We were planning a ski trip and booked Basecamp based on the great reviews on Tripadvisor and good prices on Hotels.com.
Conveniently located, near the casinos (next to Harvey's) and across the road from Heavenly Village, the hotel was easy to find. There's some construction going on across the road, so not the best view. It looks like most of the motels from the outside, but the lobby and room are very cozy and modern at the same time. Check in was easy. They charge $100 deposit which they take off when you check out. I had called for a room with a microwave and fridge, as it was mentioned that they could be requested, but apparently it's a $15 charge. They can fill up your cooler with ice.
The standard king room was spacious and had nice decorations to make it look more homey. The bed was comfortable on the more firm side. It only came with 2 soft pillows, so we got 2 extra pillows. There was plenty of closet space as well as as long desk and bench to put things on. The bathroom had a shower stall only, but the water was hot and the pressure was good. It had shampoo, conditioner and body wash that were decent quality. The sink had enough counter space and a hair dryer was provided. The heat worked well and there's a ceiling fan as well. Wifi connection seemed good. The walls and floors are a bit a thin, though, so you can hear people walking around with their boots. We stayed in the section further away from the lobby and the stairs were narrow and hallways weren't very well lit at night, so be careful.
The lobby was nice with couches that you can relax on and watch TV. The dining section is also part of the lobby, with a large communal table and 3 smaller tables in the bar area (beer and wine during happy hour). Breakfast was decent - small bagels, fruit, pastries, yogurt, granola, and oatmeal. Condiments included jam, peanut butter, cream cheese, as well as raisins and brown sugar for the oatmeal. There was tea and coffee, which you can also get during the day along with hot chocolate (There was a $2 charge during breakfast, but no charge in the afternoon/evening). They have the fire pit going outside so you can warm up in the afternoon/evening. The hot tub on top of the lobby building was nice after a day of skiing.
There was one staff member who seemed to have an attitude with us during part of our stay. It seemed that every time we asked for something (hot chocolate, ice, etc.) he acted as if we were inconveniencing him. Luckily the person who we had during check in was much nicer, especially since we were only staying for 1 night!
Pros: location, decoration, room comfort
Cons: some unfriendly staff, charge for microwave/fridge, no coffee maker in room, narrow stairs and dark hallways
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Block Hotel South Lake Tahoe
- Block Hotel Lake Tahoe
- Block Lake Tahoe