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“Cozy hotel with decent service” 4 of 5 stars
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Basecamp South Lake Tahoe
Ranked #12 of 72 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
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San Francisco, California
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92 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Cozy hotel with decent service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

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

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Amanda J, General Manager at Basecamp South Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear Itsao01,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences from your recent stay! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed our convenient location, decor, cozy lobby and communal spaces. We currently offer one suite that is equipped with a microwave and mini refrigerator, though we are happy to put them in any room upon request for a one time $15.00 charge, based on availability. Please know we are also getting ready to begin an expansion project for the hotel that will allow us to offer additional rooms already equipped with microwaves and fridges later this summer. The construction across the street is also expected to be completed this summer, which is exciting as it will offer several new shopping and dining options within easy walking distance of the hotel. I was disappointed to hear that you had an issue with a staff member as we certainly never want our guests to feel like an inconvenience. Please accept my apologies, and I hope you will keep us in mind the next time you're in Tahoe!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

We've been traveling all the way from Alaska and decided to avoid the usual motels and try out this one because of some reviews. I wasn't disappointed. We had 2 small dogs. They had a policy for just one but they counted both of mine and charged for one. My 2 year old was highly entertained by the cute lamp, little plastic house for the tissue and the pebbles along the hallways. Loved the theme of grays and greens and art work. Beds comfy. Complementary soaps smelled all
natural. Loved the design choices in every bit of the room all the way to the toilet paper roll holder. Complimentary breakfast was simple but tasted fresh. Bagels and Danish were obviously freshly made from somewhere. Couldn't really enjoy the bar or interact with other people but my 2 year old enjoyed climbing the antique couches at the lounge. He almost toppled an expensive looking lamp but everyone was friendly. Would love to stay here again and see more of S. Lake Tahoe. Hopefully construction on front of the hotel will be done. Compared to the surrounding small hotels in that area? This one is a gem.

Stayed March 2014
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Amanda J, General Manager at Basecamp South Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Thank you for the fantastic review! I'm so glad you and your family loved the design and vibe of the hotel! The construction across the street is an extension of Heavenly Village that is scheduled to be completed later this summer and will provide several additional shopping and dining options. We would love to have you stay with us again so you can check it out the next time your travels bring you to Tahoe!
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I am so glad I stayed at the Basecamp Hotel in south shore recently. Normally my family and I only stay at the casino hotels, but they were very pricey for the holiday weekend. The Basecamp was very very reasonably priced, and a huge incentive was that they were dog friendly! Their dog policy was 50 lb weight limit and $40 fee, not bad.

I'll start by saying that I work in architecture, so this place was right up my alley. Everything about this hotel was well thought out - from the design of the lobby, breakfast/bar area, and the little touches in the hotel room. It's not that it feels expensive or out of place, it's just very comfortable, hip, and almost humorous. My favorites included the orange Emeco navy chair in the room, the graphic print of a deer "no deer were harmed in the making of this deer", and the steel pipe towel racks. It had so much character compared to a typical chain motel/inn.

The staff were very welcoming and friendly - not snooty or "too cool" for us. Happy hour everyday brought a lot of the hotel guests out to mingle over beer and smores - a really nice way of bringing people together. Complimentary breakfast included fruit, oatmeal, bagels, juice, and coffee - just the right amount.

Some reviewers complained of noise on the first floor. The only thing that was a little disruptive was people in ski boots walking up and down the stairs in the morning. But this didn't happen during sleeping hours so it really was negligible.

The Basecamp Hotel won me over - I will stay here every time I'm in Tahoe. Such a cool place.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

There's a lot of Motels in South Lake. Typical "L" or "U" shaped affairs; 2 story, parking in the center, exterior hallways, office out front, Motel 6 style. They all mostly suck. Good only for teens and "Bros" looking for cheap digs they can share while skiing or partying. I was young once too and stayed in my share but neither i, nor my wife, would be caught dead in one now. Basecamp took one of these old affairs and spent good money on a quality renovation about a year and a half ago and did a really nice job of it. We stayed only 1 nite while we skied South Lake and gambled and enjoyed the stay immensely. The interiors are brand new. The bed was fantastic. The overall interior and exterior design of the remodel was super fun and tastful and really had a sense of place. The free breakfast is the typical layout but the coffee there was actually good and hotel coffee is almost always terrible. Theres beer and wine in the hotel "Bar". A great Fire Pit on cold nights. A Hot Tub (which we didn't use but looked pleasent) Depending on your purpose for being in Tahoe the location might just be ideal. It's right in the center of So. Lake. Just off of Stateline and a short walk to any of the big 4 Casinos, the Raleys center or Heavenly's Gondola. That said, it was a very quiet stay as well. Staff was super nice. We would definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Suisun City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

My family and I stayed two nights at the Basecamp Hotel and it was wonderful. The staff are all very friendly, and accomadating. As there has not been much snow they suggested a couple places that the kids could go to and just play in the snow. It is in walking distance to the Heavenly gondolas which is great so you don't have to worry about parking.

The hotel is very cute and the room we stayed in was a family room with bunkbeds which the kids loved. I don't believe there were many people staying, so everything was very quiet. The breakfast is great! Also we did the smores at the fire pit and it was a lovely time. I would definitely recommend this hotel and stay here again !

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Amanda J, General Manager at Basecamp South Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
Dear Heather M,

Thank you for the awesome review! I am so glad you and your family enjoyed your recent stay with us! Our Family Rooms featuring twin bunk beds lofted above queen beds are always a hit with kids. Although we don't have as much snow as we would like, there are still lots of great winter activities to enjoy in Tahoe. Thanks again, and I hope your travels bring you back this way soon!
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Livermore, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We went during off season in 2013 and experienced October snow. The hotel seems at about 1/3 occupancy and was pretty quiet.

We spent quite a bit of time in the front lounge and bar area just soaking up the fireplace and wifi while enjoying drinks. The front desk folks were full of suggestions if needed.

You are quite literally one building away from the state line and a walk into the back door of Harvey's is super super super close.

No bathtub was the biggest downside to the room. The decorative funny 'headboard' tapestry was fun to look at.

Room Tip: If it is low occupancy time - ask to be put separate from other people. We could hear the kids next...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Amanda J, General Manager at Basecamp South Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
Dear Tina & Rob,

Thank you for taking the time to share your thought s about your stay with us. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed our convenient location, our cozy lobby and the cool, quirky artwork in the rooms. Please know that we do have some rooms with bathtubs, so be sure to ask the next time your travels bring you back this way!
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Newcastle, Australia
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Stayed here over the Xmas period.

Great location, friendly helpful staff, clean comfortable rooms and great decor.

Casinos are a short stroll as is the town and lake.

The only suggestion I have is to have a bar fridge in the rooms.

Other than that, great stay and will definitely return!

  • Stayed December 2013
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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:
#5 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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