Basecamp Tahoe City
What We Love
- A downtown retreat designed for exploring the region's lakes, mountains and trails, with breakfastStaying in downtown Tahoe City, within five minutes of the lake
- Roasting marshmallows for s’mores over the outdoor fire pit
- Admiring the beauty of wintertime Lake Tahoe – a true winter wonderland
What To Know
- The lodge is within walking distant of the beach, bars and restaurants and central Tahoe City
- Trade in the drink token you recieve at check-in for a complimentary micro brew
- Free WiFI
When traveling to Tahoe, you’re wise to base yourself at Basecamp Hotel. This downtown boutique hotel is perfectly located for exploring all the region’s rugged scenery, whether you’re looking to check out the lake itself or the surrounding mountains. The first is a five-minute walk, and the second is a short drive away. You’ll be getting started on your next outdoor adventure in no time, whatever time of year you visit, since Tahoe is as beloved for its warm-weather offerings as it is skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.
You certainly don’t have to leave Basecamp’s grounds, however, to get a pretty good taste of what Tahoe’s about. That taste can be a literal one, if you choose to dine on the granola and fresh fruit at breakfast each morning. Plus, there are local micro-brews and wines to enjoy at the lobby bar, as well as nightly s’mores at the outdoor fire pit. You may have picked one of the best year-round resort towns in America as your vacation destination, but if you want to make your stay a truly memorable one, it’s all about that Basecamp.
Basecamp accommodations put a contemporary spin on rustic design motifs, with original art by Wendy McNaughton; there’s even a gear rack for storing your skis or hiking boots. Freshen up after a day outdoors in your bathroom, which houses a walk-in shower.
Tahoe is truly a vacation destination for all seasons. During peak months, you’ll find prime skiing and snowboarding conditions. The gondolas keep operating even after the snow melts, meaning that you can enjoy yet more panoramic views of the scenery in the warmer months, as well as hiking on the trails or waterskiing in the lake (five minutes away). We also recommend wintertime tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding and skating at Tahoe City Winter Sports Park, 10 minutes away, and fall, spring and summer mountain biking and zip-lining.
How to Get There
Typically, one only sees reviews where the author is ragingly impressed (5 stars) or really unhappy (1 star). I'm writing this review so that travelers to North Lake Tahoe can benefit from my "mediocre" experience at the Basecamp Inn, Tahoe City. Basecamp is a decent motel; it seemed clean enough, but because it is pet friendly, it certainly is not super-clean (especially if you have pet allergies). I'd call it mediocre in this regard. There is a view of Lake Tahoe from certain strategic locations on the property. It's not a bad view, but it's not great either, due to the property being across the street from the lakefront, causing the view to be partially obstructed by a CVS pharmacy and a US Post Office. I'd call it a mediocre view of the lake. Breakfast was complimentary and it was, you guessed it, mediocre. Granola in little Ball jars, and some hard boiled eggs were included. The eggs were not very fresh, but neither had they gone bad -- yep, mediocre. The staff had this sort of a California eclectic chic vibe -- mostly Millenials who neither hated nor loved their job, meaning mediocre hospitality. The check-in contract specified that checkout is at 11:00am sharp, unless a later checkout is negotiated with the front desk. So I tested it by asking for a slightly later checkout: 12:00pm. The front desk clerk said they never negotiate later checkouts (in contrast to the wording of the contract). At 11:05am on checkout day the front desk gave me a call to remind me that I needed to vacate the room, even though there was no cleaning staff in sight. This was a very courteous reminder, right? Or ... maybe not? Lastly, I recommend that you stay in the town of King's Beach if you have the flexibility; King's Beach is a great lakefront town, whereas Tahoe City is -- yep, you guessed it -- simply mediocre.
We appreciated that the staff was very helpful and friendly. The location is amazing and very convenient to so much in the area. The accommodations were just right. The bedding was nice and comfortable.
Bed and sheets good enough. Continental breakfast is like at Best Western, but very weak/bad coffee and those awful make your own waffles, very unhealthy, watered down batter even. Almost everything was sugar laden, except hard boiled eggs. It really shows that the owners are cheapng out with their food budget.
Most of the staff seemed uninterested and unengaged. Room smelled like cigarette smoke which is very bad for me, stained carpets. Location is very good, best thing about this motel, and they do have quiet air coolers in the room which sometimes can be difficult to find in older hotels in Tahoe, and so important on hot days. Overall, we would not stay here again, even at a good rate.