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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.
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
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).
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.
Very nice location. Staff at restaurants, bit amateurish. need professional training.
Everything was magnificent!!
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.
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.
A great base camp for exploring the many offerings Yosemite has to offer.
We were originally given a room that already had someone in it.
Located just outside Yosemite entrance. Clean and comfortable, if a bit dated.
Room was unique with a loft area. Good location very close to Yosemite. Room was facing the highway with a lot of noise. No view at all.
perfect location, nice to have the kitchenette, fine view, comfortable room room needs updating. one stove burner did not work.
The location is the best for exploring Yosemite, about 10 minutes from the valley. We have had good experiences with this property in the past. This is the second time in a row we have been stuck in the front building next to the highway instead of one of the many buildings overlooking the Merced river. The worst part however was that the power went out around 9:30 PM and there was no phones or generator to operate safety lights. Of course everything is electric powered including the kitchenette, heater and phone. No way to heat food, no way to heat the room in the sub-freezing temperature and no way to call the front desk or for help in an emergency. I dont know what time the power came back on because we fell asleep about 2 hours into the outage since there was nothing to do but lay in the total darkness!
It is a beautiful setting. Our sliding doors opened up to the river. The pizza restauraunt was good. The breakfast buffet at the other restaurant was ok. We did not try more on the menu. The place was in bad repair. One of the electric burners in the kitchenette didn't heat, and when I moved the pan, it sent out sparks. The people above us overflowed their tub. When I called to report the water coming through our bathroom ceiling, the said they knew about it, and were dealing with it. They never came by or called back to check the status of our room. I found a clothing article from a previous guest on the floor, making me wonder how thorougly they had cleaned. I found out that the washing of the dishes in the kitchenette was our responsibility, and that there was no professional sanitizing of the dishes between guests. This place looks like it was nice when it was first built, but now it is not properly cared for, and has sunk below the level of a motel 6 stay. The natural setting on the river is the only thing it has going for it.
river view room was great needs a little sprucing up-ice machines inoperative-general room conditions could stand some improvements
Kitchenette was nice.
Location Very old sheets, old Capet old everything
Great location. Rooms have a small fridge with freezer, two burner stove, toaster, coffee maker, dishes and some pots and pans. Large rooms and large balcony. We had a "mountain view" which was cheaper and looked towards the river, but with a parking lot and pool in between, but still lots of mountain to be seen! Heat pump fan could not be set to stay on all the time so it woke us up over and over again throughout the night. Room became far too warm to sleep if we turned it off. Carpets, walls, bathroom grout, etc. need scrubbing, but counters, sheets etc seemed clean.
I called to change my reservation from 2 nights to 1 and the person on the phone told me I had to cancel the whole reservation and re-reserve. When she went to re-reserve a room for the one night there were no rooms available. Odd because I just cancelled the resrvation. Too bad the system doesn't update quickly enough to show the available room. Too bad I did not get to stay there at all. Very bummed.
Great location right outside the park. Rooms are clean and enjoyed having the kitchenette during our stay. The restaurant is also surprisingly decent and convenient. Biggest downside is the Internet situation. Internet is not included but can be purchased for $9.99 for a 24 hour period. Fine, we paid but only to realize only one device at a time was allowed to connect and you have to go through a process to disconnect one and than connect another. Super lame.
I like the fact that it was close to Yosemite National Park and that it was about a 15 minute drive there. I enjoyed the look of the whole place especially with all the bears around. I enjoyed all of the surroundings view. The food there was GREAT!!! From the buffet to the bar and grill. Fast service and well worth the costs. The staff was great and gave out great information and did not sugar coat anything. Very helpful when it came to information. My wife and I really enjoyed the picnic are across the street we really enjoyed the river and the picnic table there. Very romantic and very quiet area. I did not like the fact of paying for a king size room and getting a room with 2 queen beds and over the top of the banquet area where my wife and I had to hear the music and the actual party. They should have taken that in consideration when they gave us the room. i did like the fact of no cell phone signal let alone wifi that is as slow as dial up, but that has nothing to do with the lodge, that's just the location. I did not like that they did not have Coke to drink. A little more variety to drink would have been nice.
The service at the front desk, store, bar, restaurant was all around excellent. Everyone was very friendly and super accommodating. The room was clean and quiet. Not too far from Yosemite Nat'l Park. We go to Yosemite every year and I'll definitely stay at Cedar Lodge again.
Cheap price compared to the other accommodation. Pretty close to Yosemite. Easy check in /check out . No phone reception . No wifi . The room is pretty old , but everything is working . The fans and the heaters are really loud . Even if your neighbors turn them on . But I would stay there again anyways .
Had everything we needed in one place
Food at restaurant was so so
I liked the overall comfort of all amenities hotel offers. And how inexpensive the hotel costs. I did not like how staff did not inform me of restaurant hours and not very welcoming . Needs better staff attitude and more ways to inform public of their hotel amenities. Also there is no wifi and no cell phone coverage.
$1.80 for a cup of crappy coffee in the lobby. Why not complimentary?
