First of all, let me say I really was looking forward to our stay here. So many great reviews, pictures were off the hook and it looked like it was going to be a great find. I was so disappointed...
First the pros: The hotel is cool. Our room was nice and clean. The patios, lobby and bar are fun and the jacuzzi and fire pits we're great. Bar is reasonably priced and the staff was great. It's a fun property with a outdoor lifestyle vibe. The location is fantastic, right near the Heavenly and Marriott activities and about three blocks from the beach. Overall, not a bad place.
Now the cons: NO AIR CONDITIONING. For $190 a night, I assumed AC. Yes, there was a ceiling fan and the desk provided an additional fan, but with all the fans running, I felt like I was sleeping in an airplane, which means I did not sleep well... Only one chair in the room and we had to use it to get the fan up to the window, so there are not many places to sit. The parking lot was small. This would not have been a big deal, but we had two cars and they only have room for one per room. Bring extra pillows, there were only two in our room for three of us. Breakfast was a basic continental - NO protein...
Bottom line: good location, fun hotel but not as comfortable as it could be. I can overlook the simplicity of the motel, but for the price, not having AC was a real negative for me. That said, it appeared to have a heater so a winter stay might be the best option.
Suggestions: Get an upper floor room so that when you open the windows you can get a cross breeze. The ground floor rooms are blocked by neighboring buildings and the air is too still and stuffy. Get a room with a balcony for a more enjoyable stay.
- 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