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“Comfortable + Charming Space, Friendly + Helpful Staff”

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Basecamp South Lake Tahoe
Ranked #14 of 66 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
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Eldorado Springs, Colorado
2 reviews
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“Comfortable + Charming Space, Friendly + Helpful Staff”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

My sister and I spent one night here on our way to the North Shore for the Tahoe Rim Trail Race. It was the perfect place for us to rest and get some solid sleep a couple nights before the race and definitely lived up to its claim as a great place for adventure seekers—we only wish we had more time there.

We were warmly welcomed upon our arrival (even though it was nearly midnight, the owner was still up and greeting guests along with his staff) and crashed in our room which was clean, thoughtfully designed and decorated, and super comfortable. The hotel hired artist Wendy MacNaughton to create prints and original works throughout the rooms and common spaces — even the "Do No Disturb" sign featured one of her drawings (full disclosure: I was already a fan of Wendy and her work so these details were an easy win for me).

We enjoyed cool, fresh air on our little deck with bright green Adirondack chairs when we woke, and got to see more of the space when we ventured down for breakfast. The homemade granola, yogurt, fruit and good coffee (and free wifi!) we found waiting for us were exactly what we needed to fuel up before heading out. The deck and common spaces for eating are clean, casual and inviting, and like the rest of the place, very comfortable.

I can't say enough good things about Basecamp—as a gateway to an incredible adventure and a place I totally fell in love with, it felt like a home away from home.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

This was truly the best hotel experience I have had. My wife and I stayed for two nights and had high expectations based on the press this hotel has been receiving. Here are the highlights:
1. Beautiful design both in the rooms and common areas. Unique, hip, cool but not over the top. The art in the rooms and in the bar is incredible and very original. The vibe is like no other hotel ive ever stayed at.
2. Beds and linens were unbelievable! We read some people had issues with the no AC, which I cant seem to understand. The temperature was around 60 degrees in the evening outside, so we just opened a window and turned on the fan. Slept like a rock. My wife loved the soap and shampoo stuff.
3. Staff (Christian and Robbie) were super friendly, young, and even had a smore with us by the firepit. fun experience having a beer, smores and hanging out with a few of the other guests.
4. Location: walking distance (like three blocks) from the lake, near the casinos (which we didn’t really hang out in much), and in the winter, will be about a couple minute walk to the heavenly gondola.

For the people looking for a ritz carlton, this isn’t your place. For those looking for a hotel with soul and attention to detail, bam, here it is. And the guests we met were cool, into hiking and mountain biking. We will most definitely be back.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fremont, California
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164 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2012

Pros:
New hotel, (renovated)
Close to bunch of activities.
Close to Stateline, Harrah's, Harvey's
2 queen beds are nice
Front desk people go out of the way to check on your activities and contacting the companies.
Private beach covered.
40% off on kayak, canoe etc
25% on lakeside grill
Continental breakfast
Campfire @ night
Surprisingly body wash soap was good, gingery.


Cons:
found some bugs in bed, told front desk, he said nothing.
Hair conditioner was not coming out of bottle, again front desk same reaction.
No pool
Very small hot tub.
No AC, but working fan.

Overall, still good.

Room Tip: Don't get room on the top floor, becomes very hot during summer.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Kansas City
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69 reviews
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

If you like great hospitality, a unique experience and meeting people then this is the place for you. The hotel feels like a cross between a boutique hotel and a hostel. Room was great, simple and clean but a little edgy. The worst case scenario handbook instead of a bible was pretty cool. Loved the commons area. A small on site bar with good beer and wine, tasty breakfast, and the ability to chat it up with travelers from all over. Can't wait to see more of these hotels in the future!

Room Tip: They have a variety of rooms and layouts. Pick one that suits you. We had 210 which was nice, but la...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sacramento,CA
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

This is an updated 1960's vintage motel. Nice rooms with a great theme. No microwaves, A/C, or elevators to the third level. All rooms overlook the parking lot.There is a great deal of light pollution.
Don't stay in a room near the fire pit which is attached to the office. Although this is a nice gathering area, management allows folks to party here well into the late night. I tried closing the window, but with the lack of A/C the room was very stuffy making sleep difficult at best. With the window open, the roar of the folks on the deck made sleep impossible. I figured they would close the area by 10:00 PM - boy was I wrong. I finally called the front desk at 11:45 PM and requested that they ask the folks on the deck to quiet down so we could sleep.
I do believe the next time I stay in South Lake Tahoe - It will not be at the Basecamp Hotel

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sacramento
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

It was a delight to be one of the first staying at this newly renovated motel. We enjoyed the very clean, pristine newness of everything!

