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  • Reviews: 14

2 out of 5 starsUser Rating

River Rock Inn and Deli Garden Cafe: The inn's owner sleeping in your room!!

We arrived at the Inn around middnight. The caffeteria was closed but it hung a panel with a phone number to use in case of arriving late. I called about 10 times, and nobody answer. Then I saw another panel informing that "Javier's" room key was in room number 8. My name is not Javier neither my boyfriend's, but since this is a Spanish name I thought that maybe the inn's clerk made a mistake with the name, and I went to that room. When I knocked at the door, a female's voice answered with a "who is there"...she opened the door and a dog went out the room, the lady screamed at me that it was late and that I had waken her up. Anyway, she told me that the room she was in was ours. So, she cleaned a bit the room and gave it to us. It smelled of dog and like a closed place...It was normal clean but hairs on the bath. The inn was full so that was the last available room, and we were really tired to find another place to sleep.
The day after, at the caffeteria the lady complaied us again about getting late. She told us that the day before we phoned her and had told her we would arrive around 9PM, but we never DID! Very strange!
Breakfast was included, the pastries were homemade and delicious. They also prepare sandwiches to take away.
The location was ok, on the way to Yosemite.
I think what we paid for the room was too much for what we got (and saw).

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Written October 9, 2011

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  • mariposite profile photo mariposite
  • Reviews: 3

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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River Rock Inn and Deli Garden Cafe: River Rock is an Oasis of Charm

River Rock Inn and Deli Garden Cafe is a great place to get a gormet sandwich in the cafe, or spend a few nights at the inn. Use it as a money-saving alternative to staying in Yosemite National Park. It makes a perfect base for seeing Yosemite, exploring the Merced River, and exploring Mariposa's small town charm. Right in the heart of downtown Mariposa, I love putting up friends and family in this historic hotel. The new owner has transformed it. The rooms are charming, each one different. Huge patio is a great place to read and relax. The owner, Vickie is wonderful, very welcoming. From River Rock you can walk to almost everything interesting in Mariposa. The Yosemite Area Rapid Transit, YARTS, bus stop is at the end of the street, so you can save the gas and relax on the way to see Yosemite National Park. Pony Expresso and Mariposa Fruit and Nut Company are right out your door good for breakfast treats. Vickie has live music in the summer, there is live music at the Arts Park about 4 blocks away too. Catch an independent film at the Sixth Street Cinema in the Old Masonic Lodge right behind the River Rock Inn. Randy's Bar an old cowboy and miner's hangout, rarely crowded, is within walking distance. If you have a little skate punk in the family you can send them over to the Mariposa Skate Park in the park in town, it gets rave reviews from the kids. Everyone I have put up at River Rock loves it and says the beds are good. It gets my vote for most charming place in the town of Mariposa, and the prices are always better than the chains.

Really small and charming place. No phones in the rooms, but cell phones work fine, this is a plus for peace and quiet seekers. Wi-Fi is at the Pony Expresso next door, you can pick up a signal on River Rock's patio. The inn's cafe packs yummy picnic lunches for Yosemite trips.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Budget Travel, National/State Park
  • Written February 5, 2007
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  • leb3 profile photo leb3
  • Reviews: 10

1 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Ec Lodge Yosemite: Unaccommodating Owner

The hotel maids here will go through your drawers to see what you have brought. The office called our room, accused and yelled at us - then kicked us out! We had brought a new born chihuahua here and had no chance to explain. They found the dog food in our drawer and gave us the boot after a lengthy and very hostile phone call. Beware!!

Pool empty. Old, with old room smell.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Budget Travel, National/State Park
  • Written October 24, 2005

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  • Martin_S. profile photo Martin_S.
  • Reviews: 2645

1 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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Yosemite Bug Inn: BEWARE or stay away from Bug Inn

AVOID THIS PLACE IF POSSIBLE....it is very seldom that I do not find good or redeming qualities in even the poorest or worst situations, some GOOD thing to say about a place, but I did find that here at the Yosemite Bug Inn. We reserved a room at the Yosemite Bug Inn about a month before our trip to the US. We choose the Yosemie Bug Inn because of its proximity to Yosemite National Park even though it was more expensive than rooms to be found in the towns a little further away. The room we reserved was one of their larger rooms with queen size bed and large single, appropriate for two adults and a teenager.
We arrrived early evening and entered the office to sign in...it was difficult finding the office as there were no clear directions, but find it we did. After signing in we went to our room and discovered that we had gotten the wrong room, or so we thought. We checked our reservations and sure enough the room was not the one we had reserved. What we had received was a much smaller room with smaller beds, so we thought the person in the office had made a mistake. We returned to the front office and told them about the "mistake". We were politely informed that there was NO MISTAKE...a family had arrived the night before with NO RESERVATION and needed a larger room, so they were given OUR RESERVED ROOM ...we were informed that they no longer had any large rooms...it was already getting late so we took the room as we had little choice.

The next day we talked to the manager and she informed us that since they had "given away" our room we would receive a "discount" of $10 per night...The discount did not help sleep at night for two adults in a bed designed for a single...
The bed our daughter slept in was not only small, it was also swaying...and she was afraid it would fall apart the first time she turned over..
Several other facts that they do not advertise on their internet site:
1) The place is advertised as "rustic", they did NOT mention rusty, the amount of noise the beds make at night is not to be believed.
2) They do not mention that you have to climb very difficult, uneven, wooden block stairs to reach the rooms. If you are in good condition this is fine, but if you have any type of health problem you may find yourself unable to lug your suitcase or bag to your room without assistance.
PS: Well I did find one good thing, it is OFF the main road and not in a town.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written September 27, 2005
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Yosemite Bug Inn sign, Mariposa, California, USA

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  • Reviews: 2750

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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Ec Lodge Yosemite: EC Lodge Yosemite

EC Lodge is a great motel located just east of the main street of Mariposa. Its a no frills type of place, and you'd never know it by the price, which reflects more its location than its amenities. But its still one of the best places to stay in town. The "lodge" is really a motel, with comfortable but basic rooms. There's no restaurant, but free breakfast in the morning.

None really except for the location

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written September 4, 2004
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EC Lodge Yosemite


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