Hotel Review: Basecamp Tahoe South

In all my years of travel, I have never made it to Lake Tahoe until now! So, when I planned my career break road trip, I knew Tahoe had to be on the route.

When planning your Tahoe visit, you first have to choose between North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe. (How to choose?) Both areas have plenty of dog-friendly lodging options. Ultimately, I chose Tahoe South’s Basecamp Hotel for a change of pace from the long line of chain hotels I’ve been staying in.

Basecamp Tahoe South

Basecamp Hotels

Technically, Basecamp is a chain hotel…of 3. They have locations at Tahoe South, Tahoe City and Boulder, Colorado! Their mission is “to take under-appreciated buildings in great destinations and infuse them with soul to give an alternative option on the hotel landscape.” What does that mean? Vintage, travel-lodge style motels refreshed with a funky, hipster vibe. Very similar to the Trumbull & Porter Hotel where I stayed in Detroit.

Basecamp Tahoe South

Tahoe South Basecamp Location

The Tahoe South Basecamp is in a great location on State Line Road (albeit on the higher taxed California side!) and within walking distance to both Lake Tahoe itself and Lake Tahoe Blvd with shopping, dining and casinos. Most importantly for your ski trips, the Heavenly gondola is just a short stroll away.

Basecamp Tahoe South

While waiting for our room to be ready, Bailey and I walked over to the lake, but the beach there does not allow dogs, so plan accordingly. To find the dog-friendly Tahoe beaches, we ended up driving a bit. In any case, it was a nice walk around the neighborhood and a glimpse into glamour of Tahoe’s past. (The neighborhood is an interesting mix with several older motels that have not yet been renovated)

Tahoe South Basecamp Amenities

The unique details of the Basecamp hotel are evident the minute you walk into the lobby. The hotel has a heavy emphasis on shared space, with a great courtyard/beer garden and common areas in the breakfast area and the lobby.

Basecamp Tahoe South

Even the jacket for the room key was so thoughtful and detailed – an 8-fold pocket-sized brochure that includes a map, restaurant recommendations, tips for the best photo spots, hike and bike trails and a small animal & plant identification guide. So much info stuffed into a little packet!

The hotel includes a basic continental breakfast (bagels, waffle machine, juice and oatmeal) that is served in the “barn” where you can also purchase coffee and food throughout the day. At night, there are cocktails and live music to enjoy in the courtyard.

Basecamp Tahoe South

The courtyard features an Airstream (conference room), fire pits, sand volleyball and ping pong tables.

Basecamp Tahoe South

Tahoe South Basecamp Rooms

Much like the common areas, the rooms at Tahoe South Basecamp are decorated with  minimalist, hip decor. I loved the bedding and the tapestry/map hanging behind the bed. The bathroom was new and modern, and there was a small fridge and microwave in the room.

I had a “Pet Friendly Indie King” room. For families or groups, there are lots of room configurations including some rooms with bunk beds! Weekend rates range from $159 to $199, but appear to jump significantly during ski season and holidays.

Basecamp Tahoe South

Suggestions for Improvement:

  • Wifi – my biggest issue here is the unreliable wifi. If, like most people, you’re coming to Tahoe to ski or hike, and just plan to check social media, you’ll probably be fine. If you’re a travel blogger and plan to get any work done, expect to be frustrated. Internet is fast at times, nonexistent at others.
  • Recycling Options – this has been the biggest challenge for me while traveling full-time, so it’s not exclusive to Basecamp, but what happened to hotels including a recycling bin in your room? Offer your guests a way to feel like they’re being environmentally responsible.
  • Kick housekeeping up a notch – there were several little things that indicated the room hadn’t been thoroughly cleaned. Dusty nightstands, food bits on the counter, water left in the tea kettle, etc. The room wasn’t dirty by any means, but a little more attention to detail will go a long way.

Have you ever stayed in a refurbished vintage motel? Tell me where in the comments!

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I received a media rate in exchange for my review of the Basecamp Hotel. These are solely my personal opinions and I was not financially compensated for this post.

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7 thoughts on “Hotel Review: Basecamp Tahoe South

  1. This looks amazing and so glad you chose South Lake Tahoe away from allthe chain hotels. I love the rustic and communal feel of this place and would love to visit Lake Tahoe. My parents went on their honeymoon but I have nwver been. Looks amazing!! Thanks for a great post.

  2. Thanks for the review! I have two dogs myself so finding truly pet-friendly places is always a challenge. As a big skier, I’ve actually never been to Tahoe so think this needs to be top of my list!

  3. The number of animal friendly accommodations is sadly low throughout the world. It makes traveling with a pet so much more difficult than it has to be. I love that you found a place that was both good and enjoyable.

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