You could tell that the room was cleaned regularly, but everything (bed, chairs, shower, etc) was well traveled. Quiet location with close proximity to the valley. Onsite dining isn't great, but the convenience is nice.
Spacious and clean room No cellular service and wifi is not free after you pay $200 per night or more. After paying $10 for 24hrs wifi still it doesn't work well.
Room was clean and confortable There was an extra charge for WiFi which was not disclosed until after you booked the reservation. The restaurant did not open for breakfast until 7:30 and lacked variety in the choices.
Great location close to Yosemite park entrance. Nicely located across from the river. Pleasant outdoor areas, including the area on the river. The restaurant was just 'okay'. Our delux room with 2 queen beds and a sofa had only one chair. We would have liked an option with one queen or king bed, a sofa , and a table with 2 chairs. We are a mature couple no children traveling with us. Also, the refrigerator was nice to have but very noisy. We ended up unplugging it.
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
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.
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.
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.
Restaurant: not a good value for money. Food is okay but a bit too expensive for what it is (but for Yosemite I believe it's one of the best options)
We always enjoy staying at the Wawona Hotel. It takes you back to a time when life was a little simpler. The hotel was built in 1876 and has a rustic charm to it. . It is a nice place to stay while exploring the rest of Yosemite Park. In the evening you can sit in the parlor and listen to Tom Bopp play the piano and tell stories while enjoying a drink or dessert.
It's not very sound-proof. Every sound from the rooms around me (top and sides) was heard, making it hard to sleep or relax while in the room. Every morning I was woken up by screaming children at 6am or kept awake by loud, booming voices at night.
Our room had been recently updated, and was very comfortable. Decor was nice. Food was nearby. Walking in the park was very convenient. Good location. The staff at the front desk was for the most part very helpful. But not always!
Amazing location, really nice facilities, very cute and quaint Nothing, was perfect.
Incredible location so close to Yosemite Falls and we could see half dome from our back deck! The room was rustic, which was perfect for the location, and very clean. A little pricey, but so worth the location!
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.
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.
Glad I had a chance to stay back here in October 2010, but not sure if I would do it again. Next time I would like to stay in a yurt or regular cabin. Being that you are not really inside a room, the floor is very dirty and you are subject to the cold which was not comfortable for me. But I did enjoy Yosemite. I would only recommend staying here if you are really into camping. Guess I'm not.
The tents are very basic, but a step up from camping with mattresses plus electricity and lights. Great location in Yosemite Valley and beautiful views of the park.
We loved staying at Housekeeping! We found that we were able to experience all of Yosemite and feel as if we were camping without actually camping. The sites are large enough to store all the gear that you may use (bikes, inflatable boat, cooking gear, etc). Bedding is provided if needed, or you can use your own sleeping bags. There are plenty of bathrooms that are nearby and showers are all within walking distance. General Store is also within walking distance. From Housekeeping you can walk or bike to most point of interests. I would recommend staying at Housekeeping if you want to experience camping without having to setup tents.
rough camping includes lots of dirt, dirty beds, open tents with only 2 strings to close it but animals still get into your tent (like racoons!!!!) I guess it depends what you're into and how much you have to rough it. The raccoons getting into our tent throughout the night made it hard to enjoy. The rest of the camp is nice. Again, depends on how much you want to rough it.. as a mom, it's hard to overlook the super dirty beds that we had to scrub off before putting our sleeping bags and the tables, etc. Fearing the hantavirus was another thing to worry about as well..
My friends and I were happy to be in Yosemite, but I don't think I would ever stay in the Housekeeping Camp again. I would much rather be in a cabin with four walls. Or at least an enclosed tent. It was very cold and the beds were awful. I'm glad I had the experience to stay there but next time I will look for a yurt or cabin. Also it really isn't very private. It is like staying in a 'duplex' with your neighbors just on the other side of a wall that has no ceiling. You can hear everything. So I would prefer more privacy. Also on the bunk beds be sure to bring your own ladder because unless you are a pole vaulter and very athletic you won't be getting up on the top bunk. Or unless you have a very strong person with you like one of my roommates who happened to find an enormous rock to step up on and get into bed.
This is beds on a dirty concrete patio with a partial curtain in front of them. You are given a dirty locker where you must store anything with a scent to it. I didn't even feel comfortable changing clothes because of the lack of a proper curtain. The community ladies bathrooms were not cleaned on a regular basis and the sanitary trash was overflowing for days. Almost impossible to get to the top bunk. The provided 'ladder' was not very usable. Pesky squirrels are everywhere including in your dwelling.
Few of the modern conveniences of standard hotels, none of the quiet expected of camping. The tents have many holes for mosquitoes to get in. The door appeared to be a heavy duty shower curtain. The deck area is nice. There were a lot of people camping here and we were near the top of the hill, so we were inundated with smoke. It was hard to breathe at night time. The showers here were public, so be prepared to wait in a long line, even for the men's showers. If you can get one of the tents near the river, it would probably be a lot nicer. The location was good and it was easy to hop on a bus to get around the valley.