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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
Basecamp is just another South Lake Tahoe rundown strip motel with bright colored paint. They're great marketers but sadly fail to deliver on the promise. Room was dirty, the shower in the room above me was leaking into my ceiling, more like a hostel than a hotel.
Plenty of amenities, very laidback vibe. Love the common area, multiple fire pits and they have two hot tubs! Thanks for the great weekend! Haven’t been to South Shore in the fall, it was a great time to visit!
Rooms clean, staff friendly and easy check in. Nice areas to hangou but I was a little disappointed that the Brewery was closed during my stay. Coming with a pet is pricey. Rooms are $30 more + $40 pet fee
We had the camping indoors room with the tent over the bed, forest wallpaper and fake fireplace. Very cute and fun, we really enjoyed it.
The brewery attached was fun with love music every night and bonfires going. The smores kits cost extra.
Walls were a bit thin and continental breakfast could have a few more options.
Staff was great and the location is in the busier part of town.
for the price we paid, the room was small and was very uncomfortable to stay in. room stayed HOT. thermostat was put to the lowest setting. the fireplace pilot light must be turned off for the room to be livable. regarding the breakfast, what a joke, not thing to rave about... recommend to plan ahead and look for a resto.