Basecamp South Lake Tahoe
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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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.
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The hotel was and staff were great. Definitely a great kickback spot and loved the hot tubs. The only discrepancy I had was the AC was out while we stayed and it got very hot in the room making it difficult to sleep comfortably. I understand that things like this happen so Im not really too upset about it. Will still consider this hotel again as I go to lake tahoe often.
We spent 1 night in a room with a balcony and 2 full beds. Our view looked out over the side road. We were on the second floor with no rooms above us. It was a hot night and we were thankful for the overhead fan and the standing fan provided. The furnishings are wonderful, very mountain themed. The room was very clean, the bed super comfortable, there was coffee and tea in the room as well as a fridge and a good HD TV. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate is provided in the lobby, 24/7. The room was also very quiet, great insulation.
All the staff we came in contact with, were friendly and helpful.
The beer garden is so much fun, lots of things to do, people to meet and music from 6pm-10pm every evening.....(in the summer). There are firepits throughout the property where you can even make s'mores.
Breakfast was included and served in the bar area, hot and cold food, plenty to choose from. Very tasty.
We had a great time, and hope to return.
The room was nice and clean. The parking was limited with some tight spots. Overall great place and walking distance from heavenly. The seating area is beautiful in the night. Breakfast was ok, not a lot of options