A battle between two equally attractive forces commences

There may be no settings at more opposite ends than lakeside properties and those that sit in a downtown area. Both respectable in their own right, each come with a different vibe and cater to a certain kind of person, or a certain kind of mood. The properties below are on either side, offering a stay with sights of slow flowing waves or gorgeous city landscapes.

Margaritaville Resort Lake Tahoe

aerial shot of hotel with mountains and lake in background

South Lake Tahoe is the latest location for the Margaritaville brand and its first in a ski destination. Its 399 suites feature views of Lake Tahoe or the Sierra Nevada mountains. The property is home to more than 14,000 sq. ft. of event space, including an indoor heated pool that has sliding doors to a patio. For food and beverage, visitors can make a stop at one of its five restaurants or bars, including the lobby’s License to Chill Bar, Come Monday Cafe, and JWB Prime Steak and Seafood.

Aloft New Orleans Downtown

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W XYZ Bar & Lounge

This New Orleans property has redesigned its lobby and updated its 188 guest rooms, corridors and fitness center. The neon pinks, oranges and blues found in the lobby have been worked into the artwork in the guest room’s headboards, alongside abstract designs of New Orleans’ architecture.

The property features W XYZ Bar & Lounge, which sits next to the renovated lobby; Re:fuel, a 24-hour market; and six event rooms.

La Playa Hotel

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Bud’s at La Playa Hotel

The property formerly known as La Playa Carmel has undergone a renovation. Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, this mansion-turned-hotel has updated its 75 guest rooms, as well as public spaces and furnishings, and added three one-bedroom suites to its offerings. Its bar and restaurant, Bud’s, named after the property’s former owner, has also been restored. The restaurant features a relaxed atmosphere accompanied by cocktails, wines and a nice selection of food, like ricotta toast and cobb salad.

The property features more than 6,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space across four meeting rooms and three outdoor venues.