We (2 adults + 1 dog) stayed 1 night in the 2 Fulls room as summer was heating up (85+ degree days). We were on the first floor, no balcony and no view.
We arrived very early, so even though I knew that check-in was at 4pm, we decided to see if our room was ready or would be soon before heading to the beach. I was told no and that it wouldn't be ready until 4 because they had been completely booked the night before. But I was offered "priority" and told they would call me if it was ready early. Pleased, we decided to take advantage of the short walk to the beach - only to discover when we got there that dogs weren't allowed. So we walked back to the car and drove to the next beach over that does allow dogs. We were tired, so returned to the hotel shortly after 3 we were told "oh yeah, the room's ready." Never got a call. Some priority. We tried a different hotel for our next (and final) night. Besides that, here are my pros and cons (the cons were not a big deal to me, but I mention them because they might be a deal breaker for someone else):
Very close to Heavenly Village shopping/restaurants, casino, Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and (no dogs) beach (Note: you get a voucher from the hotel for the beach)
Clean & maintained room
Quiet - either thick walls or we had quiet neighbors
Free wi-fi (seemed a decent speed, but I only used it from my phone)
No A/C - we were okay with the 2 fans and windows open, but I could see it getting very hot
No swimming pool
Only about 20 TV channel options
Small shower with so-so water pressure
No power outlet near bed unless you unplug the lamps or clock (a little annoying because I like to charge my phone within reach)
The bagels and pastries offered at the complimentary breakfast were bland and dry (and no fruit??)
Additional amenities we didn't partake in: evening fire pits with s'more kits (for a fee), bar, rooftop hot tub
Conclusion: Definitely a nice and clean place to stay if you plan to spend almost all of your time outside the hotel room itself, but make sure you can stand the heat if you go at the peak of summer. If you want to bring a dog, make sure you're staying at least a few days, otherwise the $40 pet fee isn't worth it. Seems to be ideal for those with sports equipment, as they have space outside your room to keep equipment; otherwise, personally, for the price I would like a few more comforts besides cleanliness - after all, the neighboring hotels obviously offer the same location benefits. So if you would too, I suggest looking elsewhere.
- 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