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Ahwahnee Lodge > $600 per night, beautiful,upscale lodge...lots of tourist traffic, very expensive Yosemite Lodge > $350 per night, lots of tourist traffic, old government like track housing buildings, not exactly a beautiful place...but def very functional, but still very expensive for you what you get...this place does not give you the cozy, big lodge like the Ahwahnee Essentially the two above places are about 1/2 mile from each other on the valley floor pretty much in the same complex. Their biggest perk is they have yo staying down in the valley in the middle of one of the most scenic views on the planet...and they make you pay for that view. Remove them from the valley floor and you might expect to pay $200/$75 respectively in any other city. Now for the Tenaya Lodge. Its a better version of the Ahwahnee but just not on the valley floor. It is located about half way between the south entrance and the valley floor. And its cheaper than the ugly and uninviting Yosemite Lodge. at about $280 per night. It is exactly what you would want a big lodge to look like, cozy, entrance and grand room decor made from big trees (very similar to Ahwahnee)...and it also has private house-like cabins with gas-only fireplaces that are very well kept (which is where we stayed). Not a true fireplace but big flames and fireplace heat at the end of a long hiking day is a really nice atmosphere to relax in. The Tenaya offers room service to the cabins and has 3 decent restaurants (in the Lodge) to choose from....it also puts you close to Wahana (further into the park) and the South Entrance giving you additional dinning options that you WON'T have staying down in the valley floor (unless you want to drive 1.5 to 2 hours to eat) For those of you that "need" to stay on the valley floor consider this: no matter what or where you go, you will be driving. To get to the valley floor you must drive about 45min. Thus to drive out...to get to the other park locations, you must also drive 45min out. So to stay in the valley floor, aside from the awesome view, offers no additional convenience. Everything is about 1 hour from everything else...every water fall, every trail, every scenic view. So...even if you decide you want to stay at the very expensive Ahwahnee or the shabby Yosemite Lodge you must still drive at least an hour to get to anywhere else: Mariposa Grove, Toulumne Grove, Glacier Point, 2 hours to Toulumne Meadows, etc. The drives from Tenaya are more for some and less for others. Everything in the Park is expensive. Just know this going in...and get over it. Remember, most of these places are closed during certain portions of the year and shipping to these remote locations certainly isn't convenient or cheap thus all their prices reflect this. Bottled water: $4.00. Banana: $1.50 6-pack beer: $10+ ...you get the point. Gas though isn't much more expensive than outside the park. Thus again, Tenaya is the best bang for the buck. In contrast to everything else offered in the park, there really aren't any negatives. Everything must be taken in context...and that being said Tenaya is pretty top notch place that doesn't break the bank. The ONLY personal disappointment for us is we truly wanted a real fireplace burning real wood in our cabin...not a gas. This is a personal thing for us and not a negative on Tenaya. Tenaya...nor Yosemite...can afford another massive forest fire started by embers blowing from a chimnee...or a cabin burning down. We get the hazard...just bummed about it. On last note, the 3 restaurants didn't really have a diverse menu's from one another. It's all the same kitchen and for the most part you could order anything from any menu at any restaurant. Each restaurant offers a different feel...but if you do room service, all three menus are collapsed into a single menu thus you would never know these were three separate restaurants. A minor if not an issue at all...but for some if you are trying to do a romantic get away then your dinning experience is important. But most aren't in Yosemite for exclusive romantic get-a-ways.
We like the staff, they were all friendly. It was a great resort to travel with a group with little kids. We stayed at the Cottage. Furnitures are dirty and old. It would be a lot nicer if there was hair dryer inside the changing room of the pool area. it was kind of cold to travel back with wet hair.
Excellent facility. Exceeded our expectations. Good location. Nice staff and good food. Bathroom set up a bit odd. Balconies would be nice.
Everything was magnificent!!
As you approach, the Tenaya Lodge looks inviting. Oversized, rough-hewn beams, stone fireplaces, and a large "great hall" feeling in the lobby. The staff are friendly. My wife and I booked a weekend at the Tenaya Lodge as a romantic getaway. We were unpleasantly surprised. A few things to know before you go: (1) The "spa" is crap. Sauna/steam rooms are separated by gender. The sauna was merely warm (140 F); the steam room had no steam, was dirty, and smelled strongly of an old sponge. (2) Don't book a cottage. The 'cottages' are really just cheaply-built condos. Our neighbors' kids were thumping up and down the stairs all night. (3) Bring your own food. Their offerings are nothing special and ludicrously expensive (a hot cocoa and a cup of tea came out to $10).
