Home from home type of motel, not the sprawls you tend to associate with the word "motel". Only 7 rooms so get in early. Mariposa lies about 70 kms from Yosemite and takes about 1.5 hours to drive in, but not having the hassle of being in the park is worth it.
Very friendly place and quiet sitting back from the main road up to the park. The owner actually came and got me out of bed one evening as I had had a chat about photography the day before, he wanted me to see Venus showing up next to the full moon !!!
Looking for basically a good deal brought us to this nice place just outside the park.
is could be tiring drive everyday to the park, as it takes around 30 min, but...that`s part of the deal I guess...! The rooms and service are very good, ieverything in a typical style, weird wooden statue of Statue of Liberty just outside the main entrance :)
As I researched accommodations near Yosemite National Park, I discovered Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp, California.
This location allows for easy access to Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point, Tenaya Lake, Tuolumne Meadows and Mariposa Grove.
The lodge was described as a "mountain retreat in the design of a grand alpine lodge".Guests have everything at their finger tips--wireless Internet, spa services, great dining and superb service.
Entering the lobby (picture 2), the stone fireplace and tall ceilings grabbed your attention. This was the ideal spot to 'chill' while waiting for your dinner reservation to be called! Most of the guest rooms have been renovated and are spacious, with thick comforters on the bed to slip beneath. (picture 3) Two nice gift shops were off the lobby.
There were two indoor dining rooms, plus a snack bar and outdoor dining on the patio. Each morning a buffet breakfast was served--ummm, I can still taste the bacon! At check-in, we were given two complimentary full breakfast buffet tickets for each day of our stay, but were charged for our grandson's meal.
Many activities could be scheduled at/from the hotel: we participated in some complimentary STARGAZING one evening, which allowed us to see Jupiter. On our last night we booked the Jamboree Cookout ($40 per adults;$20 per child).
A haywagon pulled by two strapping horses carted one and all to the cookout site, where we enjoyed a simple dinner, s'mores and singing around the campfire (picture 4). The kids learned how to lasso! (picture 5). It was a memorable evening.
We scheduled a full day of sightseeing with Yosemite Sightseeing Tours which departed from the hotel--it took us to all of the highlights without having to find a parking space. Afterall, the park was busy this time of year!
The hotel didn't forget the kids: there was an game arcade, rock wall and sparkling pool for their amusement. We had a terrific stay at Tenaya Lodge!
The stay was OK. Nice and clean rooms. Pool.
Recommendable for a short stay as there are nothing really to see apart from Yosemite 8 miles away.
Only 8 miles to the Yosemite entrance situated right next to the Merced River
If you want to camp in the park, or stay in one of the hotels for that matter, book way in advance. A couple of years advance if posssible. Otherwse do what we did; stay at the KOA campgrounds in Mariposa. The campgrounds are about 25 miles from the park entrance and they offer a shuttle to and from the park. The campgrounds are clean and well lit. Great for families and budget travelers.
As my wife and I toured through Yosemite with her parents, we were looking for close accommodation without paying the premium to stay in the park. Just outside the south entrance to the park is Oakhurst, and since Sarah's parents were paying for this evening, we chose the Comfort Inn so they could get their Choice Hotel rewards points.
I thought the most interesting feature about this hotel (since most comfort inns are identical) was the wooden statues that were around the building. They appeared to all be hand carved from local timber, and were in a bear theme. This agreed well with me since I went to Baylor University and the bear in this particular pose reminded me of the "Sic Em Bears" chant that we use at our football games.
The beds were comfortable and the hotel was quiet, as we were here on the off season. Four people stayed for under $100 USD, so this was a good overall value.
Located in the village of El Portal, Cedar Lodge is a 20min drive from Yosemite Village. This was one of the best accommodations we stayed at on the California trip. Rooms were big and easily catered for the double rollaway bed, with room to spare. Large bathroom with heaps of towels, lotions etc. Had it's own bar and restaurant although food was just average at best. Nice indoor pool and spa.
Very friendly service
Set in beautiful riverside valley settings, I only had one night at this hotel but the facilities are great. It has three outdoor swimming pools and one indoor with jacuzzis. There is a pizza restaurant as well as a full a la carte restaurant where I had a fantastic meal. Rooms have small kitchenettes with microwave and hob with complimentary tea and coffee as well as full facilities including numerous TV channels. It would have been great to spend more time here to further explore the facilities as well as the area.
