famously released a number of albums from the Sahara, but he didn't stay at the house. However, Isaac Hayes, Ray Conniffee, Teddy Prendergast, or the members of the Kingston Trio may have walked these halls. With 5,500 square feet of indoor space and 1,700 square feet of lakefront decks, 10 guests will have no trouble finding spaces, views, and comfort. All three levels have gathering areas, seven beds in six bedrooms, and 4.5 bathrooms.

The main level is party central. It has expansive decks, a hot tub, and a gas grill, and the house has formal seating for 14, counter seating for eight, and a huge kitchen. Your friends can throw down with Viking appliances, including two ranges and multiple fridges, and a 45-foot island. Entertain in the billiard and game room or the media center and lakeside deck. 

Family fun near Heavenly Valley

Your family may never want to stay at a plain old hotel again after staying at South Lake Tahoe Castle. It's a log cabin funhouse for kids of all ages. Perfect for a large family — or letting your kids bring friends — this home accommodates 10 guests in four bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Built in 2001, this quaint yet modern Tahoe home combines amenities with rustic comfort. 

Let's start with creature comforts — it doesn't get much better than an indoor pool. Don't worry about the sun, wind, snow, or rain when you and the kids can splash in comfort. Never too hot or too cold, this indoor pool provides fun all year long. Apres-ski? Don't just warm up by the fire. Instead, grab a toddy and warm up in the steam room, the dry sauna, or the outdoor hot tub. Kids can play foosball, billiards, or board games in this castle. Plus, it's easy to check on them as the entertainment areas are together. The primary bedroom has a spacious king bed and en suite bath with a jetted tub. Two bedrooms have queen-sized beds, while the loft has bunk beds. It's clearly built for fun.

Fly away to Zephyr Cove

Whether you're planning a team-building weekend, board retreat, or family reunion, this Airbnb in Zephyr Cove can be your home away from home. With five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and room for 10 guests, this spacious home in Round Hill is in the south portion of Lake Tahoe. That means it's near recreation, shopping, and gaming establishments. Loaded with amenities, the property boasts a huge indoor pool 42 feet across, a hot tub, and a steam room. The cleaning fee for this home includes extras like pool and spa service, soaps, towels, and detergents, so you're ready to enjoy Tahoe with your family and friends. The homey feel of this place makes it perfect for hosting groups without it feeling too stuffy. While many homes have the wood-everywhere feel, the light, white walls make the house feel bright and open.

The large kitchen has oodles of marble countertop and cabinet space, stainless steel appliances, and a wine fridge on the island. The outside decks and lower patio are big enough to offer seating, dining, lounging, a hot tub, and a BBQ area. With great high-speed internet, everyone can stay connected as they explore the beautiful Lake Tahoe basin.

Feel like a princess in this chateau

Airbnb's Chateaux Du Lac is ready to host your friends and family in luxury. Open the private gate and take a deep breath. With nearly 4,000 square feet — and over 500 feet of heated flooring — this home is ready to host your next reunion, party, or weekend getaway. Take in the view from the clawfoot bathtub, as three bedrooms have en suite baths. With room for 12, the newly upgraded kitchen makes entertaining fun. Plus with three layers of redwood decks with unobstructed 180-degree lake views, your friends may never want to leave.

Perched along one of South Lake Tahoe's private beaches, this property has three gas fireplaces and one rock fireplace. Not only do you have access to the private beach and swimming area, but there is also a 36-foot floating pier to tie up your kayaks, SUPs, and toys. 

Posh property with privacy

While most Airbnbs in this area lean into the rustic vibe of old Tahoe, this waterfront cabin features clean, modern lines and furnishings. The high ceilings and off-white and gray palette combine simplicity with a hint of glamour. The house deftly blends nautical stripes with solids to provide a backdrop for eye-catching art and interesting furnishing textures. Maybe you caught a glimpse of this home in the Emmy award-winning CBS show "Staycation!".

Aside from the impeccable decor, this property's five bedrooms can accommodate 12 guests. There is one king, three queens, two full-size beds, a couple of sleeping mats, and a Pack 'n' Play. The main living space includes the spacious living room with a 12-seat wooden dining table, which is adjacent to the posh kitchen. But the best seat in the house might be from the hot tub or one of the lounges on the plexiglass-lined deck, which provides a seamless view of sunsets, sunrises, and stars. This is professionally managed, so there's a concierge always available during your stay.