A great base camp for exploring the many offerings Yosemite has to offer.
We heard our neighbors conversations as clearly as if we were in the room with them. We heard the tv, the kids across the hall, the guests outside at the bar (4 stories down) and when the bar closed the party came up to the rooms and we could hear the drunk shouting and music until late into the night. Even if you are a night owl, be aware that the sounds start back up in the morning. Don't stay here if you expect a good night's sleep.
Cozy cottages with more privacy and "with nature" feel surrounded by lush pine trees. Was nice to wake up to the light snow and lower temperatures-- a beautiful view. Balcony was a good place to step out and relax, take it all in. Fireplace was a nice touch. All with the convenience of a short walk to the amenities of a hotel. Food choices were limited and a bit pricey, but given where you are, it's expected. We dined at the timber lodge pizzeria twice. Salad bar was a hit! Fresh with good variety. Pizzas weren't bad either. Good for families with children!!
Comfortable, Newly finished rooms Large Stone fireplace in lobby Organized Activities Proximity to Yosemite Dining on-site Early evening hot chocolate in lobby Indoor pool and hot tubs Adult only hot tub option We had connected with hotel day prior to arrival Was asked for arrival time which we said ~3:30pm Published check-in was at 4pm However, room wasn't ready until almost 6pm Missed some activities on first day as couldn't change into snow clothes in time for sledding Some rooms are not upgraded Lobby is small for amount of guests Would have been nice to have one to two more carved out sledding hills. Need a formal roof/breezway between hotel, ice-skate rentals, and skating rink; You get soaked if it's raining. The little umbrella doesn't cut it. More organization around booking sleigh rides Sleigh rides were all booked up when we checked in
Very nice location. Staff at restaurants, bit amateurish. need professional training.
We stayed in the cottages and found them well appointed and a great design to get 3 rooms in 1 house. Lightly staffed in March so was difficult to get anyone to answer the front desk phone.
homemade breakfast was awesome. better than 3 star hotel breakfast. i believe i had made a great decision to stay this place cus I couldnt see any better place while I was driving the area. The Inn was located very close to the south entrance means you dont need to drive extra 25 to 30 miles. The room was very clean and quiet. I hope other people also enjoy their stay at this place. It is my first writing review after the trip. nothing.
This place COULD be cool in the summer, when things are actually open. Still nothing special, though. I booked the place since they advertised a hot tub and a cool-looking bar and restaurant. When we got there we were told all of those things were closed for the season. We tried to get a partial refund because of the false advertising but they were uncooperative.
Less than 5 minutes away from South Entrance to Yosemite
close to yosemite NP and close to businesses in Oakhurst. Rooms need updating, layout of rooms is tricky.
The hotel was close to Yosemite which is why I came to the area. It was close to many restaurants and stores. So you had a wide variety of types of restaurants to choose from. I traveled alone but felt very safe in the area. The staff was very friendly and answered all my questions to my satisfaction. They really made my stay very pleasant. Wonderful staff both in the check in area and restaurant and bar located on the premises. The room was clean and quiet. The lobby was lovely and welcoming.
Great natural feeling landscape with beautiful view. Down in center of town within walking distance of many points of interest. On-site dining was disappointing but not a problem with many eateries nearby.
Room size, open feel, great location, ambiance, large and comfortable king beds, spacious bathroom, scenic location, friendly staff.
The room accommodations and staff were excellent as was (surprisingly) the food at the hotel restaurant. Access to room was awkward since hotel is built on a hillside. Proximity to main part of Yosemite is deceiving. Although only 15 miles from southern park entrance it is another 26 miles to the main "valley" of Yosemite on a winding mountain road taking a total of 90 minutes. Excellent place to stay if only taking one day to see Yosemite highlights and driving through from the northern Mariposa entrance.
The staff were very accommodating. Room was spacious and had all the amenities. Great location! The only negative - pillows were not comfy.
Rooms were great. Lobby is excellent. Location is good. over all excellent. I did not quite like the restaurant staff. Sorry I am having to say this.
The staff were accommodating and friendly. I was running in an event before continental breakfast would have been available so they packed me a goodie bag so I would have something to eat. They also accommodated a late check out for me so that I would be able to shower after my run before my long drive home.
