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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.
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.
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).
Everything was magnificent!!
A great base camp for exploring the many offerings Yosemite has to offer.
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!!
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.
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.
Very nice location. Staff at restaurants, bit amateurish. need professional training.
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.
Excellent facility. Exceeded our expectations. Good location. Nice staff and good food. Bathroom set up a bit odd. Balconies would be nice.
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.
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.
Kitchenette was nice.
We were originally given a room that already had someone in it.
Location Very old sheets, old Capet old everything
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.
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.
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!
perfect location, nice to have the kitchenette, fine view, comfortable room room needs updating. one stove burner did not work.
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.
river view room was great needs a little sprucing up-ice machines inoperative-general room conditions could stand some improvements
Located just outside Yosemite entrance. Clean and comfortable, if a bit dated.
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.
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.
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.
Food at restaurant was so so
Had everything we needed in one place
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.
$1.80 for a cup of crappy coffee in the lobby. Why not complimentary?
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.
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 .
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.
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 staff were very accommodating. Room was spacious and had all the amenities. Great location! The only negative - pillows were not comfy.
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.
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.
Room size, open feel, great location, ambiance, large and comfortable king beds, spacious bathroom, scenic location, friendly staff.
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.
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.
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.
close to yosemite NP and close to businesses in Oakhurst. Rooms need updating, layout of rooms is tricky.
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.
Less than 5 minutes away from South Entrance to Yosemite
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.
right downtown in walking distance to everything
Location from town. Would not like some of the front rooms, we were in the back.
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Location. Size of the room. Walk in shower. My overall experience was affected primarily by the noisy tenants above! It wasn't the room itself. Very impressed. Our unfortunate experience was upstairs noisy neighbors up most of the night. I was awakened several times!
Had a Bed and breakfast feel but still had the privacy of a hotel room. Walking distance to great food and quaint shops. It was still about an hour drive to Yosemite but the nicest on the outskirtsz
There was nothing we did not like. We enjoyed our stay.
good stop over before Yosemite. Very clean and the people are very nice.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
good value no time for breakfast
We paid extra for an in-room spa that did not work and I am still trying to get a refund.
Restaurant was very nice for a small town and extremely friendly waitress. Air conditioner in the room did not work at check in. When I told them about it they jumped right on it and got it fixed right away, great job.
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.