Micro Resort.
Massive Possibilities.

More than a hotel, Desolation is the portal to discovering your next adventure.

Owned and operated by modern adventurers, our experience in this natural playground runs deep; we’ll turn your Lake Tahoe dreams into long-lasting memories.

Where rugged adventure meets conscious luxury, here you’ll find ease in the balance.

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Eat & Drink
With Us

Maggie's Restaurant

You’re always welcome at Maggie’s table. Like dining in the home of a good friend, great cook, and fabulous host, Maggie’s Restaurant offers an elevated dining experience that walks the line between casual and elegant, local and worldly, comforting and enticing. Enjoy seasonal fare, thoughtful drink, and warm hospitality. At Maggie’s, things are looking up!

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Velma’s Pool Bar

Craving an elevated meal on ground level? Done. Velma’s offers the food you love from Maggie’s right from the pool deck. Wet your whistle with a cocktail from the on-site bar, or use our app to order food poolside. Whether you stay by the pool to eat or take your meal to your room is your prerogative.

Find Your Wildernest

Every one of our guest rooms is outfitted with the best. You’ll find a Bertazzoni range, Grown Alchemist bath products, Frette linens and robes, cozy fireplaces, king- and queen-sized beds, private balconies appointed with soaking tubs — and more — in every last one of our thoughtful accommodations.


Make the Most of Our Amenities

Pool & Jacuzzi

In addition to the private soaking tub found on the balcony of every room, our saltwater pool and adjacent jacuzzi offer more room for swimming and soaking. Surrounded by lush landscaping and serene stonework, our water features are meant to inspire serenity at the end — or start! — of a day in the great outdoors. With no lifeguard on duty, little swimmers must be accompanied by an adult.

Sauna + Cold Shower Plunge

Known as the “Nordic Cycle,” the Hot Sauna + Cold Shower Plunge is a relaxation technique in which one spends 20 minutes in a hot sauna and then immediately plunges into a cold shower. This technique triggers rapid construction of blood vessels and elevation of blood pressure, stimulating various health benefits. An invigorating treat after a day of exploring the Desolation Wilderness — enjoy!

Fitness Studio

Regardless of whether you’re the type to climb to Maggie’s Peak or cycle the 70-mile perimeter of Lake Tahoe, our petite but efficient Fitness Studio will ensure you get in a good, challenging workout. With cardio equipment to elevate your heart rate and free weights to use for strength training, you’ll break a sweat in no time.

And more…

We’ve taken every measure to ensure our guests’ needs aren’t just met, but exceeded. Enjoy our guest laundry room, filtered water filling stations, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, the canteen marketplace, and access to gear you need to take a real Tahoe adventure.

Bring Your Four-Legged Friend

Desolation Hotel is one of the few hotels in South Lake Tahoe that warmly invites dogs to stay at the resort. Although pets should not be left alone in their rooms, dogs are welcome to both explore the Desolation Wilderness and luxuriate at the Desolation Hotel right alongside their humans. Rooms with canine guests will be appointed with dog-friendly amenities such as food and water bowls, pet waste bags, and directions to our doggie relief areas. 

Please note that excessively noisy or disruptive pets will be asked to find other accommodations.


Enjoy Private Beach Access

Located only a few blocks from the beautiful southern lakefront, we are thrilled to offer our guests unlimited beach access all year long. As members of the Lakeside Park Association Beach, guests of Desolation Hotel can use the beach for a leisurely day on the shore, as well as for larger events. Interested in hosting your wedding or event on the beach of Lake Tahoe? Contact us for planning details.

Host Your Next Event With Us

Corporate retreats, intimate weddings, family reunions, birthday celebrations — the possibilities are endless. We’ll help you plan and design a meaningful event that’ll create lasting memories. Inquire now.


Desolation Hotel offers an ideal escape from your day-to-day responsibilities — but complete escape is nearly impossible in the modern era. While our guests have the space to unplug and recharge, our relationship with Untethered lets you plug back in when duty calls. Explore this tranquil workspace overlooking the shores of Lake Tahoe.