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
Room smelled horrible, went to the front desk and they said that's what you get when you stay in a petroom. I've stayed in multiple petrooms this was the worst I have stayed in. Location is great tho.
I went her as a sisters trip and were ensured we had a great stay here at Basecamp. The rooms were very clean and the staff members were nice. We had a problem with our room, but it got settled and cleared quickly.
The room was spacious, clean, quiet and peaceful. The manager was wonderful and solved our parking problem immediately. We also love the camping decor and family atmosphere. This is our second time staying here and we will definitely be back.
The mattress is pretty bad. My wife and I had to split up because the mattress was very uncomfortable. Also, they don't fill up the soaps in the shower. This happened last year and this year. We had to keep pumping the soaps until enough came out to wash our hair.
Loved loved the vibe of this place and I felt very at home. Almost like camping in the city. I did not, however, like the location. But I think that had more to do with my preferences. I prefer being a little further from casinos and the city.