Beautiful grounds, well landscaped, beautiful lobby, comfortable bed, cool murals of Yosemite in room and lobby, balcony was a plus, dinner at restaurant right next door was excellent for the price. Pool was too far away, the whole property is on a hill and the pool is all the way at the top.
Close to highway 41 and Yosemite. The heater was very loud. Several times woke up to turn it off due to rattling and clicking sounds. Otherwise nice hotel, HOWEVER......woke up in the morning to our gas cap on the ground. Someone had syphoned over half a tank of gas outfoxed our expedition! That's ALOT of gas. We called the office, no security cameras and their 1 security guard happened to be off that night. Worst part is...they were aware. Staff response was "ugh! Again?! Havened to 5cars yesterday! It's a problem we have". Really? No notification to your patrons? No extra effort for increased security. Not ONE SIGN of "park at your own risk. Not responsible for loss or damage". No notice on any paper or receipt and no verbal communication. Spoke with manager who blew it off. Complete lack of customer service or even sense of responsibility. At least make patrons aware. We will not be back.
The hosts are wonderful, with great advice on places to see when you don't have a lot of time. Our room was extremely comfortable and spacious, with a sitting area and fireplace. This is a great place to stay if you're going to explore the Yosemite area.
Charming, beautiful, and such wonderful service. We will definitely come back again and again. Nothing. I couldn't come up with one complaint. It was a perfect stay.
About the best deal you're going to get without paying the premium to stay within Yosemite. Hotel is about 1 hour's drive from the main lodge in Yosemite Valley. Bed and room was comfortable after a day of hiking. Amenities were so-so, but I only needed the bed for the night. I left too early to try the breakfast so can't say anything about the food.
Easy access to car Shower stall did not drain well
Great location, convenient. Comfortable. Beautiful view of forrest. Housekeeping didn't come either day dispite having the Service please plaque up. The first day they left a note that they couldn't make the beds due to personal items on them. That's fine, but they also didn't refill the coffee items or towels. The next day, we were sure to clear off the beds, but no one came. We ran out of toilet paper and I had to go up to the office to get supplies. No one took any responsibility.
Good value for the money. Friendly staff at the reception. Breakfast area a little small, but staff is very fast to respond with filling and cleaning. Overall very good experience.
Th price was reasonable. Most Comfort Inn's are HOTELS this is a motel, which is not terrible. Just not real comfortable with that traveling alone - I will look closer the next time I book. Check in was slow and less than welcoming. When asked where If I wanted a room upstairs or down I said I did not care. Then in a loud voice she verified that I was traveling alone and other info - with a lobby full of people checking in. I didn't care for that being announced. When I drove to the section where my room was. I stayed in my car for some time because I felt uncomfortable with the group hanging out on the balcony, smoking, drinking and listening to loud music - who would be able to watch me walk to my room across the court yard alone with my bags. They stayed - so I just braved it out. I did not feel real safe & was very mindful of my surroundings when I later left and returned from dinner. Those people continued to party on a Thursday night until around midnight. I would not stay there again as a woman traveling alone. Breakfast the next day was marginal at best - I skipped it.
I loved the beds, the comfy pillows and clean sheets! Fridge had perfect capacity and the tv options made it easy to be a mom away from her kids on my solo adventure. The breakfast options were excellent. The a/c took awhile to catch up in the high temps but after a few hours it was an ice box. just took a bit to get there.
Spa shouldn't be closed on cold seasons
Hotel room was pretty clean and they had a good breakfast. The receptionists were friendly. It was 15miles away from the south entrance of Yosemite National forest, I wish it was closer.
They were very kind and welcoming. Great location and close to The Pines Resort where are friends were getting Married. It was a non smoking room but the room was either previously one or the previous guests did not abide. That was the only thing negative to say about this great, affordable Comfort Inn.
Location was close to Yosemite, and the room was clean. We got just what we needed - close, cheap stay to the park. It's a budget hotel but it's a good value for your money. The breakfast wasn't great, but I wasn't expecting it to be.
Carpet looked dirty. Had musty odor. Shower head was way too low. Would not stay again.
It was close to where I lived, the separate chalet, and the proximity to the lake. The views were fantastic. Not enought parking, the restaurant was awful, and the check out was too early.
Great location on the lake. I did not get the room I reserved. The decor and general areas in and out of the room were old and kinda beat up. Needs a lot of cleaning and some renovation. Had a broken shower rod and handle. Among many other old and worn things.
