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What We Love

  • Stay two or more nights and save 10 percent
  • Free daily breakfast
  • A style that riffs on camping with the amenities of a full-service hotel
  • Two fire pits and a mountain-view, rooftop hot tub
  • Adventure-friendly amenities like ski/bike storage and a workbench for waxing your snowboard
  • “The Great Indoors” room features an indoor tent, picnic table and faux fire pit

What To Know

  • One of the best values in Lake Tahoe
  • Set in two reimagined motels; the first was renovated in 2012 and the second in 2014
  • Some rooms have mountain views while others face Nevada’s casinos
  • Select rooms are pet-friendly


  •  Bar
  •  Eco friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
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Hip camp-themed boutique stay with fire pits, a rooftop hot tub with mountain views

The Lowdown

In 2012, the hip folks behind Basecamp converted two 1950s motels into a seriously cool South Tahoe stay. Inspired by mountaineering camps, the space encourages guests to swap tall tales of the day’s adventures, starting fireside in the cozy lobby and extending to an intimate coffee shop-slash-bar, two fire pits and a mountain-view rooftop hot tub. Other adventure-friendly amenities include a energizing free breakfast, pet-friendly rooms, indoor ski and bike storage and a workbench for waxing your snowboard. Basecamp’s 74 rooms are unique camp-y retreats, ranging from a bunk bed-equipped “Family Room” sleeping up to six to “The Great Indoors” suite with a tented bed, forest wallpaper, picnic table and faux fire pit. Deep, Tahoe-blue hues are punctuated by pops of lime green, reclaimed wood walls and shelving, and the occasional ornamental camp lantern. The entire place is adorned in cheeky works bridging form and function by San Francisco artist Wendy MacNaughton – think massive wall hangings of a map of Lake Tahoe and whimsical forest scenes.

In the Area

This is the ideal jump-off point for South Lake Tahoe’s top charms: ski resorts, lake beaches, and myriad hiking and biking trails. Snowriders cherish Heavenly Mountain Resort for powdery pistes with a view of the deep blue lake, and the resort’s glass-encased gondola is a five-minute stroll away. Come summer, Tahoe’s beaches are a treat. Regan Memorial City Beach is South Lake’s oldest and the perfect spot to launch a kayak for a leisurely paddle. Pack a picnic lunch for a day at more secluded Pope Beach backed by a native pine forest. To really get away from it all, ask Basecamp’s staff to draw you a map to pet-friendly Kiva Beach with spectacular views of Mount Tallac.

How to Get There

Basecamp South Lake Tahoe
4143 Cedar Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 United States


4.0 Very Good 1449 Reviews
Basic things completely ignored.
Reviewed 3 days ago

Walkways blocked by ice - and very dangerous.
laughable breakfast - cold hard boiled eggs!? I don't know what was funnier - you wanted 10 bucks for guests to pay or you got a full breakfast up the road for 6 bucks! But a super crappy one there.
no coffee or cups in the rooms
Absolutely NO WIFI!!
Anyone staying here - the list just keeps growing. All the very basic things that should have been done - were ignored. no one cared. This once cozy nice place - yech.

Northern California Ins Prof Ski Day
Reviewed 3 days ago

Thank you for Basecamp's hospitality for our event over St Patricks Day weekend 2019 . We had 37 rooms / guests at the Hotel with 50 for dinner in the "party barn" . It was good set up for a casual group.

Cozy Hotel with Perfect Location!
Reviewed 3 days ago

This hotel was so cute and had a nice bar in the back. They are perfectly located across from Heavenly and the rooms are so cute! The beds are incredibly soft. I would recommend this if you're a snowboarder or skiier because of its close proximity to Heavenly without the attached casino.

Great location, not the cleanest
Reviewed 3 days ago

We love basecamp, but it seems the years of wear and tear are catching up with them. Our room was not so clean and lots of stuff is breaking/not working. Hoping there can be some improvement in the upkeep so we can return without worry of being a bit disgruntled spending so much on so little...

Fabulous Quirky Place To Stay
Reviewed 7 days ago

This place is brilliant, the staff were all so friendly, we had a balcony room which was very clean with loads of quirky fittings, and it contained everything you could possibly need.

Basecamp,is located down a quiet street, only a couple of minutes to the Main Street, and the Lakeside.

And as if things couldn’t get any better a micro brewery onsite which had loads of interesting beers!

Completely exceeded our expectations, and would definitely recommend 10/10