The hip folks behind Basecamp converted two 1950s motels into a seriously cool South Tahoe stay. Inspired by mountaineering camps, the frightfully good-looking hotel concept takes the vintage stylings of Ace Hotels, smashes it together with some pioneer-spirit-cool, drips it with a slick minimalist colour palette and serves it all up to adventurers who know better. There’s quirky bits of furniture, including wood-panelling and a 10-foot reclaimed wood table to eat “family style” at, plus individual artworks from San Francisco-based artist Wendy MacNaughton.
Rooms are decorated with deep, Tahoe-blue hues and punctuated by pops of lime green, reclaimed wood walls and shelving, and the occasional ornamental camp lantern. Facilities include a flat-screen cable TV and private bathrooms with ample toiletries. Room balconies face the mountains or the Nevada casino's, as the hotel is located on the stateline avenue.
Other amenities include a energizing free breakfast. It is a 5-minute walk to the Heavenly Mountain ski area gondola and bike storage and a workbench for waxing snowboards are available. There is an intimate coffee shop-slash-bar, two fire pits and a mountain-view rooftop hot tub.
• 50 rooms
• Hotel opened: 2012
• Unique: “The Great Indoors” suite features a tented bed, forest wallpaper, picnic table and faux fire pit.
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