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.
How to Get There
We have been coming here since it opened and each time it keeps getting better! We love Marha at the front desk and her team is always super friendly. It is close to everything we need. Highly recommend staying here!
This was a great pet friendly spot for my husband and I on our anniversary. It was very walkable. The live music could be heard quite clearly though and it was the same songs every night but that was our only "complaint".
Definitely not like any other hotel I've ever stayed in. Really interesting place and I wish I'd had more time to explore. The only things that bothered me were: 1. the large digital display of the temperature in the room was SUPER bright and made it hard for me to fall asleep 2. the bathroom window in the room we stayed in faced west and as soon as it was light, I was smacked in the face with sun. But those are my ONLY complaints. Truly a cool hotel, great staff, comfy beds. Highly recommended.