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Narrow Gauge Inn
schneewitchen from: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Published Date: Oct, 13, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 2
Exterior quaint and welcoming; interior a different story
I always look on the positive side when I stay in a hotel/motel, and I was really anticipating a pleasant stay. The outside of the hotel looked inviting, and I loved the big fire engine in an outbuilding. For $200 I expected a lovely, comfortable room. The check-in staff member was pleasant but distracted because she was answering questions on the phone.
Good news: it did have a comfortable king bed and a balcony in the back (with an ashtray on the table between 2 chairs.) We had asked for a non-smoking room. I liked a couple of the pictures on the wall. Location to Yosemite is good. Free parking.
Bad news: The furnishings looked like thrift store items. There were 3 mismatched pillows on the bed. One was squishy; one was a well-used Ralph Lauren. When I opened the closet to exchange a pillow, the one there had blood stains on the pillow. I stuck with the squishy one. I looked up the name of the other two pillows: Essence of Copper. You can buy them on Amazon for the price of 2 for $15.45. Not luxurious, to say the least. The bed was covered with a brown quilt that had white flakes all over it (skin??). The carpet was so bad that I wore travel socks the whole time and threw them away when I left. The mini-refrigerator had a shredding top on it, and it read "Please remove this plastic when installing." There was no plastic on any of the cups they provided, and they were turned upside down on the counter. (Was the counter clean?) There was a formerly used heating unit attached to the wall with directions not to touch. (Why not remove it and drywall/paint the area?)
All in all, I felt totally uncomfortable in the room and was glad to leave the next morning. They have a restaurant, but the menu was limited. After having seen the lack of attention to detail in the room, I was concerned about the quality of food at the restaurant. We chose to eat elsewhere.
For $200 and a restaurant, you might think the room came with breakfast. Not the case! We bought food at the nearby general store for breakfast.
Let me say one thing, however. We talked to a local at the grocery store, and they held this hotel in high esteem. They said it had almost caught on fire during a forest fire but that everyone had worked hard to save it. For this reason alone, I gave it a 2 rating. I am hopeful that management is trying to renovate. Surely they can see the deficiencies. The cost of $200 has got to be "location, location, location." With some upgrades it would be worth the cost.
- Value: 1
- Cleanliness: 2
- Service: 3
Rich S from: Lake Worth, Florida
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 6, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 2
Rooms need major renovations
This motel is in a beautiful area but unfortunately the room we stayed in needed a major renovation. The carpet was stained, the furniture was old and not in good shape. The bathroom had a musty order, wallpaper was stained and there were spider webs.
This could be a great place to stay if they were to modernize the rooms
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 1
No gage Inn
Made trip to yosemite . Stayed at narrow gage in. Expecting quaint motel. They should have named it the no gage inn. No queen beds(fullsize);no wash cloths; no restaurant mon and tues;no 3 speed ceiling fan(only one worked); no deck on room(no deck boards); no clean toilet; no clean vinyl floor. Over priced very tired hotel/motel.
Susan S from: Iowa City, Iowa
Published Date: Sep, 23, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Charming hotel near Yosemite
Charming , quiet hotel near a small stream on south side of Yosemite near Fish camp. Rooms are well appointed and very clean. Beds comfy! Staff exceptionally friendly and helpful. Dining room with views and good food. Nice balcony with view of stream and forest. Highly recommend!
- Rooms: 5
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 5
Rogerm213 from: Westbrook, Maine
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 19, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 1
Let’s begin with Mountain View. The view is not a mountain but a hill in the distance and blocked by trees in our Mountain View room. Internet for free? After several attempts to connect to the internet I called the front desk and was told the room I was in was too far away and would not likely have access. I was welcome to come to the lobby and use the internet for the next half hour until the lobby closed. Room was old and very dated. We were left two bath towels. No wash cloths or hand towels. We had a coffee maker but they left no coffee for it.
All this for $200 a night. We chose this place based on Trip Advisor reviews and it proximity to Yosemite. There are much nicer places just 12 miles farther down the road in Oakhurst.
I seldom write poor reviews of any properties but we were extremely disappointed with this one. So much so we debated finding another location for our second night and throwing our $200 out the window!