There are so many unique details that make this motel special. We liked the silk screened canvas hanging by the beds and the original framed artwork on the walls. We LOVED the shower amenities of the pump bottles with separate shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Rather than the usual 3-ring binder that provides hotel information, they use a personalized clipboard with pages of information about restaurants and activities. A small cooler is provided as the ice “bucket” for the room and there is plenty of ice for all the guests.

The screened porch entrance and ceiling fan cooled the room nicely so we did not miss air conditioning during this unusually hot summer. Speaking of the porch, we lost track of time chatting on the private balcony while reclining in the Adirondack chairs. The beds were very comfortable and cozy and I don’t know why one review says the pillows were flat, because ours were not. The spa was very soothing after using the free beach pass to enjoy Lake Tahoe.

The s’mores are the best deal in town for dessert. For just $2.00 at the front desk, you get the roasting stick (must be returned, of course) and a bag containing ingredients for two s’mores. We chose to use the downstairs gas fire pit, but there is a second one upstairs near the spa.

The photos on the website do not do justice to the well designed/furnished lobby and eating area. The continental breakfast is given a “homey” feel by the use of ceramic dishware and real utensils. Choices included oatmeal, granola, bagels, blueberry bread (think BEST blueberry muffin in a loaf), coffee, orange juice, jams, peanut butter, cream cheese and yogurt. DELICIOUS!

Our only complaint is that we don’t have vacation coming soon enough to go back right away!

Room Tip: Request/upgrade to a balcony room.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

We bought the Living Social voucher for our first time to Tahoe and didn't really know what to expect when we arrived. Upon arriving, I was a little wary of the "motel" look of the hotel, but any misgivings I might have had were immediately gone after check-in. The lobby area is a great meeting area with a very modern, minimalistic feel about it -- the leather couches are ridiculously comfortable and the decor sets the mood perfectly for a woodsy adventure.

Our room smelled clean and we were pleasantly surprised to find that the bed was like sleeping on a cloud -- I am unable to sleep without a wall of pillows around me and the housekeeper brought me extra pillows as soon as I asked. Another reviewer negatively mentioned that there was no air conditioning, and while that was true, we found that it was perfectly fine to leave our balcony door open with the screen door and curtains shut and our room stayed pretty cool throughout our stay. The room was very large and had plenty of room -- there was free Wi-Fi (a real perk these days), which was absolutely necessary for me as I had to take a conference call for work in the morning. Our room had a partial view of the mountain and while it was unfortunate that there is construction across the street, we still felt like we were in serene surroundings.

On our first night, we came back to the hotel after exploring around town and were greeted by Robbie and Dan in the lobby. They immediately engaged us in conversation and offered us s'mores for the firepit outside and a few bottles of beer to make up for not having their bar installed yet (we weren't even expecting a bar, so we were stoked about the free beer!). Dan gave us some great suggestions for less tourist-y beaches and where we could find a good rum bar on the beach. While we were outside at the fire pit, we were able to chat with other hotel guests and Dan even came out to hang out for a bit when there was some downtime.

We were so impressed with the service and hotel amenities that we decided to stay an extra night on top of our two-night Living Social deal. We were fully expecting to pay full price for the extra night, but Christian, the manager, was kind enough to give us a 20% discount as a "Returning Guests" -- I think we may have been the quickest Return Guests that they'd ever seen!

The continental breakfast was quite tasty and Kelly makes a mean soy latte at the coffee bar. The entire staff of the Basecamp Hotel was delightful in every way possible, and we were so impressed from the beginning through the end of our stay by their continual commitment to providing outstanding service to all of their guests. There was some trouble with the hot tub while we were there, and Christian made sure to fix it so that we could use it and came up to check and make sure it was still working multiple times. It is people like this that truly make a vacation great -- thank you so much to Kelly, Christian, Dan and Robbie for the phenomenal stay!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Basecamp South Lake Tahoe
Address: 4143 Cedar Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6952 (Formerly Basecamp Hotel)
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Location: United States > California > Lake Tahoe (California) > South Lake Tahoe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#7 Romantic Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#8 Business Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
#12 Family Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Basecamp South Lake Tahoe 2.5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Basecamp South Lake Tahoe is a hotel built for exploring the incredible lakes, trails and mountains that the Lake Tahoe Basin has to offer. Basecamp combines the comforts of a great hotel with the sense of adventure and community found at a an expedition base camp. Basecamp is located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, steps from the mountain and minutes walk from the lake. Become an instant local at Basecamp. ... more   less 
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