I love this place, from concept to (for the most part) the execution. As others have said, what they have done is take an old 50s era motel and basically gut it and turn it into a great boutique property. But boutique might imply some sort of pretentiousness, which I don't mean to do. By boutique I mean unique, special, individual with great care to detail. All the way down to the carpet, which when you look at it actually looks like wood.
The staff is awesome with a special shout out to Daniel and Satchel. I was impressed from before I even arrived as since they had a cancellation they contacted me to see if i would be interested. They even offered me a discount (even tho it was sold out that night). Great start.
The rooms are very comfortable. The beds are soooo comfortable. The only thing I might add is a nice reading chair to the King rooms. The balcony rooms are terrific with views and have a nice Adirondack chair. I love the bathroom amenities and - and I know this is a small thing - I really like the shower dispensers instead of little bottles, as it seems much more ecologically friendly to me.
The best part though to me is the effort they've put in to creating a communal feel. Get people out of the rooms to meet other people and have fun. They have a great happy hour at their intimate bar. On Saturday night there were probably 20 of us meeting and drinking and having a great time. Then out of nowhere, in front of me appeared a DELICIOUS bowl of stew, that they had made and just brought out for me. It was DELICIOUS and just a great touch!
In terms of being communal, I met a GREAT family that was out for Spring break from Florida. We talked every day, the sons all go to Florida. This is to me is what make life and travel great. We've become friends - what a great plus from a trip!
The deck hot tub is awesome and at night the stars are so bright and the cool mountain air... it's heaven.
My hope is that the other small motels in this area follow their lead. Not because I want them to have competition but because I think a rising tide lifts all boats. If this area can be turned into a "district" it will thrive.
This is a terrific alternative to the big hotels or to the cheap motels. It was filled with fun people, both young and old... adventurers, free spirits etc... I may be waxing poetic here, but it's just so nice to experience this type of place with the added bonus of being in one of the world's most spectacular settings.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Block Hotel South Lake Tahoe
- Block Hotel Lake Tahoe
- Block Lake Tahoe