A new base camp for your Tahoe South adventures

By: Renelle Pinero

Less than a block from the Tahoe South casino core and across the street from Heavenly Village, there is a place where campsite meets resort, the Basecamp Hotel.

I’d heard about this place recently and did some research online. Here’s what I found:

“The amenities appeal to a range of ages and interests in any family or group.”Time.com

Jay-Z’s culture blog, Life+Times, called it an “active getaway.”

And New York Times Travel said, “The concept is to embody the spirit of a traditional base camp — where mountaineers swap equipment, advice and war stories before expeditions — with a modern, eco-chic touch.”

I checked it out for myself last weekend and couldn’t believe I didn’t know about it sooner!

What I really like about Basecamp is the design. From the outdoor lantern decor to the quirky Tahoe artwork above each bed, you can tell a lot of attention to detail was put into creating a one-of-a-kind hotel. Each room is arranged to make travelers feel they have their very own hideout area after a day of exploring Lake Tahoe.

Basecamp Hotel Interior

They also have some cool options for different travelers. You can get away and explore on your own or bring your friends for a weekend of skiing and clubbing. I don’t know any other hotel in Tahoe that offers a room that sleeps eight, another room with two bunks or a private room featuring a built-in tent and electric campfire set.

The hotel also has community dinners three nights a week at a large dining table. For a small fee, guests are invited to meet other travelers over a home cooked meal. They also gather around the outdoor fire pits to share stories, drinks and s’mores.

There is a real sense of community among Basecamp visitors. The public areas remind me of a friend’s old mountain home. There is an intimate corner bar as well as rustic fireplace and lounge area. The hotel is a cozy place to relax and recharge, or to get ideas for your next adventure.

I definitely recommend Basecamp for an unmatched hotel experience.

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