South Lake Tahoe

Basecamp Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • One of Travel + Leisure's Best New Mountain Resorts in 2013
  • It's hip, yet affordable
  • Free Wi-Fi, a rooftop hot tub & two fire pits for complimentary s'mores
  • Five-minute walk to the beach & to the gondola lift for rides to the slopes

Map & Directions

The hotel is an hour by car from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and there's free parking available.

Rooms & Rates

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Hip, funky and affordable, the Basecamp Hotel is a top boutique addition to the South Lake Tahoe scene. Opened in summer 2012 after a thorough overhaul, the hotel was named one of the Best New Mountain Resorts in 2013 by Travel + Leisure, and now rocks a summer-camp-chic vibe, with fire pits for nightly s’mores and a rooftop hot tub (open until 10pm).

The hotel is just five minutes on foot to the Heavenly Gondola lifts and to the private Lakeside Beach (where guests get free access). There are big-name casinos just across the road, and Heavenly Mountain Resort is a 10-minute drive away, where you'll find restaurants, a cinema and an outdoor ice rink (November-April). In warmer months, there's hiking in the Desolation Wilderness or on the Lam Watah Trail, and golf at the nearby Bijou Park and Zephyr Cove Park courses.

Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast are complimentary at the hotel, and s'mores kits are handed out in the lobby to toast over the fire. There's no on-site restaurant, but they do a communal dinner on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30pm (pre-bookings required, charges apply). There's also a small bar in the lobby, serving local microbrews, wine and gourmet hot chocolate, and the happy hour (daily, 3-6pm) is excellent, with half-priced beer and wine.

Cabin-style rooms have an outdoorsy theme -- think tent stakes for luggage racks, tarpaulins hung behind the bed as a headboard and camping motifs on the shower curtains. Fridges or mini bars aren't provided, but there's a cool box filled with ice to keep drinks chilled. Most rooms don’t have air conditioning, although they do provide fans (this is not uncommon in Lake Tahoe), and there are no elevators, so request a room on the ground floor if you have mobility issues.

From the press:
  • "Wes Anderson called -- he wants his set back. With their Coleman lantern-style lamps and other nostalgic camping artifacts, the comfy rooms manage coziness and kitschy chic without veering into twee or fussy (or depriving you of a flat-screen TV)" -- The New York Times



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Private beach
  • Roof terrace
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • Pet-friendly

Services Bike rentals are seasonal.

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bike rental
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Business center
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children ages 16 and under stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request).
Rates are based on double occupancy. Crib available free of charge for children under 2.
Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request. Charges will apply. Basecamp Hotel does allow pets in designated rooms. There will be a one time pet fee of $40 which applies to animals 50 lbs. or less. Please contact Basecamp Hotel directly for questions about pets over 50 lbs. Dogs must be attended to at all times and cannot be left alone in the room.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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