Yosemite View Lodge has easy access directly into the National Park via Highway 140 or via the YARTS bus which services the Lodge 4 - 5 times daily in either direction with pickups as early as 6:35am through to 11:00am with drops offs at Yosemite Lodge within the park where, of course, you can connect to the Yosemite Shuttle bus which serves 21 stops within the National Park.
Outdoor pools with magnificent valley sunsets! The a la carte restaurant serves great meals too!
We loved it. For less than $10 a night you get to camp under the stars with 100's of other climbers. One thing i will say is get the really late or really early. They only have a limited amount of sites and we got there around 8pm. We thought we would be clever and sit in front of the pay site all night. They chased us off and we had to hide out in the car. Less than an hour later the rangers were shoeing a bear away less than 2 feet from where we had been. And most important you will hear about the squirls but you will forget. They have kung foo powers and in the 3 min we took to run back to the car for out stuffthey ruined 3 bags of food.
Climbers from all over the world
Narrow Gauge Inn is a very beautiful and nice lodge off Hwy 41 south of Fish Camp, four miles from the Yosemite National Park entrance. We were immensely satisfied with our stay; when we first booked rooms, we booked a two double bed air conditioning room for $140 a night. But when we arrived, the air conditioning was broken, so we were nicely reassigned to a new room: Narrow Gauge Inn's $215 a night Mission Suite for no extra charge. The giant room was very spacious, with a king bed and a sofa bed, two bathrooms (both well decorated), a private balcony, TV, and a refridgerator. The staff were also very helpful. We stayed here because we were visiting the Mariposa Grove area, but Narrow Gauge Inn is rather far from Yosemite Valley. The staff were extremely helpful, and a free breakfast buffet is included.
Narrow Gauge Inn has some not-too-great views of the forested Chowchilla Mountains. What impressed me more was the atmosphere of our room (The Mission Suite). This would probably make a good romantic getaway. There are also some nice trails leading around the grounds of the inn.
Yosemite has 5 High Sierra Camps. You can arrive by foot or horseback. The camps are bunk dormitory style for 2-6 person tents-cabins. Breakfast and Dinners are included.
To get reservations it is by a lottery system because of the high demand. Lottery is held in Mid-December and you are notified by March.
To obtain an application call 559.253.5674
Camps are open late June to early September.
Next time we visit Yosemite, will would definately stay within the park.
There is a great variety of lodging to choose from with proper planning.
The poshest of all is the Anwahnee... (Way too expensive for our kind). We probably would be agreeable to Curry Village in the Valley.
Reservations can be made for all lodging up to a year in advance. The easiest way may be to book on line at www.yosemitepark.com
We stayed in a small hotel in a small town outside the park called Buck Meadows. One tip that I didn't receive from VT is how far the drive would be into the park. From our hotel, the drive into the park each morning was about 1 hour! The long winding road into the Valley you will need to go at a reasonable speed and watch out for wildlife.
We decided to stay outside of the park because we definately would not agree to pay $180+ per night for a hotel within the park. We would love to have camped, but when I researched campsites in JANUARY all campsites were booked!
To stay outside the park is strictly a personal decision and probably would not be suitable for all visitors.
This hotel is the closest of those out-of-the-park to the Yosemite Valley. We stayed Thurs-Sat in late March, in a mountain view/2 queen bed room for $85 per night. I brought some easy food to prepare for dinner both nights (and a couple bottles of wine!). There's a restraunt there, but it didn't look very good for the prices. In each of teh rooms there are dishes, a few pots and pans, a fridge, microwave, dishes, silverware, a can opener, coffee maker (with coffee). It was very clean. There are lots of spas and heated pools around the property. We enjoyed an outdoor spa, even though it was only about 50 degrees outside. Only complaints: the pillows weren't very comfortable (though they seemed new), and the towels were thin and scratchy. Oh, and between the room and the "mountain view" is a parking lot.
heated pools and spas
Pleasant. The hotel is small but there weren't too many people when we were there so there was ample staff to meet our needs. The room was cozy. The staff were accomodating and are almost too willing to heed to your requests. It's about 30 minutes away from the Yosemite gate - far enough for the bears not to smell the food that you're eating!
inexpensive. It has a swimming pool. The room rates are packaged with breakfasts so there's no need to rush out to eat.
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