Here's a Crystal Bay gem

When traveling with aging family members to Tahoe, one worries about all the stairs in these homes with views. This Airbnb home not only offers those famous views, but also accommodates them with a small elevator big enough for a wheelchair. Perfect for young and old, this retreat's location makes it a rare find. In addition to the spectacular views, the house has access to a private lakefront. Dock your boat, SUPs, kayaks, and canoes on the private dock, so they're ready for another fun day on the lake. Buoy rentals are available, as are passes to the nearby private beaches in Incline Village.

With two king bedrooms and two queen and multi-bedrooms, a family of 10 can spread out. Take in the stunning view from one of the three spacious decks and enjoy one of the numerous seating areas. Grill some steaks on the outdoor grill, then enjoy a dip in the lakeside hot tub at the end of your day.

Life's a beach in this lake condo

This Airbnb condo in King's Beach, on the north shore of Tahoe on the California side, may have one of the best patio views. With three bedrooms and three baths, this condo is just what your family has been looking for in a vacation getaway. Kids can stay on the ground floor in either the queen bedroom with an en suite bath or the other room with a queen/twin bunk bed. With its floor-to-ceiling windows, the natural light and expansive view of the lake, trees, and mountains provide this great room's sweeping backdrops. The turn-key kitchen has granite countertops, and neutral wood is accented with pops of bright blue, reminding you that one of the bluest, deepest lakes in the world is your neighbor. 

If you want to experience the outdoors, slide open the glass doors to the premier patio. With the lake and a beach just below, the patio is a great place to grill, dine, and hang out when returning from the day's outdoor adventures. Right on King's Beach State Park, you and your guests can access a private roped-off part of the beach with lounges and grills.

The homiest spot in Tahoe

With a nod to their apparent Norwegian heritage, Airbnb's Lakefront Rygh is big enough for couples or small families. The four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home comfortably sleeps eight. Unlike most other rental properties, this home actually feels like a home. The large kitchen is fully stocked and decorated with old teapots and cooking vessels. The spacious primary bedroom has wrapping decks, a bay window, and a sitting area. The second bedroom has a bookcase loaded with paperbacks and its very own private deck. The two downstairs bedrooms are adorned with old fishing rods and snow shoes and have deck access.

The open floor plan features an eight-person glass top dining table, kitchen island seating for six, breakfast nook, and a large rock fireplace. Watch the snowfall or sun pour in from the three lakefront levels of decking. Recline on one of the lounges, or step down to access the shoreline and the private pier. 

Enjoy peaceful waters in a cabin

Peaceful Waters in Tahoma is made for those looking for luxury. This log lodge can host 14 guests in six total bedrooms. The main house boasts five bedrooms, three of which have en suite bathrooms, while the large guest house offers one king-sized bedroom with an en suite bathroom. This property has plenty of rough-hewn wood, large black metal hardware, and even an old two-person saw called a misery whip. The three-story ceiling sits above a wall of windows and is adorned with a huge antler chandelier, creating a rustic vibe. An exposed rock fireplace and hearth dominate one side of the room and balance the blue lake and rugged mountains outside.

The kitchen also has exposed rock, wrought iron lights, and a long marble island with seating. In addition, there are two dishwashers, a wine fridge, a cappuccino machine, and a separate wet bar. There is also formal indoor seating for 14 and outdoor seating for 12. Four of the bedrooms have balconies, so all your guests can enjoy that morning cup of coffee while looking out onto the lake. All bedrooms have televisions, while the primary bedroom also has a fireplace. The in-floor heat keeps this alpine castle cozy inside, while the firepit and hot tub can warm guests outside. 

An alpine palace inspired by Caesar

Open the double wooden doors and enter Airbnb's Caesar's Alpine Palace. Located on Lake Tahoe's Rubicon Bay, this 4,800 square-foot home has three levels to accommodate 12 guests. The five bedrooms, six beds, and 5.5 baths are an ideal spot for a reunion, getaway, or ski vacay. This split-level home makes great use of light and space, so there are numerous areas to relax and enjoy the lake and sky. To maximize the gorgeous view, the windows open from the tall cathedral ceilings, opening the front of the home to the lake. 

Read a book on the hammock or lounge on the home's deep main deck, which offers unobstructed views of the pristine waters. Enjoy some BBQ at one of the two tables for six, or walk down the stairs across the bright green lawn and by the fire pit to the large paved deck. Keep your boat and kayaks at the private dock, ready to take you on another breathtaking Tahoe adventure.