Arrivals & Departures The Great Indoors: 'Camping' with hotel-room comforts

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Love the idea of sitting around an open fire and sleeping under canvas, but not so keen on insects and inclement weather? Boutique hotel brand Basecamp may have the answer.

Basecamp's signature Great Indoors rooms at its properties in Colorado and northern California aim to emulate the atmosphere of camping without, you know, actually having to sleep outside. 

The Great Indoors rooms vary a little at each location; for example, at the Basecamp South Tahoe, at Lake Tahoe near the California-Nevada border, there's a "green grass" carpet, birch forest wallpaper, a canvas tent, chairs set around a crackling (electric) fire and even glow-in-the-dark stars.

At the nearby Basecamp Tahoe City in North Lake Tahoe, the Great Indoors room is set up for family holidays, with a separate Little Explorer's Basecamp with a bunk bed and canvas walls. 

There's an adjoining room with a tent for parents. To further help adults enjoy their break, the kids' room is within baby-monitor range of the hotel lobby and its fire pit. 

Meanwhile, the Great Indoors room at Basecamp Boulder in Colorado sleeps up to four people in sunken beds under the "stars", with a "faux fire pit" and camping chairs. 

If you'd prefer something a little more conventional, each of the three hotels also has regular guest rooms with custom-made mattresses and 300 thread-count sheets. 

Aiming to provide "an alternative to the cookie-cutter hotel experience", Basecamp's hotels also offer activities and amenities including ping-pong and a climbing wall (at Basecamp Boulder), fire pits and a rooftop hot tub (at South Lake Tahoe), and communal areas serving craft beers and a special hot chocolate likened to "fireside s’mores in a mug" (at Basecamp Tahoe City).

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