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Narrow Gauge Inn
Dean M from:
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jun, 25, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 1
Over priced and under deliver on experienced
I have traveled all over the world but assure you this establishment has the worst beds, showers and breakfast facilities going.
The owners greet you with read these terms and sign, which basically state they have power to evict you. No smiles, no hello, nothing.
I think they outsource the meals to different contractors who are amateur at best.
My family hardly slept for the days we were there given the state of the beds.
My suggestion , find somewhere else
- Rooms: 1
- Cleanliness: 1
- Service: 1
M S from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jun, 20, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 1
Narrow Gauge Inn-Much Better Alternatives Elsewhere
We stayed there for a couple of nights while visiting Yosemite. Both of us have travelled throughout the world and know what to expect depending on where one is staying. We enjoy new experiences and meeting people.
For $250 plus a night (in the U.S.) we were unpleasantly surprised and so we adjusted our reaction accordingly ie made the most of it knowing we were visiting Yosemite and not a motel room.
We don’t get the motel’s high ratings. Although fairly clean, the rooms were shabby and less the bathroom, nothing has been done It since it was built in the 1950s. The balcony was dirty and covered with pollen-the slider to the adjoining screen door was hanging by a screw. Garbage was overflowing in a trash can behind the restaurant, despite motel signs advising guests to not leave food outside due to bears. We attempted to go for a short walk behind the hotel and encountered a small junkyard w debris. When we checked out, the receptionist didn't ask how our stay was and didn’t offer even a thank you for coming.
Suggestion: Stay in Oakhurst, which is only 20 minutes further from the Yosemite east entrance from where we stayed. You get a better selection of hotels and there are several decent and inexpensive restaurants in town. If you stay further up the mountain, you either have to drive back to town to eat or eat at some very expensive places nearby with poor food.
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jun, 7, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 1
Has so much potential but wouldn’t recommend now!
This place has so much potential with the entry to Yosemite minutes away and the area around the inn is great! however the inn is badly dated, during our stay I seen a gentleman working on the inn and overheard him talking to another worker about how the inn isn’t what it used to be and he wanted to make it back to how it was.. He was right, it isn’t at all what it possibly was in the past..the location could be very charming with a creek running along the backside, however the foliage around the inn was overgrown with weeds and lumber laying around. we paid for a Mountain View, however our view consisted of a tree blocking the view, the inside of the room was very dated with carpet that looked as though it hadn’t been thoroughly cleaned in a few years and had very noticeable stains, you could also see where housekeeping had been just doing quick vacuum jobs missing close to the baseboards because the dust and grime left in the carpet. The furniture, or lack there of, was old and dated it consisted of a king size bed and a couple night stands on each side of the bed and a couple table chairs and everything was dust covered even after the room had just been “cleaned” by housekeeping there was a mini fridge style just on the floor that wasn’t on because the dial was turned to 0 and had a musty smell in it. The bathroom needed work as well, the wall by the sink was showing signs of disrepair and with only a single shower area that was definitely aged, and across from the shower ....a counter which is where they had the coffee maker etc on which is sort of out of the ordinary. The air conditioning and heat consisted of a window unit that we had to unplug and plug back in just to get the fan to turn on. With the inn being as rustic as it was we did expect some noises etc so that part wasn’t bad we mainly heard footsteps from above. The windows had old style curtains which didn’t cover the door completely so anyone could just look in the room at night.... the price for which we paid is the main concern, granted it is close to a national park, but that doesn't mean it’s worth the price for newer accommodations they offered breakfast at the price of $9.99 additional per person, we did not indulge in that, instead went down the road the day of our checkout and got donuts.. overall the staff was nice and the potential is there to be a great inn or B&B but not at the prices they’re charging, Overall I would recommend going elsewhere for the money. This place seemed to have good intentions but for the price it’s not worth the value. I’ve also attached pictures of our room we stayed in.
David A from: Solihull, United Kingdom
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: May, 26, 2019 Travel Date: May, 1, 2019 Rating: 1
Do not bother
Booked two nights in May, unfortunately a crazy weather front came in and temperatures dropped and snow arrived, unfortunately roads were closed and we did not have snow chains (weather previously was in 70s)
We emailed to ask about conditions, and informed them we may not be able to make it, our email was met with a cold response, they took all the money and did not communicate further
We did not expect a refund, however, some manners, and customer service go a long way, poor rude communication from the management
We messaged the second day to say we would try and make it, and did not receive a response
Seeing recent trip advisor reviews it seems we did not miss much in terms of the hotel!!
Published Date: May, 26, 2019 Travel Date: May, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Motel Quality With Window Dressing
Needs higher level of service and quite a bit of maintenance. A genuine desire to offer a high quality - and not mediocre -hospitality seems very attainable. Why be average when you can be great? At breakfast they are cheapskates for putting out flimsy plastic tableware. The restaurant service staff are apparently skilled, loyal and friendly. The front desk staff need a paradigm shift. "How was your trip?', "Did you enjoy your visit?" None of that. Could not get satellite TV working "Every room is set up different" no instructions provided. DVDs not available, "Used to but discontinued because we had issues." The room itself was fairly well cleaned. The bed was slightly tilted, probably due to building settling, but was comfortable. (shims anyone?) The porch and woodsy view is kind of charming. My wife's shower, one morning, turned cold for a couple seconds - causing a yelp.