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
The Basecamp Hotel is a perfect home base for South Lake Tahoe adventures! Campy details like lanterns and plaid wool are complimented with fire pits + s'mores beneath the twinkly lights.
Our family-friendly room has a queen bed and bunk bed for the little one! Fun extras like complimentary coffee, cocoa and breakfast are included. It's an easy 10-minute walk to the Heavenly Village gondola and restaurants.
Great family (and wallet!) friendly hotel!
Clean and comfortable room. Nice decor. Good value and great location. On CA/NV border. Close to casinos, beaches, restaurants, and Heavenly Village. Really enjoyed my stay. Will be back in the future!
My kids like staying here because of the rooms, s'mores, and the big hot tub. The complimentary breakfast is enough for us to get our day started. We liked that we were able to walk to the gondola and the nearby shops.
Basecamp South Lake Tahoe. Design and comfort of hotel is awesome:
- Warm room with heater
- Provided pack&play for baby
- Super welcome staff
- Free hot tea everywhere
- Stylish playground with fire and seats
The staff is friendly and helpful, the hotel has 2 bars where you can get beers and hang out by the firepits. It also has breakfast available in the mornings - coffee, tea, waffles, boiled eggs, toast, oatmeal and maybe something else? really yummy.I've stayed here before and it's been great. However, this time when we arrived at check in time (or even about 30mins after) we were unable to get into our room with the provided keys. So i ran back to the office and they issued me a new set. It still wouldn't open, so we called down and they sent someone up.when the maintenence guy used his key to open the door he waved me to go in first, so i did. imagine my surprise when some dude jumps off one of the beds and wobbles out past me. apparently one of the staff members was having a nap in our room.the staff was cool- had housekeeping come up and change the sheets, sent us a bottle of wine- but i honestly expected management to contact us and explain why that man was in our room and assure us that it would never happen again. it creeped me out to be sure.Also, our other friend had to wait about 90mins (after checkin time) because his room wasn't ready. the said they would give him free drinks, but i don't remember if they did or not.so definitely some kinks to work out, but overall i'd probably go back.i do wish they weren't so kid friendly- those buggers wake up early and the parents let them run wild and loudly all over!!!