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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
interior property chair living room Fireplace Villa


A laid-back, perfectly located hotel walking distance from Lake Tahoe, with drink tokens and a s’mores kit

The Lowdown

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

Basecamp Tahoe City
955 North Lake Boulevard
Tahoe City, CA 96145 United States


4.0 Very Good 377 Reviews
Good but needs more staff
Reviewed 3 days ago

The hotel is well done with clean rooms and a good lobby. However there always seems to be some not minor problems: a broken room heater, the beer tap not working, no coffee maker. I understand the finances of running two hotels, SLT and this one with one manager but tahoe city needs more staff. It feels part time and the staff can’t keep up with the guest volume especially at breakfast.

Not Your Stuffy Corporate or Shoddy Low Budget Accommodations
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wanted to spend time with my family over the Thanksgiving holiday. Didn't want a corporate businesslike place to stay nor a dirty low budget "dicey" place to stay. I wanted fairly trendy not too upscale and up with the times. Basecamp fit just right with what I was looking for. All staff we spoke too were very friendly and accommodating. The lobby is the coolest place to hang out and chill with your group and a great place to meet new people. While we were there it snowed for about 3 days, it didn't slow us down. We "explored" everyday we were there, even in the rain and snow. We knew we had a comfy place to come back to and recharge for the next adventure. The back common room is also nice to kick back in with it's own TV, games and fire pit. There's even a long table there if you wanted to do the nasty four letter word... "Work" haha. If you reuse your linens you get a token good for a free drink in the lobby. We saved three of these and had a goodbye drink the night before we checked out. Stay here, you won't be disappointed.

Tahoe Getaway
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quick getaway. Staff Very accommodating. Brought our dog. No issues. Fire pits and beer on tap. Cozy lobby with fireplace and seating. Staff provided recommendation for local restaurant for take out pizza. Good relaxed Tahoe vibe.

Cute and convenient but noises all night long kept us awake
Reviewed 1 month ago

The hotel is cute and convenient, simple and clean, but this is the second time we were woken all night by loud noises turning off and on from something that sounds like a boiler room. Won't stay again unfortunately ...

Quirky but Clean and Affordable
Reviewed 2 months ago

The first thing to say about this hotel is that it is quirky, but it was a fun quirky. Our “refrigerator” was a full sized cooler, our “ice bucket” was a mini cooler, towels were hung on galvanized pipe with galvanized fittings, our “chairs” were beanbag cubes and a camping chair, the bedside tables were 1x1’s crisscrossed for “legs” with a flat, solid top. We asked for the least expensive room and were offered the disabled room, which is very near the lobby. We had a huge shower with a seat for in-shower bathing, no toilet seat top, and plenty of room, all of which (I am thinking) are ADA standards. The room was clean but sparse. We had to go to the lobby to get water glasses for tooth brushing and take the mini cooler there for ice. The lobby featured camping and surveying equipment for decorations. It had a two sided-fireplace with a large, communal table on one side and a sitting area with sofa on the other. They provided games in the lobby area and had a bar which served wine, several coffees, and the morning continental breakfast (cereal, hard boiled eggs, fruit, waffles, juice, coffee, tea, etc). Outdoors, there were two fire pits which are lit at night. At breakfast, the servers forgot to put out the syrup for the waffles and at all times, the bar was run very casually and not continually staffed. The hotel is located within walking distance to the shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe. If you don’t mind the quirky and the lack of amenities, this hotel is a clean, affordable option to the much more expensive rooms around town.