Hanging out at Basecamp
Lodging in any part of Lake Tahoe can get pricey, especially in the winter.
If you're in the mood for luxury, we got that covered in our review of The Landing but for those times when you want something a bit easier on the wallet we checked out Basecamp.
We nabbed a room on Black Friday for $89/night!
The concept of Basecamp is interesting. It's a renovated motel geared towards a younger crowd, so while it kind of has the feel of a hostel you don't have to deal with hostel accommodations. They target ski areas with locations in South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City and Boulder, Colorado.
The rooms have different styles depending on the type of accommodations you want, which you can check out on their site. The dog friendly rooms are all on the ground floor.
This is a no frills place. The rooms have basic accessories: bed, TV, fridge, an electric kettle and the bathrooms are outfitted with towels, shampoo, conditioner and body soap, but that's about it.
We stayed in early December. During the day it was between 30 - 40 degrees F while at night it would drop to 20 degrees. Being pretty husky (get it?) I was fine with the temperature but Mom needed to keep the heat on, at a reasonable temperature without killing me. She even let me on the bed so she must have been pretty cold! She slept with her thermals on too!
There's a restaurant as well that's open for breakfast and dinner. We stopped for dinner one night (I was allowed inside, leashed) and lending to the younger crowd, it seemed like there was a bigger beer menu than food menu. Food options were all different kinds of Brat, which I thought was pretty yummy. I even got a taste of one! They had a couple salads and side options too, but who wants a salad for dinner when it's so cold outside?! Don't eat here if you're looking for a dining experience, three-course meal or a healthy dinner option, which is A-OK by me, even though I do like to munch on lettuce.
There's also a campfire where you can roast s'mores but my humans weren't in the mood to sit outside. Pity. I can imagine during the busy ski season the campfire being quite lively. Depending on your needs, I could also see the liveliness being a downside, too, since you're on the ground floor and can hear everything outside, so just plan accordingly.
Location is key. Basecamp in South Lake Tahoe is right on the state line so you're near Heavenly basecamp and the casinos. We drove by the Tahoe City location as well and it's also centrally located in the main drag, near all the shops and restaurants. For us, nightlife is lowest on our priority list but the location is convenient to check out additional parks and trails that are closer to South Lake Tahoe. We typically start our day early, are outside exploring until dinner and then lounge in the room for the evening. This is where Mom prefers a bit more luxury since she likes to get comfy in front of a fireplace with some hot cocoa and watch tv.
What makes this place shine, though, is how friendly and accommodating the staff is. Everyone came to pet me and tell me how soft I am...I can't turn down a good ear rub.