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“Relaxed Vacation” 5 of 5 stars
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Basecamp South Lake Tahoe
Ranked #12 of 72 Hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Certificate of Excellence
Fullerton, California
1 review
“Relaxed Vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This was our first time staying at Basecamp and we loved it. The location was great, close to everything. We loved the friendly staff, especially Satchel and Mike. They were always ready to help. We had a room with four beds which was great for the five of us. And the balcony with the two chairs was awesome to relax and just take in the views. We loved the breakfast and the beach access. Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: I would pick a room on the second or third floor. The lower floors have no balconies.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Very friendly staff. We asked for early check in and they were super helpful getting us into our room so we could rest from a long trip. Room was very clean and cute. Comfortable bed and pillows. Centrally located, close to the stores, beach and restaurants. Beach pass included in nightly fee. Nice continental breakfast included, coffee was great. Room was well insulated and couldn't hear any noise from the neighboring rooms. Only down was the lack of A/C - very hot at night and had to leave the balcony door open to allow for air flow, which would have been fine except for the noise. All in all I would recommend it for a stay and will come back here in the future. Spent two nights here and very happy.

Room Tip: Ask for a top floor balcony room.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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20 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Basecamp hotel is a great choice for your stay in Lake Tahoe. It has all what you need to make you feel comfortable. Great bed, spacious room, nice bathroom, very clean and quite. It is more like an upgraded motel than a hotel, but still a very good choice if you are on a limited budget. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. The free breakfast is limited but convenient. The location is very central and within walking distance from all the attractions of town. I will certainly go back to Basecamp next time I visit Tahoe.

Room Tip: If you get a room with balcony, you will enjoy it.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank ari100
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Austin, Texas
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94 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Basecamp is conveniently located and a nice place. Liked the fire pit and bar. Happy hour had good prices. Kevin was a big help, nice guy. Get him a raise ! It would have been nice if it had AC. Hot in July. The rooms are small also.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Pacifica, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

First of all, let me say I really was looking forward to our stay here. So many great reviews, pictures were off the hook and it looked like it was going to be a great find. I was so disappointed...

First the pros: The hotel is cool. Our room was nice and clean. The patios, lobby and bar are fun and the jacuzzi and fire pits we're great. Bar is reasonably priced and the staff was great. It's a fun property with a outdoor lifestyle vibe. The location is fantastic, right near the Heavenly and Marriott activities and about three blocks from the beach. Overall, not a bad place.

Now the cons: NO AIR CONDITIONING. For $190 a night, I assumed AC. Yes, there was a ceiling fan and the desk provided an additional fan, but with all the fans running, I felt like I was sleeping in an airplane, which means I did not sleep well... Only one chair in the room and we had to use it to get the fan up to the window, so there are not many places to sit. The parking lot was small. This would not have been a big deal, but we had two cars and they only have room for one per room. Bring extra pillows, there were only two in our room for three of us. Breakfast was a basic continental - NO protein...

Bottom line: good location, fun hotel but not as comfortable as it could be. I can overlook the simplicity of the motel, but for the price, not having AC was a real negative for me. That said, it appeared to have a heater so a winter stay might be the best option.

Suggestions: Get an upper floor room so that when you open the windows you can get a cross breeze. The ground floor rooms are blocked by neighboring buildings and the air is too still and stuffy. Get a room with a balcony for a more enjoyable stay.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Amanda J, General Manager at Basecamp South Lake Tahoe, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
Dear jp4a,

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your recent stay with us. While it sounds like you enjoyed the hotel overall, I'm sorry to hear we didn't meet your expectations in a few areas. Unfortunately, we do not have AC. This is in part to reduce our impact and also because of the moderate daytime temps that rarely top 80 degrees and cool nights with temperatures in the 40's at our elevation of over 6,000ft. As you mentioned, we do provide both ceiling and floor fans in all the rooms to help improve circulation. In terms of parking, we are able to accommodate one car per room. Additional complimentary parking is available directly across the street at Harvey's. We also have plenty of extra pillows on hand, so please be sure to ask next time as we would have been happy to deliver as many as you would like to your room. All things considered, I really hope you will give us another chance the next time you are in Tahoe.
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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is our second stay at Basecamp. The interior and exterior decor is fantastic, outdoorsy with a Nor Cal vibe. All staff are excellent, lots of suggestions as to what to do, places to eat. On our first visit we rented a room with 2 queen beds. Above each queen bed there was a twin loft style bed, a great set up for larger families. On this visit we had a room with two full beds, fine but a bit smaller. The hotel has a very reasonably priced Happy Hour, fun to enjoy drinks out on their deck or up on the roof top deck. Bring your swim suit as there is a hot tub on the roof top deck! There is the option to purchase s'mores to grill on their outdoor fireplace.
Breakfast is included, they have delicious fresh items from a local bakery ( bagels, small croissants, various muffins and Danish pastries , juice, yoghurt granola, oatmeal, fruit, coffee and tea. We would definitely return when they open their new section of the hotel with the beer garden. Rooms do not have air conditioning but there was a ceiling fan and a large fan on a stand to keep the air circulating.

Room Tip: The rooms with a balcony seem to be larger.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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316 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Excellent location where you can walk to all of the attractions of casinos, & restaurants at the Heavenly gondola area which is very attractive. Entertainment of various sorts are also available for kids by the gondola. You can walk down to the lakeside beach. The staff were excellent, the fire-pit was lit dusk to 10pm & spa tub 10am-10pm, & a basic breakfast. You can rent a small fridge or put your food in their large commercial fridge. Bathroom good size, super shower & toiletries & immaculate. Comfortable bed, poor lighting. Our room was no. 109 which was on the ground floor in the corner & very dark. Didn't like position of our room, but others on 2nd floor with balconies were probably a lot better. At present the whole block at the front of hotel is being developed making it dusty & noisy during the day. The guests tended to be super-fit cyclists & walkers.

Room Tip: Rooms on first floor with balcony are much nicer than ground floor ones.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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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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