Hello Basecamp, A New Family-Friendly Boutique Hotel in Tahoe City

California’s Tahoe City was in need of an upscale accommodations brand in town, and the new Basecamp Tahoe City hotel is filling this void with fun year-round option for families with kids of all ages. The old Aviva Inn has been reborn as Basecamp, a 24-room boutique hotel located just across from the main Lighthouse Center shopping area and the shores of Lake Tahoe — super convenient for activities in all seasons.

This motel-style property has parking outside each unit and it’s seamless to get family members and sports equipment in and out of rooms. Basecamp Tahoe City is pet-friendly, a bonus for California locals who love to bring dogs to Tahoe, and it most definitely is kid-friendly too; there’s a suite created with them in mind. Here’s a look at what we like about Basecamp for families.

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The home-away-from-home lounge is set up for all-family chill time

Family-Friendly Hotel Review of Basecamp Tahoe City

The hub of Basecamp Tahoe City is the quirky, cozy outdoors-themed lounge with a small bar, a fireplace and both sofa and table seating so guests can spread out. It has a living room atmosphere where guests come to work, read, watch TV and just relax. The food and beverage offerings are limited but tasty (chili and grilled cheese, craft beer and wine) and it’s a welcoming place for pre- or post-activity downtime. We found parents camping out here after they put their kids to bed, which works because the property is small.

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S’mores-ready fire pit

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There’s an outdoor fire pit ready for s’mores and seating for temperate nights. Free continental breakfast is included in the nightly room rate. Coffee and hot chocolate are available throughout the day.

Guest rooms are simple but comfortable with quality linens, a work desk and a good-size storage area for luggage and sports equipment. The property’s signature Great Indoors room is ready for families, with a bunk bed and a “tent” for parents in the adjoining room. It’s an entertaining twist on glamping and little kids will get a kick out of the setup. This room is also within baby-monitor reach of the main lounge and fire pit.

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Room options for families include a “glamping” suite crafted just for them

The location could not be more ideal. During winter, world-class skiing is a 20-minute drive in either direction and snowshoeing is a short walk down the road. In summer, biking and hiking start right at the door and the lake is just across the street, as is Tahoe’s main beach and park with a wonderful playground.

Basecamp Tahoe City is a great value for families who want something affordable and fun in the area. Rates range from $129 to $269.

Relevant Links:

Browse all family ski vacation ideas and advice on Ciao Bambino

 An insider’s guide to Lake Tahoe’s ski resorts with kids

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Action-packed summer camp at Woodward Tahoe

Best Lake Tahoe hikes with kids

Editor’s Note: Ciao Bambino received a media rate to review Basecamp Tahoe City. As always, our opinions are our own on Ciao Bambino. Photos by Paul Dyer. 

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