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Mayandollar from: Reno, Nevada
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jun, 23, 2022 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2022 Rating: 5
Wawona is the old Yosemite. Few crowds. The staff are friendly and polite. We spent 4 nights in the old annex. Our room was charming with comfy beds and Adirondack chairs on the porch. There is lots to see and do in this area or relax at the hotel. We were right next to the toilet which was convenient. The communal showers were immaculate with plenty of hot water and water pressure: great after long , dusty hikes! I never saw anybody else in the shower area. We had dinner twice in the dining room: good food and nice ambience. Free AM coffee is a big plus!
Free golf was offered to us from the golf shop! Nice gift shop and general store. We got all our souvenirs here.The pool was not open but they were painting it to re open. Each paint layer takes 3 days to dry so here’s hoping it’s open soon!
We drove to the valley floor one day and could not wait to get back to Wawona and peace.
Thanks to the staff for a great stay.
Cons: thin walls. Bathroom of next room so close we could hear poop plopping into the toilet. Crap shoot as to if your neighbors are super loud or more polite. I found that shouting invectives in a foreign language had a good effect on the noise levels.
Road noise is a factor as the hotel is close to the road. Noise much less at night thankfully.
Paul M from: Gresham, Oregon
Published Date: Jun, 20, 2022 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2022 Rating: 3
OK if you like old buildings
We spent one night here because it had the only room available inside the park. Front desk staff was nice and helpful. The building is very old. There is no A/C. Our room was very small. But the setting is very nice - and convenient to Mariposa Grove.
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Cleanliness: 3
- Service: 4
Published Date: Jun, 20, 2022 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2022 Rating: 5
Staff goes above and beyond
We actually didn't stay at the hotel; we only ate at the restaurant a couple of times. But on our last day in the park, our electric vehicle ran dangerously low on charge. We didn't think we'd make it back to our hotel, so we stopped at the Wawona Hotel to see if they could help. They directed us to a nearby commercial charger, but we didn't feel confident we could make it there, so I asked for their help calling a tow truck. The staff then stepped up immensely, refusing to let us give up and get a tow truck. They worked with me (for at least 15 minutes) to find an accessible outlet that I could use to plug in my emergency travel charger, and let us charge for a couple of hours while we ate dinner at the restaurant (amazing food, btw) and walked around the grounds. We made it back to our hotel with the battery at 0%, and it's entirely thanks to Clay and the rest of the staff at the Wawona Hotel for being so helpful and friendly, even though we weren't even staying there!
MaryfromCA from: Walnut Creek, California
Trip Type: Solo travel
Published Date: Jun, 19, 2022 Travel Date: May, 1, 2022 Rating: 3
Quirky but nice
New wiring has made the Wawona safer, and the new bedding has made it more comfortable. Staff is unfailingly helpful and cheerful despite myriad problems and complaints. Though short handed, they do their very best.
This hotel has only limited offerings in the restaurant presently. Breakfast is buffet only and not very good. The morning coffee bar is back, but with no milk or cream for coffee; only tiny packets of CoffeeMate are offered. Lunch and dinner are expensive, limited, and unremarkable. There is currently no bar or food service on the gorgeous veranda, nor in the parlor, but you can go to the bar and get your own drinks.
It is near the Mariposa Grove, where the shuttle is now operating to take you to the base of the Grove to see the Giant Sequoias. The swimming tank is not open, and golf on the very rough course has just begun. The only and best reason to stay here other than convenience is to hear Tom Bopp at the piano, Tuesday through Saturday evenings from July through mid-October.
AFischer3 from: Grandville, Michigan
Published Date: Jun, 17, 2022 Rating: 5
I liked this place more than I expected!
We spent two nights here after two nights at the Yosemite Valley Lodge. Wow, was this an upgrade! The beds were comfortable, and the restaurant had great food. We had rooms with bathrooms, and they were nice rooms. Of course you are not in the valley, so I wouldn’t make this my first choice if I wanted to visit there, but we enjoyed the day we spent exploring the hikes closer to this hotel after our three days in the valley. Check out the swinging bridge/swimming hole. It was a lovely easy walk from the parking area (follow the road all the way down for a shorter hike).