The chalet was great, very spacious with nice views. A little far from Yosemite, it takes about 1.25 hours to get to the actual hiking trail/view points of Yosemite.
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The resort was on the lake with beautiful views & great food at the restraunts. No, i honestly liked all of it.
Spacious and comfortable , beautiful location. Tiny wash room
-this is one of the best lodgings in the region -two story chalets with deck and individual driveway -complete kitchen with cutlery -friendly staff and guest -the general store and post office within the same space -free international long distance c -wifi signal for internets not working in our chalet -the location is secluded
The room and location were great. The room they assigned had only one bed. We requested 2 beds. The room they assigned reeked of marijuana smoke. After complaining, we were given a very nice room and were completely satisfied.
I liked that it is spacious and the fact that it has a kitchen, and has all the amenities of home. It is sort of like a home away from home. It needs some remodeling, and some very good cleaning, but otherwise it is in good condition.
Location was nice The hotel was dirty and not meeting 3 star level more like 1 star. Disappointing. They don't clean rooms daily.
Great location. Nothing wrong.
They had breakfast included, free parking, and free movie rentals. Our room door was left ajar for hours after the room was cleaned, and there were dead bugs squished on the walls of the bathroom and bedroom.
It is a family inn managed by his owner. Very nice place. Kind of being at home. Very close to south entrance of Yosemite national park.
Ease of check-in/check out. Breakfast. Convenience of location. Window blinds in bathroom were filthy. Noise and all night lights from adjoining restaurant/kitchen outside bathroom window were annoying, had to keep bathroom door closed. Heavy drapes in bedroom covered air conditioning vents preventing air from venting into room.
Close to Yosemite but the hotel staff is terrible They were short tempered. They hung up the phone during the conversation. They asked us to use a pump on the toilet by ourselves (probably though we work for them)
Comfortable beds ( two queens that we were looking for) and location, close to south entrance to Yosemite NO. Worn- potholed parking lot, worn furnishings, some cat box smells from the lovely 3 cats.
The friendly staff are happy to share the colorful past of this historical hotel and its conversions from cattle ranch to post-WWII military hospital to Hollywood getaway to the family retreat and special occation hotel it has become today. All the rooms have character and special touches to achieve the overall Western feel of what was originally a ranch. The resident cats are friendly and fun to see around the hotel: Hunter greeted us at the reception desk along with Moo; Valentine (or Valley Girl) was usually curled up somewhere; and if you're lucky, you'll see John Wayne sauntering around the grounds. Our corner room (Sarah's Room) was wonderful! We loved being there and hearing the stories of the ranch. Our only disappointment was the restaurant is only open Thursday- Saturday and our stay began on Sunday. Next year we will plan better so we can invite our family to join us there for dinner.
They surprised us with a suite with a huge balcony which was wonderful. Clean & lovely staff. Oakhurst is a small town with little to offer for fun. Breakfast is a cattle call with everyone fighting to warm their bread or bagel in 2 toasters. Oakhurst is much further than I'd imagined from Yosemite.
Nice place, good price, not far from the entrance to Yosemite. Clean. Lobby is being remodeled. Room was spacious. I would stay here again. Toilet and shower/tub were a little old looking. But worked fine and clean. Breakfast could use a few more choices. Some hot foods besides toast would be nice.
Staff was very friendly and helpful. Clean, comfortable room close to Yosemite.
Had big rooms and had offered a good breakfast in the mornings. Beds were comfortable. That I wasn't told there would be an immediate Room charge deposit placed on my cArd until I left. since I had already paid for the room prior I was expecting that extra charge right when I checked in.
Close to Yosemite National Park. Cute carved bears. Quite noisy, on a truck-filled highway, even after I specifically asked for a quiet room. Only a continental, not full, breakfast. Room needed a facelift; not attractive at all. Uncomfortable bed Hall carpet was filthy.No TV listing. Quite weak Wi-Fi signal. These are a lot of weaknesses for a three-star establishment with a $120 rate. I won't stay there again.
Really lovely B&B -- the proprietors are exceedingly friendly and helpful, the breakfast is excellent and the rooms are very cozy. It's a bit far from Yosemite valley (about an hour and a half to Half Dome Village without traffic) but if you're okay with staying a bit further out I highly recommend it. Close to Oakhurst as well, which has some nice restaurants and grocery stores.