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Sited on the south side of California’s Lake Tahoe, with views of the dramatic Sierra Nevada Mountains, Basecamp is the perfect place to take a breather after a long day of strenuous outdoor activity. Playfully decked out to resemble an actual mountaineering base camp, the 50-room lodging features ‘satellite office’ desks, gear racks to store mountain and lake paraphernalia, as well as a ‘Great Indoors Room’ complete with a green grass carpet, birch forest wallpaper and a canvas tent. Designed with attention to detail, the hotel offers modern, cosy rooms enhanced with witty artwork by local artist Wendy Macnaughton, and a warm colour palette of greys, stippled with bursts of eye-catching orange. The property also houses a communal eatery that serves global ‘mountain’ fare, comprising dishes such as Tahoe Mountain Chili and Swiss fondue. And in winter, we recommend the artisanal hot chocolates, such as the signature Basecamp orange-infused offering.

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4143 Cedar Ave
South Lake Tahoe
CA 96150


Lauren Ho is the former travel editor at Wallpaper*. Now a contributing editor, she roams the globe, writing extensively about luxury travel, architecture and design for both the magazine and the website, alongside various other titles. She is also the European Academy Chair for the World's 50 Best Hotels.